My Craft Room (in all its glory)!

This project has been years in the making and in recent past, months in the making.  I’ve always wanted a space that it easy to use and maintain where everything has a place.  Not much to ask, right?  Well, my dad is awesome and it’s done!
Before:
Craft Room Before

First, I emptied out the entire room, which was FULL to the gills.  I ended up with piles of stuff all over the house and a giant horde in my guest room.
Don’t judge me please!
MESS

Then we did some measuring and all that good stuff and dad got to work.  I was outside building a lean to for my mower.  I wasn’t much help to him on this project. 
Craft Room Before
desk building

Then, once it was built it became my huge project.  I had to do the wood putty/caulk/sanding/painting.
desk building
Caulk is trickier to use than you’d think.
desk building

I first painted it with wall paint, then I thought that’s probably not going to last very well, so then I put a couple of extra coats of Porch and Deck paint on it.  Then I learned that you can’t use polyurethane on white paint.  Or on latex paint.  It was yellow and made the paint bubble in places.  Very disappointing.  I was hoping for something with a harder finish, because paint gets scuffed so easily.  I never did find a great solution, so I painted over the topcoat I used and I’m left with a scuffed desk.  Oh well.
Desk Finishing

Also, he broke his cardinal rule and built me drawers! They are great!
Desk Finishing

Once it was painted and deemed finished, then I realized how icky and dark the closet was, so I emptied it out too and painted it white.
Closet paint
Closet paint

Then I spray painted my dresser for this room blue.  Valspar has some awesome colors, thought I wasn’t entirely impressed with the quality of the paint/sprayer.  It’s finished nonetheless, and I LOVE the color. I’ll post some tips for painting this dresser next time! Tape and trash bags is a good hint of what I’ll have to share.
Dresser Before
Craft Room After

Then my mom came over and helped me get my house back in order.  We got the room all clean and beautiful.  I am donating a bunch of stuff and I threw away so much stuff.

Ta-da!

Craft Room After
Craft Room After
Craft Room After
Love the storage for my buttons!
Craft Room After

Oh, and here’s the guest room to prove I really cleaned! 🙂
Clean Room After

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Seven Essential Sewing Skills, from Sew, Mama, Sew!

I am planning on leaving Pinterest.  I read their Terms and Conditions and I found I am not comfortable with them and the potential lawsuits they could cause.  So instead, I’ll be blogging more!  This post from Sew, Mama, Sew! is awesome!  There are a lot of tricks I’d like to have up my sleeve or improve on what I can already do.  For her comments, please go to:  Seven Essential Sewing Skills  I have also included the links she posted.  Next up, is my craft room remodel.  hopefully it will be pretty much done tonight!  It seems like it’s been forever!  I can’t wait to share!

1. Prewashing your fabric
Pre-Washing Your FabricThe PrewashPreshrinking Fabrics: Methods and Mishaps

2. Taking Your Measurements – I’m going to read this one particularly, because my top half is much smaller than my bottom half and I almost need to wear petites.  AKA… Patterns never work for me.
How to Take Measurements
Measuring and Choosing your Size

3.  Pressing your fabric
The Art of PressingPressing FabricPressing Tools

4. Seam Finishing
Seam Finishes Simplified
How to Sew a French SeamSeam Finishes: Turned and StitchedSeam Finished: Bound Edges

5. Sewing Zippers – another great resource for this is How to Sew a Zipper Pocket from Makebabystuff.com
Guide to ZippersInstalling a ZipperInstalling an Invisible ZipperInserting an Invisible ZipSewing a Vintage-Style Lapped ZipInserting a Hand-Picked Zipper

6. Buttons and Buttonholes
How to Make a ButtonholeHow to Make Hand Worked ButtonholesBound Buttonholes: My Favourite MethodHow To Sew On A ButtonHow to Make a Buttonhole on a Baby Lock, Bernina, Brother, Janome, Pfaff or Viking + a Bartack Buttonhole

7. Hemming
Tips + Techniques for HemsSerging a Rolled HemHemming with Seam BindingLace-Trimmed Lining: A Pretty TouchHemming a Skirt