Happy Friday! It’s been a while since I posted anything DIY or decorating related. As I’ve mentioned in the past, DIY projects bring me joy and is a form of creative self-expression.
I talked about our basement project on the blog HERE but left you hanging with the reveal. It needs a few finishing touches from a decorating standpoint but I decided to share anyway.
Back in March 2015, after being in our house for 8 months, we decided to finish our basement. It was partially finished with one room and a half bath. We began working with a contractor who worked full-time at his regular job and part-time finishing our basement. He took his time, and that was fine with us. He worked around our vacations, and house guests finally finishing in July 2015.
It’s a great entertainment space and we are enjoying it to the fullest.
Our basement is not a walk out, has few windows and very little natural light. As a result, some of the photos are a little darker than I’d like. With that said, let’s begin our before and after tour of the basement.
Stairs leading down to the basement after the carpet was removed.
Stairs after installing new treads and risers.
A before photo of the one room finished area with an alcove behind the couch. The construction begins.
The after photo of the alcove area with the new bar and cabinetry.
This wall leads to the unfinished part of the basement. We knocked the wall down to open up the space.
This is what was on the other side of the wall.
As much as I love all of that space it was not fun clearing out all of that stuff.
Make note of the gray pole in the center of the photo above.
This is the after photo of that space. We spend most of our time in this area.
The gray pole was transformed into a beautiful white pillar.
I bought a cozy taupe colored sectional that would not fit down the stairs. Long story! It was a final sale too! It’s a bummer not having a walk out. The good news is, I still have my old black furniture for now.
This is the entrance to the movie room. We had extra insulation installed to make it sound proof. My husband likes the TV super loud. Is that a guy thing?
This is the finished movie room. We chose a sectional for the seating so that we have more floor space. Four of the seats recline. I’m still working on making the chords to the TV disappear.
The half bath before we knocked the wall down.
We added a shower and a door to the bedroom. There are two entrances to the bathroom.
A before photo of a corner space at the bottom of the stairs.
The same corner space after I added my DIY touch. I painted the table and chairs.
My family wall was a labor of love. Both of my parents are deceased and its important to me to have photos of them throughout my home.
The family room area.
We installed laminate floors to save on cost. I decided against carpet since this is a high traffic area.
This door leads to the bedroom. We use this old TV cabinet to store board games.
The guest bedroom is L shaped. The door leads to the bathroom. The coffee table belonged to my mom and has sentimental value. This room is still a work in progress.
This is a before view from the bedroom. I’m actually standing in the bedroom in the same spot in the after photo below.
This is another angle of the guest bedroom. I’m still trying to figure out where to place the TV. I’m thinking about mounting it on the wall. The sofa table is just a fill in for now. It also belonged to my mom.
A bigger view. I forgot to move the karaoke microphone. Do you see it?
Can you guess what my color scheme is? Yes, that’s a trick question.
So there it is!
As you can see, I am very eclectic in my decorating style. I believe in working with what I have. I mixed the old with the new. I recovered old bar stools, framed my photos to use as art and painted furniture to make it work for now.
I hope you enjoyed my finished basement tour.
Have a great weekend!
Peace and Blessings,