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A Basement Office Renovation

5 Aug

In my latest feature for the Kitsap Sun, I tackled the largest DIY project I have ever done. I turned my husband’s basement office, formerly and lovingly referred to as the “hovel”, into a cheery and efficient space. It was a huge challenge, but also a total labor of love.

Chris has needed a better place to work for years, since he works from home much of the time. After assessing all of his specific needs and considered how we wanted the space to function for guests from time to time, I created a plan and set to work. Included in the long list of changes are these highlights: a new diy desk and filing situation, shiplap style planked walls, painted floors, a new rug, task lighting, new bedding, and diy book shelves for an ever growing library.  Here are a few photos of before, during and after the two-week renovation.

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AFTER: The futon now sits in the nook where the desk was, and with a new blanket, throw pillows, rug and planked walls, the space is cozy and inviting.

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BEFORE: Using this room as a guest space was a total afterthought, and having the futon did not make the best use of this area.

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BEFORE: The built in desk was not sufficient for the way Chris worked. So we ripped it out and flipped the furniture plan for the room.

DIY Paver Planters

5 Jun

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Making planters out of concrete pavers was a super simple and low cost way to create some visual interest and a bit of privacy for our back patio. Read my column for the Kitsap Sun where I outline the basics of putting these modern containers together. The project was very easy, but use caution and build them with a buddy. They are extremely heavy!

 

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