It’s amazing how things can change so much with the littles in the course of three too-fast years. The littles have gone from playing side by side either with Mommy or within sight of Mommy on the main level to playing together and running hog wild just far enough away from Mommy in the basement. And, now that they are bringing home more and more schoolwork, with an increasing need for the computer (math games, spelling city, research projects, blog assignments and more) and there is a definite need for a dedicated quiet space, we’re turning our playroom into a family office and trading out some of our adult space in the basement for a growing boy cave. I’ve shared our progress on the family office, but I haven’t yet shared how our basement has changed as part of the trickle down effect. In fact, I don’t believe I’ve shared anything about our basement since we first made it over three years ago! As a little refresher, here is the awful space we started with…
It was dark, damp, dirty and had mold lurking behind the walls. Hence what necessitated the total DIY overhaul (after professional mold remediation and water sealing, of course). You can go back to my original reveal for all of the sources, details and progress reports.
Big Joe made his way down here sometime over the last few months, we’ve added an xbox and we’ve taken out the two ikea coffee tables. (The legs broke off of one and the other was just always in the way.) It’s a rare day that the cushions are actually ON the sofa. They are generally employed as the walls of some sort of fort or hideout.
We still use the wine fridge, but we’ve stored all the bar ware down under the sink, moved the liquor to a cabinet upstairs and now use the shelving to display Georgia Tech memorabilia and the littles’ growing trophy collection. The timing just seemed right to get rid of all the bar stuff, not to mention it was only a matter of time before a stray nurf dart or mini basketball broke the lot of it to smithereens. The sink has remained great for washing out paint brushes and cleaning up dirty hands, and I love having the dishwasher down here when entertaining. We still display our collection Georgia Tech football programs in every free square inch.
Buffet and Dining/Crafting/Gaming Area
The dining table has been usurped as a stand in ping pong table and the littles’ (and Honey) are cooking up a way to fit a foosball table down here come Christmas (apparently all three are ONLY going to put a foosball table on their Christmas lists…talking about ganging up on someone). The mini fridge is stocked with kid friendly, self serve beverages and we use all of those cabinets to store games, puzzles and art supplies (and a few serving pieces/dishes).
Pool Table / Toy Storage
This side of the room hasn’t changed in a very obvious way. Mainly, we’ve finally moved all of the toys down here into what was mostly empty baskets. The wii is hooked up to this TV and the littles sit ON the pool table to play. (Don’t ask…Honey approves of this.)
Honey and the boys have even drilled these nurf baseketball goals into the walls and scooted the “ping pong” table out of the way in order to fit in a mini basketball court. I obviously picked up the smattering of hot wheels tracks, forts, super hero battle arenas and lego structures that are usually littered about. It’s almost always a mess, but I call it a happy mess :-)
This will hardly the the last evolution of the space (I’m already tired of the yellow, although it is pretty necessary in a GT room :-) ), but it’s in a great place now for two young boys and their lot of scurvy friends :-) Just having all the toys and games downstairs has helped immensely with distractions during homework and reading times. And the added bonus is that I just pull the door at the top of the stairs closed at the end of the day and forget it even exists.