Sunday, July 20, 2014

In Which Mandi Gets A Wild Hair. Again.

My kids have a "playroom".  It's the pit of despair.  Don't even think of trying to escape.
 
Seriously it was just scary.  There will be a "before" shot over my dead body.  All my friends and neighbors who've seen this room are going,
 
"Yeah.  I've seen it.  It should be condemned."
 
It should've.  I hope that's descriptive enough of a "before".
 
Anywho---
 
as things go, I gave away a massive piece of furniture in that room, and I could suddenly see what the room could be.  What it should be.   And I had an idea.
 
These were the rules.
 
"The rules are there ain't no rules."
 
Sorry.  I love Grease.  There were rules:
 
1.  Spend zero money.  Every piece of lumber must come out of the garage.
2.  Get it done right away, get it cleaned up, and make it usable.
 
This is what we were working with:
 
 
this wall.
 
Now, normally, I don't approve of such moulding hate crimes,
 
 
 
but when you're making something more, then and only then is it okay for moulding removal. 
 
 
You know what this playroom closet needs?  A window.
 

 
And. . .. I certainly didn't expect a non-outer wall to have insulation in it.  That was a surprise.  All my kids one by one were like,
 
"Why is there cotton candy in there?"
 
"Hey, this looks like cotton candy in the wall!"
 
Don't eat the cotton candy, children.  It's "scratchy" flavored.
 
Regard that I also found the electrical wiring.  I'm getting really good at doing that lately.  I just pushed it to the side and moved on.
 
So, the window alone turned the dank, dark toy closet into something better.  Something new.
Don't worry.  The inside of the closet got a makeover, too.  Just shush.
 
 
So we need some siding, like a house, ya know?
 
and a roof.
 
 
And some paint, and some shingles, and a cute little sign to call it home.
 
 
 
I have a friend who actually free-handed that house sign.  She's awesome. I chose "Penny Lane" just so I could sing the song every time I saw it.  Because after all, it is in my ears, and in my eyes.  There beneath the blue suburban skies.    ( The house number is my daughter's b-day.)
 
The inside got a little makeover too, which totally isn't worth looking at.  It's just a fun little dress up spot I threw together.
 
 
I should have done this ages ago.   Instead of creepy, it's this fun, CLEAN, little hideaway, and so far, it's a hit.
 
Don't worry-- I didn't leave out my boys.  They got their own wall of awesome on the other side.  I'm just too lazy to clean it up for a decent picture.  I'll show ya as soon as I can talk someone else into cleaning it.

10 comments:

Libby said...

What an wonderful idea! It reminds me of my "hideaway" house under the stairs when I was 6-9. It wasn't as dreary as Harry Potter's--mine didn't have walls, just a coat hanging rod. Your's rock! And I look forward to seeing the boy's wall...after they clean it up. (yeah, I have 3 boys who were once your boys' age....)

Libby said...

What an wonderful idea! It reminds me of my "hideaway" house under the stairs when I was 6-9. It wasn't as dreary as Harry Potter's--mine didn't have walls, just a coat hanging rod. Your's rock! And I look forward to seeing the boy's wall...after they clean it up. (yeah, I have 3 boys who were once your boys' age....)

Karin said...

I was expecting a picture of you with crazy hair (should the title be "a hair wild" maybe?) not such an adorable picture of your daughter! I can't wait to see what you did for the boys!

PS My playroom always looks like crap too, we are waiting for the youngest one to potty train before we attempt any major renovations, ie remove the carpet that we both hate and go from there.

J Young said...

Ah-Mazing. As always. :) Such a cute idea! Could you pleeeeaassssseeee come spread some of your awesomeness at my house??

DressUpNotDown said...

Too stinkin' cute!!!

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Rach said...

Ahhh man...really fun. Awesome job.

Janet said...

So creative. How I wish I would have thought of this years ago. I enjoy your blog!

Susan - Uniquely Yours or Mine said...

That is so cute! I love the vision you had and the fact you had all of the materials in the garage! I cannot image what your garage looks like ;)

-Lisa said...

What took you so long!!!!
Wow, wow and WOW! So fun and so perfect for this space.
When are you going to get your own HGTV show already!
Fondly-Lisa

Rebecca D said...

Love it!!! You are way too creative!