When Madame Samm emailed me about guest blogging, I told her I would give you some ideas on budget-friendly quilting furniture. One of my favorite pieces is a quilt storage shelf.
This is a Jenny Lind baby changing table I bought at a garage sale and spray painted red to match my red and white guest room. It's great for storing quilts because the shelves are so deep, and the top is a great place to show your doll collection (or bobbleheads or beer steins or whatever you collect). It's very sturdy and will hold a bunch of quilts. It would be great for fabric storage, too. So, this summer when you're out at garage sales, keep an eye out for changing tables (and pick up another one for me while you're at it - I need a purple one, too). You can have a really cute shelf for about twenty bucks. Don't be afraid of the painting part - enamel spray paint is a girl's best friend. The only trick is keeping your dog away from the overspray so that you don't end up with a red enamel dog to match your furniture.
After years of sewing in the guest room, I now have a spare bedroom to use for a dedicated sewing room. One of my longed-for items was a really sturdy, large cutting table. I thought a kitchen island would be ideal, and it was a great idea until I went to the design center and looked at the prices. Yikes! Back to the drawing board. After talking to the designer, I decided that I could create exactly what I wanted for much less. Here's what I came up with:
This cutting table is made from two upper kitchen cabinets (15" deep and 48" wide) placed back to back, with a 4" kick plate added under them. When backed together, it looks like one solid unit, and the height is exactly right for cutting. The top is a formica countertop, with rounded corners on all sides. The front cabinet (seen in this picture) has shelves inside and is great for storage. The back cabinet (below) I left without doors so it would be more like a bookshelf.
These pieces were much less expensive than ready-made quilting furniture. You can order the cabinets at a lumber yard or chain store like Home Depot. They will be happy to make the countertop any size you want, and you'll have lots of choices (way too many, in fact) on countertop materials. Base cabinets would work also, but they are much deeper. I didn't have enough space to place two base cabinets back to back. Cabinet backs are unfinished, since they are intended to be placed against a wall. If you used only one, you would need to put something on the back to finish it off.
So, I hope this gives you a couple ideas you can use in your sewing room. And come on over to Troublesome Creek Quilts to see what I'm making on my new cutting table!