Friday, June 1, 2012

Basement Playroom Makeover

Before and After

We moved the wall with the chalkboard a few feet forward for a home renovation project that will hopefully be done in a few months.  Sorry about the lighting, we're looking forward to updating the ceiling with canned lights.

 The Playroom Details

Toy Storage & Yard Sale Picture
Toy Storage Detail.  The mirror door houses the dress-ups.
Reading nook
Hanging Bookshelf Detail (tutorial here).
I used two dowels from Home Depot, this and this, and IKEA fabric.
Bean Bag (I couldn't find a tutorial I liked, so I traced this and made it bigger)
Our TV hides behind this curtain (in jail). 
I hung the curtain on a dowel from Home Depot, and again these.

Puppet hanger detail.  We used a curtain wire.
Where my boys spend most of their time: the stage! 
Curtains from Ikea on bent PVC pipe.  The stage is a table top.
Art Center
Curtain wire and hooks, rail and cups all IKEA
Chalkboard Wall. Paint from HD.  Warning: chalk doesn't come out of clothes and especially carpet as easily as I would have thought.  Here's what I'd love to have under the chalkboard wall, but I don't want to pay $25 for something that will get covered in chalk.  If anyone's interested in how I did the boat and balloons, I'd happily post about it. 
My patient helpers


  1. Ariel you OWN this blog. I can't believe your creativity. I mean, I can, because I know you. But I can't believe you have all the SKILLS to do all of this. Well, I can, because I know your mom. (Though it's not my mom's fault I can't sew. I must have been enrolled in five or six different sewing classes in my lifetime. Just can't do it. Yet!)

    And yes, I am interested in how you did the boat and balloons. How do you come up with these things??

    Those lucky boys. Can Peter come play soon?

  2. Merzi, I hope in saying "those lucky boys" you are including me! I love the basement and give Ariel all the credit for the vision and execution. I was a helper. Performing with Abe and Ben makes it all worth it. :)

    The funny thing is, all of this started because our basement stunk.

  3. What an amazing transformation! I love all your activity centers, I'm pretty sure I would have fun playing in your basement. I love that your TV is "in jail" :) If we ever get a TV I think that is where I want ours to be too!

  4. For some reason the site wasn't letting me respond to your post, Ariel. Weird! I love your ideas! I've been talking to Joe about stealing some of them for our little play area. I especially love the chalkboard wall! Genius!

  5. And the reading station. :) A wonderful concept. When I was teaching preschool one of the mom's was telling me that her daughters, even the older ones were required to have a minimum of an hour of quiet time daily. As they got older they didn't have to nap, but they had to spend time reading quietly, or something of that nature. I loved this idea, and a reading station is ideal for that.

    1. Abraham has had an hour (or longer) of quiet time since he hasn't had naps. It's been a life saver for both of us, we both love his quiet time :) He reads for two to three hours a day, in and out of quiet time.

  6. My jaw dropped to the floor when I saw those first pictures. How did you think of all that, you clever girl? Organized, attractive, diverse, fun, cozy. Brilliant!