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studio 74.

I don’t have a full reveal yet (still finishing up some remaining details that are taking awhile to come together)…but I WILL post more info on our new ART STUDIO when it is completely done.  (Plus some big girl photos from my actual camera!)

We were blessed with 2 extra bedrooms in the basement of our house when we moved in.  We didn’t necessarily need them, but it was great to have a guest room and a room designated as a play room.  The play room was grungy. Old brownish gold carpet, brown walls, and fluorescent lighting that hummed and flickered reminiscent of an interrogation room (could have come in handy with 5 kids I suppose).  When we moved in…we dumped all the toys and mismatched furniture into this room, closed the door, and called it good.  Over the course of the 2 years we’ve lived here, I’ve re-arranged and re-organized the room numerous times.  My kids went down there and dumped the toys fairly often but rarely really PLAYED in the play room.  If they wanted to really play…they brought the toys upstairs or spread them out in the downstairs family room.

We are a fairly crafty, artsy family and my kids LOVE to draw and paint.  We do this daily at our house and as much as I LOVE seeing them create…I can’t stand the mess it leaves all over our kitchen.  As soon as they are busy and involved in a project…it’s time to clear the table for dinner.

So I decided to ditch the under-used play room in lieu of an art studio where the kids could get messy and CREATE!  We also needed an out of the way place for Danny to do his therapy.  We are getting ready to embark on big changes in his therapy (40 hours per week is looking likely) and this was another way to have a special spot for him to work and play!


Studio 74 was born!  I started by compiling the pieces I knew I wanted in the room: the giant green toy cart, the white cubbies, the antique kid table and chairs, and the wood and metal bookcases.  All of these items were already being utilized downstairs so there was no cost incurred there.  The toy cart was a BEAST to paint the first time years ago so I decided to embrace my laziness and accent with green.  When I found the outdoor rug at TJ Maxx in the perfect shade of green and the clearance Target canvas cubbies…I knew I was in business!  After much deliberation we decided to move our kitchen table down (it has not held up as well as we anticipated and was not large enough for family dinners anyways).  I scored some awesome Target stools on clearance and bought out the Lincoln stores!  Now if our new kitchen table would come (it was back ordered) we could move the picnic table out of our kitchen!


Our first plan was to rip out the carpet and stain the concrete.  But when we pulled the carpet the pad was GLUED down and the concrete was not in great shape.  I priced out laminate and vinyl planks and they were just too pricey!  So I headed to Menards for sheet vinyl in classic checkerboard.  We still need to trim back and tack down the carpet in the closet and hallway (as you can see in the above photo!)  The laminate went down fairly easily (it is a floating floor) and we just added shoe trim to keep it in place.  I painted the entire room Creamy White (are you sick of me saying that yet?) including the trim and walls.  Our painter is spraying the basement windows next week!


I knew we needed a spot to coral all of the kids’ amazing creations.  Mr. P knocked out these simple art ledges, we painted them white, and I collected cheap Hobby Lobby frames to showcase their artwork.  The ledges are 10 feet long…that’s a lot of art!

I had a lot of fun collecting containers throughout the house and organizing all of our supplies.  The crib springs and numbered wooden cubby came from a local flea market.  And the white shelves were a Target clearance find.  Everything else we had on hand.  It’s a bit quirky…and a bit random but I love it and hope to spend a lot of time down there!


That oil painting is an oldie but goodie made by my dad.  Love, love, love it!


The walk in closet is full of all of the girls’ American Girl paraphernalia and such.  And some of our well loved books are in the room for inspiration.  The bins on the toy cart hold commonly played with toys like Legos, matchbox cars, and play food.  All of Danny’s therapy toys and games are organized in cheap Sterlite containers on the other side of the room.  I ransacked my fabric collection and whipped up 5 simple aprons to use for messy projects and hung them on a hook nearby!


 I promise to show better quality photos soon.  I don’t think I’ve ever had this much fun constructing a room.  It is definitely my newest happy place and I can’t wait to really get it messy with the kids.  I know it will be used heavily with my own kids, their friends, and for our monthly Scripture Smash meetings.  I’m even contemplating some kid’s crafting classes!

July 9, 2014 - 7:49 am

Jessica/littlepumpkingrace - You had me at Studio 74! What a fun place to create! Love, love it!!

July 11, 2014 - 10:44 am

Julie B. - I adore this space (I have a special place in my heart for both art and lime green!). I’m sure lots of beautiful things will be created here 🙂

November 24, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Kathryn - I miss your blog posts! 🙂

January 4, 2015 - 5:26 pm

Kristy - Just wanted to let you know that I really miss your blog. You have such a talent for writing, photography, and interior decorating! Also it was good to hear about how a real family is blessed by adoption (especially special needs adoption). We hope to have our special needs son home from the Philippines in 2015. Hope you and your family are all doing well!

April 28, 2015 - 2:09 pm

Amanda - I miss your posts so much! Where have you gone?!?

December 8, 2015 - 1:04 pm

Charlotte - I still keep checking in to see if you will take up the blog again – hope you are all well!

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