Play It Again

Is there anything more oppressive than floor to ceiling brown paneling?  In a basement, no less?  It wasn’t a space that sparked much creative brain activity, other than maybe my favorite game, “What’s The Best Way To Escape This Area In A Hostage Situation?”  Yeah. I can be a little paranoid sometimes.  My other favorite game is “Remember Everything About This Exact Moment In Case You Need It Later For An Alibi.”  But ANYWAY. Enough about me.

Let’s talk about the gorgeous play-room Brit turned it into!  It’s just so darn happy!  Maximum creative-juicing happening in here for sure.  See that storage unit in the back?  It’s an Ikea hack!  Love that.  So much more to see on her blog House Updated.

Get creative in this colorful kid's playroom at betterafter.net

Get creative in this colorful kids playroom at betterafter.net


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Closet Case

Poor Rachel.  Her closet was way too small, stuffed to the brim, everything crammed in there all willy-nilly.  If only there was a giant stretch of unused space immediately adjacent to it. That’d be nice. Then she could expand to a his-and-hers closet situation, with enough room for a flat screen TV and a cupboard devoted to shoes.

But that was too good to be true.  Or WAS IT?  (Hint: it wasn’t)  See more on her blog Always A Project.

 

You can't miss this awesome closet makeover at betterafter.net

 

You can't miss this awesome closet makeover at betterafter.net

 

You can't miss this awesome closet makeover at betterafter.net


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From Work to Play

Unless you are like, Beyoncé or something, the idea of a home gym is not a very exciting one.  There will be no personal trainer at your doorstep, no private chef whipping you up a protein shake when you’re done.  It’s just you, sweating it out in a spare bedroom on a treadmill facing the wall. Lameazoids.

Why not turn that spare space into a playroom instead?  You will burn way more calories anyway. If I had this room created by Susie from Maddie G, I would never leave. It would be non-stop playtime, all day every day, and twice on holidays.

incredible playroom makeover on betterafter.net

 

 

incredible playroom makeover on betterafter.net

Is it not the happiest thing you’ve seen today?  And check out the makeover the little train table got too:

incredible playroom makeover on betterafter.net

incredible playroom makeover on betterafter.net

I had to point it out because your attention was probably zoomed in on that incredible photo-mural of her adorable kids.  Or that genius book storage wall.  Or the yellow stripes on the ceiling. I give it 100 thumbs up!


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Stair Off

Ok, this one is a bit of a visual puzzle. As far as I can tell, the two pictures below were taken from the same viewpoint.  Before, when you entered this room, you got a face-full of stairs.  But look now! It’s a lovely mudroom/powder room combo. With hooks for hanging and benches for sitting and radiant flooring for toe-warming, it’s SO much more welcoming.

“Hang on, dude,” you are thinking, “how do they get upstairs now?”  Details, details.  Actually, this was just a back staircase to the attic, and obviously not even to code, so Laurel was more than happy to rip it out. See more on her blog SoPo Cottage.

Mud room makeover on betterafter.net

Mud room makeover on betterafter.net


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