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My sewing room is such a mess
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Date: 7/31/12 0:20 AM

20 years ago I wallpapered my sewing room, which is upstaires. The house is a story and 3/4. The sewing room is in the 3/4 part.
I have been peeling pieces of wallpaper off every so often for a couple months. I told my DH about stripping the wallpaper and asked if he would help sometime.
Well this morning he went up there to check it out and pulled some wallpaper off. Next thing you know he has about 1/3 of the room stripped. Stripping the wallpaper is somewhat addicting becasue when I went upstairs to see what he was doing I started pulling it off also.
Now my whole sewing space is one big mess. I didn't realize how much it would bother me having it all messed up.

I took all the shelving above the window down and now have that stripped also.
My sewing machine is back in the left hand corner.
Now that I have almost all the wallpaper stripped and everything off the walls I might as well paint it before I put stuff back.
The next question is what color should I paint it?
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The space you are looking at is just one little alcove. The really big walls are off to the left and behind me. It took us about 7 hours to get that stuff off the walls.
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Date: 7/31/12 6:06 AM

I love your sewing room!

We're painting and our house is dark (we have over 2 dozen mature hardwood trees on our property but that's another topic).

I got on the Benjamin Moore site and found a room with similar lighting to ours. Then I started playing with the color preview bringing in color after color and watching how the light affected it.

We found a great color and it worked right out of the can (we did test it first painting just a swatch).

ours was Bennington Gray but again - it wasn't the color as much as it was finding what worked in our light. I love their web site.

and maybe it's just me, but I love great neutral colors because I can use accessories like pillows and fabric to bring in pops of color. Those are easy to change out if I get bored!

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Date: 7/31/12 8:52 AM


Your room looks a lot like mine right now.. maybe even better..

I have finally took the plunge and decided to paint my cabinets and desks,, walls, trim, and our custom builds. Just sanding and such for the prep was a chore.. But not as big a headache as trying to find the exact paint colors I wanted to use.. Thats putting it mildly since I wasn't sure what paint colors I would want to start with.

In an effort to not do PINK again , I have tried peaches, etc etc etc..
All last week my room looked like a crazy quilt gone mad .. STILL don't have a real good handle on it.. Lighting will need replacement too . as well as the hardware on the desks.

Paint chips never look the same on your walls as they do in the store, or even taped on your walls, or on a computer monitor.. I guess I might be picky.. Thank goodness for the sample jars they will now make up for you. which the leftover of will be used on other craft projects.

Funny thing is I started out just to use something other than the champagne on the walls. and right now it may be the only thing I don't end up repainting.

Anyhow. desks are pulled out from the walls. the cabinet door are all off.. the drawers are sitting on my kitchen counters.. my machines and such are all over the house.. what a mess. And I still have to choose paint colors for much of what I am doing.

And of course as soon as I started , I got a whopper of a summer cold and can't work at my usual pace.

About the only thing I am loving about my room right now are the new drapes I had made not long ago.. In any case you have my empathy.. Choosing the right paint colors can be a real problem. will check out that site mentioned.. play around a bit there maybe.. I have already painted the upper cabinets but have to pick a glaze.. and decide whether to use or not use beadboard anywhere in the room.. what to do with the backs of my bookcases.. paint a floorclotha dn so on. I want to get the room of my dreams or at least one I look forward to going into everyday... since that is where I spend 90 percent of the day.

As far as wallpaper. I just took a small amount off my breakfast nook walls. OMGoodness that is a chore. There is nothing that can compare with the look of wallpaper but every time I remove any I say never again.

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Date: 7/31/12 9:47 AM

I'd paint it a light color. Mine is a light blue but my old sewing room was yellow.

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Date: 7/31/12 9:53 AM

Another vote for a light color! You could always do an accent wall with a deeper hue. But while I used to love the deep plum of my old sewing room, after I turned 40 it had to go. Even with large triple windows in there!
I loved that room, and still wish I had it......

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Date: 7/31/12 11:26 AM

My sewing room is a pale green, but it changes color somewhat, depending on the time of day and the light source. I like the color though. A nice neutral color like camel or tan can provide lots of decorating possibilities. Or a pale robins egg blue or equally pale green will work too.

For inspiration took through this thread on photos of sewing spaces. You will probably find examples of almost any size, shape and color sewing room.
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Date: 7/31/12 11:22 PM

Oh My Goodness. The mess is even worse today. I did pick out a color. Ivory. I am going to go with a green trim. DH will be home tomorrow so he will help with the painting. I got one wall and some of the ceiling painted today.
Ever notice how much dirt you find when you start moving stuff around? So you end up having to clean as you paint
As I move stuff around I am also purging. If I have not needed it in the last 3 years then out it goes.
I don't think I am ever going to make those slippers. I have had that kit for over 10 years.

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Date: 8/1/12 0:55 AM

I have beigy yellow walls and I hate it. There is one color for walls, and it's white. lol.

The color is because we both smoke and DH doesn't like white. >.<

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Date: 8/1/12 10:35 AM

Sounds lovely. Do post pics when it is all done. Off to clean my sewing room.

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Date: 8/1/12 11:21 AM

My sewing room is a mess, too. It makes me sad. Part of the problem is that is in a small bedroom. We took the bed down and pushed it against the wall and put the dresser in front of it. I need a storage building to store that furniture in so that I can have more room. Also, the floor is carpet and it has bits of fabric and thread on it. I can't vacuum it because the thread would get wrapped around the roller of the vacuum cleaner and tear it up. I tore up a vaccum cleaner that way one time. I can barely walk in it because my fabric stash sits in stacks at the entrance. The closet that is in there is filled with Christmas decor that I have nowhere else to put so I can't use it for fabric storage. I need to straighten it up and organize what I can, but I always think that time could be spent sewing. (Can you hear the sad violin playing?)

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