Our Basement Renovation reveal is here!! - A Life Unfolding

Our Basement Renovation reveal is here!!

It’s week six of the One Room Challenge and that means it’s time for the big REVEAL! We have renovated our basement from the exposed ceiling to the floors!! And I have to just put it out there, I am really proud of this space. This was our SIXTH ORC and this is hands down my favorite. We worked very hard to take what was basically a large, damp storage space and turned it into a comfortable lower level living area. Did you see what I did there?!?…no longer a basement but a lower level living space! Wait until you see! The flooring, the painted exposed ceiling, and those accent walls WOOT WOOT!! So exciting. I mentioned this is my sixth ORC, before we get to the reveal, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane through my past One Room Challenges.

FALL 2017 / FALL 2018 / SPRING 2019 /FALL 2019 / SPRING 2020

A note: Thank you to all the sponsors that gifted products to make this makeover possible. I’ve listed them at the end of the post.

Are you ready to see? Here we go!


Light by Crystorama.

Light by Crystorama.

And because who doesn’t like a great before pic…


Before basement picture

Before basement picture

Let me walk you through the changes. First, we ditched the existing mismatched wall treatments and had the walls drywalled. Once that was completed we painted the entire exposed beam ceiling with Sherwin Williams color of 2021 Urbane Bronze (SW7028). It’s a very dark grey and I absolutely love it! After the ceilings, we moved on and painted the walls with the oh so beautiful SW Alabaster (SW7008). I love the warm glow the walls have now, especially with the lack of natural light.


Exposed beam ceiling in basement painted Urbane Bronze

The back wall was feeling a bit blah and I wanted something to draw you into the room while still remaining neutral and warm so we added a bit of wood for texture and painted the entire wall and trim Retreat by Sherwin-Williams (SW 6207). A shout out to Wagner who gifted us a paint sprayer. Without spraying the ceiling I have no doubt we would still be down there working on it. ;-


Accent Wall in Retreat by Sherwin Williams

Accent Wall in Retreat by Sherwin Williams


This accent wall took just a few hours and added a warmth to this end of the room.

This accent wall took just a few hours and added a warmth to this end of the room.


I had to persuade hubby into painting the trim on this wall one solid color as the moulding in the rest of the space is Urbane Bronze. It worked and he loves it!

I had to persuade hubby into painting the trim on this wall one solid color as the moulding in the rest of the space is Urbane Bronze. It worked and he loves it!

We then added the Wall Mural from Photowall. I chose this for its bold graphic design as the mood I was going for was a cool downtown bar vibe. It was easy to install and I love the graphics!


Graphic wall mural by Photowall.

Graphic wall mural by Photowall.

Our next project was something I like to call flooring gate. I originally wanted to paint the floor and call it good. At most spend some time with a stencil for a bit of color. Dave was a hard no on that idea. My reasoning was simple. We live on a lake. A place with lots of water. No way could we put down an expensive floor that might someday be ruined. I’ve lived through two major basement floods. But then DuraDecor reached out with the perfect solution. Peel and stick luxury vinyl tile. I will be posting all about it next week but for now, let me show you how pretty it looks.


Pretty right? Thank you DuraDecor for gifting the flooring.

Pretty right? Thank you DuraDecor for gifting the flooring.


Peace throw on bench


The pool table is a family favorite.

The pool table is a family favorite.

Our final project was wrapping the beams in wood and then staining in a med brown. It added such warmth! We are so pleased. We ended up with so much room for game nights! We are big board game fans as well as playing Euchre (a midwestern card game). Most visits with our adult kids end with games of some sort.


Wrapped wood beams.

Wrapped wood beams.

And finally, I added lots of soft textural throws and pillows for cuddling, You can’t have a great hang out space without cozy comfort! The rug below was gifted from Well Woven.


I love the pretty fringe on the rug.

I love the pretty fringe on the rug.


Texture is my love love language

Texture is my love love language


This rug is so so soft!

This rug is so so soft!

I could keep showing pics (I told you I love this space) but perhaps I’ll call this One Room Challenge a wrap. But before I go.

A huge THANK YOU to Linda and her team from the One Room Challenge and Better Homes & Gardens for creating this platform for us to share our idea’s, our processes, DIY’s, to give us a place to form friendships and of course to celebrate our newly transformed rooms. It is a beautiful platform you have created. Thank you.


ORC logo

The featured designers are sharing their finished virtual dream rooms and the guest participants are showing off their gorgeous new spaces.

A big THANK you to the following sponsors who made this renovation possible. They gifted products, offered support and generally cheered me on over the last six weeks.

CRYSTORAMA / DURADECOR / PHOTOWALL / WELL WOVEN

SHERWIN-WILLIAMS /WAGNER /WOVENBYRD


ORC Sponsor List

I cannot rave enough about the brilliant Helen Gardner for the photography! She makes my work shine. If you are in Michigan or Indiana give her a call.

That’s it for now!

Until next time,

-Libbie


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  1. Aly says:

    Wow this looks incredible!! Such a great use of a basement space. I’m sure you’ll be hosting a lot of family members here, absolutely love the painted ceiling and accent walls. So much inspo!

  2. SHANNON AMBURGEY says:

    You and Dave have completed another amazing renovation! I love all that you have done to create a warm, welcoming space for your growing family.

  3. Ann says:

    Wow I luv the colors and what an amazing room🙋🏼‍♀️

  4. Lisa says:

    This turned out so good Libbie! The wall mural was such an incredible choice and that ceiling is giving me ideas for our basement. Well done!

    • Libbie says:

      Lisa,
      We are so pleased with how it all came together. I love the One Room Challenge because it forces me to push through and get the space done! 🙂

  5. Tracy says:

    Wow!!! What a great spot to hang out! The mural wall and wood accent wall look amazing.

  6. Beth says:

    This is totally amazing! The wall mural is stunning, and I love your use of color and texture! Beautiful job!

  7. Abbie says:

    The perfect basement 😍

  8. Libbie,
    This is amazing. So happy we are featuring this on Wednesday for Charming Homes & Gardens Link Party.
    Rachel

  9. I love how this turned out Libbie! This is such an amazing space. Thank you for sharing with Charming Homes and Gardens. So excited to be featuring you.

  10. Rebecca says:

    Wow Libbie! You really nailed this renovation! What a cool place to hang out. I really love that mural! Thanks for sharing it at Celebrate Your Story! Link Party. You’ve been featured this week 🙂

  11. Lovely! I am crazy about the green accent wall — and everything else. Bravo!

  12. What an amazing transformation. I love it all, and especially that mural. Great work!

  13. Brent says:

    It turned out fantastic, Libbie! The wood beams are perfect, and I’ve never seen a wood slat accent wall quite like that. Super creative! So many great design choices and it all came together beautifully.

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