Monday, July 8, 2013

Creating a Kid Hangout

Seeing as how we have had such a rainy summer so far here in small town GA, my kids have spent a great deal more time in the basement rather than outside than I would have liked. (It might have not been then case had their Mama been more of a mud girl)

And with the cold hard truth that my boys are getting older and needing different entertainment (and I really loath the TV screen no matter whats on it) I have set out to create more of a kid hangout in the basement rather than family room. A "Kid Cave" if you will. I've talked about my ideas before here.

The idea of having a space where the kids can invite friends over and want to stay makes my heart happy. Who doesn't want to have the fun house?

While I really desire such a fun set up for the kid folk, I'm hoping to still maintain a somewhat adult vibe as well. I know there will be times when we wish to entertain without the kiddos and having cocktails with Lego men and Dora the explorer isn't my idea of entertaining. So there will be a fine line of balance.

That leads us to the plan...

We have already started sprucing up the fun factor by adding a ping pong table. It needs another coat of paint and then I'll be ready to show it off. I followed the directions found here and will elaborate more when it's finished. We're planning on adding a dart board next. Any suggestions on which kind?

I have also painted the entire main room. Just wait...you'll freak when you see it! Photos coming soon!

Still on the list for finishing the room is to paint/stain/seal the concrete floors. Possibly DIY a rug. And add some art.

Down the road we intend to add a bar/snack zone in the space under the stairs as well as a projector and screen.

I'll leave you with some inspiration images until I can get the space cleaned up and photo ready.

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Love how this space can go tween or adult. Either way...it's fun!

This is a beach house but love the cool colors and fresh look. Plus we have the same walls.
 
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This photos caption is Family Fun House...so perfect for a family with older kids.
 
This is a Serena & Lily shop. Love it. Although I can guarantee you we won't be having a crystal chandelier in the Kid Cave!
 
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You can find similar posts here and here.

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