Creating my space – stage 1

As sad as it sounds, in our house, my ‘special place’ is the laundry. Pretty underwhelming, hey? Fortunately, the pain that is Mt Washmore is pretty evenly distributed between the King and I.

Of course, the choice of the laundry as my workspace is totally pragmatic – our laundry is big enough to be another bedroom (well, almost), and if all you did in there was battle stinky towels and wizzy nappies, it would be a travesty. While I was finishing my Masters, it was my study, and was where I learned that a washing machine on spin cycle was not conducive to constructing a coherent argument. Now that the Masters is done (hooray!!!), it is my sewing space, and desperately needs some love to prettify it.

Our laundry the day we moved in. Love those burgundy trims!
Our laundry the day we moved in. Love those burgundy trims!

Just like almost every other space in the castle, we’re not starting with a blank slate. We have a desk, filing cabinet and chair, all of which can definitely do with some tarting up. There are also some bits and pieces that need to find a home in the room, like the ironing board, iron and drying racks. It’s been painted, which is really the only big job to be done.

Speaking of finding a home, it is the place where things get put to deal with later, aka the Dumping Ground.

It's a shame Alby can't reach the Start button.
It’s a shame Alby can’t reach the Start button.

So, here’s the plan of attack:

  1. Deal with the desk
    • The desk is one of the few remaining pieces of furniture the King brought to the household, and it isn’t pretty. Timber veneer, chipboard, need I say more? It’s still perfectly functional, and is a good size, so this is definitely a rescue effort. I’m thinking paint and 3mm plywood to refinish the top.
  1. Sexy up the seat
    • I have a dilemma – two possible chairs, one definite backside. The chair I have in there currently is one of a set of six. It’s lovely, but a little low. I also have one of a pair, which is also very cool, but would be trickier to re-upholster. However, it may not need it. Decisions, decisions…
  1. Sort out the stash
    • The laundry is where a majority of my fabric stash lives, and to be honest, can best be described as haphazard. I need a solution that keeps it under control, and if possible, on display. It’s all so pretty, I’d like to be able to see it and enjoy it.
  1. Funk up the files
    • We have an essential but ugly filing cabinet, which I’d like to make fit the look of the whole space.
Ummm, just focus on the chair. And see that little paper bag under the desk on the left? That would be my wedding dress...
Ummm, just focus on the chair. And see that little paper bag under the desk on the left? That would be my wedding dress…

Of course, there is a pinboard that started it all…

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