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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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Reclaiming the Basement: A Kid’s Art Studio

8 Feb

It turns out that our small house can actually live a lot larger than it’s marketable square footage suggests. In an effort to find some more space for the kids to play, I transformed an area of our basement that was previously cluttered with junk and depressingly dark and ugly. Read my latest feature in the Kitsap Sun for more details on how I organized the space. We now have a bright art studio and small play area as well, giving us room to breathe and grow, for a few more years, anyway. You can make the most of the space you have too, with a little creative thinking and DIY ingenuity.

Here are some photos of the new area, before and after the changes.

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BEFORE: This area was a cluttered dumping ground.

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AFTER: Now it is a cheerful art area for the kids.

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BEFORE: Unloved, cluttered space.

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AFTER: A little extra play space for the growing kids.

DIY Snow Globe and a Pretty Holiday Tablescape

13 Dec

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This month for the Kitsap Sun, I wrote about the importance of taking time to be crafty with your kids and of slowing down to appreciate time with family and friends. Making a mason jar snow globe with your munchkins is so simple and creates lasting fun. Decorating the table for a holiday meal can be both easy and elegant, while enhancing your enjoyment of spending time with loved ones! Have a lovely, cozy holiday.

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Dresser Makeover and Pumpkin Centerpieces

11 Oct

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Read about how I gave this mid century dresser a much needed face lift and also a quick how-to, for easy and gorgeous pumpkin centerpieces. If you aren’t a Kitsap Sun subscriber, here are a few photos of both projects to enjoy and perhaps, inspire you!

 

 

 

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