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Sunday, October 30, 2011

New Sewing Nook Reveal

I have been busy fixing up my sewing corner this week. Do you ever look at a part of your home and suddenly you see it with new eyes, like you woke up and finally noticed it how shabby it has become? My little sewing corner in my dining room was terribly dreary. After doing my dining set refashion it looked even sadder than ever! Mabel, my 1948 Kenmore, and her table were looking sad and worn, her table's 1948 shiny varnished exterior cracked and worn. The walls were bare and drab too, and the big black office chair was like a bull in a china shop, hulled over there in the corner of my dining room."What an uninspiring little spot", I thought to myself,"I should do something about it!"
I started off by sanding down the sewing table and applying dark walnut colored stain onto the top and painting the rest of the desk a distressed white. I used the same technique as I use on my dining table here. I used the leftover materials from the dining table for this project.
I took a thrift shop bought bulletin board and trimmed it with upholstery webbing, crochet trim, upholstery tacks, and added a flower pin to the corner. The only material bought for the project was the webbing which was 1.50$.
I had a flowered hook bought from Anthropologie a few years ago and screwed it to the wall so I could hang up my scissors instead of having them banging around in my desk. I can also now hang up my measuring tapes instead of constantly misplacing them.
I hung up a couple of thing I love too, a butterfly display Richard brought to me when he went on a Panama trekking expedition, and an old pharmacy sign I bought at a flea market in Paris which is a nice memory of a trip I took to visit one of my best friends and where we spent Gigi's first birthday. We went to a cafe for her birthday and Gigi threw two glasses onto the ground and smashed them!Gigi is actually named after St. Genevieve, the patron Saint of Paris. The pharmacy sign is magnetic so I can finally hang up my magnetic letters! Above the sign is a little metal flowered plaque I bought at a garage sale for a dollar.
I moved the big black Aeron desk chair which was super comfy but hideous looking in my dining room back down to Richard's office and instead put a little turquoise swivel chair I got for free on the roadside at my sewing table. I made a little slip cover for it from some leftover fabric I had from some vintage curtains I had bought at the thrift shop and blogged about here. 

The funny thing is a friend who read my blog saw those curtains I bought and had blogged about and wrote me to say they had been her grandmothers and she had given them to the thrift shop and was so surprised to see them on my blog! She was having thrifters remorse, whereby you see something you gave up to the thrift shop and then wish you hadn't. But she didn't really want the fabric because she didn't sew and it didn't match her home. Well, she was pregnant at the time so I made her a nursing cover from the fabric. That way she could have a nice memory of the fabric she loved. And here is the fabric again on my slipcover. Don't you love it!
So now all these little items I love and have blogged about now have a home!
I will be posting soon some tutorials for some of the projects I made for my sewing nook this past week which will be:
  • How to make an upholstery webbing trimmed bulletin board
  • How to properly apply glaze to a furniture antiquing project
  • How to make an office chair slipcover



  1. What a lovely sewing space you now have, it's so bright and tidy and inspiring! I also love the anecdote about your friend and the fabric!!!

  2. Totally wonderful makeover! I love it and love the story about the curtains and thrift store remorse :-)

  3. how fun! i love refreshing little areas of my makes things feel so much better :) great job!

  4. Beautiful! I'm hoping to do my area in December, and this is wonderful inspiration. Especially the hook for your scissors. I have something similar that I will have to use!

  5. Very sweet room. I have a very similar display of butterflies in my sewing room. Somehow I pictured your sewing room to be bigger!!
    I am always having mini makeovers in my room. I'm going to steal some of your practical ideas;)

  6. Lovely little space. And that chair is so sweet! I can already tell I am going to love your hoping over to become a follower :)

  7. Great makeover! I bet you will feel even more inspired to sew with that lovely nook to do it in! The desk looks fab with the paint and walnut-stained look, and I love the hooks for hanging scissors and tapes. Might have to copy that idea, as I'm always losing track of them!

  8. what a lovely sewing nook, I wish mine is like that, I have to share a table with my kids. That's a really cute seat cover too!


  9. The new sewing nook looks fantastic!

  10. looks awesome. the sewing table looks beautiful!! and i love the story about the fabric!

  11. Wow at your 1948 machine - that's fantastic. And I really like your new seat cover and all the accents with special memories - that's what it's all about! Thanks for sharing your space & linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)


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