Exiting Route 66

As with all of our other rooms pre-renovation, this room screamed 90’s in the worst way. This room was originally designed as a game room with our pool table. The before pictures just don’t do this Route 66 themed room justice. Picture floor to ceiling plaid wallpaper, a license plate border, then continuing a lovely hunter green wallpaper to cover the ceiling. Complete with Route 66 curtains, chairs, everything! Even a Route 66 gift store employee would have said, “I think that’s too much Route 66 stuff for one room.” We ditched the pool table and started planning for what would be our new craft room.

We stripped all the wall paper off inch by plaid-covered inch then had the professionals come in to texture the walls.

Our look for this room is light, vintage, and with slight rustic/industrial touches. We chose a medium grey, Requisite Grey, for the 20140113-201956.jpgwalls and a slightly darker Functional Grey for the ceilings. Both are Sherwin Williams colors. We added wood trim where the wall meets the ceiling for a more customized look (and so our paint line didn’t have to be spot on).

Storage was essential in this room. It was acquired in the form of wood shelving lined with baskets and containers of all shapes and sizes.

The closet was converted into a small office space with custom wood shelves held up by black steel pipe.

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A cheap flea market table was stripped of the bright blue spray paint and stained a dark walnut with antique white legs.

Overall, it’s a space that holds a nice mix of old and new, industrial and soft, and rustic and polished. It’s complete with family pictures, inherited treasures, and all things necessary for whatever creative project strikes us next.

 

Repurposed Antique Sewing Machine

This antique Singer sewing machine was passed down from my great grandmother. It’s gorgeous except for the front drawer that has always been missing. We decided to combat the missing piece while giving it an updated look by removing the wood top and replacing it with stained concrete. The concrete table top was made using our usual mold from melamine, but this time we added a decorative edge using a polyurethane edge form mold. The color was achieved from a mix of deep brown and buff grout stain that was left over from the bathroom countertop project. Removing the old top allowed more of the pretty iron work to show through, plus the actual sewing machine that was inside and never seen will look great in the craft room! The following pictures are the process start to finish…
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