Monday, January 11, 2010

Out with the Old, in with the New

The beginning of a new year brings an opportunity for reflection and renewal. I like the start out the new year with a project that I can realistically complete and will have tangible, visible results.

After much thought, I've decided to build out a functioning and attractive dyeing studio. When I started my dyeing experiments over a year ago, I started out on a 3' X 3' old table in my laundry room. As my stash of fabric, dyes, auxiliary chemicals, and tools multiplied, I carved out out small workplaces all over my house to accommodate my different processes. I converted my cutting table in my sewing room into a station for waxing my fabric. I set up more workspace in my basement near my laundry tub to store dyes, soda ash, plastic containers, tubs, and stock pots. Over the summer, I set up an outdoor dyeing station next to my garden hose.  All of these workplaces served their function, but having several work areas on different levels and in different rooms has been frustrating. I waste a lot of time locating supplies and walking up and down stairs.

As 2010 begins, I've decided to consolidate all my dyeing activities in one room. I'm going to convert my sewing room into a dye studio, complete with double sink, microwave, and small fridge.  For the time being, sewing will have to be relegated to another part of the house -- to be determined!

I've cleaned out my sewing room and am getting ready to spackle and paint. Next step will be to complete the layout of cabinets, using the IKEA planner software.  Several years ago, my husband and I remodeled our kitchen using IKEA cabinets and are very happy with them. They are inexpensive, easy to put together, and durable. It will be wonderful to have all my supplies behind cabinet doors.  The clutter factor will definitely improve.

I have my eyes on a double stainless restaurant sink with double drainboards.  When I first started looking for stainless double sinks, I was shocked at the prices -- $1000 and up for two stainless sinks! Yikes!  Then I got the idea to look for stainless work sinks that are freestanding.  Installing a freestanding sink with drainboards will mean we don't have to install a countertop and sink cutout. Also, the stainless drainboards are a much better choice than laminate countertop where caustic soda ash, dyes, and lots of water will be in constant use. And I've been able to find a double sink with drainboards for about $400. I think that's not only a bargain, but a terrific investment for a hardworking room.

I'll post pics of my progress. If you've built out a dye or art studio and have some ideas you'd like to share, please do! 

1 comment:

Ruth Anne Olson said...

I'll be interested in watching your progress.

I like the pieces you have been making.