Over the past few months I’ve shown you bits and pieces of the makeover I was working on in our basement family room. Well…I guess you really can’t call it a makeover since nothing had been done to it for the seven years that we’ve lived here except to plop some furniture and a ginormous tv down there.
Things often move slowly around here, but at long last I’m ready to share the entire space with you.
BEFORE: The whole room was just a hugely boring space. Willy-nilly furniture and a big ole tv. Zero on the personality meter. It’s no wonder that we hardly ever used the space. We had already started shoving some of the furniture around before I remembered to take this picture.
AFTER: This side of the room got a whole new look. I couldn’t buy all new furniture, so I used pattern, texture and color to hopefully downplay the furniture that I don’t care for. BTW – Ferocious Guard Dog would not budge no matter how many times I tried to shoo him out of camera range. Stubborn dog.
There are several diy projects on this side of the room:
Repurposed Bifold Doors
How To Turn A Wicker Cloche Into A Lamp
Recyled Vintage Mantel
Unexpected Color And Mixing Patterns
Before: The other side of the room already held our game table. But why did we even think that we needed one??? Nobody ever even sat here. Again, I forgot to take a picture before we piled the tv in front of the table.
After: We bit the dust and bought a real live entertainment center to hold the behemoth television. I think it was our Christmas present to each other last year.
The vignette on top of the media center needed a backdrop. Since I was going for a rustic/vintage/industrial look in this room, I wanted some old barn wood to make one with. Well…there isn’t too much of that just lying around when you live inside the city limits, so I created my own.
How To Make New Wood Look Like Old Barn Wood
The wall where the game table resides got a whole new look when I was inspired by something I saw in a Pottery Barn catalog. I had lots of fun collecting all of my typography.
Typography Gallery Wall
My handwriting is atrocious when it comes to chalkboards. But I showed you an easy way to get perfect chalkboard letters every time.
How To Make Chalkboard Art The Easy Way
Finally! A room that we really enjoy and use all the time. 😀