Basement Makeover Reveal for the New Year New Room Challenge
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New Year New Room Refresh- Basement Makeover
Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 |Week 4 | Week 5- BIG REVEAL
A huge shout out to Stephanie from Casa Watkins Living for organizing this awesome New Year New Room Challenge. We couldn’t have done the basement makeover without her. I can’t wait to go see her reveal and the rest of the other participants. Look for their links at the bottom of the post
Before and After our Basement Makeover
What a crazy five weeks this has been! It has been a total time-lapse for me. I hear there are other things happening in the world, an impeachment trial, some crazy virus, something about a Super Bowl….but I wouldn’t know, I’ve been 100% engaged in our major basement makeover.
This space started as a completely blank slate…or shall I say, “beige slate” with REALLY bad carpet. It now is a unique, eclectic, whimsical, and colorful space that my teenage daughter is chomping at the bit to move down into.
The bedroom, toy room, striped chairs, hallway, and workout space will be revealed in the near future, but for now I can’t wait to show you the main section of the basement…The sofa, kitchenette, and eating areas.
We built that little nook into a closet for the adjacent bedroom. It is now one solid wall.
Wait for it…
AFTER BASEMENT MAKEOVER
Can I get a “slow clap” for that formerly “top-secret” Milton and King Magpie Wallpaper? It is part of their new Australia collection, and I knew the moment that I saw it that it was made for our home. It comes in several other colorways, including a really fun black and white version. I like that the graphic element because it feels youthful enough for a teenager pad, but sophisticated enough to match the rest of our home.
I love a lot of the 17 wallpaper brands that Milton and King carries, but there is just something about Kingdom Home that always speak to me. When I found out that they were coming out with something new, I had a pretty good hunch that I would love it….I was right.
For planning purposes, it took 5 rolls to do my basement. I used Metrie New Traditional line moulding, or it would have taken a lot more. Normally I wouldn’t recommend breaking up a short wall (these are less than 8 feet) with chair rail, but the vertical lines of the wallpaper draw your eye up. This, and the light color of the wallpaper made it ok. The ceiling actually feels taller than before…and a heck of a lot cooler! Woot Woot!
Aside from the new black and white lamps and pretty new chandelier, the rest of this space is comprised of items that I have been shoving away in our basement for the last year and a half. I had been hoarding this eclectic stash because I saw potential in each of these pieces.
Perhaps this has been my theory for a while. When I hold onto what I love, regardless of style or era, I end up with a unique and soulful space. Is it right to pair an Art Deco inspired sofa with fringe, Karl Springer style Post-Modern Contemporary coffee table, glam leopard rug, Mid Century dresser, and a Chinese screen that I recovered with left over fabric and pretty trim. Probably not, but I gotta say…I don’t hate it. Especially for a teenager’s hang out.
Maybe you prefer a more traditional look? Here is the same space with no jute rug and no frames on the screen. I like this vibe too.
BEFORE BASEMENT MAKEOVER
AFTER BASEMENT MAKEOVER
What do you think? A little more fun, right?
This vignette was 100% budget friendly…It just was not a priority to replace the cabinet and install a new sink, faucet, and marble. We love the teenager, but we never really use this sink…like ever. The teenager has grand visions of a mini fridge and microwave to make herself fresh fruit and oatmeal breakfasts. I have a feeling this ideas will die as soon as she realizes she will have to wash her dishes by hand down here. LOL
I deglossed the cabinets with Velvet Finishes Ready Spray and a light sand. I color-matched paint to the wallpaper at the local hardware store, and then finished the cabinets with Velvet Finishes Protect. So far so good.
Ok…if you don’t watch my IG stories this might surprise you. That is the original faucet, but with a coat of the new spray paint that I have been obsessed with this month. I am still waiting a little bit before deciding if promoting painting 1989 crystal knob faucets with spray paint is a good idea…but did I mention we never use this sink? Also, I actually like the achitecural detail of the knobs in matte black.
Continuing with the budget friendly theme, I picked out affordable, yet stylinsh knobs and pulls from Liberty Hardware.
THE EATING AREA
BEFORE BASEMENT MAKEOVER
Last but not least, we drywalled a closet into a play room for all of the toys. We also moved the treadmill to another section of the basement. That left space for a small eating area here.
AFTER BASEMENT MAKEOVER
This might just be my favorite of the three new zones. What do you think?
These chairs were a recent Marketplace purchase that I painted in spray paint. I’m so glad that I opted to go green!
The chandelier was an old vintage one that I bought at an auction in England. Until two days ago it was a crystal chandelier, but that was too fancy for a teenager ‘s basement. I spray painted one side of each of the crystals and I really like the effect.
The curtains are from Ikea and I used iron on adhesive tape to form the double stripe. You know I love a good black and white stripe.
The pretty Mohawk Cassiopeia rug not only looks great up in my living room, it a looks pretty fab down here too. Eventually this rug will move to the workout area to tie the two rooms together with blue.
I think it is fair to say that my favorite part about the entire basement makeover was the week we ripped out the old stained carpet and replaced it with this beautiful Select Surfaces laminate flooring in Heritage Oak. It no longer feels like a dingy old basement, but rather a finished space. The best part is that this beautiful floor is 24 hour spill resistant. So if my kids spill water from that little sink, all is well. That makes me soo happy! If you want to learn more about the floors (including the difference between vinyl and laminate, check out Week 3.
I am including an image of the table without the pretty Casiopeia Rug so that you can get an idea for how beautiful these Select Surfaces laminate floors really are. You can also click here for before and after pics.
Rip out old nasty carpet Hang Metrie New Traditional line moulding in entire basement (almost done) Build toy room under stairs Build closet in adjacent bedroom -Install Select Surfaces laminate Spill Proof Flooring -Finish Hanging Metrie Moulding -Install new TOP SECRET Milton and King wallpaper on upper half of the walls -Install Broche Chandelier Paint dining chairs with Plutonium Paints -Paint walls white -Paint and install Liberty Hardware on Kitchenette
-Get sewing machine fixed
-Trim on Curtains -Fringe Market Trim on sofa -Paint chairs/faucet/chandelier crystals/picture frames Plutonium Paints -Find and hang art – Style, photograph, write blog post
Upholster chairs in Milton and King Candy Stripe fabric.
Want to follow the progress on the rest of the basement? Don’t forget to watch my Instagram stories!
Keep a Hoppin’
Thanks so much for joining in today! Don’t forget to follow along with all of the others as we all reveal our spaces!
Casa Watkins Living // The Boho Abode // Delineate Your Dwelling // Haneen’s Haven // The Happy Housie // Homemade by Carmona // House by Hoff // Jeweled Interiors // Kaleidoscope Living // Our Fifth House // PMQ for 2 // Rain on a Tin Roof // Southern State of Mind // Taryn Whiteaker // This is Our Bliss // Thou Swell //
Jewel! As always, this is incredible. I love that wallpaper, the screen with the frames … everything! Well done, friend!
This whole makeover is just so amazing! That wallpaper & the green chairs…I die! Your spaces are just always my favorite!❤️
Wow! You amaze me with every project you do!! I love the eating area and the makeover to the kitchenette made a huge difference!
WowI cant believe this is a basement. Looks great! Wallpaper looks perfect down there.
Just incredible! Love every detail! You always amaze!
This is absolutely the most beautiful basement I have ever seen! What a fabulous transformation!!!
Love EVERY single element of this very ambitious make over! The spaces just flow seamlessly! Kudos to you! Ciao, Dee
Seriously?!? How stunning is this space?! Wow! You totally knocked it outta the park. That wallpaper is incredible – and the way you’ve styled the rest of the space around it is straight out of House Beautiful. Amazing job!!
incredible! love every last detail.
If you didn’t tell me that was a basement, I’d never know! What a beautiful transformation of your space!! That wallpaper is stunning, and I really love that sofa!
I love your aesthetic, Jewel! Another project beautifully executed!
Absolutely fabulous again!!!
LOVE everything about this makeover!!
EVERYTHING YOU DO IS AMAZING!!!
Amazing transformation! Makes a momma wanna come hang with the teenagers. Haha. I’m always amazed by your work.
I love the subtle tropical feel. I can’t wait to see what the scalloped chair wills look like in the candy stripe print.
I am here for all the blue green goodness you’re putting in your home! ????
This has to be the best basement transformation ever. And the wallpaper was worth the wait!
This is amazing!! Every detail is perfect, I also love how you attached the curtain rods to the ceiling!
You ALWAYS crush it!! I just love this space, Jewel! No one else could ever make a basement room look as good as you do! That wallpaper is gorgeous!
Jewel does it AGAIN! Seriously, girl. The amount of work that goes into each of your makeovers is INCREDIBLE. This looks fantastic! Way to go!
You continue to amaze me. Your designs are always so beautiful and fresh! You always take on so much in these challenges and then you crush it like a boss! Very inspiring!
Feeling so inspired!! I love how light and bright you made a basement feel. The long drapes on the little windows are such a good idea to create height!
& The wallpaper MADE the space. Would love to use that wall paper on my reno!!
You never cease to amaze me!! You bring such WOWness to every single space you design!!! There are soooo many love buttons in this post!! That chandelier has my heart big time!!!
I am in love !! The eating are is so bright and beautiful!! Great job! Love the green in contrast to that kicka$$ wallpaper!
What a knockout! Stunning wallpaper, and color palette! Truly love your style!!
beautiful wallpaper and beautiful makeover! Doesn’t even look like same space in the least! Very talented and giving me so many ideas!
Wow! I am so crazy about the dining room. I can’t believe what a difference painting the crystals on the chandelier made! ?
So so good!!! Love EVERYTHING! Feeling so inspired:)
I can’t believe this is a basement! I love everything you’ve done!
Honestly, so gorgeous! The light blue and all the greens are so fun without being wild, wild!
You’ve done it again. You’ve beautified another space with flair and class. Love how the wall paper pulls it all together
Jewel you are such an inspiration. Although we have never met face to face I feel as if you are a good friend of mine. Great job on your room, it’s almost as elegant and beautiful as you are (;
Wonderful makeover! Thank you, as always, for such color and gorgeousness in a ses of white and white!
Your wallpaper selections are always amazing!!!!
Jewel you’ve done it again. I’m patiently waiting for you to offer your services. I just want a mock up of how to add a modern twist to my decor. I don’t take enough risks! I love everything about this space, you are truly gifted!
Wowza. The mix and the colors are spectacular, as always! Man, the amount of work you accomplish in a month is staggering. I need a nap just watching your stories.? That wallpaper was worth the wait! Bravo!
So good! The whole thing is inspiring! Love the color choices and how you put surprisingly different pieces to create a cohesive bold look.
This wallpaper is beyond fabulous. It made the space!
Oh my goodness! So beautiful! I just Love that perfect Shade of blue. So timeless! And my love for classic bird decor Never ends. Whether it be a lamp, decorative figure or wall paper. Such a showstopper! Just Can’t get enough of it!!!!
Just amazing! Love how you made the chandelier work!
Wow! This looks spectacular! Love the colors and eclectic vibe of the room! Killed it!
This has to be the most beautiful basement ever. I think that kitchenette is my favorite makeover. You always choose the perfect paints to make boring cabinetry look so luxurious. And all of the lighting – I’m swooning for it all!
I’m so impressed and inspired! ?
I am new to this blog and loving what I see.
Love, love, love! I would never have guessed that was the same faucet in the basement. I’m always looking for budget friendly options to enhance style.
Love love the light blue cabinets and blue wallpaper. Well done
We put a bar in the basement the kids can use for breakfasts (their rooms are down there) and I’m on them constantly to get the dishes out of the sink… But I’m not sorry for it! I feel like it’s a good trainer for college life when they go. Anything to help the little birds fly better when they leave the nest.
Love the mix of styles and the wallpaper!
Just astounding, as usual! Such a transformation… I’m in love!!
I was so impressed by this – so creative and perfectly curated! The magpie wallpaper in particular is so wonderful – as an expat Aussie living (and renovating!) in the US it reminds me of my mum back home ?? She has a family of magpies living in her backyard, they know and love our family but swoop on anyone else (guard magpies…? Lol!) One even casually strolled I’m through the dog door recently like “hey fam, what’s up?” ? I’m now schemeing of ways to add some magpie to my home…
Love this transformation and need some statement wallpaper in my life!!! ❤️
Ive never seen more beautiful wallpaper. Im really excited to purchase some in the near future and use on the walls of my rv.
Lovely color palette ? and that wallpaper is amazing ?. Always look forward to your posts!
Looks beautiful! I’m jealous of all the natural light i your basement!
LOVE that blue magpie wallpaper!! I’ve literally been looking for a beautiful airy, light blue paper for my daughter’s room for so long now! This is my absolute FAVORITE!! I have a chair rail in that room and this is the look! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!! Fabulous wallpaper!?
As always, looks fabulous. I love that you were able to create three distinct spaces in this one big one, and that they all serve a distinct purpose. Snaps all around!
I have been wanting to try wallpaper hut have been to afraid. This room looks so amazing that I’m going to have to get out of my comfort zone and give it a try.
Jewel, you are AMAZING!! I cannot get over your incredible work ethic and even better eye – you always surprise me. I love your bold designs!
Absolutely love the green and blue! Green has always been my favorite color and pairing with the blues just makes it that much more beautiful
Everything about your style is amazing and love it all. Always look forward to your posts! ?
I love all the things. Especially the chandelier over the dining area. Your teen is lucky to have you looking out for her!! Would love to win any of the wallpapers you have used!!
Your basement looks amazing! I don’t think there’s one room that I don’t love in your home
I love love love this space!! We’re about to redo our master bathroom and I could see this wallpaper in there ? our whole bedroom is a dark blue/teal color, I love it!
You have outdone yourself yet again! I have never seen a basement so bright and beautiful! How do you get it right every time?
What an amazing transformation!
I love your design and choices!! Absolutely gorgeous transformation, your home look from a magazine!! So inspired
I learn so much from you and your stories. You have definitely given me product tips and inspiration for my old, beautiful home. This room is stunning. Every bit is perfection.
Wow just wow! It looks absolutely amazing! Now that’s a basement ?
Love this design! I am planning a similar reno in our basement but wasn’t sure about the flooring. Thanks for the detailed explanations and inspiration! Love the wallpaper???
The room turned out beautiful and that wallpaper is stunning!
Seeing this transformation gives me the tingly feeling of wanting to do that too!!!! It’s beautiful.
I live how the chairs came out! The spray paint was very precise.
Love your eye for pattern mixing and color! I could see this wallpaper at home in my master bathroom!
Your eye for color and pattern is incredible! I could see this wallpaper in my mater bathroom!
This is gorgeous! Love how you always manage to make spaces colorful, fun, and interesting, but still so beautifully pulled together
Your eye for color and pattern always amazes me. Can you please ask your daughter if we can be friends so I can come hang out in this space? ?
What an incredible transformation! It’s been fun following along on insta stories. I especially love the light fixtures and wallpaper.
WOW! I love everything you’ve done. So tired of the all neutral trend
I just love everything you do!!! Such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing
This basement is spectacular, I wouldn’t have known if you hadn’t mention in your post. I love love the wallpaper selected the whole ambiance is beautiful. I currently trying to decorate my little space and adding wallpaper would be a killer look to the space.
This room is fantastic! It always amazes me when you complete the one room challenges on such a tight deadline. And that sofa! Might be my favorite piece in this room.
I don’t know how you do what you do, but I am absolutely OBSESSED with what you do! Your basement is so exceptionally beautiful now! Your style, flare and hard work does not go unnoticed. You so, so impress me! Beautifully done, Jewel!!
I’m always so impressed with how much you accomplish in such a short time and the outcome is always smashing!! Love, love, love your style so much and your color palette really speaks to me. So many fantastic details. Beautiful job!
I fell in love with this room when I saw it in HGTV magazine. Your work is outstanding! I have been looking for a blue couch like the one you have but it has been hard to find one. Yours looks like it has a bit higher back than others I have seen. Could you share the manufacturer or brand with us? I would love to know the measurements if that is possible.
OH MY GOD! I LOVE YOUR BASEMENT MAKE OVER. IT LOOKS AMAZING!
Thanks so much Blake! A year later I love it but am about to mix up a few deets.
Hi Nancy! I think this is from Wayfair but it isn’t a super comfy sofa. I plan to eventually swap it out
Can someone help me with my basement makeover..
LOL. Sounds fun 🤣