Friday, May 31, 2013

Our Inviting Space For Kids!

We closed on our home at the end of January 2012. Immediately we started working on the basement. Since we were transitioning to a family of seven we helped with the demo and left the rest to the professionals. Time spent together was more important (and vital!) than trying to tackle this big project on our own. 

We hired our dear friend from college, Ben to work on the project. He did a great job! By Mother's Day we were moving the toys from the patio into our new spacious family room. The new finished basement space is now an L shape and today I am going to give you a tour into the bottom tip of the L that we call the craft room.

It was important for us to think through this space and figure out how to make it work for our older children. Up until this point we had only had toddlers so we knew that the space needed to be safe and kid proof. When our three oldest kids joined our family we wanted to figure out how to make the space more inviting for them. 

Next week, I will be sharing some more details of the project and the whys behind how we chose to design this space. We needed a functional kid space. My favorite part was making it work organizationally while still adding beauty to the mix.  
Before 

before of basement

There were thin sheets of brick paneling that were falling off of the walls, no insulation and hard damaged floors. One of the main things that we accomplished in remodeling was adding a wall around the corner to the left. The space was originally like a big U and went right into the laundry, furnace, boiler area. We knew that in order to create a safe space for kids we would need to add a wall and block off that section creating the L shaped layout of the room.

remodeling our basement

After

Our Inviting Space For Kids

We now have a bright, fresh, clean space that is safe and inviting for kids of all ages!

Ikea Shelves

Modern Valance

Functional Desk from Ikea

Craft Table

Children's Books in our inviting space

Ikea shelves

craft storage

more craft storage

art supplies

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64 comments:

  1. BAM! Woman, you nailed it! :D LOVE this amazing makeover. The room is happy, fun, refreshing, organized and beautiful! I really like the apple green color and patterns you chose. I am sure the kiddos love hanging out there. Geesh, now I want to go hang out and play. ;)

    Job well done! :D

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    1. Julie,

      You are too sweet, thank you for your kind words. :-) I had a blast putting this together and am so thankful for my mother who knows how to sew! She through the curtains together when she was in town visiting and you gotta love Target's dollar section (or should we call it $2.50 section) where I found all of those great apple colored bins!

      ~Sarah

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  2. beautiful transformation you did! I love your space and how it's used, loving the craft room space you have! :-)
    stopping by from its Overflowing party this morning!
    Ingrid

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    1. Thanks Ingrid and thanks for stopping by! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  3. What a beautiful space! Ditto to the previous comment from Julie. Lovely!

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  4. I absolutely LOVE this space. What lucky kids you have, and what a transformation! So neat, clean organized, and engaging. Thanks so much for the inspiration! Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Brooke,

      Thanks, we feel like the lucky ones! :-) Have a great weekend too!

      ~Sarah

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  5. LOVE this! It is so cute and well designed. I love that there is a place for everything and the kids can easily put things back where they go. {In theory...I don't know about your kids, but I could put ginormous pictures on my boys' toy bins and they still would leave stuff lying around, lol! ;)} I pinned this adorable room for future reference! I popped over from I Heart Nap Time--thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

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    1. Abby,

      Thanks, it was a fun room to create. You are totally right, we use pictures on our toy bins and the kids definitely aren't always putting things back in the same place. For some reason in this room they seem to, probably because they are doing bigger projects at a time like beading or play doh and then they have to put it all back to keep our little one out of it. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

      ~Sarah

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  6. WOW! What an awesome transformation! It doesn't even feel like a basement anymore, O love how organized you are! http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/06/sunday-linky-party-10.html

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    1. Rita,

      Thanks for sharing the party link and thanks for hosting! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  7. That is such a cool space! You did a great job! Love the pops of green!
    Restoration Beauty

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    1. Selene,

      Thanks so much, I think that the pops of green are my favorite too. :-)

      ~Sarah

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  8. No way that is the same space!! That is the cheeriest, brightest basement I've ever seen. Awesome job! And I hope the kids are LOVING it!!

    I'm coming over from Share Your Creativity link party and I'm so glad I did!!! I love your blog and can't wait for more.

    I'm your newest follower too!!

    Kate @ Uniquely Undone
    uniquelyundone.blogspot.com

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    1. Kate,

      Thanks, our kids LOVE it! We definitely wanted to create a cheery space otherwise I knew they would never use it. Thanks so much for stopping by and for following along! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  9. Beautiful Space!! I love EVERYTHING about it. It's so fresh and airy looking. That Silly Sally book is my daughter's favorite right now!

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    1. Thanks Kathryn and what a great book! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  10. WOW! Gorgeous basement; what a transformation! You made it such a functional, bright and happy place which will be great for all that creativity! I would love to have a room exactly like this! Great job and enjoy the fun!!

    Pat F.
    Las Vegas

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    1. Pat,

      Thanks so much it came together in no time and we love the results! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  11. Amazing transformation! I'm sure your family will love all of this and it's approachable, easy to use design. Nicely done! I appreciate all the work involved here.. not easy! Enjoy your new space:)

    leslie
    www.4aroundthetable.com

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    1. Leslie,

      They truly love it and are always asking to work on something in there. Thanks for stopping by! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  12. I love the space and can't wait to do something similar when I reclaim the basement. I have a question about the cans that you used to hold markers and colored pencils. I'm guessing you recycled cans from the kitchen but how did you get cut the cans so that there isn't a sharp ridge inside it? I would like to do something similar, but the sharp ridge that my can opener makes stops me from doing so.

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    1. Miranda,

      Great question, I have a can opener from pampered chef that takes the tops off of cans without leaving a sharp edge. I actually had the can opener for years and could never figure out how to use it...I almost got rid of it! Then a friend showed me how to use it and it came in super handy for others projects like this. I would suggest asking around and seeing if any of your friends have a pampered chef can opener that you could borrow. :-)

      ~Sarah

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  13. Even though I helped move things in to ur home I never saw the down stairs just had to pic it. I love the are and seeing where it was to where it is now is awesome. when I get my place I may have to hire u to set my home up and make it beautiful lol. and ur right that space is fun for all ages. im 23 and I love that space.
    -Chantal

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    1. Thanks Chantal, you are a sweet one! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  14. What an amazing transformation! I love all the touches of green- especially your sweet curtains. And the alphabet running along the top of the wall is too cute! I'm sure your kids love this space! Simply beautiful. :)

    We'd love for you to share this at Much Ado About Monday, if you get a chance. http://www.huckleberrylove.com/2013/06/much-ado-about-monday-no-12.html

    ~Emily
    www.huckleberrylove.com

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    1. Thanks Emily! Those are some of my favorite things in the room too. :-) I'd love to check out your link, thanks for stopping by!

      ~Sarah

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  15. What a fabulous fun space for your kids and for your whole family to enjoy! Amazing job!!
    Krista

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  16. Wow! This space went through a major transformation! I love it -- and know it will be so great for your growing family!!! Xo, Aimee

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  17. Great job! I am still trying to muster up the energy to tackle this project in our house. Luckily, I only have one little one (for now) and he is still little enough (18 months) to live & play in the space we have above ground.

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    1. Thanks! What a fun age your little one is! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  18. Wow this is such a great space! I can't believe what you have done with it. I would love something like this. It's so bright and fresh and practical :)

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    1. Thanks Taryn, I love things that are practical! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  19. I've been reading your blog backwards (newer posts to older posts) because I had some computer issues so I missed a lot! So I've already seen lots and lots of after pictures for this room. When I saw the before pictures I was shocked! What an amazing transformation. You did a wonderful job!

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    1. Amelia,

      Thanks so much! It was fun to see how far this space truly has come.

      ~Sarah

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  20. Looks great! I love how bright the room is!

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  21. You must be so proud and happy with that new space! It's jaw dropping awesome! Joining up here! Cheers! Cindy @ sunsetcoasting.blogspot.com

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  22. Sarah, I love this space! I'm sure your kids do, too! I'm trying to work more green into my house and I love all the green you have included.

    Thanks for linking up the weekend party at Remodelaholic!

    Lorene and Cassity from Remodelaholic.com

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  23. Stopping by from Emily's Kid's Room link-up...What a great, organized space!! Love the bright colors and the furniture choices. Awesome job!

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  24. Wow - what a transition. Great job! This room will be so helpful and useful through the years. Thanks for linking up!!

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    1. Thanks Emily and thanks for hosting the link-up! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  25. Where did you purchase your desk? I love the desk / shelving combo!
    My son could use this type in his fraternity suite at college.
    Thank you for your help!

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    1. Robyn,

      We purchased the desk and shelving combo from Ikea. You are right, they would work great in a fraternity suite at college! :-)

      ~Sarah

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    1. Thanks Mandy! So is your sock bun by the way. ;-) I've been trying to do one on my own and never realized there were You Tube videos on the topic. :-)

      ~Sarah

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  27. It is awesome! I love the shelving and a place for everything. LOVE organization, although my home doesn't always show it. teehee!

    And I love how bright it is. Perfect for kiddos!

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  28. I love this!!! Makes me want to bring my 4 kids over to play! ;) I love the alphabet border! That would be perfect in my school room (Homeschool) where did you get it? Im loving your house and your eclectic style! I feel like we should be friends! lol

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    1. Shelley,

      The more the merrier...we love new friends! :-) The alphabet border came from Target last year.

      ~Sarah

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  29. Oh I love how you put your board games directly on the shelf - I put mine in the boxes that go in the unit so they're hidden away, but I think I'd prefer them on view!

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  30. Where did you get the rubbermaid bins? They almost fit perfectly in the Expedit unit.

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    1. I bought them years ago and I can't remember if it was Walmart or Target.

      ~Sarah

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  31. I know you've changed this room up, but I just noticed that you have an Ikea desk chair that we're thinking about purchasing. We're building a new desk and need to buy two streamlined desk chairs. Did you like the chair? Would it be comfortable for an adult to use for desk work?

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    1. Allyson,

      For the price it was a great option! I haven't used it for long periods but any time I do sit in it I always think how comfortable it is.

      ~Sarah

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