Saturday, March 3, 2012

Ikea Dressers + Shelves for office/sewing room

I made a little storage for my sewing room.  By little I mean big.  By my sewing room I mean the office which I'm slowly taking over as a sewing room. 

The process and before-and-after pictures are here, but the gist is I need storage to contain and hide the clutter that is often associated with work spaces, so after goofing around and stressing out for a while, I came up with the perfect solution, which is basically just some dressers and pine boards:

Everything in one place!  Fabrics in the dressers!  DIY and home improvement magazines, sewing and Burda mags, patterns in yellow manila envelopes, plus my binder of articles and how-to's and other office papers on the first shelf!  Other knick knacks and doodads are contained on the next shelf!  Whatever else on the next one!(!)   How organized it is!!!  I will give myself one month before things start to get cluttered again!  At which point I will move on to the next project!  See now you know why I don't have time to sew.

By the way, I bought a new serger :)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy new year, and a new Cutting Table!

Happy New Year to all!  We've stuffed ourselves, drunk our hearts out, had fun and chatted with friends and family until everybody was blue in the face.  Now it's time to start making those resolutions and pray that they will last past January 15! 

Anyway, I forgot to cross-post my entry of this new cutting table that I hacked out of Ikea Expedit shelves.  It's a pretty simple hack, and it's not even an original idea because my local Ikea has this setup in the showroom and I thought it would make a great cutting table with some adjustments.  Essentially it's just three 2x2 Expedits butted against each other, placed on top of plywood with casters, topped with another sheet of plywood, secured with the necessary hardware (L-brackets, wood joiner, glue as needed).

Now I have a move-able cutting table - with storage that can be customized with Expedit inserts - that fits my large 36" x 48" cutting mat perfectly!