Tuesday, April 2, 2013


I'll admit it.  I'm a planner.  Big time.  I have to have a plan for each day in advance.  I find I'm much more productive that way.  I can't just wake up in the morning and then decide what I'm going to do.  I'm persnickety that way!  However, I'm OK when my plans don't work out (which happens quite often.)  I realize that the only one whose plans work out all day every day is God and that's just fine by me.  But I still make my plans - plans for dinner, plans for tomorrow, plans for next week and more recently I'm working on plans for renovating my sewing room!

I'm actually pretty excited about these plans, although I'm still in the early stages.  But I am finally starting to make some decisions and seeing some progress.  In fact, my husband and I went and picked out some cabinets this past weekend.

New cabinets for my sewing room
They're unfinished so I still need to do some research to figure out the most durable finish for painting.  I'm thinking enamel, but I've honestly never used it before, so I'm not sure how hard it will be too apply.  Does anyone have any tips for me?

I've had the wall paint color picked out for over a year (it's the bottom one) and I've picked up some flooring samples as well.  More research needs to happen here on installing the laminate flooring and its underlayment before I make my final choice, but that should happen before too long.  Again, I'd appreciate any advice you have on this!

Flooring samples and paint color
After searching the web, I found this picture of a table that I think would be perfect as a cutting table.  My husband is going to make one like it in the dimensions I want and a coordinating one to use as my sewing table.  I love having a husband that's so handy at building things!  I found this picture at littlegreennotebook and I think it came from a magazine.

The cutting table I'd like for my sewing room
I know it's going to be months before this renovation is complete, but I'm having a lot of fun planning it right now.  It's also exciting to see if the end result will look anything like what I have pictured in my head.  I hope so!  I'll keep you posted as it moves along.

By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. 
John 13:35 (NLT)


  1. I will make a confession here: sometimes I enjoy the planning of a vacation MORE than the actual vacation.

    I will really enjoy watching your progress! I love seeing what people do in their sewing rooms!

  2. Congratulations on your sewing room plans! It's fun to get it all going, isn't it? One thing I really love in my sewing room is lots of lights. I have a couple track lights and also a light with six bulbs in the center of the room. It's great in the winter.

    When I was planning my sewing room, I thought I wanted a kitchen island for a cutting table, until I started looking and pricing them. At one store, the salesperson mentioned that the island I was looking at was just two upper cabinets set back to back, and with a 4" kickplate under them and formica top. So I bought some upper cabinets, my husband made a "box" to set them on and hooked them together back to back, and I ordered a formica top that looks like granite in the size I wanted. I love my cutting table, and it's the exact right height and very sturdy. The cabinets I got have doors on one side, and shelves on the other side. Just another idea for you! The one you show looks pretty neat, too. It's nice to be able to give your requests to your husband and get it made!

    I have a laminate floor in my kitchen, and love it. We've had it at least 10 years, with kids and dogs on it, and it is holding up fine. I don't have any suggestions on putting it down, as we had ours done by a flooring company. It didn't look all that hard, though. Good luck with your planning!

  3. How exciting! I'll enjoy watching it transform from ideas to reality. Love the cutting table and I'm sure you'll put those cabinets to work. I've never used enamel, so no wise words here.

    JoAnne's confession made me laugh. Too cute!

  4. Your sewing room will be so pretty and user friendly!


  5. After you and your hubby are finished with your sewing room, which is going to be awesome btw. You both can come and finish mine! Isn't that nice of me? LOL

  6. Dee, I'm not sure where you plan to put the cabinets since there aren't any in the picture, but if you are planning to do something like Kathy's that sounds great. We have had laminate and cork floors in kitchens and really like the comf0rt of the cork floor. I think you can find lots of information on laying either type on floor on DIY and HGTV websites. I look forward to seeing the progress in this room and know it will be spectacular after seeing other renovations that you two have done!