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Kitchen Remodel: Final Pictures

Well, it took me a while, but I finally got my act together and got some pictures posted of my big kitchen refresh project from last summer!
And I have to admit, I kind of love looking at these pictures, because the transformation really is amazing. Yes, it was a ton of work, but all totally worth it.
So first, here’s a little “before” action for you.
And here’s the after!
To recap, I made the following changes:
1) Built the existing upper cabinet boxes up to the ceiling (and purchased/installed new cabinet doors that fit the taller dimensions)
2) Painted all the cabinets (upper and lower) white (Sherwin Williams Snowbound)
3) Painted the walls more of a greige (versus the yellow-white that was there before). I would like to have gone even grayer, but thought it might clash too much with the granite.
4) Took down the window treatments, replaced the light fixtures, and replaced artwork.
Countertops, flooring, and appliances all stayed the same.
Obviously, the first change you probably noticed was the white cabinets. But I would argue that the even more impactful change was building the cabinets up to the ceiling. It’s amazing how small and builder-grade the original cabinets look, now that I compare them to the “after” picture! Taking them up to the ceiling instantly made them look more expensive and more custom. It was a major undertaking, but I’d do it again in a heartbeat. For more on how I extended the cabinets, click here. I purchased the new cabinet doors from Cabinet Door World—12 new unpainted upper doors ran me about $900, including shipping.

Another before shot, looking toward the breakfast area.


A few other details: I replaced the can light above the sink with a hanging fixture, using this $16 conversion kit. If you’ve ever changed a light fixture, converting a recessed light to a hanging fixture is just as easy! I also swapped out all the cabinet hardware.

Before

These glass-doored cabinets were a challenge, in that I didn’t feel like painting the inside of them. LOL. So instead I used them as an opportunity to bring some pattern into the room by adding herringbone peel-and-stick wallpaper, which I purchased here. It was super easy to install and it’s repositionable if you screw it up.

Before

I chose Sherwin William’s Snowbound for the cabinets, mainly because all my existing trim and interior doors were already painted that color. The pantry doors you can see next to the ovens in this photo weren’t touched. I thought it made the most sense to keep everything consistent.

Of course there are still a few more things I’d like to do. The biggest is that I would love to take down that small granite backsplash and instead do a subway tile backsplash that extends to the upper cabinets. But I really don’t think I want to take on a tiling project myself, so that’s going to have to wait until we can get a pro. In fact, see the pass-through on the far left? I would love to do subway tile on that entire wall, all around the pass-through. How fabulous would that be?
I also feel like there’s more I could do with this breakfast area, but I’m just not sure what. I would love to put in some kind of banquette to make it cozier, but not sure how that would work with so many doorways and windows. Still contemplating.

The more I look at the “before” pictures, the more amazed I am that I lived with it the old way for as long as I did. LOL. Funny how that happens!

Oh, and just for fun, since you made it down this far, check out the before before pictures of our kitchen! This is what it looked like 11+ years ago, the day we did our final walk-through before purchasing the house. We gutted it right after we bought the house, making the kitchen work space larger by walling up the exterior door on the right and pushing the peninsula into that spot. We also added the arched pass-through where the refrigerator is in this photo. The evolution of a kitchen—it has come a long way, hasn’t it? Funny though, that we went back to white cabinets in the end!

Thanks for checking out my kitchen refresh! As always, I will update this if I make any additional changes!

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WIP Wednesday: Refreshed

Yeah, so here’s what I did this week: Celebrated my older daughter’s ninth birthday (not once, but several times), made a quick out-of-state trip to visit family, and hosted two parties. Whew! Summer is definitely going out with a bang around here. But in the midst of all that, I also installed two new light fixtures, which I think officially completes my big kitchen refresh! I’ll do a post with before and after pictures very soon, but here was my one-and-only crafty project this week:

 

So I found this light fixture on Overstock. I totally loved it, but it was $500. Then I found another fixture on Overstock that looked almost exactly like it and got rave reviews for only $110! The problem? I didn’t love the finish on the $110 model. So I used this excellent Rub ‘n Buff stuff to change the finish color of the metal and save myself $400.

 

And it actually worked pretty well! Here she is, all rubbed and buffed and hanging above my kitchen table. I had some trouble getting an even finish on the fixture’s larger pieces, like the plate that attaches to the ceiling—in fact, I ended up using the ceiling plate from my old (broken) light fixture instead, and I tossed the Rub N Buff’d one. (Fortunately the two plates were interchangeable, so it worked.) But for the smaller parts of the fixture, like the “cage” that goes over the shade, this stuff worked like a dream.

Okay, so what are you working on this week? Let’s see it!

LINK-UP RULES:

1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
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3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.

4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!

 

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Mix N Chic Designer Challenge

So, you guys may have picked up on this already, but I love design, in all its forms! That’s what originally made me fall so hard for modern quilting, after all. But “design” doesn’t end when you finish the quilt. Modern quilts are amazing design pieces in and of themselves, and can be fabulous additions to your home décor. In fact, that’s something I’ve been thinking about more and more as my quilting career has progressed—designing quilts that work in modern homes.

Mix N Chic
Sofa: Pottery Barn. Icicle blue credenza: Chairish. Chandelier: Overstock. Yellow geometric pillow: West Elm. Wooden mirror: Chairish. Arrow bookends: West Elm. 1940s carved wood corbel columns: Chairish.

So, when the folks at Chairish contacted me about doing their Blogger Mix N Chic Style Challenge, at first I thought, “Nah, that’s not really my thing.” But then I realized, this was my chance to actually reverse that process—why not design a room around one of my quilts, instead of the other way around? : ) And so, my first-ever style board was born! I used my Chandelier Quilt as the inspiration and the starting point for my “room.”

The Mix N Chic Style Challenge is all about mixing different elements and décor styles into one fabulous room. Chairish—which is a unique curated marketplace for vintage and used furniture, decor, and jewelry—asked me to mix some of their Shabby Chic pieces with other décor styles. I thought my Chandelier quilt was perfect for a challenge like this, with its elegant but unique color palette and modern-meets-vintage aesthetic.I think I found some really fun pieces, and I’m starting to wish this room actually exists in my real-life house! : ) If you’re thinking of using one of your quilts as inspiration to design a room, here’s what I learned:

1. Use your quilt’s color palette, but don’t go overboard. I chose mostly neutral items, accented with a few colorful key pieces. I love tons of color in my quilts, but too much color in the furniture and accessories not only competed with the quilt, it all just started to seem chaotic.

2. Modern quilts are the perfect starting point when you’re looking to mix different furniture styles! My style board includes elements of shabby chic, traditional, Victorian, mid-century modern, and much more. I feel like the quilt helps tie them all together and makes the whole room more cohesive. Don’t ever feel tied down to just one decorating style.

3. Use your quilt’s style to guide you. I called my quilt “Chandelier” because the design literally reminded me of a crystal chandelier. So, obviously there had to be one of those on my style board! I also echoed the shape of the blocks in the shape of the mirror, and looked to the fabric in the quilt to guide my selection of the print on the pillow.

4. If this were a real room, the quilt could be hung up as a wall-hanging, draped over the back of the couch, or even displayed on a vintage ladder. There are lots of options for showing it off!

5. Did you know you can easily make style boards just like this on Polyvore? (Because I didn’t until last week!) Adding items to Polyvore from anywhere on the web is as easy as pinning to Pinterest with Polyvore’s Clipper tool browser add-on. Then just click “Create” to make a Set with your items (or choose from items already on Polyvore). It’s a great way to try things out together before you buy or just kill a couple of hours. Because I know you needed another internet rabbit hole to get lost down, right? : )

If you liked this post, check out my “Decorating with Quilts” Pinterest board to see examples of beautiful quilts used in fabulous rooms. And thank you to Chairish for inviting me to participate in the Mix N Chic Style Challenge!

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WIP Wednesday: In the Kitchen (Still)

Good morning! I spent the past week continuing to plug away at my kitchen project. I can’t believe this project has taken me the entire summer. Still, progress has been slow but steady, so I guess I can’t complain. In fact, I finished the last of the painting this week, and it’s looking amazing!

Also, this week I learned that peel-and-stick wallpaper is SUPER FUN AND AWESOME. It’s so easy to hang! I found this herringbone pattern on Etsy and wallpapered the inside of my glass cabinets with it. (I haven’t installed the new glass doors yet.) So cute!! If this stuff weren’t so darn expensive, I would tempted to paper my whole house with it! I’m already on the lookout for other peel-and-stick wallpapering opportunities. : )

 

Okay, so what are you working on this week? Let’s see it!

LINK-UP RULES:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the “Add Your Link” button below, then click on the Instagram icon at the bottom of the screen that pops up. You should then be able to select any of your recent Instagram photos. Where it says “Link,” use the URL of your Instagram feed (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/lee.a.heinrich). Please hashtag your IG post #wipwednesday.
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!
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WIP Wednesday: Painting

Sorry, guys, I don’t have anything sewing-related to show today, because it was an all-painting-all-the-time kind of week. I’m getting fed up with this kitchen project, which means I’m motivated to bust it out.
Here’s what my upper cabinets look like now. Building them up to the ceiling? Check. Crown molding? Check. White paint? Check. I’m so happy with how it’s turning out! The whole kitchen is so much lighter and brighter already!
All I need now is to add the new doors to the upper cabinets. I’m currently in the midst of painting those. So, yes, the end is in sight.
Okay, so what are you working on this week? Let’s see it!

LINK-UP RULES:

1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the “Add Your Link” button below, then click on the Instagram icon at the bottom of the screen that pops up. You should then be able to select any of your recent Instagram photos. Where it says “Link,” use the URL of your Instagram feed (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/lee.a.heinrich). Please hashtag your IG post #wipwednesday.
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!
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My Kitchen Refresh: Extending My Cabinets To the Ceiling


I have a lot of projects that I want to get done around my house this summer, and as many of you know, the first one I tackled was modifying my kitchen cabinets—making them taller and extending them up to the ceiling. So I thought I’d give you an update on how my kitchen project is coming along!

It’s been a lot of work, but I’m done with the building portion of the project. I’ve ordered new, taller upper cabinet doors that will cover the length of the new cabinets, so those will be installed when they arrive, and I’m re-installing all the crown molding. Then I’m painting everything white.

Before

Here’s the thing—when we moved into this house 10 years ago, we gutted this entire kitchen. In fact, our remodel was finished 10 years ago this month. So all of the changes I’m making now? Involve things I actually put here originally.

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But I can’t for the life of me remember why we didn’t do taller cabinets in the first place (maybe that just wasn’t done back then?). So I got it in my head that I wanted to extend them up to the ceiling, to give us some additional storage and make my ceilings look a bit higher. (We only have 8-foot ceilings in this house, so anything I can do to visually raise them, I’m gonna!)

Here it is now that I’m done building them up. Even in this unfinished state, the ceilings seem so much higher. I love it! Well worth the effort, I think, and I can’t wait to see them when they’re all painted and completed.

This was a challenging project for a couple of reasons. First, I have never built anything. Ever. Total newbie here at this kind of thing. Second, since we were the ones who put these cabinets in, I remember how much they cost—and now I’m taking a crowbar and a sander to them? Scary stuff, you guys. But my taste has changed a lot in those 10 years, and I guess it finally bugged me enough to take action.

My basic process: First I removed the crown molding from both the top of the existing cabinets and the walls. Next I added a sheet of hardwood plywood to the tops of the existing cabinets—there was a rim around the top, so I nailed on the plywood to give me a flat surface that would become the next shelf up. Then I added the sides and backs, either screwing them into the wall studs, or attaching them to each other with metal corner braces. Last, I added the face-framing pieces in dimensions that matched those pieces on the existing cabinets. I glued everything in place with woodworking glue before securing the pieces, so that nothing would shift out of place as I worked.

Obviously you wouldn’t normally want to use something so visible as a corner brace in a project like this. I had intended to use a Kreg pocket hole jig to drill pocket holes to hide the screws, but since I was building everything in place on top of the existing cabinets, there wasn’t enough room in there for my drill and the Kreg jig. So I went with the braces instead, and I think it will be fine—I’m not too concerned with how the cabinets look on the inside, since it’s the very tippy-top shelf only, and of course the new doors will hide the braces when they’re shut.

If you’re thinking of tackling a project like this, the first thing to know is that if I can do it, anybody can! Remember, absolutely no woodworking experience over here. LOL. I would just pass on the following tips for other beginners such as myself:

1) Everything has to be perfectly flush and square and level. If the new pieces you add aren’t level with the old cabinets, the new doors won’t hang correctly. And if the new pieces aren’t flush with the old pieces, paint won’t be sufficient to make it look like it was always just one cabinet. I used this power sander to sand down any edges that stuck out a little, and spackling compound to fill any cracks or other spaces. (I used a lot of spackling compound. It’s your friend in a project like this!)

2) If you don’t have an impact driver, get one! This is probably old news to anyone who’s done any woodworking, but as a total beginner, I wasn’t aware that such a thing existed until my dad recommended one. Unlike a standard drill, it has hammering action that provides force while you’re driving in screws. It made my project go a lot faster and more smoothly once I had one. (I bought the one linked above because it works with my other DeWalt tools’ battery system.)

So there you have it—phase one of the kitchen project is complete. I’m really happy with it and can’t wait to get painting! I’ll update again when that’s done!

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WIP Wednesday: Summer Runnin’

Ah, summer. That time of the year when I spend entire days in the car, just shuttling the girls from one lesson/activity to the next. Looks like nice weather out there, does it? I wouldn’t know, I’ve been in an air-conditioned car all week. LOL.
Oh, but look! I did manage to remove the paper from my completed kaleidoscope blocks and press them. And my 6-year-old helped me put them up on the design wall. Progress!! : )
And my kitchen project is proceeding. Sort of kind of. I’m building onto the top of my existing kitchen cabinets, so that they extend all the way to the ceiling. It’s been made interesting by the fact that have never built anything, ever in my life. (Please note that this has not stopped me from buying lots of power tools over the last month.) So it’s been a learning experience, but I think I’m on track. And I’m really enjoying it, so I hope to continue putting those power tools to work!

Okay, what are you working on? Let’s see it!

LINK-UP RULES:

1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the “Add Your Link” button below, then click on the Instagram icon at the bottom of the screen that pops up. You should then be able to select any of your recent Instagram photos. Where it says “Link,” use the URL of your Instagram feed (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag your IG post #wipwednesday.
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!
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WIP Wednesday: DYI-ing

Happy Wednesday! It’s 80-plus degrees here today and the girls’ last day of school is tomorrow, so it seems summer is finally upon us! And it makes me happy. : )

I had very little time for sewing this week, between a visit from my mom, dance recitals, softball games, end-of-school-year volunteering, etc. But here’s a little sneak peak at a block I whipped up from Melissa Corry‘s lovely new book, Irish Chain Quilts: Contemporary Twists on a Classic Design. Making this block has given me a serious urge to do a full-on super scrappy Irish Chain quilt like the one on the cover of the book. I’ll be on Melissa’s Irish Chain blog hop next week, but the hop is already going, so head over to her blog to check it out.

And as if all of that is not enough, I’m also embarking on a “little” DIY kitchen refresh project. The first step was to take down our existing crown molding, which was super scary. I’ve never done anything like this and I might be in way over my head! Once I took my pry bar to that crown molding, I felt like there was no going back. But if I can do it as a total 100% newbie, you can too, so I’ll be blogging about it as I go. I’ll have a full post with more details in the next few days. (Don’t worry, the crown molding will be reinstalled when I’m done!)

One last bit of business: I apologize for how late the WIP Wednesday posts have been recently! I usually write the post on Tuesday night, but with the last few months being so busy I got out of the habit. I hope to get back into the Tuesday night groove now that the school year is done. Thanks for bearing with me!

Okay, what are you working on? Let’s see it!

 LINK-UP RULES:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the “Add Your Link” button below, then click on the Instagram icon at the bottom of the screen that pops up. You should then be able to select any of your recent Instagram photos. Where it says “Link,” use the URL of your Instagram feed (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/lee.a.heinrich). Please hashtag your IG post #wipwednesday.
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!
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My Studio Tour

Today is a day of new beginnings around here. My youngest started kindergarten this morning (all-day school for the first time!), my older daughter started second grade, and my husband is starting a new job today, after a bit of time off. It’s been an emotional day already, and it’s only 9 a.m.

Of course, I’d be lying if I said a part of me hasn’t looked forward to this day for years. All that time to myself! The quiet! Finally, I can have my coffee and sew in peace! But then I walked the girls to the bus stop this morning, and the bus pulled up, and on they got, and they waved goodbye to me through the windows, and I waved and blew them kisses, and the bus pulled away, and I watched it until it turned the corner, and I walked back into the house, and … it was quiet, all right. Just me and the dog. And my entirely-too-peaceful coffee.

But you know what? I have my sewing. And I have all of you. And I get to turn over my own new leaf today. My new studio is finished! I’m sewing in it for the first time today, and I can’t wait to show it to you guys!

So, as a reminder, this is supposed to be our formal living room, but we’ve never used it that way. It served for many years as the girls’ playroom, but we recently moved the girls’ toys down to the basement and I took over. You can read all the details—and see some “before” pictures—in my first post about the new studio, right here.

The cutting tables are from Improvements and the stools are from Amazon (click here). The stools are easily one of my favorite things in this space. The surface of the wooden seats is a little rough and could use some sanding, but other than that I have zero complaints. The color of the wood is much darker than it appears in the Amazon listing, but I like them even better that way!

The Improvements cutting tables were such a bargain, I actually purchased two of them and placed them end-to-end, for loads of extra space to spread out fabric and projects. These tables are not fun to put together, and the finish on the corner of one of mine was dinged up pretty badly (I was able to mostly hide that with my end-to-end configuration). But they seem very sturdy (once I managed to put them together correctly), so overall I’m pleased. I was even able to turn two of the bookcases around and install them facing in the opposite direction, so that when the tables are placed end-to-end, I have hidden storage underneath. Love it!

And yes, there’s my Ikea Knodd aqua trash bin. It got lots of love on Instagram last week. : ) I’ll be throwing my scraps in there for sorting later.

The shelves at one end of the tables are for scrap storage. Eventually I’m planning to make some storage cubes that fit better in the cubbies, from this tutorial by Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts.

And the WIP storage area is at the other end. Look, I have room for more WIPs! : ) Gonna have to work on that.

On top of the table: Cutters, rulers, and marking tools galore.

Here’s my machine, sitting pretty in the center of it all. I have the Arrow Gidget II sewing table with a custom plexiglass insert. The table is just okay—it doesn’t seem as steady as the drop-in table I had for my previous machine (which sadly only fit that machine). And I wish the Gidget didn’t position my machine in the dead-center of the table. A little more table space to the left of the machine would be perfect. The mini quilt above the machine was made for me by Kaelin of The Plaid Scottie!

Above my machine is a magnetic knife rack for scissors and other tools, plus storage components, all from Ikea’s Fintorp system.

Unfortunately, there are very few drawers in this studio, but I remedied that with this aqua (of course!) Raskog kitchen cart from Ikea. I can pull it up next to my sewing machine if needed, or it can be pushed out of the way underneath the cutting tables. And look: Mason jars of Aurifil! That’s what happiness is made of. : )

The bookcases are (yep, you guessed it) Ikea. I wanted something inexpensive and relatively shallow. I searched high and low and couldn’t find anything better for my purposes than Ikea’s Billy bookcases, which are just 11″ deep, only $60 (in white), and well-made for the price. I bought two of these that are entirely dedicated to fabric.

I have far too much green and blue fabric. Please make a citizen’s arrest if I buy more anytime soon.

Here’s my little bookcase full of quilting books and magazines. This is the one piece of furniture I had from before. : )

Up above, more Fintorp storage, for my color cards. And my handy Kona swatches, a gift from a guild friend, are dangling from the hook.

One of my favorite things about this room is that it opens right up to our screened-in porch! We can’t use this porch for very many months up here in Wisconsin, but I plan to have these doors open as much as possible until it gets cold.

Next to the porch doors is another Billy bookcase, this one dedicated to my inventory of printed patterns. I can’t tell you how happy I am that these are no longer in a jumble of boxes all over the floor. But two or three more patterns and I’ll be out of space again! The pillow on top of the bookcase was made by my friend Anne Marie of Gen X Quilters.

And of course, here’s my design wall. This part’s a little janky, I admit. It’s just a piece of batting nailed onto the wall. With chunks cut out at the top so as not to block the clean air returns, per my husband’s instructions. : ) But it does the job. By the way, that reindeer up there is part of my Nordic-inspired Christmas quilt pattern, coming soon. (And no, I didn’t paint the doors yet. But deadlines are looming, so I had to get this studio functional and get moved in. Those doors will get done eventually. I hope.)

My desk area is over here. The desk was another bargain Amazon purchase. (ETA: Well, at least it WAS a bargain Amazon purchase, at only $99 – the price has jumped up to $210 since last night! Is that because I linked to it? Curious.)

Here it is from another angle. I adore the combination of the yellow lamp, aqua file cabinet, and beautiful mini quilt made by Jessica of SewCraftyJess. The file cabinet is from CB2 and the lamp is from West Elm.

Last but not least: I bought this gorgeous rustic ladder on Etsy for displaying a few of my quilts. That same Etsy shop has a wider ladder that was a little more expensive, and I wish now I would have gotten the wider one—this is just a bit skinny for quilt hanging. Still, it’s darn cute, and I love having some of my Vintage Quilt Revival quilts displayed in a way I think they were meant to be!

I feel so lucky—blessed, actually—to be able to spend my time while the girls are away at school doing something I love so much, here in this beautiful space. This is 100 percent my dream space and my happy place, and I can’t believe it’s mine! But it goes further than that. I guess I’m not one to sit still for very long (or possibly ever). So without this hobby and this blog—and all of you who read it and cheer me on—I think I would be a mess this morning. Directionless. But instead, I have a job that I created for myself that is creative and fulfilling and as flexible as I want it to be. Not many people are can say all of that. I guess that’s the real blessing—this room is just the icing on the cake.

P.S. You can hop over to my “Sewing Spaces” Pinterest board to see pins that served as my inspiration for this room. 

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WIP Wednesday: The One Where I Painted A Lot

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
You guys! I spent most of the week in Michigan visiting family and going to the AQS show, and since getting back, I’ve been working like a dog to get my new studio up and running.

This all means that I don’t have much in the way of sewing to show you today, but how about a studio shot instead? That’s my current WIP, after all!

I admit, it doesn’t look a whole lot different than last week’s shot. That’s because I’ve spent hours and hours and hours just painting trim—and it’s still not done. There is so much trim in this room. And it all has to get painted because the current color is a hideous yellowish ivory. I don’t know the paint company’s name for this particular shade, but “Pale Vomit” might be apt. In fact, that got me thinking about all the variations on vomit that you could turn into a paint color name: Faded Vomit. Antique Vomit. Vintage Vomit. This is where my mind goes when I’m painting, you guys. It’s not pretty.

So anyhoo, I’ve made good progress in the new studio, and by the time I’m done, all that trim will be a fresh, clean white. But I’m still days away from actually using my new studio. Sigh.

What are you working on this week? Here’s how to link up:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday and mention me, @lee.a.heinrich.
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!