I decided to devote this week to our ever evolving basement/playroom. So I will break it up each day into section (or center, as the teacher in me thinks).
We were lucky to inherit a finished, walkout, blank space of a playroom. The only odd area or "challenge" was the one in the pic below. It was just different because it had laminate wood flooring where the rest was carpeted and a pillar that just separated the space from the rest.
As you can see this little space just became the kids "play area" where pretty much all of their house and dress up kinds of things went. We painted a couple of orange stripes to display the kids artwork under the corresponding letter of the alphabet.
And while the kids enjoyed it, it just looked a like a big mess all the time.
I knew we could do better.
Around the same time, we had decided we needed to redo the laundry room to make it more functional for us. (We are currently still working on it as I type so stay tuned for that reveal one day...soon I hope. :)
I had originally had my dad build a riser for underneath my washer and dryer to hold laundry baskets (I'm sure you've seen versions of these all over blog land.) And while I loved the extra storage and the fact that it lifted the washer and dryer for easier access, we decided to go a different route entirely---details later.
So the idea was born. I was going to use the laundry riser in the kids' playroom.....as a STAGE!!!
So we began clearing out that odd, little space in the basement and added some fun paint to the walls. The green is Dried Parsley from Benjamin Moore that I have used in a few rooms now. Love that color. The other was called Watermelon (go figure) from Behr. Definitely not a color for everyone or everywhere but perfect for a little girls' playroom stage. :)
I then decided to add a stripe of Behr's Seaside Sand (which was the same color I used in the stripes in the entry hallway.
We had some leftover pegboard from another project and painted it the same Dried Parsley color on the opposite wall, attached it with spacers and now it is a perfect place to hang our musical instruments. This wall also became the perfect spot for my (very old) electric piano that the kids have sort of inherited. And of course you can't have music without a 1985 stero boombox...right? :)
I found some rockstar decals at Target and moved our dress up hooks (from Hobby Lobby) to the stripe on the green wall. The little drawers are for bracelets, watches, and rings. (Girls and their accessories. :) The sign is just made out of black foam board that I cut and glued on some ribbon to. Can't see it very well but it says "Drama Queen Productions". Very fitting around here.
We added the riser with a top coat of the watermelon paint and a few leftover decals, the girls' drums and mic and wala! We had ourselves a stage!
The riser worked perfectly because the open side became a place for storage and these Ikea Trofast bins fit perfectly! Man I love it when a plan comes together.
The curtains and rods also came from Ikea. I had to kind of mix and match pieces but it was actually very inexpensive and easy to install.
It is also a perfect little spot for puppet shows. I had this little puppet theater for years when I taught (wish I knew where I got it). We just hung little hooks from the ceiling so that we could hang this up when the girls were tired of rocking out and ready to play puppets.
Today's Daily TIp: Think outside the box. Look around your house for something that isn't functioning quite as you hoped. Then keep looking for something that might work better. You don't always have to use things for their intended purposes. For example, an old drawer can make a cool wall shelf or a ladder can become the perfect storage for blankets. The possibilities are endless and there are no wrong answers.
**To see more of the basement playroom and how we added some inexpensive pops of color go here.