In late January of 2014 we moved into our newly purchased house which was built in 1927 and a good amount of it had been updated but the basement was pretty dark, dingy and screaming for an update. See the before pics:
Before we moved in, carpet and paint were updated and we added both balusters (i.e. upright posts along the staircase) for safety and a carpet runner to the stairs. We also added a closet where you see the coral tile to store games, puzzles and art supplies. The laundry area is located on the top floor of the house near our bedrooms so the hook ups you see are still there but not in use. I had the plywood desk top and shelf removed from the nook so that I could create the play grocery store I envisioned as soon as we saw the house.
Fast forward a little over 2 years and we managed to create a much nicer space for a play room but were stalled on the project for probably a year or more. Because of time and money constraints we fixed things up in fits and spurts but I’ve finally reached a point of not being able to take the almost finished status any longer. I hope to have EVERYTHING finished by the end of May and hopefully sooner than that.
Check out the progress we’ve made to date in the photos below but do keep in mind that we’re only part way there…
The color scheme of orange, fuchsia and turquoise that’s used in most of the playroom began with the repurposing of fabric banners from Isabelle’s 12th birthday party. The deep red accent wall is next to the grocery store and my husband’s office both of which have the same red carried through them but in art & accents instead of a whole wall.
The antique cheval mirror and Louis XV Chair were things I’d found antiquing in France during the 4 years I lived in Germany. I had hoped to keep them in my bedroom but alas, the space isn’t right for them so instead of storing them, we’ve put them here. Much of the other furniture was found second hand on the local Seattle mom’s Yahoo group but the Land of Nod table and stools were left over from Isabelle. And other than the duplo Legos and a handful of gifts, all of the toys are used and found at garage sales or the mom’s group for sale postings.
More in a couple of days about the Toy Rotation that I put into place this weekend and our Activity Planning Chart that I’m making. When I’m completely finished with the project in a few weeks I’ll give a full source accounting on where things were purchased, paint & carpet colors and other details but if you have any questions in the meantime just email.