This is a long post but please read to the end, I need your input.
The basement BEFORE.
I grew tired of the oak cabinets and wanted to do a black glaze on them. When I actually did…it was truly awful! It was ugly, oh it was ugly! ugly ugly ugly
Remember those popular Laura Ashley golds? My basement, kitchen and family room are all painted in LA gold. I know I mentioned I wanted to change the colors and fabric in the kitchen…well add to that, the basement, powder room, and family room.
I went ahead and painted the cabinets black (Valspar, Dark Kettle Black) and am really happy with the results. It’s a great black with no undertones, it’s just black.
Eddie Bauer, Almond Oil is the color I chose for the walls
When I added the texture to these walls, years ago, I was inspired by the Olive Garden restaurants. But like I said, change is a coming…..the new flatter paint makes the texture almost disappear.
Here are the stairs coming down….nothing special. I painted the railing black and didn’t put it back up yet.
The door on the right is to the unfinished side of the basement, where I store all my
junk good finds waiting for makeovers.
Straight ahead you’ll see a bar area and this window into the sewing room, which I thought was a wonderful idea and in theory it is, but honestly I don’t think we ever sat there. See that screwdriver stuck in the side of the molding? Yep, I ripped it off and am covering up the window and tearing down the bar!
Big honkin tv was in the corner on an ugly tv stand. Hubby’s choice. Door on the right is to the sewing room.
Double doors to the laundry.
This is directly to the right as you come down the stairs. You can see the chandelier (a yardsale bargain), which was over the table, which is now upside down getting it’s legs painted. Another good idea in theory, having a table to eat at and play games, but it didn’t work for us. We never used it, so the chandelier is coming down and being replaced with a ceiling fan. I know, I know, ceiling fans are ugly, but this is PA, the winters are cold and all the heat goes up the stairway. A ceiling fan set on low would keep the heat down.
Please try to ignore the strange shadows, I used the flash.
The bottom of the hutch will be painted and repurposed as a tv stand. Stay with me now!
This is a shot of the whole room, it’s long and narrow but still pretty big.
Here’s a glimpse into the unfinished side of the basement. It looks a little like hoarders in this picture but actually it’s organized and neat.
That’s what I’ve been working on. So far the painting is done and the bar has been removed. Let me tell you, that was a job! I got a workout on that one!
Now I have to finish the hole in the wall, paint that and
the tv cabinet, install a ceiling fan and figure out the furniture arrangement. That’s where I need your help, how should I arrange the furniture? I think the tv would be good where the window/bar was.
I’m planning on using the table as an office work space and I have a huge, huge frame that I want to hang beside the cabinets to use for a bulletin board so the room will have 2 separate functions. An office space at one end and tv viewing at the other. There’s a green sleeper sofa, 2 dark burgundy leather recliners, a bookcase, some small tables and the big tv. If you’ve made it this far you might as well tell me your thoughts. Please.