I am back with the *almost* finished basement bonus room today. I say almost because there are still a few finishing touches that need to be done but I will explain our plans later in this post. Let’s first revisit the before of this space.
Ok, I will be the first to admit, I can be a little crazy. Like that time I started freaking out that my kids did not have a “fun kid space” and I started concocting ideas to add a room above our garage which would have involved raising the garage roof and completely changing the outline and look of our house, maybe not in a good way. Thankfully, I have some pretty smart parents that stated the obvious, “Why don’t you just put some walls up in your basement and make a room down there? Your basement is huge.” And the idea of the basement bonus room was born.
Ever since I was a kid, I dreamed of having a window seat. First in my parent’s house and then in my future house. I was obsessed with little nooks and hidden staircases and mystery. I can’t see a way to incorporate a hidden staircase in my house, but I have the perfect place for a window seat. I have wanted to put a window seat in this area since the day we moved in, 11 years ago.
I am not super crazy about Valentine’s day. I don’t expect anything from the hubs (he thinks it is a made up holiday by greeting card companies) but I love the chance to add a little pink to my decor for a few weeks. My daughter was born on February 1st and I had a Valentine’s banner up in my hospital room (doesn’t everyone decorate their hospital room when they have a baby?) and I always like to have that up by February 1st to remind me of when she was born. I don’t go too overboard on Valentine’s decor, I just add a few touches to the dining room and sitting area and that is about it. Just enough to be festive, not enough to be crazy;)
Last summer, I picked up a discarded base to a bench that was going into the trash. I knew that I could revive it somehow. And who doesn’t need spare benches around the house? Anyone else pick up “junk” in order give it new life only to have it end up as your new junk? Guilty here! I totally get how picking up trash with all the good intentions in the world can come back to bite you if you don’t actually have the time or energy to get around to reviving it. This base sat in my garage for the rest of the summer and until the first week in November before I got around to cutting a wooden top for it and then sat around until January until I decided on how to upholster the top. Here are the details for my bench revive.