The only places in our basement that have been “finished” since we moved in, are the two existing bedrooms. A large bedroom my boys shared, and the bedroom Shane I shared. The hallway was technically finished in the sense that it had walls and carpet, but it was not decorated. The hallways leads to the unfinished part of the basement and we never did anything with it like decorate or even paint. Now it is a bright, fun space where I can display my children’s artwork!
The down hall area was a mishmash of bad decisions. The walls were a boring tan, the texture was harsh and pointy, there were three different carpet colors, and there were not any baseboards. While I don’t have a picture of the hallway once you turn the corner at the end of the stairs, it looks the same as this picture. Mint carpet and tan pointy walls.
Phase 1 of the basement renovation is to makeover both existing bedrooms. Shane and I have moved to the unfinished part of the basement for now and we will be splitting the boys up into the two other bedrooms.
Phase 2 will be to finish the unfinished side of the basement, turning it into a master bedroom and some storage space.
So far I almost have one bedroom completed and I also have the hallway done!
I was surprised at how much it brightened up the space simply by painting the walls white. I love the new flooring as well. I think my favorite thing was adding the baseboard though. It was such a great finishing touch.
Once the walls were retextured, painted, and the flooring installed, I was finally able to add the art hanging system I bought YEARS ago. It is actually meant for hanging curtains, but when I saw it, I envisions all my children’s artwork hanging on it.
It is from IKEA and is called DIGNITET. I used needle nose pliers to remove the little hook from the clips. Since I was not using them for curtains, I liked the way it looked and worked without them.
I got the runner rug from Wayfair. I fell in love with it at first sight! All three bedrooms will have blue in them (my whole house does actually) so the color was perfect.
The fiddle leaf tree has lived quite the life. I bought it 4 or 5 years ago and one spring I thought I would let it get some sunshine out on the porch. I forgot about it and it spent a very cold night outside. It lost most of its leaves. In fact, it only had two (mostly brown) leaves at the bottom and 2 small leaves at the top of each trunk. It looked so pitiful that I almost threw it out a couple of times. I didn’t throw it away but I did banish it to the corner of the laundry room for two years until it started to look decent. I am so happy that they seem to be thriving again. Even if they do look like they are doing their best palm tree impression :) The cute basket the tree is in is from IKEA.
I need some help deciding. At the bottom of the stairs there is a blank wall with a window. Then there is this blank wall across from the children’s art. I can decide it if would be better to leave it blank (that is what the minimalist in my head says to do) or add one large framed….something. A large framed nature print? A large family photo? Or maybe I could flex my painting skills and paint an abstract painting in blues and grays. What would you do?
My kids have all comments (some multiple times) at how cool they think the wire system is that their art hangs from. They love the idea of being able to switch it out easily. I smile everytime I walk down the hallway and I see all the colors.
Do you display your children’s art?
Wall Color: Popped Corn by Behr
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