Patrick has been traveling a lot lately. Which means I have been busy. You see, it seems that I always have a few projects in the works—whether they are actually in progress or just in progress in my head—and when Patrick is gone for multiple nights in a row, I feel a lot less lonely when I have a project to work on.
You may remember back when I posted the “basement tour” and said that I wanted to improve on the toy storage situation. Fast forward to a couple weeks ago when I was at IKEA and saw what I knew was the perfect solution. It is called the STUVA line and it is a modular system that can be configured in an infinite number of ways and colors, so I knew I’d be able to find the one that worked best for our space. Here’s one example:
I went home that day and started looking up reviews for it. It’s made to be especially kid-friendly and when I found tons of rave reviews, I was sold. I professed my love for it to Patrick and after working up the price (about $500) and realizing that I had recently sold enough stuff on Craigslist to equal that amount, he gave me the green light.
I’m still working on finishing it all up, so the pictures will have to wait. But isn’t your curiosity piqued?
The other thing that has been driving me crazy in that basement ever since we moved here is the huge bare wall with a random cabinet door on it. That door is the access to our main water shut-off, so it’s kind of important, but I didn’t want it to to be so “Hi, look at me! I’m a cabinet door in the middle of a huge wall!” So a long time ago, I came up with a plan, but just finally got around to doing it.
Here’s the before:
And here’s the after:
Where did the cabinet door go, right? Obviously, it’s still there, but now you don’t even realize it’s a door because I painted the inside with chalkboard paint, so it just looks like one of the many frames on the wall. I love the end result, and like most easy projects like this, wish I would have done it sooner! Most of the artwork is stuff that the girls have done, with a few other things sprinkled in from Etsy, thrift shops, and Zulily!
I took the pictures while the chalkboard paint was still drying, but now I can write cute stuff on it!