I have a ridiculous affinity for alliterations in titles. I can't help myself. Sorry, you'll have to deal.
Well, here it is, the big reveal:
Yes, that's right, the basement playroom I've been working on for over a year is finally done. woo hoo!
I hope you're not sick of hearing about it by now. But, even if you are, these before/afters should impress. I mean check out that ceiling. Talk about a mess.
So here's the lowdown:
It was a mostly finished basement (minus the very low and very messy ceilings) that wasn't being used for much other than storage. My husband's brother wanted a cool place for his 3 daughters to call their own. (They're so lucky). He and his wife pretty much gave me free reign over the design after an initial consultation and went along with whatever I said. Though I did most of the design, I didn't do the actual construction and painting myself (yes, I've been known to do that). They hired people. Thank God. I couldn't even imagine tackling that ceiling and it looks great. But I did do pretty much all the sewing and crafty stuff.
The idea was for it to be a fun and somewhat girly space, that would grow with them. Their current ages are 8, 6, and 4. So I wanted it to be a cool "tween" hangout. And with the awesome TV, amazing arts and crafts desk, and even mini-fridge, it should fit the bill. Heck, I want to have a slumber party down there!
It wasn't a huge space, so there were challenges fitting it all in, but I think they got everything they wanted. We took out a wall that separated the art room from the rest and that really helped open things up. And, if you look, nestled under the stairs is a two-level "book nook". It's not really a playhouse per se, but they do love climbing around in there.
For your reference, some of the sources are as follows:
So, before any of you start gushing that you don't know how I do it all and have 2 kids, I would like you to note two things: 1. The amount of time this took me 2. The complete lack of even a single picture hanging in my own kids playroom which we've been in almost 4 years. (yeah, now I'm feeling guilty about that one...)
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