I actually hate posting pictures of my life when everything is topsy-turvy. Probably because I try so hard to keep things rather orderly and tidy with a daily schedule to make sure everything gets accomplished in a timely manner – like paying the bills and doing laundry and all that boring stuff. So when reality hits home and there is simply NO WAY to tackle a HUGE MESS without muddling around in it for a while, it makes me really unhappy. Well, maybe more annoyed and anxious than unhappy, but still I hate it. So when we moved into this house, we knew that there were projects that would be way too big to accomplish in one day, or one weekend, or even one week, and usually (given all the other realities of life) not even in one month.
Look at that UGLY concrete wall!
My sewing room is really big (YAY!) but it was once upon a time the garage. Then when the previous owners built on another garage, my room then became a wood working shop – complete with concrete floor, stain-spattered walls, exposed air ducts, furnace in the corner by the concrete wall that is the back of one of the fireplaces, and unfinished walls, cabinets, and counter tops. When we moved in it was pretty clean but still . . . it was not really a place where I could work without feeling kind of creepy-crawly and wondering what was lurking in the corner behind the furnace.
I’m not so good at selfies, but here you can see the piles of JUNK that landed in this corner while we worked on the other corner
We washed the walls, swept and washed the concrete floor, washed the doors and windows, put up fresh curtains and throw rugs on the floor. That helped, but we knew that just as soon as possible we were going to paint the walls, and eventually the ceiling, and do something with the floor. No matter how many times I would clean things up, sort and organize all of the junk that had accumulated over the past several years, it was still a HUGE MESS.
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Part of the reason for that is because I have so much STUFF that I have acquired for different projects that then were put on hold and everything got stored in the garage or for a while we had everything in a storage unit while we were in the process of selling our other house. I’ve had a ton of stuff given to me by friends and family, for which I am grateful, but the problem becomes pretty serious when you have everything stored somewhere else – you forget what you already have, or you can’t find what you already have, and when you are in a pinch and really NEED something (that you know you have SOMEWHERE but can’t get at it) – you (well, me, actually) go out and buy more. More fabric, more ribbon, more STUFF.
You can see how ugly the cabinets on the bottom were before we painted them – really yucky!
And then there is the STUFF that I’ve had for 20 years that I just can’t part with because I might make something out of it some day – no, I am not a hoarder, but I did grow up with a mother who was a child during the Great Depression so I was taught very early in life not to waste anything. So I keep little scraps of fabric and ribbon and lace and stray buttons. And I actually do use much of that stash when I can get out there and work. Which I haven’t been able to do because there is so much STUFF that got shoved out there when we moved and then when we painted the guest room everything from that room landed in my sewing room . . . . so on and on and on it goes, until there was so much accumulation of stuff in that room from all over the rest of the house as we painted other rooms, that I simply could not function out there.
This is a wonderful cutting table / work table that was made from a heavy door and you can see the yucky blue paint on the cabinet doors and drawers below – we used it as a work surface to paint all of the ugly cabinet doors this soft, light spring green to match the walls, and the rest of the cabinet is now painted antique white. More pictures later! I wonder why the garden hose sprayer is on that table . . . . .
So this is my journey from avoiding the HUGE MESS in my sewing room to making it a very happy place to work. It’s not finished yet, but we are making great progress. Here are a few pictures of the project along the way, with more to come. Have you ever had to deal with this kind of HUGE MESS? Does it bother you to have things all topsy-turvy? I know it doesn’t bother some people but it really makes me feel claustrophobic, so this project really needs to be finished SOON! More pictures later. In the meantime, join us for the Favorite Things Blog Hop and Linky Party, sponsored by Katherine’s Corner. Hope to see you there!
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