Monday, January 6, 2014

Making a Home: Turning a Storage Area into a Kid's Space

It took us a little longer than we had hoped, but we are finished with the kid's new space, and I thought I'd show you what it looks like before it doesn't look so orderly anymore. (It's only a matter of hours before Xander works on his spelling all over my chalk art, and Milly takes every single thing off of the shelves and out of the baskets, while coloring on anything a crayon will write on.)

For a reminder, what the space looked like before...

and what it looks like now...


For a few hundred dollars and a windowless corner of the basement that boasts ceilings under 4', I'm pretty happy with how things came together.  I'll be back with all of the details later this week, but please feel free to leave questions in the comments so I can make sure to cover what you're interested in.  Stay warm out there friends!

To see the details on the bones of the space, click here.
To see the decor details, click here.  

47 comments:

  1. What a sweet little space! I love the idea of special spaces for the little ones---makes for great childhood memories. I hope you include some photos with your kiddos in it. Not sure why but I feel like I've got the scale thrown off...

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I will definitely try to get a shot. With no natural light, I was running a 30 second exposure, so we'll see if I can get X to sit for a bit. :)

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  2. There are no words, this is simply amazing- please come do my house :)

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  3. Too cute Gwen. We have a under step storage cubby as well. It's quite a bit smaller, but would be a fun reading corner for our little girl someday.

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  4. Awesome functional and pretty transformation!

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  5. Very kid friendly space. It is amazing how you converted it. Great job.

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  6. Gwen, it's perfect!! Love every detail :)

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  7. Love love love!! And more power to you for doing all of that under 4' ceilings!!! Xo

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    1. I can't take too much credit…Micah did most of the hard work under there. He definitely had to take breaks!

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  8. LOVE this space..you are so talented! So many great details!

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  9. Holy smokes! This is amazing! I can't even get over how you transformed the little space and what memories your kids will make here!

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    1. Thanks so much, Crystal! And thank you for reading! Have a beautiful week.

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  10. darling! i love when unused space becomes something so enjoyable. i'm sure your kids are loving tearing that place apart...i know mine would! such a cozy little spot for the long winter days.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Emily and thank you for reading!

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  11. This turned out so great Gwen! I love every inch of it :) xo Kristin

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  12. Really great. Love that you took kind of weird space and turned it into something special. I bet the kids love the low ceilings, too - my girls love anything that makes them feel like giants!

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  13. absolutely phenomenal! the chalkboard silhouette project is my favorite but also the ephemeral nature of it (once your kids get a crack at it) is really appealing to me as well - it's not meant to be forever and that what makes it so special right now. plus i also tip my hat for creating all that awesomeness while you must have been scooting around under those 4' ceilings on your knees or bottom painting and installing shelves and such. bravo!

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    1. That's a great point! The hat tipping has to go to my husband for sure. He did most of the hard work! I tend to be the idea guy. :)

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  14. What a great space! I love that even though you used lots of neutrals the space feel so colorful. I'd love to know where the rug came from.

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    1. Thanks, Christina! The rug was something I had from Kohl's a year or two ago, but I've seen similar ones at HomeGoods lately. Hope that helps!

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  15. LOVE this space, Gwen. It definitely has your touch...kid-friendly yet full of class.

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  16. What a darling little space you created for your children! They must love it. I love the lighting you put in there and your chalkboard and art! Great job!

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    1. Thanks, Tracy! The lighting was my husband's idea, and I was really happy how it turned out!

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  17. Adorable! It reminds me of the little cubbies that I had as a child in our 120 year old house. They really were magical because it felt like they were made just for us little ones. Your kids will have lovely memories around this space I'm sure!

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    1. That sounds lovely, Kelly! A big part of me has always wanted to live in an older home with character like that. Thanks for reading!

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  18. Wow, looks awesome! An excellent use of space and kids love it when things are "their size". :)

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  19. SO darling! I absolutely love it! And I bet your kids do too :)

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  20. OMG!! Amazing! What a great space! Kids love those odd spots and if it is decorated like this even better. Pinning away...the photos are fabulous!

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  21. What a great space! I'm sure your kids are having a blast with it!

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  22. You did such a good job of turning it into a fun bright space. Looks great!

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    1. Thanks so much, Charity! And thanks for reading, have a lovely weekend!

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  23. It turned out perfectly. Love all the black and white. It is such a bring and happy spot, you would never guess it was in the basement. Such a great before and after!

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    1. Thanks, lady! I appreciate that, coming from someone with such an amazing basement herself. :)

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Gwen - The Makerista