Thursday, June 3, 2010

Updating our Abode - The Basement Part 4 {Finishing Touches}

Finally, it was time to furnish and decorate the new basement.  To see how we got here, check out Part 1,Part 2 and Part 3 .  We have a few different zones in the basement.


We found this sleeper sectional at a discount furniture store.  Great for sleepovers and overnight guests in the relaxation/sleeping zone.
                                        Let's not forget the toys in the play zone.






















                                      This is closet space for some of the toys.























                                      We still have plenty of hanging space if needed.

Some of our games are on the top shelf.
 We have a desk/bookshelf area for playing school,office or even restaurant (the front door flips down for a work space).  We also keep markers, chalk, crayons, paper and the extra book spillover from the bedrooms in here. This Ikea desk unit used to be in one of the kid's rooms.  It fits in perfectly down here, don'tcha think?
 





















                                           We keep kids artwork here.
Another area is the entertainment zone. We're still looking for the perfect entertainment center but for now we're using an old Ikea (yet again) system.  It functions well and has tons of storage.

                           I love these deep drawers for games, dvds and equipment.
The other drawer holds dress up clothes.  Gotta love being able to just toss it all back in here and close the drawer!!  I see my beat up old prom dress in there.
Here's a close-up of the snack center.  It's used mostly to make coffee in our awesome Keurig machine.  Hubby works from home so he can just grab a fresh cup whenever he wants one. I use it a lot too!! I'd like to add a Margaritaville machine like Chelsea did.
We love having a sink down here for washing up coffee cups or cleaning up an art project.
The fridge is great for holding beverages and coffee creamer.
We even have a drop leaf table if we want to serve a meal down here (and we have). There are those chairs from the set that sold our last house.
We've added a few little touches to the powder room. The postcard artwork and Mickey soap that we bought here. We also added a mirror, shelf and towel ring. Note: Yes those towels look like the ones the Youngsters have in their fabulous new bath renovation but for the record, I bought mine two years ago at Marshalls Home Goods. :)




















                   A recent addition are these handsome wicker ottomans from Walmart.com for $26/each - on sale - thanks to a tip from Jen (the goddess of organization).  And when those tissues are used up, I have a project for that tissue box (also compliments of Jen).

They are cute little end tables with storage to boot.
I store my work out stuff in one of them.  The other one is still empty.
A quick peek at hubby's office.


And now the (unfinished) storage room.


 Where my daughter creates....                                            and a few more games....

Not to mention some super secret spy gear and additional play school supplies. The metal shelves were left here by the previous owners so we're putting them to good use.
There's the basement as it stands now. We still want to add a gas fireplace, find that perfect entertainment center and I have a couple ideas to jazz up the snack center. We need some artwork too.  Like every room in the house, it's a work in progress. If you want to see what we've done with the rest of the place, you can find it all right here.




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21 comments:

Life in Rehab said...

Wow, that turned out really well! What a great spot for family and friends to gather and relax. I love the desk area and the coffee bar; I think I would have flanked it with a wine fridge too (can you hear my gears turning?), but overall I'm blown away. It's awesome!

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Thanks Sunny!!! Good idea about the wine fridge.....

McCarthy Designs said...

Wow Heather, your basement is looking great! What a fantastic space you have there. You have incorporated so much storage and I love the fact that you have the sink as well! xx

Petie said...

You're not going to be able to get the kids friends to leave your house with all this space for entertainment/sleepovers :) Looks like a great spot for lots of family time too.

Sheila said...

Your basement project turned out very nice!!!! Makes me want to come visit :-) Looks great!!!!

Chelsea@ThisFreshFossil said...

Wow, your basement is awesome! What a fun place to hang out in (or play games in too - you've got loads!). I have those cubes from Wally World, too - they are serving as nightstands in our bedroom currently - LOVE them! (although not necessarily as nightstands... it's kind of a pain to take everything off the top to get inside!).

Thanks for the shout-out, too, by the way! And yes - you should totally get a Margaritaville machine! (it can make snow cone ice, too)

~Chelsea

kim said...

Heather, how nice to have a basement like that. We don't have one on this house. Just a very big crawl space. The color on my breakfast room and kitchen walls is BM rosemary sprig.

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

What a great basement! And that couch looks super cozy :)

Katie said...

I love the little table against the back of the sectional! So cute!

iheartorganizing said...

Aww, the space looks fantastic! I am totally crushing on your office french door, uber jealous over that! And it looks like you have a ton of organized storage, like the pull out drawers for video games/movies and the desk for crafts! It all comes together so nicely. I also couldn't help but notice the craft corralling buckets, looks like a piece I saw from pbkids? SO CUTE!

Thanks a bunch for the shout out! I am so impressed with your space! And I can't wait to see what you do with that Kleenex box! :)

xoxo,
Jen

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Thanks Jen!

You've got a good eye there! The craft buckets are from PB Kids.

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Great space! I love the sectional! I would love to have a basement! Great job!

Stephanie Lynn said...

Heather - Your basement turned out fabulous! Looks fantastic. It sure has come a long way! All the work has really paid off...amazing job! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase party! I greatly appreciate it! Hope you are having a fabulous week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Eve said...

Very nice basement. It seems you've utilized all the space very well. I love the sectional and your the sink area. Wonderful :D

Craftiness said...

The basement transformation is amazing! What a difference between DIY and professional quality!! Wow!

Momma's Drama said...

I love the labels on the boxes! I do the same thing and I add pictures so my kids know which boxes the toys go into since they can't read yet. My husband thought I was nuts, so I made sure that I took him to your page so he could see that I am not the only one out there that does it. Your basement looks great!!!

Bonnie @ House of Grace said...

Heather!
This looks amazing!!! I love it and LOVE how organized it is!! Great job!
Thanks for sharing!!!
Bonnie :)

Bliss said...

What a great family space. Not too different from our family game room, except my guitar & banjo player grew up and now I have this immense amplification system in there. Because we need to hear it like it's the next best thing to being there I guess! And what struck me (as a mom of 6 previously small kids) is when you took the photos from the bathroom looking out - it's a great view they won't have to miss anything when they have to take care of business.

~Bliss~

WEBnyc said...

Hi. Was wondering why, at the wet "bar" area, you didnt extend the countertop and cabinetry and install the fridge underneath instead of having it out on the side? It would look better and provide more counterspace if you did it that way.

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

@WebNYC thanks for your input and idea to make our snack center look better. The cabinetry and counter top were stock pieces from Lowes and we were installing them ourselves to save money. We had a very tiny window of time for installation so that the plumber could hook up the sink for us so we went with what we could find in stock and handle ourselves. I think that might have been out of our skill set (and budget)at the time to add custom cabinetry or countertops but it's something to think about if we ever re-do that area.

-h

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

@WebNYC thanks for your input and idea to make our snack center look better. The cabinetry and counter top were stock pieces from Lowes and we were installing them ourselves to save money. We had a very tiny window of time for installation so that the plumber could hook up the sink for us so we went with what we could find in stock and handle ourselves. I think that might have been out of our skill set (and budget)at the time to add custom cabinetry or countertops but it's something to think about if we ever re-do that area.

-h

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