Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Evolution of a Space

This space has been repurposed several times. When we bought the house in 1981 it was the oil storage area and laundry. The first thing we did was replace the oil furnace with a gas furnace. We hauled out the oil tank (had to empty it into oil drums and take those to an oil recycler in our VW Bug, seats removed). We added the window seen in the picture below (the oil tank had been in that area of the space).
This is the AFTER picture - current purpose: DGS's Bedroom)

The basement had one light on a broken chain and no walls or finishing (just support posts) when we bought our home. Over the years we built the walls and rooms, wired the various areas of the basement, painted, added a bathroom, moved the washer and dryer upstairs, added lino, put in baseboard heating in three of the rooms and this year replaced our 1981 gas furnace with a Heat Pump/gas furnace/AC. This was a big WOW for us. 

This room was also my sewing room for about 20 years. Loved having a sewing space. Added a bed when the laundry moved upstairs and it became a guest space too. About 7 years ago it became a bedroom for a little boy (DGS). The peach walls remained but the sewing machines and supplies and book collections moved into boxes and shelves in other areas. No blogs in those days so very few photos of this room.
DGS turned 9 this month and it was time to update his room. Took anything movable out, shared out his outgrown books and toys to friends. I spacked, sanded, packed and moved stuff, sorted and put things back. 
Painting included one coat of Kilz and two coats of monamel blue (his favourite colour). Ceiling also got painted (flat white latex). Spread the work over 3 days, (thanks to the kindness and love of a very dear friend who did ALL the painting ).
Added brown curtains (his other favourite colour). Put his current books and toys back on the shelves. Still need to replace the duvet but no rush. More personalized wall decorations still to come. Changed the desk for a narrow table. Headboard replacement project in the future too. Exercise bike will be getting a new home and a brown dresser will be added. I still use the wall cupboards (hence the plastic closures).
Bulletin board waiting for new additions. Update so far was the cost of the paint and thrifted (new in packages) curtains. Everything else added is from other spaces in our home.

Linking with: Cozy Little House,  Funky Junk InteriorsThe Thrifty Home, Ivy and Elephants, Restored it Wednesday, Primp, Bunny Jean, Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson, A Delightsome Life, Brambleberry Cottage, 2805


  1. Looks good fresh is best DGS will get a lot of enjoyment having a custom space. ttys r

  2. That colour is so cheery and I best it picks up on all the available light in the room! ~ Maureen

  3. Looks great and I am sure he loves it!! Is this your grandson? He is a very blessed little boy to have YOU!!

  4. Hi Joy!

    That room sure has gone through some transitions. I really like the blue your DGS picked out.

    Looks like you could double up those curtains to make them shorter and also keep the light out. No need for any liner or to cut them shorter... just and idea :)

    Thanks for sharing at my party!

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Wednesdays Bunny Hop Party!

    1. Hi Bunny Jean - I took your advice, doubled up the curtains (did keep the light out better too) and took fresh pictures (showing them shortened not dragging on the floor. Looks much better.

  5. What a great room I love the colors. I am your newest follower.

  6. What a great room for a growing boy. He will love it long into his teenage years. The blue and brown combo is very nice. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

  7. Hi Joy, I love love your blog and concept! I am now your GFC follower and Linky too! Please stop by and join/follow us too, we would love your being a part of our family! Wishing you a lovely evening and weekend!

  8. Lovely color in the room, Joy, and such a nice room! Thanks for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

  9. I have to give you props, a great room transformation! I love the way the light picks up the color. Thanks so much for sharing with us at WIW.

  10. What a nice room for a big boy! I found you at Brenda's, it's a great transformation. Cheers, Andrea

  11. Looks perfect for a young boy! I love that shade of blue. Thanks for linking up!


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