A Makeover

A Makeover

Farmhouse Family Room


Dear over-looked, under-appreciated, almost forgotten little room under the stairs,

Bless your heart.

2012 was not your year.

You were always full of stacks and stacks of games and puzzles and play dough and potholder kits and picture frames and decks of cards and bins full of scrapbook paper.

It was a precarious situation.




And I don’t think you ever recovered when the Monopoly game fell off the top shelf and game pieces and dice and chance cards and Reading Railroad tumbled down and covered every square inch.

And no one even paid attention.

I think there might have been a futile half-hearted attempt to pick up the pieces.

But I saw the top hat on the floor last week.

And Marvin Gardens and St. Charles Place have been wedged between the floorboards since last April.




But now it’s 2013.

Your year of glory.

It’s like the “What Not to Wear” episode with the girl with the glasses who always wore sweat pants with tennis shoes and Star Wars t-shirts…..except when she had a fancy occasion to go to and then she would totally bust out an old Gap sweatshirt.


Then Stacy and Clinton surprised her at work and started making her over and she had to stand in front of that terrible three-way mirror…….and they kept raising their eyebrows at her and holding that Gap sweatshirt between their fingers like it was something from another planet…..

……and then they tossed that sweatshirt right into the trash bin.

And then she went to that beautiful store with the beautiful salespeople who helped her pick out the most spectacular outfits and she got her hair cut and highlighted and that funny make-up artist with the curly hair redid her make-up with the most incredible smoky eyes.

And she looked amazing.

And wonderful.

Like she had never even heard of Luke Skywalker.


Renovation Back of Stairs


Guess what littleΒ room under the stairs?

It’s time for your make-over.

You are going to have built-ins and electricity.

And crisp white walls.

And a gray chevron rug.

And the cutest little chair with navy fabric.

And baskets with chalkboard labels.



You are going to be amazing.

Without a Gap sweatshirt in sight. πŸ™‚


Want Thistlewood Farm delivered to your inbox?

It’s easy! Β Just fill out the form below!

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


  1. I can not wait to see what Stacey and Clinton come up!

  2. Oh, THIS will be a fun one! Can’t wait to see, Kari ~ xo Heidi

  3. I can’t wait to see it Karianne… I can’t help but think if I had a room under the stairs I would make it a place for me to hide πŸ™‚

  4. So…an office area? Can’t wait to see what you do!

  5. Sheryll & Critters. :

    Grrrr, I want to see it already… lol.

    I wish I had some space to make over… errr, wrong, my entire, tiny house needs a make over or at the very least some fresh paint, but NO money,

    So, I do so very enjoy living vicariously through others that can and do and are in the process. And thanks for sharing with me.

  6. Lisa~A Cottage To Me :

    Can’t wait to see your little room. We have been working on a similar “neglected” room too. I am having so much fun, can’t wait to see yours!

  7. I know this luckless little room is going to look amazing, because everything you do ends up looks that way! You have a way with rooms, my friend.
    Hugs, Cindy

  8. Ooooooo I cannot WAIT to see what happens once you work your magic on this space. Exciting!

  9. Oh, KariAnne, I can’t wait to see how this lucky little room turns out! It’s sure to be fabulous!

  10. Hasbro is retiring a piece very soon. Don’t throw away that thimble or top hat it could pay a college tuition!

  11. I have to ask how big that room is? Doesn’t look big enough for a chair? (not that I’m questioning your expertise) I live for makeovers! ~Kim

  12. What a great post!! I smiled the whole time because we all can relate to a wasted space & the anticipation of its potential. Can’t wait to see what happens!

  13. But now where will poor Harry Potter sleep? Oh, and why not the color wood?

    πŸ™‚ me

  14. So clever. Can’t wait to see her new do!

    – The Tablescaper

  15. Okay, you’ve got me excited about the makeover. So … get busy. I can’t wait.β™₯

  16. I’m sure the reveal will be spectacular. Hurry up and finish!! πŸ™‚

  17. I love the rug you have in this space. I have been hunting forever for the perfect rug. Any chance you would share where you purchased yours?

  18. bless it’s little heart! I can’t wait to see the fabulous makeover!


  19. Room makeovers are always exciting, no matter how big or small they are πŸ™‚ I’m sure your little room under the stairs is going to be one fab space when you’re done with it! Have fun and show us pics of your little room soon!

  20. Ooooh – I can’t wait to see! I just know it will be amazing!

  21. It sounds like even Harry Potter would love this “cupboard under the stairs” makeover, Kari! : ) Looking forward to seeing it!

  22. Loving it! Great idea.

  23. Yeah…Stacy and Clinton…fun show! I think I should be prepared to be amazed though…where are you going to fit in a blue chair? Room doesn’t look big enough…. Anxious to see whatcha gonna do Karianne! Enjoy your day! πŸ˜‰

  24. I love Stacy and Clinton….watch them all the time….and then I go in my closet and start tossing!!…So with them “mentoring” you…your space under the stars will be “star worthy”……Looking forward to the makeover reveal complete with pretty sandals!

  25. May the force be with you!

  26. What a room full of possibilities! I love your ideas for it!! Can’t wait to see it!

  27. Donna Coulter :

    Oh what a tease you are. I just knew you were going to have completed pictures.
    I can’t wait to see how you transform this forgotten little room into something grand.

  28. Can’t wait to see the transformation,!


  29. What a fun post to read! Can’t wait to see “her” all made over!

  30. I can already tell that I’m jealous! πŸ˜‰

  31. Built in computer/office??

  32. I CANNOT WAIT to see the transformation!!! Knowing you, it will be spectacular and full of “Why didn’t I think of that?” details.

    I have to say that I love EVERYTHING about the room leading to your Stair Room. May I ask where you found that beautiful rug, please?

    Thanks so much, KariAnne!


  33. I just can’t wait to see it all finished up. Have fun.



  34. Oh my…. Tease. Now I wait… πŸ™‚
    I know she’ll be luvly!
    Cheers, Gee

  35. All right get busy we all are waiting with bated breath(????) to see the transformation from the ugly duckling into a beautiful swan. I’m just having trouble envisioning all you plan on fitting in there. I need a floor plan, this room is just too small for photos to fit together into a vision.

  36. aawww…..I’m so HAPPY for the little room under the stairs! She’s been waiting patiently there in the corner while the other rooms were transformed into stunning beauties. I’m just certain she will turn out to be the Cinderella that takes all the other rooms breath away! And with her fairy godmother Karianne in charge, there will definitely be magic in the air in that little room. Can’t wait to see our little Cinderella room when she is ready for the ball!

  37. Karianne, you crack me up!! I absolutely LOVE reading your blog…so fun every time, and you have such wonderful ideas. SO wishing you were my neighbor but – alas – I am all the way down in southwest Georgia…not even close. :o( Thank goodness for the internet! Can’t wait to see your fabulous new under-the-stairs room when it is done!

  38. This will be a great makeover! Looking forward to the reveal!

  39. Can’t wait to see what you do, Karianne…I know it will be great!

  40. What a perfect idea. I can’t wait to see it.

    I love the decor in your home, btw. I could sure use some of your good taste!


  41. Love small projects like this. Look forward to seeing after pictures.

  42. Love that you are taking an old forgotten spot and giving it a facelift! Cannot wait to see what you do. Also, slightly jealous that you have a room under the stairs…..so Harry Potter ; o )

  43. i am doing our little hall closet…turning it into a mud closet;)
    this little house isn’t big enough for an entry way one..i just bought Sherwin Williams
    watery to use as the stripe color…good storytelling too:)
    love ya

  44. Oh it’s going to be gorgeous!!!

  45. I can’t wait to see how it turns out! Shed that sweatshirt for good!

  46. Ha! So charming. So loving. Congrats little room. We are here to cheer you on! πŸ˜‰ k.

  47. Niches can be so overlooked and under appreciated, but it looks like 2013 is going to be big for this precious little space! Can’t wait to see the transformation, XOXO

  48. I can’t wait to see what you create in that room! ~Diane

  49. I can’t wait to see it!! I also have a “room” under the stairs that needs to be taken care of this year! I’m scared somebody’s going to get hurt when they open the door and something falls out on top of them! LOL! Blessings, Tammy

  50. I understand that chevron rugs are ALL the rage and is appropriate for ALL body- er, room-types! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see what you’ve done! I have been in the midst of an office reclamation at work – you just don’t even want to know how bad it was! But my co-worker, my husband, and I did some moving around and i’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel!!!! Hmmm . . . Maybe I need a grey chevron rug . . . .

    Have an amazing day! πŸ™‚

  51. Looking forward to seeing it!

  52. We have the same, sad little closet under our stairs. It currently houses our boxes of photos and jackets that we don’t ever wear (letter jackets and such). I am hoping to get in there someday and make it useful. Maybe your redo will inspire me!

  53. Yay for makeovers! And for writing great stories to go with them!

  54. Can’t waaaiiiitttt! I am sure it will be awesome!!!

  55. This post is as cozy as down comforter and caraffe sitting on the night stand! I love it!!

  56. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!!! I just know it will be totally fabulous!!!

  57. Oh, that little closet won’t know what hit it! I can’t wait to see this little jewel box come to life as mama’s new office space. There’s something sweet and cozy about a small office nook and I know you’ll make this one shine. Can’t wait to see. I sure am enjoying my colorful office!

  58. Good grief! That room sounds so cute, I want to move into it! Can’t wait to see it! ~ Jennifer

  59. Cant wait to see the big reveal πŸ™‚

  60. Awww, I love this space! It sounds wonderful and just the right size! You amaze me! A space just for you! I can’t wait for the reveal!

  61. can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  62. I just need to know…where did you put the full of stacks and stacks of games and puzzles and play dough and potholder kits and picture frames and decks of cards and bins full of scrapbook paper?

  63. Love a good makeover! I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  64. Love a good makeover! I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  65. I would love to make over the room under my stairs but first I would need stairs and a second floor for them to go up to……………but don’t think the landlord would allowe us to add another floor………………..lol

  66. O, and she is gonna shine like a brand new star…can’t wait to meet her. :))

  67. Hurry, hurry, hurry! Nothing like pressure from your readers, huh? I’m dying to see the makeover! πŸ™‚

  68. Ohhhhhhh, what a lucky little stair room!!! Can’t wait to see what you do with it…hurry, please!!

  69. I am excited to see the transformation!

  70. I LOVE Stacy and Clinton makeovers! So fun to see them rip someone apart only to make her over again in a new and much more appealing way. Your little room is in for a big surprise, can’t wait to see the reveal!


  71. Ohhh I can’t wait to see what you do!! It sounds like it’s going to be super cute!! But now I kind of want to go shopping….for new clothes πŸ˜‰

  72. KariAnne I’m so excited to how it will turnout! And, this was such a funny post, poor Monopoly board, I can only imagine where Boardwalk is! πŸ™‚

  73. I’m really hoping that she’s all done and when I wake up tomorrow and come by for my daily visit there will be a post showing her in all her glory, cuz that’s just the way I roll, ask my hubby sometimes he thinks he hears my fingers snapping in his sleep lol!!!

    It will be amazing and worth the wait……..

    Xo Kathy πŸ˜‰

    Ps have I told you in 2013 how much I enjoy visiting your blog ???? You’re the best ,

  74. If your kiddos were younger I would say a playhouse but a little office would be glorious!

  75. Looking forward to seeing the happy reveal after that sad “before” story : )

    Jeanette @ Creating A Life

  76. Everything you do turns out fabulous looking and I know this will be no exception!!

  77. Do you have an attic stair area too? You’ll find me sitting there waiting for my makeover. If anyone is woman enough to take on the stair eves, you can surly work magic on the likes of me.


  78. Good for you for tackling this project–I bet it’s going to be wonderful and can’t wait to see it when you’re done, KariAnne! And so nice to hear from you at my blog. To answer your question, I’m just doing an audition for 5 theatre companies that do Shakespeare in the Parks around here in the summertime. No guarantees, but maybe something good will happen πŸ™‚ And thank you for your kind words about the photos!

  79. What a way to start the year for this neglected room. It will be the envy of all when finished I’m sure. Can’t wait to see it.

  80. Ooooh, I love when tiny spaces get “made” into something useful and beautiful! Or even just beautiful… Can’t wait to see it, the suspense will be crazy! Maybe I’ll come live there when it’s done, so I don’t have to deal with finding a new house, hmm..

  81. That sounds like a phenomenal idea!

  82. Can’t wait to see what you do in this quaint little space.

  83. Oh what memories have come flooding back!!! We had a LOOONG closet under our stairs as children, and it also housed the phone!!! As teens, my sister and I would go in there, shut the door, and TALK TO BOYS!!!!!!!!!!!! We also wrote all over the walls. I wish so much I could go back and see it. Your under the stairs space is going to be amazing. I can’t wait to see it!!!! XO, Pinky

  84. Have you finished this project? If so, where can I see the “after” photos? Thanks!