Sewing Room (Mostly) Finished!!!

Two weeks ago when I posted about my sewing room I had just prepped the trim for painting.

Sewing Room Supervisor's Perch

Actually, to be fair, this picture shows the painted trim. From far away it doesn’t look too bad. As I stood and stared at it, though, I didn’t like how it looked.

Sewing Room Painted Trim 4-5-20

It was Palm Sunday and I suddenly had a bit of a quandry. I had purchased a gallon of expensive paint that was on the ‘Mis-tint’ rack at Lowe’s. It was a peachy tan color. Since it was only $9 instead of the original $30 I thought I could doctor it up with some dark chocolate paint that I had at home. I figured that would be enough to darken it up to the color that I wanted. After painting the trim I had to decide if I wanted to try messing with it some more, or if I would just bite the bullet and go buy another gallon of paint in a color that I actually wanted.

Sewing Room Painted Trim 3 4-5-20

Looking at it next to the floor really bothered me. It was early afternoon and I just wanted to get this project done. Then I remembered something I had read on a blog that I follow and decided to take the technique and twist it a bit.

Jen (her blog is Epbot and is great) and her husband, John, used to be professional painters/faux finishers. Last month John posted a video on YouTube that showed you how to get the look of wood grain using just paint, glaze and stain. I had watched it during my lunch break at work without the sound, so I was going by memory of what he had done. I decided that maybe if I just threw some stain on the paint and let it sit that it might actually darken to the color that I wanted. (I’m an accountant, not a chemist so if you’re having a scientific fit right now just chill… it all comes out in the end).

Jay gave me a scrap piece of wood that I painted, and once it was dry I threw on three different colors of oil based stain and let it sit for about an hour. When I came back I wiped it off and found the color that I thought would work. However, because it’s oil based it had kind of turned gummy. I showed Jay and told him that my plan of attack was going to be to start in one corner of the room and work my way around. When I got back to where I started then I would wipe off the stain and see how the trim looked. I would play it by ear.

I grabbed my can of stain, a bunch of lint-free wiping cloths, my nitrile gloves and some canned cat food trays for the soiled cloths. I had no hope that this was really going to give me anything good, but I didn’t want to buy another gallon of paint. I would just tolerate whatever happened with the stain. I wiped it on and started to spread it around on the trim. Then I stopped. I looked in disbelief. I spread some more stain on the trim a little higher. I really liked the results I was getting and decided that I was NOT going to wipe any of this stain off. Let me show you what I was seeing…

Sewing Room Finished Trim 4 4-5-20

I was getting the look of wood grain without really trying. I had finished around the doors when Jay came in and looked. He was amazed.

Sewing Room Finished Trim 2 4-5-20

It even looks good close up.

Sewing Room Finished Trim 5 4-5-20

When you walk into the room it looks like I refinished the woodwork. It’s almost a walnut-looking wood now, but I’m so glad that I cheaped out and decided to just make do with what I had in the house.

Sewing Room Finished Trim 4-5-20

Not all of it is perfect, and looking at these pictures I see spots I wish I had touched up, but it’s okay because most of it will be hidden by furniture.

Since this was oil-based stain I wanted to give it plenty of drying time before I did anything else in the room. So while the trim was drying I worked on the next project: outlet and switch plate covers. I had looked all over for something that I liked. After all, I didn’t want to put boring outlet covers in this room. When I couldn’t find anything that I liked I decided to make my own. Yes, this is often how I get myself into trouble.

Sewing Room Finished Outlet Cover

I think they turned out pretty good! Not only are they sewing themed, but that’s a picture of my actual sewing notions.

Sewing Room Finished Switch Plate

This one didn’t turn out quite so good. I tore the tissue paper while trying to modge podge it to the cover. See the pins to the left of the switch?

ceramic-pin-dish-10-29-16

It’s the magnetized pin holder that Jay helped me make from a thrift store find a few years ago. I used the same picture for all of the covers in this room, but you could easily have a different one on each outlet if you wanted. I took pictures so I’ll put up a tutorial later.

Once those were installed, the trim was dry and the new duct covers were installed I just had to do a last bit of cleaning before moving things in.

Sewing Room Finished Wall 4-11-20

Sewing Room Finished Wall 2 4-11-20

Sewing Room Finished 4-11-20

I am so happy with how this room turned out!

Let’s get some furniture in there!

Sewing Room Furnished 3 4-19-20

I don’t have everything in here yet. Jay still has to install my wall-mounted ribbon spool holders, the wall-mounted TV holder, and he just finished building the platform to raise my cutting table to a better height (it’s the white table that you see in the picture with the batting on it). I’m 5’10” so I would like a little more height to comfortably cut fabric.

Sewing Room Furnished 2 4-19-20

As you can see my Inspector General showed up to make sure everything was in its proper spot.

Sewing Room Furnished 4-19-20

I’m using blanket storage bags to store my fabric. I’m hoping it will keep the dust off of it and maybe protect it a little more. Since it’s right by the window I should probably cover it with something to keep the sun from fading it.

I decided not to put the blinds back up.

Sewing Room Curtain Rod 4-18-20

I purchased a fancy curtain rod and used one of my lace curtains.

Sewing Room Window 4-18-20

During the day I have to make sure it’s tied back. Otherwise, somebody gets grumpy.

Sewing Room Window Bob 4-18-20

I’m not kidding, either. The other day I was getting ready for work and Bob was sitting in the hallway whining. I remembered that I hadn’t tied the curtain back yet, so I headed into the sewing room. He ran ahead of me and was on the perch before I could get the curtain pulled back. He was whining because he didn’t want to look through the curtain! He’s not spoiled!

Let’s do some before and after pictures, okay?

I spent all weekend in there and loved it! The overall footprint is smaller than what I used to have for my sewing room…

Sewing Room - Christmas 2015

… but the head space is so much better!

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