Life Love Larson: Basement Reno


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Basement Reno

My sister just finished part of her unfinished basement.  I used to be jealous of the storage in her large, unfinished basement.  Now, she has this fabulous new space for watching TV and playing!  For the past 10 years, we have lived where basements don't exist, so the jealousy is in full force!!  It had just been completed right before we arrived on our recent visit, so it even had that new carpet smell!  Here are some bits and pieces from the room...

The color inspiration-IKEA pillows and tangerine orange seating (from TJ Maxx!) in the kid's space

You can see in the above picture that she used the rain gutter bookshelf.  She used an aluminum gutter (I used plastic in Drew's room) and left it in one long piece since she had a large wall to cover.  My niece is a bookworm, and this is the perfect height for her to grab books.  Don't you just love the pop of color those books give off?

The ABC travel print is from Land of Nod (originally in the nursery, but moved to the toyroom)

This POANG chair from IKEA is being used as extra seating around the TV viewing space.  Super comfy and loving the cool gray color.  The walls are also a soft gray color.

My sister and her husband love to travel, and they also lived in Germany for a few years.  This print, from Made By Girl, was appropriate for the subtle travel theme she has going on.

There is one little nook in the basement, so my sister first primed the wall with magnetic primer and then painted a few coats of chalkboard paint.  I love the pop of black, and so appropriate for small children.

Above the chalkbaord wall, she hung these series of framed pieces of scrapbook paper (all have a travel theme) to add another pop of color.  Who knew they had frames specifically made to fit 12 x 12 pieces of scrapbook paper)???  Michael's, my friends.  She also made all of her own adorable magnets to put on the wall.  More on those later...

I used to eat at this table growing up. I love that my sister has sanded, stained, and painted it to give it a fresh new look.  They still have the original leather seats which make it look a little rustic.

My sister still has plans to add a gallery wall of photos from their travels and some shelves to hold pics of the kids.  Of course, I wanted to make a little something for her new basement, so she requested an "H".  The color inspiration comes again from those great pillows and this will lean on one of the shelves...

Hope you enjoyed the little tour!  Thanks to my sis for sharing!

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