Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Basement Mess

So, my house isn't perfect.  I have kids and a husband.  It's hard to keep up with them sometimes.  There are spaces in my house I don't frequent and this is one of them.  This is what happens ...

Eventually, I get tired of it being this way.  So, what to do?  I decided that since my husband works from home here, I would fix up the space and make it more masculine for him.  He was apprehensive about my project and thought it was just fine the way it was, but once I got started he came around.

I purchased the two large bookcases to the left at Ikea.  They are Billy bookcases with Oxberg doors.  The two shelves to the right were actually shelves from the first picture above that I painted.  I also got these great boxes on the smaller shelves to hold things like crayons and paints.

Here are the shelves before painting.

We have lots of books and they were stashed all over, so it's nice to have them in one spot now.  I added some vintage prints on the wall that I got a while back at a flea market.  One is of a steam engine and the other is a machine of some sort.  My husband and I are both engineers so it seemed appropriate.  

The doors below actually hide a lot of the mess the kids had.

Overall, I think the space is shaping up to be a much more organized area.

I like the look of the vintage items in the space.  I so often decorate with white or lighter colors and the black here is something different for me but it works.

I'm not quite finished with the actual desk, but the majority of the work is done and I'm so much happier with it.

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  1. Wow, I like where you're going with this room. I understand that you spruced it up with your husband in mind, but I don't necessarily see it as masculine. I think it's clean and "smart" looking, and I love your choice of decorative accessories.

    1. Thank you so much. I suppose you're right that it's not really masculine, but I guess when I think black, I think my husband would like it more than the whites and blues I normally go for. The vintage elements still keeps it a little "me".

  2. Thank you for sharing this with all of us at Thoughts of home on Thursday.
    You did an amazing job.

    It's all about changing our homes to fit how we live.

  3. It looks like the shelves were custom made for your wall! Great job using the space and making it look great.

    I'm glad you showed a messy picture too because you're not human if something isn't messy. :)

    Thanks for linking with Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We love having you.

    1. I'm all about keeping it real. ;-) Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Melanie,
    Amazing transformation, dear one!
    LOVE the book cases and shelving!
    The vintage pieces are stunning!
    Love, LOVE, L O V E the typewriter, telephone and fan!
    The organization adds a sense of serenity to the room.

    1. Thank you Pat. The vintage items were my inspiration for the space.

  5. What a tremendous project. It looks fantastic.
    Thank you ever so much for linking up at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. Your presence adds such a ray of sunshine!

    1. Thank you so much for the fabulous party!

  6. Love the room redo with a vintage vibe in mind, that's right up my alley!


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