I can't believe I can finally say this: The workshop is finished!
Well, nothing is ever truly finished around here. I still have a lot of smaller projects I'd like to do. But I can say I have a functional workspace and it looks amazing.
Here's what the inside of the workshop looked like before.
Actually, when we first bought the house the workshop didn't even have lights or electricity. It was basically a garage with a dirty cabinet and a partially finished closet.
It was never really meant to be a finished building, but that's what I needed so we made do with what we had. Some of the wood in the ceiling looked like it had been salvaged from another building, so I think it was a DIY project from the start.
So, a few weeks ago, Mike and his dad started work on the drywall. It's something we will probably never DIY again because it's so much work, but it was a good thing for them to do together. I know Mike learned a lot about construction and got several new tools out of it.
After they sealed holes, patched uneven wood beams and put in insulation, they did the drywall, tape and mud.
That was about when my mom arrived, so we had to move everything that had been jammed in her room outside. What a mess!
Part of the problem (in addition to the workshop being smaller than my old workspace) was that I had never had a chance to go through all my stuff before we moved and get rid of things I didn't need. I didn't even know what I didn't need until I tried to move into the new space.
In the meantime, Mike and I worked on painting the old cabinet and replacing the damaged wood on top. He cut the boards and stained them a nice color.
Check out that crazy old paper inside!
I painted the drawers white and replaced all the hardware.
And then everything was ready. The paint-stained cement floor needed something to make it look a little better, so I got an outdoor rug from Target.
So, drumroll please... here's how it looks now.
I painted the peg boards lemongrass and then installed them on the back wall, which brings the whole room together.
I was so excited to use my Pyrex bowls as useful displays. They're holding all the ribbons, thread, buttons and other sewing supplies my mom and I have between us.
Another corner of the room is my shipping center. Shelves were key to getting the most out of the vertical space in the room.
Sadly my yarn display is almost totally empty! Time to reorder.
I'm glad I had plenty of wall space for artwork and photos, including one of my grandmother. She watches over the shop.
The back of the room is a bit messy, but my felt scraps and extra foam and stuffing have to go somewhere.
I originally thought I would leave the old gray paint on the closet door but now it looks so grungy I think I'm definitely going to paint it. Inside the closet we're storing all of our signs and things for sales, plus some of mom's items to sell on eBay.
Sometime I'd like to paint my desk and the yarn display since nothing matches. Then I'd like to find a vintage wood file cabinet with 4 drawers so I don't have to have two cabinets precariously stacked.
The final piece is painting the exterior and maybe getting a new light and a sign for the door. I'm picturing something cute that says "Mary Marie Knits world headquarters."