Babies come with a lot of stuff. And toddlers add even more stuff. And rumor has it that kids bring even more stuff.
Shocking information I know.
When we were planning our basement renovation we had kept that in mind, and the playspace there has its own corner to house a portion of that stuff.
We wanted to make sure we made use of of the awkward space and had lots of storage. Some open storage for him to see his toys and some closed storage to him (and guests) not to see things. Like finger paints and crayons and markers for example. Or possibly the book we have read 2846 times.
Originally I thought we would build something , but instead we came back to the old Closetmaid shelves that served us so well already as a craft table. With the idea of making them look less closetmaid-esque and more custom cabinet-ish.
So Derek started the construction. And Carter looked like this…
And he sat in one place and played without moving much.
Anyway to make room for molding to increase the custom look, the shelves were installed off the floor and way from the wall.
We also added some store bought cabinets around the awkward soffit to give us some closed storage.
And then the magic happened. Carter turned into this-
And some molding (and some toys) made it look like this-
Disclaimer: It is impossible to take decent pictures in the basement that gets very limited light. And this is completely unstyled. Picked up…yes. Made to look pretty…no.
We are only partially done. The rug is getting a DIY treatment and things are going on the wall. And see the track? That is going to be curtains. That currently look like this.
Sitting under other projects.
But for right now it is functional which is all that matters.
The counter is a piece wood stained to match the fireplace and then molding added to the edge. And lots of coats of poly.
So I have some sewing and DIYing to do. But we are happy how well some cheap shelves look in the space. And maybe if I bring my sewing machine and paintbrush down there, Carter will sit in one place again and play. Right.