Decorating the Basement Media Room

If you follow Worthing Court on Facebook, then you may remember my post a couple of weeks ago saying that I was excited to be starting to work in our basement.
The basement was unfinished when we purchased the house.  We’ve lived here for six years and beyond a few pieces of furniture, the ginormous tv and a pool table, it has pretty much been a dumping ground ever since Pookie worked so hard to finish it.
I am finally making it a priority to get this space more attractive and functional and  am having lots of fun in the process!  Shame on me for waiting so long.
I’m tackling one room at the time.  The media room is first on the hit list.  Below are before pictures taken from two different angles.  I didn’t remember to take any photos til after we had already moved the tv and its oh-so-ugly, cheapo stand away from the wall.
That big black square thing on the table is the tv.
All that furniture was shoved aside to make room for this!
I can’t tell you what a happy day it was, when the new entertainment center was delivered!
I knew that when I ever got around to getting my act together in the basement, I wanted to go with a rustic style with some industrial thrown in.  I’ve been collecting tidbits here and there for the last couple of years, so it was tons of fun when I could finally drag all that stuff out and play.  😉
I made my own “barnwood” to act as a backdrop to the vignette on the top.  I’ll tell you all about how I did it in another post.  It was super easy.
I found a couple of simple baskets at Hobby Lobby to fill the upper spaces on either side of the center speaker and dressed them up a little by attaching some easy-peasy wooden tags that I made.
The tags are made with using wooden plaques that I picked up at Hobby Lobby for next to nothing.
  To give them a worn look, I first stained the wood using leftover stain, then painted them with some leftover ASCP in Pure White, sanded them here and there for a slightly distressed look, stenciled the words that I wanted to use with brown acrylic paint and topped them off with a tiny bit of dark wax.  To attach them to the basket, I drilled a hole in each corner and ran a bit of twine through and then knotted it on each end.
I’m really pleased with how the whole thing came together and am actually enjoying spending time in the basement for something other than dumping more junk!

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  1. What a great space! I just love you wall color and the beautiful entertainment center you added. Perfect for relaxing for sure. I would like to see you barn wood tutorial. I’ve got an idea for using some in our own house on the monstrous fireplace I have. Have a wonderful Tuesday!!

  2. Sassy Southern Lady says:

    This is going to be a wonderful space for your family. It is looking great and I hope you create many memories in this area.

  3. Shirley@Housepitality Designs says:

    Hi Suzy…the room is so fantastic!…so that is what you and the Mr. were “tied up” doing!!…Love the entertainment unit and all those wonderful items you placed in it…Can’t wait for the barn wood tutorial….Great job!!

  4. Atta Girl Amy says:

    It is looking good Suzy. Time for movie night.

    I love all your handmade touches and the styling on top of the unit. Can’t wait for that tutorial.

    You’ve been busy.

  5. Suzy,

    That is great, love the barnwood accent too. Love the entertainment unit too.


  6. Wow, what a gorgeous entertainment center! I love how handsome it is … and, it showcases your accessories beautifully! Your vignette on top is awesome … lovin’ the barnwood “backdrop!” too!

  7. It all looks great! Pictures don’t do it justice! Your barnwood turned out GREAT….but I am IN LOVE with that END TABLE, OLD MANTEL and Mr. Tucker!! Awesome job, can’t wait to see the finished room!

  8. Wow, that is so cool! We also turned our basement to an entertainment center, but it’s mostly an audio room. I like to play loud music whenever I’m in the mood. Also, I didn’t invest in large flat-screen TVs. Instead, I have full surround sound speakers that give the whole room a cinematic feel.

  9. Oh, Suzy, your entertainment center is just gorgeous — it’s like that wall was waiting all along for that piece of furniture! Your vignette on top is perfect!

  10. Laurie Ritchey says:

    Love that entertainment center. This is such a wonderful space. laurie

  11. Love it! May I ask where do you purchase the entertainment center?

    1. Suzy Handgraaf says:

      Hi Anna. We purchased the entertainment center right after Christmas at Rooms to Go. Since this is not an area of our home where we spend the majority of our time and because we likely won’t be taking this piece of furniture with us when we downsize one day, we didn’t want to put a lot of money into it. This piece was the style that I was after and was a good mix of quality for the amount of money that we spent.

  12. Shanee @ LivingLifeSouthernStyle says:

    What a great room! I know you are loving that beautiful entertainment center. Your tags are so pretty will be tuned in for the tutorial. You must feel like your in a different room! Thanks for sharing.

  13. What an awesome entertainment center ~ I love big and rustic and the way you pulled it all together with the accessories is fabulous!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Project Inspire{d} ~ have a wonderful week ~ hugs, Mary Beth

  14. The Rusty Heart says:

    Hi Suzy! I love this. I love the way you have decorated the entertainment center!

  15. Hi Suzy,
    I am posting this comment a little late in the game. I just got on pinterest about a month ago. I am on a learning curve but came across your entertainment unit in the basement. Like everyone else I love the vignette on top of the unit. May I ask if you know who the manufacturer of that beautiful tureen is. I have looked and looked for it but can’t find one even close to it. I have a perfect spot for it in my kitchen and thought if I know who the manufacturer is I might check and see if they still make it. I have looked at your project gallery and must say I am impressed. Thanks for taking the time to read this and sorry about not having a website up yet. Thanks again, Jana

    1. Hi Jana. Thank you so much for your sweet comments! Unfortunately, I can’t help you out with the tureen. It was used as a prop in a furniture showroom at the High Point Furniture Market and isn’t marked with the name of who made it or where it came from.