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An Art Studio of One’s Own

Carving Out an Art Studio in Our Basement

I was inspired after reading Artchoo!’s post on Kids’ Art Room Floors to try to carve out an art space for my oldest, Grasshopper and Sensei, who gets frustrated trying to do her art on the dining room only to be forced to clean up before she’s done with her paintings because it’s time to eat.  A dedicated art space is so great to eliminate that!

She got a nice, huge desk for her birthday last year but there simply isn’t room in her room for all the art supplies. Canvases and paper and paints take up a surprisingly large amount of real estate!

We did a huge purge in our basement playroom all during the summer. We got rid of every single toy and now it’s an empty space. The corner was used to store ever-increasing supplies of soccer and sports gear since we lack a mudroom.

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A little more purging and reorganizing with hooks helped to clean up a perfect spot for our budding artist.

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The Before:

This space has been a reading nook, a toy storage area and then a “mud room locker room” for soccer cleats before turning into an art studio.

art studio before

And after!

The art desk was on sale at Amazon and Grasshopper and Sensei got it for her birthday. I had no idea there were a gillion pieces to assemble it. Thank goodness my husband is handy because it took a few hours to put together.

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The only thing we are lacking, ironically, is an art floor mat. I found this matt on Artchoo!’s post and bought it but it hasn’t arrived yet. I figured it would come in handy when she’s painting.

art floor mat, Artchoo!

p.s. More about Art Colleges from our college tours:

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Visiting Emily Carr Art + Design University in Canada

Visiting Pratt

Visiting California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

Top Art and Design Colleges

Applying to Art School: School of Visual Arts

Visiting West Coast Art Schools & Foodie Stops Nearby

Applying to RISD: Advice from Antonio Peters in Admissions

Tips for National Portfolio Day

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Follow PragmaticMom’s board Art with Kids on Pinterest.

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Jeanette from Artchoo

    I’m so excited you did this! I’m sure your daughter is, too. How exciting for her to have her own dedicated art space. ( I hope the floor mat comes with that cute baby.)
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  2. I LOVE THIS!!!! My girls would totally love this and spend all their time in it! We are in the process of moving but I am going to try to incorporate some of these things at our new place.

  3. Ann

    Awesome! Love that flooring and those shelves are great for inspirations : )

    BTW, love the underwater mural!
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  4. It is really good to hear that a basement can be turned out well like that.

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