If I were a carpenter…

Turns out, my husband IS a carpenter., and he didn’t even know it.  And as the song goes, I most certainly would follow him anywhere.  This weekend we tackled the renovation of the sewing room/workspace/studio/the-room-that-shall-not-be-named.  Which brings up the issue, we really don’t have a set name we call this room.  It started out as a workspace because it housed both my sewing stuff and Mark’s desk w/ computer.  So we would go out to the workspace in the evenings when we both had something to work on.  But then a few months ago, we decided to move his desk w/ computer into the spare room (which also doesn’t have a proper name because it has had it’s own set of morphs).  So that left just my stuff in the workspace, so I started referring to it as a sewing room.  Although whenever I say the name “sewing room” it conjures up a vision in my head of  an old lady, surrounded by a bunch of cats, handstitching something whilst sitting in a rocking chair.  If I am in the company of someone who is a professional (such as the flooring guy from Empire that we had here to get a quote on for doing said renovation, which was a ridiculous number), I will call it a Studio, because my doesn’t that sound fancy!  But plainly speaking, it is the room in our house where I keep all of my sewing/crafting/gift wrapping supplies.

That, was a tangent!  Phewwwwwww… and I’m back.

Okay, on with the original intent of this post – Friday evening after putting the girls to bed, Mark and I started to paint the room a deep teal color called “Vintage Chic”.  Have you ever went shopping for a color of paint, and ended up purchasing one based solely on it’s name?  That is exactly what I did.  It is by complete coincidence, or the work of fate, that it turned out to be almost the exact color I had in mind!  Mark discovered that the floor of the room, which is concrete, was bordered by a carpet that hadn’t been completely torn out.  So after having to clean the perimeter of carpet yarns and staples, oh joy, he painted the bottom edge, (did I mention it’s concrete?) a brown color titled “Bear Rug”.  We also painted the trim above this color.  We ended the evening at around 12:30am, with having only painted one coat so far.  The next morning, it was up early again but we decided to make a big yummy breakfast before starting to work.  I am pretty sure the girls were very happy with this decision!  With our bellies full, we tackled coat #2 of the painting.

THEN!  This is my favorite part.  We put down the plastic barrier called “underlayment” and started on the floors!  It turned out quite beautifully, Mark did 95% of the work I was just there to help draw a cute little pencil line every time he had to cut one of the boards.  I was reeeeeeeeeally good at it.  Only drew it on the wrong end twice!  Or maybe three times?  It doesn’t matter, they look amazing and I can hardly believe that’s the same room.  I’ll be happy to get in there and create my heart out!!!  The girls christened it today by hand painting wooden switchplates (haha, I just had to ask Mark what the name of those were, because I couldn’t remember, sad).  Beautiful stuff!  Now all the room needs is a NAME!  Any suggestions?

Enjoy the view!

Here is Mark tearing away the leftover bits of carpet, which earned him a few blisters on his poor hands..
Here is Mark tearing away the leftover bits of carpet, which earned him a few blisters on his poor hands..

Vintage Chic & supplies
Vintage Chic & supplies


Cruising along with the first coat of color..already an improvement...
Cruising along with the first coat of color..already an improvement...
..first two rows done...Claire took this picture, and from that angle it looks like a bowling alley... Which isn't a bad thing, I mean, who wouldn't love a bowling alley in their house?  Shhhduh.
..first two rows done…Claire took this picture, and from that angle it looks like a bowling alley… Which isn’t a bad thing, I mean, who wouldn’t love a bowling alley in their house? Shhhduh.
see, that's me drawing my cute pencil line, oh my gosh what would he have done without me?!
see, that's me drawing my cute pencil line, oh my gosh what would he have done without me?!
...almost done, Veda gave it two thumbs up!
...almost done, Veda gave it two thumbs up!
...and here.
She also tried out a few dance moves, here...
and here.
and here.
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Hmmm..so perhaps it should be called the Sewing Room since who is that mister to the right there? oh... hi Napoleon, glad you approve.
Hmmm..so perhaps it should be called the Sewing Room since who is that mister to the right there? oh... hi Napoleon, glad you approve.

xoxo


2 thoughts on “If I were a carpenter…

  1. First of all, you did more than penciling. You looked fabulous! Don’t forget the importance of motivating Mark with some eye candy. 😉

    I like ‘studio’ because it means a creative workplace. But I also like ‘sewing’ because you ARE an old lady with cats. So I vote for ‘sewing studio’.

    It really turned out great, and I applaud all of your teamwork and Mark’s skill!

    I tried having a ‘creative’ room before and I couldn’t get myself to actually go in it. I have separation anxiety about leaving either Dan or the television. I’m not sure which one. Ha! However, if he was in the same room working on something as well, that would be neat. Are you going to miss having Mark around or do you relish your privacy now?

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