This space is nothing spectacular as far as all of the beautiful spaces shared on Instagram and Pinterest. There are 7-8′ dropped ceilings (a necessity in this old house), two of the three windows are located under the porch (which is just a lovely sight to look out on), and there are structural poles that cannot easily be moved. Putting a crazy amount of time and money into this space is like putting lipstick on a pig. So, we have made the most of working with what we have. Honey finished the entire space himself years ago by watching YouTube videos. Since then, it has evolved with our boys and has been a great, no-frill, low-budget space for them and their friends every step of the way!
The TV area is now home to the x-box. And the boys figured out how to dismantle the sectional so it is just an illusion of an L shape right now. They spend lots of time down here with their friends and still love tossing all of the pillows on the floor for sleepovers.
The cute yellow coffee tables I originally had are long gone and darling polka dot rug also met it’s demise. But you know who couldn’t care less about any of that? The kids! :-)
At some point I need to come down here with my museum putty and stick all the pictures in place.
What was once our bar is now a “trophy case”. It is so much more practical with boys, or any kids for that matter. We no longer keep alcohol or breakables down here.
The dining table has been so handy for holding chips, snacks and pizzas when the kids have friends over. 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).
The kids have also learned to slide the entire table and chair set over towards the cabinets in order to have room for games of “mini basketball”.
The last time I updated y’all on this space the three males were all asking only for a foosball table for Christmas. Well, Santa delivered!
The pool table functioned as a fort and then a giant lego table for years until just a few months ago. Now the kids actually try to play pool. I wanted to get rid of this thing so many times but Honey kept telling me that one day they would like it for its intended purpose. (It moved with us from our old house.) I couldn’t see past the days of entertaining two toddlers in an indoor basement bounce house at the time. Man, it is crazy how time flies.
My favorite thing down here is still the built in seating area. I wish I had room for this upstairs in the kitchen!
We have cleaned out so many small toys over the years that much of this storage is not even in use. (Which feels kind of great, you know?!)
So, that about sums up the space. It is perfectly functional and just good enough looking. I’ve toyed with updating the fabrics many times lately but just can’t really justify it. Since I haven’t changed the decor down here in 7 years, I didn’t think pulling together sources would be very fruitful. Almost everything came from Ikea and Target or was built by Honey.
Also, I should note that it is almost never this tidy. There are constantly pillows, toys, balls, clothes, random toothbrushes, books, games, water bottles and blankets strewn all over the place. The sofa is never pushed together and the dining table is usually not where it belongs. But, my favorite thing of all about this basement is that at the end of each day I just pull the door at the top of the stairs closed and forget it even exists.
DIXIE DELIGHTS DELIVERED