After missing week 2 of the ORC thanks to my laptop going a little kookoo on me, I should have tons of progress to show you this week right?
I think this quote sums up my progress perfectly!!! Would you like a glimpse into the chaos I’ve created around here???
Let me refresh your memory on what I have to work with —
Our basement, newly finished in January 2011, and looking like an insane asylum ever since.
Barely any seating……NO storage……and bare walls. On the plus side…..a great space for my kiddos to hang out with their friends. In addition to utilizing it as a kids’ rec room, we would like to make this into a space that we can entertain adult family and friends in too. Our long term plan is that we eventually have a pool table down here and use it for Patriots/Red Sox watching and movie nights.
Another leather couch, along with two rattan chairs, will eventually make their way down to this space, but not within the six weeks of the One Room Challenge, so for the challenge I’m focusing on that big TV wall, and a few other miscellaneous items.
The TV wall is in the midst of getting painted this deep dark charcoal that borders on black, so you know I LOVE it. (Ben Moore’s Nightfall #1596). Here’s a sneak peek. Oh my word, it’s delicious!!!!
Remember my “Better Before” Pottery Barn rattan chairs? We’ve had them for 13 years and they are showing their wear and tear, so last year I experimented with different paints on them. Let’s just say it didn’t go so well.
However, they actually couldn’t be more perfect for the basement space because 1) they are already “weathered” and 2) they are easy for the kids to move aside for impromptu dance parties and sleepovers.
I bought these huge grey velvet pillow covers from Ikea (26″x26″for only $13!!) for the down back pillows that I already had…….
I’m also in the process of giving a couple tables makeovers for this space, starting with this thrift store coffee table. It doesn’t look bad in the before photo but the finish was very orangey-red and beat up.
The “in progress” photo is not exactly what I envisioned……I’m down with how the whitewash came out, but the gray top and bottom shelf are in need of some tweaking.
In the spirit of using what I already had for this room, I also worked on this end table that was BEGGING to be anything other than honey-colored pine. I stripped the top and then gave it a little whitewash/stain treatment and I love how the top came out.
The most arduous part of this challenge, for me, will be whittling down what photos I am going to use in the gallery wall. I want it to have room to grow, and yet there are SO MANY pictures I just LOVE from our family adventures. I have about 700 pictures like this one below from our trip to Ireland when the kids were small, and just looking at this one makes me want to grab that baby boy through my computer screen and kiss him ten thousand times. He was so sweet and squishy at that age!!
I don’t know how I’m ever going to decide!
Next week hopefully some of this chaos I have shared with you will start taking shape. In the meantime, check out how everyone else is progressing with the ORC at Calling It Home!!