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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

What went on when the internet went down!

Here is the story of Mel's really awesome adventure while she had no Internet part one.

2 years ago I bought this office/shed to convert to a room for my eldest. It was to be fully lined, insulated, with a veranda, electricity, phone and Internet.
Now, I'm not going to talk out of school about my darling son because I love him more than mud cake and cream but let me just say that when you see YouTube clips of kids going mental because their parents cut their Internet off as punishment.....well hands up if you have a son like that...ooh ooh *waves hand frantically in the air*
I wish I could have set up a "teenage boy throwing tantrum" cam the night he went kung fu on every wall. Hilarious stuff for 21st birthday viewing, alas, I was unaware of it because none of us ever went in there since it was a work in progress....and once I found out we gave up out of despair and he moved out shortly after so we didnt need it.

So after so many years of it left unloved and unfinished I was thinking of selling it. But then I had an idea!
With no internet filling my head with stuff, I had room for thoughts beyond answering emails, poking or nudging people and harvesting cartoon crops obsessively in Farmtown.
I decided it would be fun to totally gut it and start from scratch.
Here is my handy daughter. She is growing up to be just like me, a wrecker!

I nailed some rafters up, whacked up some plasterboard and used 2 big buckets of filler to fill up the holes

Then, using cupboard doors that were donated from the woodworking club( I have about 40 of them) I proceeded to build a bench. I chose kiwi green gloss enamel paint for a clean smooth bench top for fabric to glide on.

This is my daughter painting "Mum is a Tool " on the wall. Nice!........
And here it is
My sewing room!
complete with a cutting table, heating, air conditioning, phone, Internet, insulation and a TV:)
Pink walls, green bench and orange venetian with a hot pink window box. It looks like someone came in and vomited shabby chic everywhere.
Still quite a ways to go but I can and have worked in there already and it is set up like a dream for what I do.

I will post pics of the veranda when I build it and I am thinking of putting in a nice fernery in front of it.
I am thinking of going with lino instead of carpet. This carpet is wrecked and must go. Lino is a better idea don't ya reckon? Please tell me you can get pink lino, that would be very spesh.
I am exhausted.
cheers ladies, lovely to be back


Baino July 29, 2009 at 7:09 AM  

God you're a clever pup! Come and work on my shed. I can't swing a cat in it and it's actually a double garagee! 'Mum is a tool' haha . . that's what my daughter would say!

CurlyPops July 29, 2009 at 8:13 AM  

That's the coolest shabby chic vomit I've ever seen! You made me chuckle... and I'm very jealous.
Definitely go for lino - much easier to clean, and if you have a chair with wheels, you won't get stuck trying to roll and fall off (like on carpet).

Robin July 29, 2009 at 2:50 PM  

What a geat space to have! Pink lino would be the best!

Lucy Bowler July 31, 2009 at 6:17 PM  

Melanie, I can't believe you have a shed AND a sewing room. I am so moving to your house!

Ribbon August 1, 2009 at 11:35 AM  


I love it that you are a clever cookie :)
We've used our shed as a studio for a long while too, but we're about to give it up as it's time to move house.
Moving closer to the beach which unfortunately means smaller yard with no shed:(

I haven't yet mastered having it all :)

Melanie August 3, 2009 at 8:15 AM  

Baino - I feel quite clever at the moment thats for sure:) Just imagine the benches I could have in a double garage, oh oh and the shelving I could make....lol

Curlypops - Thanks!. I agree with the lino. Visions of me falling out of my chair make me definately want the lino lol.

Robin - I shall search high and low for it

Lucy Bowler -yes, I am feeling a little spoilt having both.

Ribbon - OOOh the beach. What a lovely trade off for a shed /studio.

Miss Muggins August 6, 2009 at 11:27 PM  

That is the greatest space ever. Well done. Hope it doesn't make you too sick having to live with all that shabby chic!

Leanne August 11, 2009 at 12:47 PM  

awesome awesome awesome! Nice work and what a fabulous space!! I'm quite envious too!

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