My work space – the before and the first after

I was fiddling around with a new blog page just for room renovation posts, and realized my favorite room makeover of all time is totally missing!  For the past year this room has been my haven of peace and quiet, my place to splash paint and litter fabric scraps to my little heart’s content, to squirrel away more crafty junk than my Mister should ever know exists in my possession, and my mommy version of playing princess.

eclectic sewing room

Oh yes. I’m a firm believer in doing dress rehearsals for dreams and goals. In a perfect world, I would have a cheerful little shop on a sunny side street just bursting with random bits of interesting things, and pretty this and thats to wear, and piles of books to pour over, and cozy nooks to sit and read (or write blogs if you were into that sort of thing), and generally just the sort of place that you would want to wander through for hours forgetting all about whatever bothersome tasks you should actually be doing.

an eclectic work shop

Naturally, when I saw this big empty room in this creaky old house of mine with green carpet, termite damaged boards, and weirdly pink walls…I thought it would make just a marvelous mini version of my shop, which obviously does not exist, but might someday.

an enclosed garage turned work shop

Some how or another, I persuaded the Mister that this room should be top priority, and therefore it needed to be addressed before any of the other rooms. We had a fine time ripping up carpet, scraping off exasperatingly stubborn rubber stuff lurking under the carpet, and pulling off the left overs from a seriously out of control termite party. Nothing spells bonding time like a good demo project, know what I mean?

renovating an old garage for a sewing room

A big concrete room never looked so lovely and here began the real fun. I painted the cinder blog walls three times before finding my happy place with them. The end wall had some issues which we hid by covering it with cheap brick paneling from Lowes.

brick paneling and how to make it look real

Of course it was hideous, but nothing so awful that paint couldn’t fix it. The final touch was a nice hefty light, you know, the sort of light that likes to be noticed.

painted brick and cinderblock

After that the budget for the room ended, because we still needed lights, electricity, AC and other such boring and necessary items for the rest of the house. Fine fine, budgets are over rated anyway. I’ve noticed when you want to do something bad enough, you tend to find a way. (Translation: some people react strongly to being told something can’t be done by half killing themselves to prove the point that it can, in fact, be done. Not that I would know anything about such contrary people.)

I reused the two old pantry doors we ripped out the kitchen and some scrap wood to make some splendid shelving for storage.

shelving made from old doors and scrap wood

Really anything I could get my hands on became prime decorating material…scrap wood, old chain, plant hangers for brackets, table cloths for curtains, spray painted sticks for a jewelry display, a $12 garage sale desk

sewing shop

…clip boards and embroidery hoops for art, two old ladders for a sewing desk, a recovered old chair, and even a straw hat for a pendent light.

sitting nook in sewing room

And I’ve enjoyed every single minute I’ve spent playing in my little work shop ever since. Until last week, when I started pulling it apart, or rearranging rather.

a creative space room renovation

Because I’m squeezing in rehearsals for a new dream, of one day, some day, hopefully sooner than later, bringing one seriously adorable little girl home where she belongs. We just finished up day 100 in NICU this last week…that’s pretty much the equivalent to what twenty years looks like to a five year old. Forever.

preemie baby

I plan to work a bed in here, cozy it up a bit, and call it my craft room and my guest room. The guest room will become the big girls’ room, and the mini will get her own cozy little room all to herself. As for when I actually plan to get this all done…don’t ask me. But the best way to make dreams happen is to go ahead and practice them. Wouldn’t you say so?

Psalm 37:5-7  Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him:

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14 Responses to My work space – the before and the first after

  1. Mary says:

    Yippee!!! and Thank God, for the miracle working power of the Almighty God that brings “baby girl” home. God Bless

  2. The best part will be Miss Mini coming home…praying, as always, for healing and growth!

    P.S. We are kindred spirits…I LOVE eclectic clutter. It’s the main theme in my decor, also!

    Miss all of you…

  3. I LOVE this space! I could play in there all day!!! The exposed brick, the chandelier, the “tell a story” on the wall…all of it is fabulous! I imagine some majorly creative projects happen in there. Sending up a big prayer for your little princess. I can’t imagine what you must be going through. I hope she gets to come home soon. Hugs!

  4. karen says:

    I am so in awe that you were able to do this while going through an unbelievably difficult time. Maybe it was the remodeling of this room that kept you together! It is amazing and I love the way you say it is practice for your little shop. I hope your baby will be coming home very soon and your family will all be together. Thank you for sharing at The Handmade Hangout. Featuring tomorrow at Redouxinteriors :)

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  6. FIRST…I must say that I know you are ready for that precious baby to come home! I will be sending you all good juju and hoping for the best for your little family! SECOND…I. must. have. your. basement. Love, love!

  7. michelle says:

    Oh my goodness! LOVE! I love your idea of a dress rehearsal for something in your life as well! You have done the most amazing job with this space. All your friends must want to come over and play. Blessings on that little angel.

  8. Debbie Byrd says:

    “But the best way to make dreams happen is to go ahead and practice them.”…..tears are forming here. Sending you prayers for your sweet little baby girl, and many thanks for your inspiration and encouragement to…”go ahead and practice them”…those dreams we have. Yesssssssss!!!! :)

  9. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Wow, what a amazing sense of style you have! That room looks exactly the way you describe your dream space! … And sending prayers for that sweet baby girl to come home very soon!

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  11. LOVE this room, your story and your dreaming! You’ve done an amazing job working with castoffs to create a perfectly eclectic space! I want to come play! So so happy that your baby doll will get to come home soon! I’m so happy I found your blog :)

  12. Patti says:

    First, a big YAY for Miss Mini’s homecoming!!! God is good, and His grace and mercy is all that we need to see us through the rough patches. Your work space is amazing, and all that one could want in a creative space.
    But how exciting, because now you are going to transform it into a welcoming space any guest would be glad to come home to. How fun is that going to be to build that into your theme! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!
    Enjoyed visiting your blog,

  13. WoW! This is amazing. I love everything about it, other then it’s not mine. Fabulous :)

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