Monday, February 20, 2012

An Entertaining Sewing Center?

If you missed previous craft room updates, the links to all are at the bottom of this post.  

The first project for my new craft room is a sewing center. I will be creating this space with almost no budget at all, so I will be scrounging and repurposing what I already have. I am fortunate that I can get all the MDF I want from the company my husband works for. He can have any dunnage that the company can't use. Dunnage is waste material that is too small, cut wrong or leftover cuts from a company order. You might find contractors that would be willing to give you their dunnage.

My first reuse is our huge old entertainment center. It's been sitting in the basement for the past two years waiting for it's makeover. Here's what it used to look like. It took up this whole living room wall.

Here it is taken apart and stored in the basement.  In fact this is another shot of the area I am turning into my craft room.  It's where the boys used to watch TV and play video games.

The only part of the middle section I am using is the top piece.  The bottom part (where the TV sits) is too low and my knees would hit the doors.  I'll be making a new shelf for my sewing machine to sit on.

I started by papering the sides with some beadboard wallpaper I had leftover from the kitchen cabinets.

I removed those doors in the middle and primed the shelves.

This is after a second coat of primer.  The backing is just papered cardboard, which I will be replacing with real beadboard panels.  

Just so you don't think my projects always go perfectly, take a look at the next picture.  I took a chance and applied the wallpaper to the sides without sizing or priming.  It didn't stick very well, then my cat sat on those stairs behind the shelf and chewed a corner of the paper and pulled it partway off.  The little stinker! 

Since I won't ever want to remove it I think I'll just glue it on, after I patch the cat damage and tie his lips kitty, kitty, kitty.  Just kidding!  I really love the little stinker.  

In this picture you are looking under the stairs and into the pantry area on the other side of the stairs.
There will be a wall there eventually.  I plan to frame in this part of the basement to create the room. Right now it is all open, with a stairway in the middle on one end, and the utilities and wood furnace in the middle on the other end.  Once I get this space prettified, I don't want to be looking at the rest of the ugly basement.  I want to be able to close the doors and forget it's there.

It doesn't look like much yet, but it's a start.  Stay tuned for more exciting episodes of "The Dungeon vs Debbie."

Basement Craft Room - Humble Beginnings
An Entertaining Sewing Center
Craft Room Dreaming
Craft Room Update #1 - Prepping the Walls
Craft Room Update #2 - White Walls
Craft Room Update #3 - Framing the Walls

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  1. I'm inspired and intrigued!

    I'm also your newest follower. Please stop by and say hi.

  2. Ohhhhhhh, Ican't wait for the next episode!! Your doing great!


  3. looks like a very good start!! good for you!! and good luck!
    i am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  4. I'm looking forward to seeing how this turns out. Looks very promising so far. Nice job and good luck.

    Thanks for linking up to the Take it on Tuesday blog hop! I'm pinning this.


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