a space to create

When we moved into this house, I handed the basement over to Allen. We had an unfinished basement in our previous home and he turned it into a man caveWhich turned out to be more like a Saturday football watching party cave. He also has tons and tons of tools, like a ridiculous amount of things that I couldn’t name or tell you their purpose. I never complain, those tools always manage to get my projects completed. He set up a workshop in the unfinished part of the basement and used it since we moved into this house.

But, there’s a finished room and bathroom in the basement, too. It stored boxes of things that I didn’t find a place for when we moved in, craft stuff, home decor, an old kitchen table, an oversized chair. It was a huge mess of things, to say the least. During the summer, I had this great idea to turn the room into a craft suite/office for me. I was tired of pulling out crafting stuff and wrapping paper, making huge messes on our dining room table, only to messily shove the things back into a box to tuck away in some upstairs closet.

And I can never find anything I need, which results in me purchasing duplicates. We won’t talk about the number of hot glue guns I own.

Here’s what I’m envisioning, a large work table in the center of the room. I love the idea of clean, white cabinets and white marble countertops. I want it to be somewhere I want to be, calm and relaxing.

At the same time, I need the space to be completely functional, I love everything about the room below. In addition to the work table in the middle of the room, we’ll be taking the entire length of the back wall in the room for built-in cabinets and a desk area. The wall space is large and we’ll be adding peg board to the walls (framed in crown molding) for better organization.

So where are we at this point? The walls are painted, I chose Icy Teal from Behr. We also chose to stain the concrete on the floor. The room originally had carpet, but I liked the idea of tile better, Allen convinced me to do the stained concrete and I love the way it turned out.

I think the floor will give the room a dramatic contrast once the light built-in’s and white marble is in place.
Here’s a peek at what we have so far, the walls are painted, the floor is ready and the cabinetry is in process. It’s my goal to have it completely finished before the new baby arrives. Not too much to ask, right?
I see tons of projects with this sweet girl in the future!


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