The Secret in the Basement

By | January 16, 2013

I’m ready to admit that I have a secret. It’s in the basement and it’s starting to become a little difficult to hide.

No, it’s not a monster or a body or some kind of illegal exotic animal (although a giraffe in the basement might be fun—for us—he’d probably have a giant pain in the neck from ducking all day long!).

It’s a problem.

Currently, there’s a room in our basement (the 4th bedroom in our house that will one day become the guest room when the two rooms up here are full of kiddos) that is used primarily for storage.

That’s not so bad, you say. All houses use unused rooms as storage. Even John and Sherry do it with their “playroom” (and they are house blogging professionals over at Young House Love!).

The problem with our storage room is that it’s not for Christmas decorations or random household things we don’t want anymore but haven’t gotten rid of. It’s full of chairs.

Yup, chairs. We even call it the chair room. Seriously.

At last count, there were 14 chairs in that one room.

Fourteen people, FOURTEEN!

Update: We’ve since added more chairs! Check out this post for the story.

That’s 14 chairs to sand, paint, reupholster, and de-wobble. Yikes.

I’m a little scared just thinking about it.

Here’s the collection of thrift store/garage sale/freebie chairs we’re going to refinish and use at the kitchen table (hopefully) soon.

And the stash of tiny chairs I am going to repaint someday for our kiddos to have little places to sit.

Oh, and don’t forget this guy (Jeffry) my cousin painted to give to me when I was much younger. How cute, right?

Still not sure where he’ll end up. Maybe in a future playroom? He might need some help first though, Jeffry’s starting to lose some of his beads and I don’t want him to choke the children.

Oh, and these still-packaged ones were free (won them in a contest!) but will stay boxed up for awhile since we have no current need for a high chair or booster seat.

Nothing like being prepared early, huh?

The basement is also home to this fancy little pink number who lived with me in college, even though she’s not in the actual chair room.

Hubs is not a fan, so she was confined to the empty basement. Ah well. I’d have to admit I’ve outgrown her never-comfortable seat anyway, I guess. Maybe time to pack her up and say goodbye…

Now it’s your turn to make me feel better. Any of you have a room in your house that isn’t being used to its full potential? What about a collection of chairs hiding in your basement, just waiting to find new life in the light? A collection of anything? Come on, spill the beans! PLEASE!

6 thoughts on “The Secret in the Basement

  1. Dave Shipman

    Hey, I recognized 2 chairs I gave to your father in law in that basement picture. I can’t believe you talked my brother John out of those wonderful antiques.

  2. Maria-Isabel Gridley

    So you actually DO have a giraffe in the basement! HA 😉
    Our house is small-ish (well to me, hubs says 2000 sq feet is not small) but we are a family of 5. Our boys share a room! So we pretty much do not have room to have an empty un-used room! I wish – then I would have an in home office/craft room… instead of having to use the office in our detached garage! LOL
    But anyways that is a lot of chairs. Seems exciting to think of how they will turn out. 🙂

    1. Melissa Post author

      Yes, I suppose so! I know we have a lot of growing-into this house to do, and having kids someday will certainly do the trick I’m sure. And while an office in a detached garage may not be ideal, I bet it’s nice to escape there every now and then, right? Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment! (And I’m excited to see how the chairs will turn out, too!)

  3. Chaz

    Yeah…..glad to hear someone else has this issue-I got a 10 foot square bedroom upstairs with 12, count ’em, 12 chairs!


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