When we first moved into our home in September, we literally made the statement that the basement was going to be one of the last areas we touched. Well, here we are. We started with doing little updates to the laundry room/storage side and it quickly led into the rest of the basement which I'm 100% not mad about. It's become the best extra space we didn't know we were going to need. Plus, we can now host guests! The basement reveal is the biggest change we've done in the house so far and I'm so excited to share it with you. Reminder: we live in a 100+ year old home, so some things are full of character and some things are just a little quirky - that's the way we like it!
With the basement being fully underground with only one window, I wanted it to make it feel bright and airy. Repainting the wainscoting and the walls made the biggest difference. Funny enough, the paint color is the darkest we have in the home because I still wanted the space to feel warm. I think it turned out awesome & the paint alone made it feel that much more like a home. Updating the carpet, the bathroom and small details of the basement has been the best gift we didn't know we needed. We all love spending time in it and once we get a TV we can't wait to have a movie night!
Our basement prior to the update, was basically unusable. After refreshing the laundry/storage side (still more work there) we found mold under the tile carpet. Finding the mold wasn't a huge surprise, but of course, we wanted to get the rest of it out of the house. This is where Kirby comes in as the real hero in the basement refresh. He pulled up all of the tile carpet throughout and bleached the mold. Then he scraped any loose concrete from age/water issues. A dirty job that no one wants to do!
Quirky Old Home
As we worked through repainting the basement, the built-in and the half bath we also took out a book shelve that was basically built into the wall. Of course, we had no idea until it was already out. Because of that, we had to add a piece of dry wall and a new board on the bottom to reshape the space. We kept the wainscoting to match the rest of the basement and added wood "floating" shelves.
Our shelves aren't as thick as I originally planned, but we were too nervous the wall wouldn't hold the huge shelves (plus decor on top). The screws would have much to hold on to. Luckily, I found these super affordable laminate wood shelves that are lightweight & a perfect alternative. I really liked the look of metal brackets that you can see. That's where I had to get creative again because we couldn't put anything into the wainscoting and had to do something on the sides of the shelves. We decided to use brackets that would normally go into a thick floating shelf (to be hidden) and just set the shelves on top. Easy & super affordable!
Obviously, the whole area where the shelves are is 100% not straight or level. It doesn't measure as standard size across (so Kirby had to cut the shelves to fit) and the walls measure differently depending on where you take it. Plus, if you look closely at the ends of the shelves you can see it looks like the shelves are cute crooked, but really it's the wall. That's just kind of what you get with an old home, but we love it!
With the basement being used for multiple different things I had fun getting creative with setting it up. With a very narrow and low staircase we had limited options for couches (if really any at all) to bring into the space. With knowing that, my mother-in-law gave me the idea to create a fun daybed! That's where BedInABox comes in! We had the easiest set up with no problem getting the box into our basement. The mattress is vacuumed sealed making it so easy to take out of the box. Once you pull back the plastic it starts to "inflate" and boom. 13" dual hybrid mattress with the highest coil count in the industry! You guys, I'm not kidding this thing is so comfortable. We went with the full size to fit our space and bought an upholstery cover to make ti feel more like a couch. Throw a bunch of pillows on top for the ultimate cozy effect. Once the cover is removed it's just a normal, overly comfortable bed!
Addison's toys are stored under the floating shelves and in some of the built in cabinets & drawers. I didn't want the space to feel like a playroom so getting him a cute little wood table for crafts & coloring made it fit all together. Especially when we brought in the wood platform bed - which I have to add was also so dang easy to set up! The basement overall is cozy, airy, and definitely the best added space we could have ever asked for! We laugh just thinking how we weren't going to do anything to it right away and how much of an added bonus it's been.
When we got the carpet installed we figured we may as well do the bathroom floors too. We actually also did the stairs going to the top floor which we shared in the entryway reveal. What a difference new flooring makes! The bathroom turned out so cute and is the perfect addition to our guest suite. I've kept most of the house pretty neutral with decor, so I had a little fun with the bathroom.
The bathroom prior to the update was bright blue and has this fun blue stone mirror we thought we might as well keep. So I brought in some bright tones to make the mirror fit! With it being in the basement too, I think this helps brighten it up a lot.
Functional Grey SW 7024 basement walls
Agreeable Grey SW 7029 bathroom walls
Tricorn Black SW 6258 built-in
Pure White SW 7005 trim, built-in, doors, etc.