Monday, July 1, 2013

Renovation Step #1 - Painting...

Wow!  What a long absence.  I really thought I'd only be gone for a week or two, but that turned into well over a month.  I was sick for a lot of that time, but recently I've been making some progress on my sewing room renovation.  It's been great for my recuperation both mentally and physically!

I'm not sure if I ever showed a picture of my sewing space before I started packing it up.  Here it is in all it's organized and cluttered glory.

My sewing space pre-renovation
I know I'm blessed to have such a large sewing space.  This room is about 15 feet by 28 feet.  I started out in a tiny bedroom and when I outgrew it, my husband was so sweet to let me have the bonus room.

This room has never been painted since we moved in more than 12 years ago.  It was obvious they used very little paint in here when the house was built.  I put painter's tape around the window to paint it and left it there for less than 24 hours hours; however, when I pulled it off, it took some of the sheetrock paper with it.  That's how bad it was.

My brother was kind enough to paint the ceiling for me.  The old color looks gray next to the nice bright white it is now.  It took 3 and a half gallons of paint to cover it.  It soaked up the paint like a sponge.

I painted the walls myself.  I used the Behr Premium Plus Paint and Primer in one.  You can only buy it at Home Depot.  After painting almost every room in our house multiple times, we'll only use Behr paint from now on, but this is the first time I've used the paint and primer in one.

It's more expensive, but it's definitely worth the money.  It covered the walls with just over 1 gallon of paint.  (The unpainted space is where cabinets are going.)

The color is called Wheat Bread.  I think it looks pretty good with the white cabinets and wood floor I've picked out (but more about that next time.)

Obviously I've been away far too long.  This was an awfully long post just about paint.  However, I've got some fabric to give away next time so stay tuned!

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 
Ephesians 3:20 (NLT)


  1. I like wheat bread color with white! What a lovely big space for quilting! Have a happy day!

  2. This is looking really great! I don't mind reading about paint, either, ha ha. I hope you are feeling better.

  3. There you are!! Glad you are better. Can't wait to see updates on your sewing room and more quilts.

  4. I hope you are feeling better. We were gone a week and I came home with ear infections! I like the room. You are lucky to have it all in one room. Mine is scattered all over the house! Cutting, Ironing and fabric/patterns in one room, Sewing machine in another, quilt wall in a third and the quilt frame in a forth!


  5. I do love a redo!
    I'm sorry to hear you've been under the weather. Take care of yourself!

  6. Step by step and before you know it , you will be humming away again on your machine :0) Love "before and after" projects!

  7. Your studio looks great so far. Fresh paint makes everything look so clean. Can't wait to see the final step. It's fun to get the studio just right and then enjoy the thrill of entering that space to create something to give to a dear friend or family member.