One night I snapped the above photo and decided I could no longer handle the ugliness of this unused space. I'm a big believer in using every inch of your home. Well, it only took me two years, but I finally figured out how to use this weird wall space. The overall goal for our basement is to create a family space where we can all hang out together - watch movies and play games - basically we want it to be a family cave. What the kids could really use down there right now is an art center. They both love to draw and color, so I gave them their own creative space.
I picked up two inexpensive coffee tables (Target) to use as desks since this wall has an odd shape because of the staircase. Standard desks would have made the wonky wall look, well, even more wonky. Instead there's lots of wall space above the coffee tables and it feels a lot more fun too! Who wouldn't want to sit on one of those poufs (also Target) while they're coloring?!
I framed a bunch of their artwork. Most of these frames I already had.
The hand print canvases they made for me last Mother's Day.
I had some stencil fun with this lamp shade that I already had (the base of the lamp is another Target find.).
I'm not going to lie, crayons make me ridiculously happy. When I was kid, the best thing in the world to me was getting a new box of crayons. I'm not kidding. Seriously, ask my mom! Anyhow, I'm a big fan of the new style - the twistables which I put in an old Ikea planter (pictured above); but nothing beats the original.
Those are just glass votives I already had. They're the perfect size for old school crayolas.
I wanted the kids to have a place to hang their newest creations, so I used some scrap pieces of wood to make a couple of art hangers. It was an easy 3 step diy project - 1. sand scrap wood pieces, 2. paint them white, 3. gorilla glue clothespins on them, and voila - art hangers. I attached them to the wall with command strips.
Yep, it's all Star Wars and ponies up in here. Man, I love my kids!
And they love this new space!
Never mind the step ladder in the background, I'm working on the windows next. ;)
Yoda was right - truly wonderful the mind of a child is. These little hands create such beautiful things. I want to encourage their creativity, and this art center is so much nicer to look at than that blank, boring wall.
Have you put any unused spaces to work in your home lately? Was anyone else obsessed with crayons when they were a kid?
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