We have an unfinished basement, but there’s one room that was partially finished when we bought the house: CraftyTown. It has drywall up on the walls and the floor is carpeted, but that’s all that’s been done. The ceiling is unfinished and we put up a light fixture in the one central receptacle, but the room badly needs more light and a real ceiling. For all these photos, please ignore the boxes and junk on the floor that I couldn’t be bothered to clean up.
The walls were decorated with a HockeyTown motif and splatter paint effect (oh, the 1980s) when we moved in, and though it took five coats of primer, the hockey rink and Wings logos are almost entirely hidden. I haven’t wanted to paint the walls another color, figuring that white will reflect the most light and anything else would make it darker in there. We also tacked up some cheapo white tablecloths over the ceiling beams in hopes that the white fabric would reflect more light. The ceiling in here is also quite low, as the room above it is sunken.
The next step will be to get the electrician to come install more lighting. In this regard, the fact that the ceiling is unfinished is in our favor, as he’ll hopefully be able to give me light in all the areas I want it, and we won’t need to tear anything out. I’d like it to be bright as all get-out in there so I can really see what I’m doing when I’m sewing and know that I’m seeing the actual colors of fabric, thread, and so on. After the lighting is in we could think about finishing the ceiling.
I don’t love the carpet in this room, but I can definitely live with it. It’s fairly clean and it’s pretty comfortable to stand on so the padding must be adequate. I wouldn’t want to shell out the dough to replace it until we really need to. I’d like to paint at least some of the walls another color – something light but not white. Once I have enough lighting I’ll see what I think.
So, for the quick tour, we have the sewing table:
And the cutting table:
And the computer area (this PC is reserved for iTunes only – it is several years old and can’t handle much more reliably):
And my fabric rack:
This rack was originally intended as shelves for a bathroom, but I re-purposed it to hold all my Blythe dress fabrics. This way I can see what I have in any given color and easily see patterns and colors that might compliment one another.
I feel good about having organized most of my raw materials. The drawer bins I mounted on the wall are really great for keeping track of all the little buttons and sequins and stuff, and the thread racks make it so much easier to see what I’ve got. I think I like the arrangement of the room pretty well. As I keep saying lately, “it’s getting there!”
More pics (and notes to identify things) on Flickr.