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Tools & Materials

Interior wall paint
Rollers, trays, brushes
Stackable chairs
Bottom kitchen cabinets & countertop
Power drill
Wood screws
Pre-made cubbyholes
Clear sheet of plastic
1/4-inch plywood
Skill saw
Finishing nails
Hot glue
Lighting kits
Power strip
Photos made into transparencies

Playroom to Family Room

Tip: Create special family memories by turning an old playroom into a family room.

Paint walls bright colors.

Buy durable, kid-proof furniture.

Tip: Pre-treated fabric or slipcovers will make stains easier to handle.

Tip: Get stackable chairs for extra seating.

Tip: A hard-surface floor is better for games and homework; add a soft rug for sitting.

Build computer center out of bottom kitchen cabinets and countertop.

Tip: 10-foot countertop will allow for multiple workstations.

Build wall of pre-made cubbyholes for separation and storage.

Build a Light Box for Family Photos

Nail together thin wood strips the size of a sheet of clear plastic.

Nail back on box.

Cut hole for wires.

Hot-glue lighting kits along inside edges.

Tip: Plug lighting kits into power strip so you can turn them on and off at same time.

Have photos transferred to transparency paper and hang on front of box.

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