Thank you all for the nice comments about our basement reveal, it was so kind of you. Today, I’m back to show you the other part of the basement…the spare room/office/playroom and adjoining bathroom.
Yes, this little room carries a lot of purpose, but that is what we love about it. We decided it was absolutely a must to make this extra room be code-conforming, not only for practical reasons, but also for re-sale value. With this basement renovation, we turned our 3 bedroom/1.5 bathroom house into a 4 bedroom/2.5 bathroom house. We’re not experts by any means, but we’re guessing that the whole renovation has added an additional $25,000 in value, but the good news is we didn’t spend nearly that much by doing all the work ourselves.
While this might turn into Buddy Bear’s room when he’s all grown up, right now it’s our office and playroom. I’m currently working from home, so it’s great to have a dedicated space to use as an office; I find I’m more productive and focused.
The other side of the room is my kids’ toy area. Sorry I didn’t bother to make it more pretty for my pictures! On the left side, you can just see a door opening, which is a small walk-in closet. I’m so excited for this closet to have more space to store extra bedding, board games and out of season clothes. In the long run, I’m planning on adding some freestanding shelves and baskets to this wall to make better use of the space and have a little more organized storage for the kids’ toys.
Opposite the desk is a credenza and the opening to the bathroom. Obviously, we still have some work to do, a couple strips of flooring, outlets, doors and trim. But for now, it’s usable! The credenza is an authentic Jens Risom piece that I was using upstairs but it makes more sense in the office to hold supplies and the printer. Although it’s truly a classic piece, the walnut is in pretty bad shape so I think an update of some nature is in order, I just haven’t decided what that is yet. The wood pieces on the top are placeholders right now. I have some plans to turn those into custom art, but they’re just hanging out until I get some free time.
I was so excited to put this space together , but as always, wanted to spend as little money on it as possible. Would you believe I put this whole room together with materials I already owned? With the exception of $5 for copper spray paint and an $8 chair from Goodwill, this room was F-R-E-E. How did I do it? Here’s a quick breakdown:
- I purchased the rug earlier this summer for $30 at Menards, knowing I would need something, if even temporarily for this room.
- The legs came off an old Formica table from the 1960′s I bought from a lady for $30 this past summer. The table top was in bad shape, so I just unscrewed the legs and spray painted them white. Although the table was a bust, the legs themselves are worth well over $30, so I thought it was a good investment. They sat in my garage for months, just waiting to be used.
- The desk top is actually a solid core wood door. My husband and I bought this when we were first married to use as a desk over two file cabinets but as we moved from place to place, it got thrown in storage in Brandon’s family’s seed shed. Brandon braved waist-high snow drifts to pull this out for me…what a guy The top was in pretty bad shape, so it received a faux-malachite painted finish.
- The red wastebasket was a Target clearance find for $5 this fall. I didn’t know what I was going to use it for at the time, but it’s a great recycling bin for all my paper.
- The desk chair was $8 at Goodwill and I like its 60′s industrial vibe.
- The copper lamp was a thrift store find for $12 (I think) that I picked up this fall.
- The accessories were all stuff I had on hand…pictures frames of my kids, pencil cup from my old desk and old spaghetti sauce jars hold my huge collection of paintbrushes.
- Cheap cork tiles hold more pictures of my kids and any important fabric swatches or samples.
- My new “whiteboard” message area are just two old frames I had tucked away in my supply closet. They came with some art that got re-framed, so I re-purposed them by painting the frames white and painting the back of the glass with a cute minty color. The glass is a perfect writing surface for a dry erase marker and cleans off perfectly every time, no ghosting!
- The big canvas on the left was leftover from a different project and I have plans for more artwork there.
There are still quite a few things to be done in here, but I’m taking my time and not stressing. I really want a curtain over the window to add some softness and color. I found the perfect one, but it’s going to take some sewing…more details to come on that. I also want to add some color to the rug somehow. Lots of design decisions to be made!
Moving onto the bathroom…it’s a small but functional bathroom with the requisite toilet, vanity and shower. We got the tile and vanity at Lowe’s and the shower at Menards.
A feature that I’m so glad we added was the small niche in the wall adjacent to the sink. The sink is fairly small and doesn’t have a lot of storage, so I wanted to add this niche to store hairspray, shaving cream or any type of bathroom stuff. I don’t think the drywaller charged us any extra for this, so it was well worth it.
The space needs some color and I haven’t yet decided what to do on that yet. Maybe some art next to the sink or over the toilet? Who doesn’t love some good toilet art, he he?
I did pick up this vintage rug at a thrift store for $10 and I think it adds a little somethin’, somethin’. As always, it’s always a work in progress and things come over time, slowly but surely.
That about wraps up the big “reveals” for our basement, but I’ve got some more details on specific projects coming at you, stay tuned!