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One Room Challenge:: Basement Reveal (Part I!)

Friends!! November Seventh has come – the One Room Challenge Linkers are sharing their spaces and while I’m super late to the party, I’m so fired up to jump in!

A really yucky before is always fun, right?? When we bought our house, we had an unfinished basement (perfect for ripsticking and scootering, but not much else.)

Our first big project in this house was to have the basement finished as a space for our ever-growing kids to hang out with friends, and for family movie nights and what-have-you. We were SO happy to have this new room (particularly since it’s the ONE space in this house I didn’t renovate myself!) but seeing as the whole house above needed cosmetic surgery, the basement remained like this – the insane asylum – for THREE.STRAIGHT.YEARS……

Finally, thanks to Linda at Calling It Home and her One Room Challenge, I finally tackled one side of this room!!

Have any of you ever photographed a room with pretty much ZERO natural light? It’s ridiculous. Please excuse my lame photography.

Okay, enough jibber jabber……this is what went down for the 
One Room Challenge – Shine Your Light Style.

Oh wait!!!!!!! Before you proceed – please pay no attention to the fact that in the midst of this project my kids and friends played “hide and go seek IN THE DARK” which resulted in one of the TV console doors being broken off. Like forever. *Awesome*  Real life is happening around here, please disregard. Thank you 🙂
First up, the TV wall got some love with Benjamin Moore’s Nightfall (#1596) (you’re looking at the broken console now, aren’t you????)
And here we are today, with the beginnings of a floor to ceiling travel gallery wall installed.

I included a few of my favorite travel quotes.

The latitude/longitude sign I made for our kitchen is perfect on this wall.

The empty frame is for this sign from my mom’s village in Ireland.

I printed this free chalkboard-style Irish blessing from Sweet C’s Designs, and mounted it, like I did a lot of the photos on this wall, with gold foil photo corners.

That’s my baby, walking up the same hill in Galway, Ireland that generations of family before him have walked.

This “frame” is actually a kitchen cabinet door that I removed to create open shelving. I’ll share the details of this DIY soon.

A couple years ago, I made this postcard display board for our mudroom from an empty frame and chicken wire. It’s filled with cards from family and friends, and it is absolutely perfect for the basement, with a fresh coat of spray paint.
I’m on the lookout for a slim console table to go under this board, with maybe a globe of some sort on top. I’m nothing if not educational.

Across from the postcard board, the gallery wall has plenty of room to grow over the years 🙂

The Destinations sign I made definitely needed to be on the gallery wall too!

My kids requested that I not hang anything on the walls that was breakable, because they have a record of breaking.everything.

I figured the TV wall was already off limits for sailing balls and pucks, but for the rest of the space I will try to accommodate them, starting with the map I showed you last week.

I also painted a coffee table and end table. I needed to break up the beige and brown, so I went with a white wash/grey combo on both tables.
The coffee table was a Salvation Army find last spring.
I’ll tell you about this table soon. Art and his market are special to our family. 🙂

The end table – well – you know the one. The honey pine everyone seems to have a piece of from way back when. I still haven’t decided on hardware, but already I’m loving this piece so much more with a fresh coat of paint.

I’m also loving this guy….
who is ready for a little of this.

Are you in?

Thanks for stopping by to check out our basement. Although it’s far from done, it’s 1000 times more interesting and cozy than it was six weeks ago!

***A special THANK YOU to Linda at Calling It Home, for opening up the One Room Challenge to linking participants this season! It was so motivating, and I’m inspired and amazed at the 20 designers who took the One Room Challenge, and for all the linking participants who transformed a room in just a few short weeks!!***

Linda is hosting the ORC once again next spring, so look out for Part II of this basement!

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Lobster Meets Peach

Wednesday 13th of November 2013

Oh I just love it! And just to make you feel better, we too have a broken entertainment center in our basement:)

Carmel - Our Fifth House

Wednesday 13th of November 2013

It's looking so great girl! I'll bet you spend tons of time down there this winter - so comfy and cozy!

Lisa Rozario

Tuesday 12th of November 2013

I love how the basement turned out, Lisa! And the gallery wall is so meaningful to you and your kids and all will enjoy for years to come. I love the destination sign, too. Great idea!

Vel Criste

Tuesday 12th of November 2013

Hi Lisa! just needed to let you know that I have your room as one of my ORC faves featured today in my blog!


Tuesday 12th of November 2013

Lisa, I love it! That wall color is gorgeous. So perfect for the gallery wall backdrop. Smart move to keep things kid friendly. They can be so darn destructive, can't they? I bet you are all loving this space now.