In January, we made a decision to renovate our basement. It was overdue for a much needed facelift and I was excited that my dreary, light-less and bland quilting space would be renewed. We thought we’d scrape the ceiling (of the existing popcorn finish), install new and much more lighting, paint and replace the carpeting. A fresh and new inspiring space in which to quilt and to write.
Work began and progressed along nicely. Soon I had a crisp and clean white ceiling with ten new glistening pot lights. Suddenly there was light! One of the walls was covered in beadboard, painted white and three new sconces were installed. So amazing. Blue grass from Benjamin Moore covered the other walls. Tiny basement windows were cased and it made them look just a little bit bigger and much, much better. We purchased some soft and silky excellent quality carpeting to cover the cold, concrete floor. Now, not only did my studio look great, it felt pristine and wonderful.
Time to move in the furniture – the best part, I think. Ten years ago or more, for very little money I purchased a black, two-door armoire as a china cabinet from HomeSense. Thinking the size and shape of the armoire would be perfect for fabric storage, I emptied it out of dishes and had it hauled down to the basement.
I measured the shelving inside the armoire and heading to HomeSense, found some large baskets, small baskets and some old style wooden crates that fit like a glove. Again, like everything at this store, the prices are very reasonable.
This allowed me to divide my fabrics into colours and batiks and designers and label each container as such. It is wonderful to be able to keep my stash all in one place now. There is 14 inches between the top of the armoire and the ceiling, so there’s plenty of room for more storage. The perfect place for extra-wide backing fabric:
and for medium sized glass jars containing quilting accessories like Riley Blake buttons and crocheted flowers.
Fabric storage settled and done, next it’s on to scrapbook storage and re-vamping a little-used closet.