It's 9:30 pm on a cool and breezy Chicago evening, and I'm down here in the dungeon working on setting up my sewing space. Let me give you a little "before" tour, and then you can tell how much better it looks when I post the "after" pics. I have to say, I'm not feeling very confident right now about the outcome!
First, won't you step into my office? Yes, that's it there, right by the water heater and buried by chairs. Once I get all the non-office stuff out of this area and move it back a bit, it will be nice and cozy. I'm thinking of looking for a room screen or standing divider to hide the water heater so I don't have to look at it while talking on the phone or attending important conference calls.
You'll notice a few things down here that were NOT in my former sewing area: a giant mangle iron there by the dryer, an industrial sewing machine floating in the middle of the room back there, oh - and another industrial machine in pieces right behind the "office". And four kitchen chairs. And, hiding in another part of the room, the kitchen table to match. Most of this other stuff was in storage in our last house, but there's no where to store it now, so I'm kind of stuck in a use-it-or-lose-it situation.
This is actually a pretty good sized room, but we aren't investing in totally finishing it off for financial reasons. Just a few cosmetic changes and a fresh coat of paint. That outside wall was about 5 different colors, so I decided to make it this 1950's inspired green. Looks funky in the incandescent light, but it is beautiful in the daylight. Yes, those basement windows do open, isn't that awesome!
There is a short list of stuff for my hubs to finish, like moving the lights and adding new fixtures, moving the dryer, and getting rid of some extra stuff stuck on the ceiling. I'm down here giving the white walls a fresh coat of paint tonight, and tomorrow I plan on adding some curtains along one side of the space to block off the furnace and ductwork. Then I can get down to the business of setting stuff back into place and trying to get settled in.
I'm thinking another two weeks or so until I unpack all the sewing crap and find a place for it. I still don't know where I'm going to put my fabric stash, it was all hidden in a closet in my old space. I'm mostly anxious about my husband seeing it all out in the open and realizing just how BIG my little stash really is!
I'm off to keep painting, and I'll keep you posted! Happy stitching!