John and Emily Bass live in a 33-year-old home with their three children, John Findley, Ellie and Shepard.

They have a formal living room (which we see in many older homes) but find it no longer fits their needs:

John and Emily Bass don’t need another living room — they need a space that serves multiple purposes.

We’re going to convert the home’s old formal living room into a multipurpose room for homeschooling, a playroom and a home office.

The Projects

In this multipurpose room, everything has its proper place.

Organize Everything

John and Emily’s children have plenty of school supplies and toys. The couple just need to corral those learning tools and playthings at a central location.

With the space cleared, we can start our first project: getting things organized with some cube storage.

Cube storage is an affordable, expandable option and you can find various options at the home center. Danny glued these cubicles to form one single unit.

Build and Install Chalkboard/Cork Board Frame

Emily Bass can teach her homeschooled children with this chalkboard, and the kids can display their art on the adjacent cork board.

Next, John and Danny start work on a combination chalkboard/cork board.

They cut the chalk board from a piece of half-inch medium-density fiberboard, which John coats with chalkboard paint.

Then they begin creating a frame to combine it with the cork board.

Once the chalkboard frame is assembled, it gets a coat of stain.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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