1. the floor of a building partly or entirely below ground level.
A basement is a place that is sometimes below ground level for a reason. I can say that my basement is a space that quite often doesn’t have much activity except for kids playing and leaving trails of the unknown behind them. Both of my kids rooms and all their toys are in our basement. It is their space to make a mess and create memories (they definitely have the mess part down to perfection). Often times I turn a blind eye to the basement and just thank the Lord it is below the main level and I don’t have to look at it everyday.
Recently I decided to change things up and create a space in our basement that opened more opportunities to be down there as a family. We desperately needed a good entertainment area since our only space with a TV was our living room upstairs which was not spacious enough for guests. When I made this decision we didn’t even have a couch down there which meant I had a lot of work to do and somehow do it on a budget!
As I have mentioned in previous posts about my house, the people who lived in this house before us clearly loved green! All the walls were green! The basement was a special kind of green, though. It was a very bright yellow-green on every wall in the basement! It was my worst nightmare! Just so we are on the same page, this photo is before we bought the house! Just needed to be clear before anyone thinks I had a red couch next to that green! *shudders*
Something desperately needed to change! When we first moved in we painted the basement along with the rest of the house. We did the walls in “Gray Stone” from Menards! This really was the perfect gray without too much blue tint in it!
The whole basement makeover adventure officially began when I found the couch! We had decided to find cheap couches for now and eventually invest in a sectional when it was in the budget to do so. That plan all changed when my neighbor just happened to have a sectional couch for sale in his driveway for $200! I wasn’t completely sure I wanted a tan couch with gray walls, but I was never going to find a sectional in perfect condition for $200 ever again! The sectional ended up looking great in the basement and I was one very happy camper!
This officially put the fire under my butt to continue to makeover this basement to fit my vision! The couch was facing a large wall and I knew I didn’t want a TV hung there all by itself. This wall needed something great done to it so I reached out to my brother-in-law to save the day! He created the most incredible wall of built-in book shelves with a distressed dark gray accent wall behind!Distressed cream clock- Hobby Lobby
I’m going to let you in on a little secret! The back wall is done in flooring! We used vinyl flooring for the wall and honestly it could not have turned out any better! It was definitely cheaper than using an actual barn wood and saved a lot of time from having to paint wood to look the way I wanted it to! This specific flooring ended up being the perfect mix of grays for this room!
I do not own a ton of books so I still have a lot of room to fill on my new shelves, but I went to Hobby Lobby and Target and found some knick knacks for the shelves and I am obsessed! At that time Hobby Lobby had a 90% off isle which was perfect for getting the cutest knick knacks for the best price and Target didn’t have any sales, but sometimes you just buy stuff at Target anyway!Nesting houses- Hearth & Hand at TargetCream & Mint ceramic pitcher- Hobby Lobby
I also needed to tie in the couch a little better! I always pictured a dark gray couch in this room, but because I got this couch for such a deal I was determined to make it work! I wanted to incorporate some navy blue on the couch to give a good blue and gray tie throughout the room! This made the tan couch work even better! I found these fluffy navy blue pillows at Home Goods and knew they were the perfect fit! I am still in search for a few textured ones as well, but you can never rush the perfect pillow!
My final touch was something for this large wall between the bathroom and one of the kids rooms. It was so blank and needed some serious love! I had a vision in my mind and Hobby Lobby made all my dreams come true as they always do! I found this sign for 50% off and complemented it with these distressed metal vases, which I also found for 50% off. I absolutely love cotton and I wanted to incorporate it in some way, but they are so expensive! I started putting together a bunch of fake flowers and cotton for these vases and couldn’t believe how expensive the total would be in the end. I got super cheap and grabbed 4 stalks of cotton, stuck them in the vases with a block of green foam and it was perfection!! I am so happy with how it turned out and I just love the simplicity of it!
Here it is, folks! My basement makeover!! I just love how it all turned out! It is such a cozy space for our family and it is a great place for entertaining guests!
It doesn’t mean this room always stays super clean since it continues to be joined together with the playroom, but I still love having a finished look in this room!
Check out this before and after!! Goodbye green walls and red couch!!
Thanks for checking out my basement makeover and now I challenge you to change-up a space in your home on a budget! There is nothing more exciting than a fresh room makeover full of bargains!
Have a beautiful day and always be kind.
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