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 CaptionIn the corner, hangs a space shuttle and an astronaut suit with NASA patches just like the ones real astronauts wear.
Under the sun, a handy table gives the boys plenty of room to spread out for art projects. The table is made by cutting a large piece of plywood into a semi-circle. Then wood is sanded, painted and store-bought legs are screwed onto the bottom. Then the whole piece is fastened to the wall and a couple of chairs are added.

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