If you checked in here this fall, you were pretty bored. There wasn’t a lot of posting going on.
This is why:
the play area
the tv area – haha! can you even find our teeny-tiny tv?
The couch folds down into a bed, and the shelves store games and school supplies.
There is a television, but I don’t think it’s been turned on since it’s been down there.
this is where we do our pencil-to-paper school…and art!
Usually the table top here is buried under a huge pile of paper and projects and pencils and markers and notes and books and. . .
the kitchen (area) – no appliances, just a place to put a fridge and a sink to wash out paintbrushes
Maybe we’ll get the fridge someday.
All of that is one huge room that used to be an unfinished basement. We wanted the space to be an area where we could homeschool and not have to pick up every night before dinner. The kids can leave projects out, and I can leave my planning stuff out. So far, so good. I wanted it to be bright and sunny, hence the warm, yellow walls. The color on the walls is “Butter” from Restoration Hardware, mixed at Sherwin Williams. We had extra heating ducts put in, so it really does stay warm down there during the cold winter days – no more cold, icky basement.
I also wanted the room to be durable. The countertop is laminate, because laminate is functional and durable…and easy to replace, if we stain it with paints or a science project goes awry. The floor is stained concrete; that was quite a risky venture, but that is the thing that gets the most compliments when people visit. I told the man that I wanted the floor to look like worn leather, and that’s exactly what everyone says when they enter! The big, beautiful table is indeed beautiful, but it is also a damaged piece from the store. It already has its share of scratches, so when the kids slide their scissors across it, I don’t wince in pain. We were so blessed as we did this project; it seemed that the Lord provided everything just as we needed it. I was able to buy all of the rugs, the tables (big and little), and quite a few other bits at a sale of store “seconds.” The items were all damaged in one way or another, but like I mentioned with the table, that was perfect for our purposes! We were also blessed to have a great builder who honored his Christian witness by being gracious and generous and honest – noteworthy indeed! His wife was also a great help to me, as she was gracious with her time and talents; she helped me pick colors and encouraged me to be bold in my decision making. There were so many other ways that the whole project (though time-consuming and a bit overwhelming) came together; indeed I feel SO blessed every time I go downstairs!
I think I could live in this bathroom. It turned out so, so much better than I thought it would (if I do say so myself.) I felt fairly clueless about what to do in there, and every step of the way I felt unsure of my decisions. I changed my mind about the tile approximately 346 times. I settled for white stock subway tile with a beaded decorative piece below the bullnose – love it. The paint is a Restoration Hardware color mixed at Sherwin Williams, but sadly I can’t tell you the color name…because I don’t remember, and my builder took my paint chip. (Really, I handed it to him and never asked for it back. Oops!)
And so there you have it: Besides starting school with another child home and a new curriculum and soccer season and a new job for Handsome, this is my excuse for not blogging!
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