Sewing Spaces Refreshed and Minimized

Welcome to February, the month of love!  I have something to share with you today that I’m loving right now – my project studio with painted desks for a refreshed feel.

This was the arrangement of my sewing desks before the new year changes.  I moved one desk to another room, and scooted the shelf of painting supplies into the closet.

Old Desk Arrangement

It’s nice to have some furniture leave with adult kids. It helps to space things out again after years of squeezing in, saving things for them to have someday.  Hallelujah, someday is finally here!

And, yes, the changes have refreshed the space.  I can sew and then twirl around in my chair to serge when needed.  Much more convenient!

New Sewing Space

The nearest desk was in our attic from years ago.  You know how it is.  You need to haul something for donation, so you put it out of the way…and no one ever thinks of it again.  Good thing, though.

When Spunky Daughter was over with her friends (Trial Confessions of Minwax Paste Finishing Wax), I fed them all.  And, then I had license to ask for a favor.

Uh, guys…would you mind doing something for me? 
(Asks me in my boot – sympathy tool – ha!)

In no time flat, they had the old desk upstairs where I could paint it easily.  Isn’t she a beaut?  Ha – not!

Old desk

And I didn’t even find one rat’s nest in the thing.  (We checked her for critters before bringing her inside.)  The drawers were surprisingly clean.

Here she is with her new coats of paint, all ready to move into the studio.

Refreshed Desk

I decided to paint all the hardware for a sleeker look.  I did sand these a little.

Painted Hardware

So, then I was ready for desk number two – this little one from the studio, waiting her turn.

Old Desk

When I thought to snap a picture, I already had the drawers removed, washed, and ready for paint.

Old Desk

It was a little sad to paint this one.  Her finish looked good, with few blemishes.  But, all for the sake of a lighter, fresher feel in my room, I can now enjoy her new look.

Newly Painted Desk

My project spaces have changed drastically over the years.  My first one was the craft cave (literally, a cave), and then I took over SD’s room.  If you’d like to see part of the progression, visit the  6 Essentials of a Functional Project Studio.

We’ve come a long way, baby!  Now with empty areas of the room.  The floor isn’t lined with furniture along every wall anymore.

New Sewing Space

The twin bed was removed last year, so this cutting/painting/videoing corner is nice and spacious.

New Sewing Space

I hope this inspires you as you rake out (as we discussed in How to Dress a Dresser).  I always hesitate to show you my rooms because they’re probably not your style at all.  We have different tastes, so please don’t think I show you my stuff because I think it’s spectacular to anyone other than us.

We live here.  It’s not a shrine. (Says HH when I obsess over cleaning and such.)

Next week, I’ll share more detail about painting these desks that have laminate surfaces, which can be tricky.

What’s on your agenda these days?  Anything fun – or are you still raking out and settling into our new year?







  1. Roxanne says

    Everything looks so fresh and clean! Very functional too. I would love to have a sunny workplace like that!! I always think it’s brave of bloggers to put their houses “out there”. People can be so mean spirited and will just say the most hurtful things because the Internet is anonymous. What happened to what our mamas used to tell us…if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything. Your hubby sounds just like mine!

    • says

      Thank you, Roxanne. I wish everyone had a sunny room to work in. When I worked in an office full-time, I thrived better with a window for the joy of daylight. I’ve been blessed with very kind readers. There’s one social media site that is the worst as far as comments go, so when I post something there, I brace myself! It’s nice to know I have company in the husband comments department. Ya gotta love ’em! 🙂

  2. teresa says

    I really like this space and can imagine it’s very functional, especially having the two desks opposite one another. Painting them really helped refresh the space, but I’m glad to see you kept the original finish on that fantastic lawyer’s chair. I bought one like that at an auction once for $2!!! only to have it stolen before I picked it up, so I always appreciate them.
    I find your rooms very pretty and “real life”. I enjoy looking at some of the gorgeous pics on pinterest, but so many either look like each other or seem completely impractical. I’ve been winter cleaning so no sewing yet. I was so disappointed after I was told my OLD Bernina couldn’t be fixed that it’s been difficult to pull out one of my extras to use. I have to get over that or find another vintage one to buy. 🙁

    • says

      You’re right. It’s so much more functional now. I bought the chair years ago at a friend’s garage sale. I didn’t want to pay the $99 price, but I didn’t want to insult her, either. So, I coughed up the dough and have enjoyed 20 years from it. It’ll kick along at least another 20, I’m sure. Thank you for the encouragement, Teresa. That’s what I strive for – REAL. I don’t like fake, and I think others appreciate real life more than a put-on. Sorry to hear about your Bernina. What a stinger!

  3. Barb says

    What a wonderful room and so light and airy now. I really enjoy seeing the “new” room and will be interested in how you painted the laminate. Thx for every inspiration thru the years.

    • says

      Thanks so much, Barb. I felt badly not posting a tablescape this week, but I’m knee-deep in paint projects and raking out. Had to go with what I have…glad it inspires you. Happy Wednesday! 🙂

    • says

      Thank you, Pam. I’m very pleased with how they turned out. Ha! Many great ideas are sparked from ideas on other sites – either directly or indirectly. It’s surprising how quick it was to paint the desks. This week is a different story. It’s February! We’ve got some love to share! 🙂

  4. Lu Ann says

    What a great room. Love the painted desks and am look forward to your post on painting laminated finishes. Your room is lovely

  5. robin says

    Light and bright…that makes a better work area. It really looks nice!!!
    I like that you can have more than one machine out.
    I can’t wait to have mine sewing area done…..with ALL my sewing machines out, ready to use…just slide on over from one to the next! I haven’t used my serger in YEARS!

    • says

      I guess I became spoiled to it long ago. While sewing window treatments for the public, it was vital that I have all equipment out at all times. I used everything every day. Our bonus room over the garage was half sewing room and half playroom for the kiddos. They cooked and played in their “kitchen” while I sewed and pretended to need lots of fake food. I hope you get your space to the point where you can serge again soon. 🙂

  6. robin says

    I miss those days….with the kids’ kitchen. LOL ST had the deluxe version…..and man oh man she made me a LOT of meals! hahaha

    Since “my” room is in the basement I will also have “kiddos” space nearby. I like being a part of the family while working and I especially like “that little peeples” can be down there with me. I have a gate ready to install for such occasions. A $75 12′ metal gate for $5 at a yard sale. I will have my tables set up so that I can see the tv while working (about 20 feet away). My eyes are getting older…I think I will be needing tv bigger than a 32″ SOON. ha!

    I am looking forward to serging…I have the 4 thread serger….it sews a straight seam and zig zags the edges at the same time…and it also has a blade that cuts off excess fabric while you sew. I don’t know what they sell now…I know that when it came out in the mid 80s (after the 3 thread serger) it was a HUGE deal….I was the 1st one of my co-workers to buy it at JoAnn Fabrics. I made sooooo many sweats! hahaha

    • says

      You are ready, set, and almost a go! I hope yours still works. Mine is a Pfaff and is discontinued now, so I can’t get replacement parts. Mine is a 4-thread, like yours, but you can use 3 threads for some of the stitches. Yikes, we need to be careful with these old girls! 🙂

    • says

      Thanks, Jenna. Yes, it is so handy. It’s my painting room, too, usually. The desks were a bigger job than the usual small piece of furniture. With kids gone, I really have the entire upstairs! (Think I need to down-size and get rid of all the stuff they haven’t taken yet. Ha!)

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