Outer Space-Inspired Basement

A dull basement is transformed into a vibrant homework and play space for under $1,180.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionHomework will no longer be done at the kitchen table.
The protruding wall is painted floor to ceiling with chalkboard paint giving the boys plenty of space to work out their theories on the cosmos or just draw rocket ships. Now, the brothers each have a desk on either side of the chalkboard wall. Bright red shelves hung above the desks give them a place to keep their books and display toys.

Makeover products
sofa, pillows, desk, table legs: Ikea
embroidery thread, needles, fabrics: Jo-Ann Fabrics
paint, lumber for desktops: The Home Depot
shelf unit, storage bins: Target
paint: Benjamin Moore
space suit: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
floor lamp: Linens 'N Things