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.
I included a few of my favorite travel quotes.
The latitude/longitude sign I made for our kitchen is perfect on this wall.
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.
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.
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.
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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