Update 3/26/2017: you can see some updates to the room here.
To review: we first started working on the basement back in the fall, as part of a Fall in Love room makeover that we did with a bunch of other bloggers. We only had six weeks to work on it then, and we managed to get a functional room out of a completely unfinished basement in that time, so I was pretty pleased with us.
But there were still many unfinished projects before we were ready to call the room done, and we’ve been working
tirelessly sometimes on those ever since.
And now we’re finally ready for basement reveal #2! That’s right–why have one room reveal when you could “reveal” the same room twice?!
(It occurs to me that people who blog about nearly ever tiny room project as they go along probably shouldn’t get to use the word “reveal” so freely. Eh–whatever. REVEAL!!!!!)
So here I’m going to give you lots of pictures of the finished room, links back to all the projects along the way, and a source list. Eventually I’ll also talk about what’s next for the basement, but that stuff up there already sounds like a lot, so probably in another post.
Here’s where we started:
And here’s the same view today:
It’s a little different.
The goal for this room was to make a fun space for the kids (and us) that was also super functional. And I’m impressed with all the multi-tasking this room is doing. There’s the space for watching movies or playing video games on the projector screen, tons of storage for games, the table for playing board games, the foosball table, AND the whole thing doubles as a guest room since the futon’s in there (eventually I’d like to replace the futon with a sleeper sofa; I’m going to start keeping an eye out for one on Craigslist. And then if we hold onto the futon and just toss the frame, there’ll be room to put it on the floor in there even with a sleeper sofa open, so we could sleep up to four people in there).
There are a couple of new things in here that I haven’t posted about before (REVEAL!!!!). I mentioned at some point that that far wall was looking a little sad and empty, so I got that map tapestry from Urban Outfitters to hang there. We used these (affililate link) Velcro Industrial Strength Coins to hang it. They say they’re not recommended for fabric, but they’re holding up fine so far (three or four weeks in). So one of the circles sticks to the wall and one to the fabric, and then the velcro holds them together. We spaced four of them along the top edge:
And then we bought these blinds from Ikea for the windows. They’re completely utilitarian/not pretty at all (and, sadly, not quite as wide as we had hoped)…they’ll be up all the time except when we’re watching a movie when it’s still light outside:
And now a tour around the room, with links to all the projects:
The paint color (walls and trim) is Benjamin Moore’s Newburg Green. Here’s the post about how we did the floor with a stain from Sherwin Williams. I said I’d update about how the floors were holding up (we were a little concerned about them because we didn’t do anything but clean them really well before painting, and we didn’t use any kind of topcoat)…..so far, so good! We’ve moved furniture in and out of here a ton, and I haven’t noticed any scratches or chipped paint yet. The only issues are where we dripped paint on it ourselves, because it would have made more sense to paint the walls first.
Looking back this way we see the whitewashed plank wall and one of the two doors we hung. We made the projector screen out of blackout fabric and built the shelves out of the same birch plywood as the table. The movie posters come from my days working at a movie theater in college.
Our friend the dinosaur could really use some kind of stand to help hold him up; he’s quite wobbly (but still, of course, a terrifying carnivore).
There’s a basket of Ikea throws next to the futon (and a Doctor Who throw from Zulily ON the futon). The basement isn’t heated (except for a space heater), so it can get a little chilly in winter. Those poufs were on clearance at Target after Christmas. The rug is actually two rugs next to each other, and they’re from Ikea. And nice and shaggy.
Dave made these little shelves from scrap plywood for the speakers.
And we bought projector wall mount thing (affiliate link) awhile back for the projector.
And that’s all my pictures!
And here’s a source list for you:
Paint: Benjamin Moore’s Newburg Green
Floor stain: Sherwin Williams
Doctor Who Throw: Zulily
Other Throws and pillows: Ikea
Chairs next to futon: Ikea
Table and shelves: DIY from Purebond birch plywood
table chairs: Craigslist
foosball table: thrifted
map tapestry: Urban Outfitters
….and with that, I’m more than ready to move on from the basement! Next up, I’ll be talking about OTHER parts of the house!