His and HERS.

12 Feb

This is the HERS post. HIS will come shortly.

His and hers what?

This is the tale of a sewing room and a pinball lair.

The sewing room received a major overhaul a couple weeks ago and I am absolutely pleased as punch about it. Here is the before realtor photo –


Wallpaper – yuck. Wallpaper border – double yuck. Blue blinds – ick. Light fixture – eh. Boring.

I stripped the wallpaper over the course of a messy, sticky weekend and continued with primer and paint. Dave removed the trim which then also got a coat of paint. (Or many coats of paint.) With Dave’s help, the trim was put back and a new BRIGHT light fixture installed. (We’re talking SIX lightbulbs. Perfect for sewing.)

With the room back in order and furniture in place, it was time to measure and create a quilt design wall. My dream. In the parsonage, I had a sort-of design wall; a place where I could lay out and arrange the pieces in a quilt. My sewing room now has a legit design wall, one which has already helped me put together a baby quilt. (In reality, it’s super simple. Pieces of Styrofoam insulation covered in a flannel sheet, screwed to the wall. Viola.)

A few fun furniture facts:
+ The table in the middle of the room? The one on which the sewing machine sits? It sat on the porch of the farm when I was growing up. It’s where we would eat during tobacco harvest when we were too dirty to go inside the house. It was a table originally purchased by my grandparents. (I have the chairs too.)
+ The blue dresser on which sits my ironing table? Dave and I picked it up at Goodwill for $10. Dave shaped it up with sanding and paint; it’s perfect. (Maybe a change of pulls is in its future.)
+ The stained wood cabinet? It’s a gun cabinet my dad built when he was in high school. We added shelves for my fabric stash (which is stored in metal bins from my dad’s shop).
+ The vintage green ironing board on the wall? It was my grandma’s.
+ The blue cubby piece? Originally my mom’s and perfect for all sorts of sewing storage.

With the wallpaper gone and white walls, it feels like a completely different room.  It’s now a lovely bright space with yellow – YELLOW – window trim. I couldn’t help myself.


4 Responses to “His and HERS.”

  1. Kari Reilly February 12, 2020 at 10:22 pm #

    You have a great eye for design…..SEW creative!!!! Love it all…..

  2. Mom February 13, 2020 at 4:37 pm #

    Looks amazing! Great job!

  3. Linda L Christianson February 17, 2020 at 2:48 pm #

    Love it so much. Needs the yellow around the door also. Just saying……..It is so organized. My sewing room, is so small in our twin home. I am working at present on a quit that I have had since 2006. It was cut out and ready to work on at a quilting retreat but it got canceled due to lack of people signing up and now it has been in storage during our moving and getting settled. So…..It came out and have worked on it yesterday after church and this morning and now ready to do some cutting apart and ironing. My room is nothing like your room. You have so much storage and so much room. My is so manageable and perfect for me. Listening to Lori Line and sewing away is just perfect. I can see the sunny rooms just outside the door and I do miss the window I had at the old house. You are so creative and just love all the color you add to everything you do. Add that touch of yellow to the door wood work. Always love hearing blogs from you.

  4. Paulette Manemann March 29, 2020 at 12:20 am #

    Love that design wall
    Great size for those big quilts!!

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