Wednesday Wish List {Basement Rug}

5 Oct

Since I moved into Adam’s our home, the basement has acted more as a storage unit than anything else – mostly a “temporary” holding place for many of the things I brought with me.  After many attempts at clearing things out and making those goodwill runs we kept talking about, we finally made some significant progress in making the basement a finished space.  With the main room cleared out, we were able to get some of the finishing work done and move a step closer to turning it into the cozy media room/guest suite we’ve been envisioning.

Our neighbor’s uncle had just done some work on his house that looked great, so we decided it was time to pull the trigger and bring him in to fix some of the lingering oddities in our basement.  We had three main goals:

1. Get some paint on the out-dated wood paneling

2. Find a creative way to cover a gap in the paneling while keeping access to the water shut-off

3. Add shelving under the weird corner cabinet {which also hides some exposed pipes} to make it look a little more planned

The exciting part for me is that there are fewer “rules” in the basement.  While our main level is a little more on the traditional side, the basement doesn’t need to flow with that as much and can follow a different color palette.  We went with a color called Silver Screen on the walls as a more modern, neutral base, and we’re really happy with the way everything has turned out so far!  Here’s a sneak peek at some of the before and after pictures!

New Silver Screen walls - Before {left} and After {right} - Click for larger image

Close-up of new shelf - Before {left} and After {right} - Click for larger image

 And here’s my favorite part.  We used two kitchen cabinets to, not only cover the gaping hole in the wall while keeping access to the important stuff, but also to serve as a functional storage space and decorative shelf.  Yay!

New cabinet - Before {left} and After {right} - Click for larger image

So now for the wish list part … I am getting so close to having a finished image in my head {or on Pinterest as the case may be}, and I really want to find an amazing rug to be the anchor for the room.  Once we have that, I hope everything else can start to fall into place!  I definitely want to add some splashes of color to the gray, and I’m thinking the accent colors will be coral, turquoise, and navy.

You can see my virtual inspiration board here {and maybe even sign yourself up for Pinterest if you find yourself needing more stuff to do on the internet}!  P.S. I want that whimsical moose rug to work so badly!  If I’m feeling super-adventurous, I can even make my own rug like Mandi did over at Vintage Revivals – impressive!

DIY Zebra Rug {}

The vision definitely needs some editing at this point, but I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas if you’ve seen any great/affordable area rugs lately!

I am so excited to see this room come together and can’t wait to share it with you soon!


5 Responses to “Wednesday Wish List {Basement Rug}”

  1. Anonymous October 6, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    I know at least one person you’ve inspired with this project.

  2. kpolon October 6, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    Hopefully both of our basements will be guest-ready soon :)

  3. Laura B. October 6, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    Admittedly, I have been Facebook-stalking your blog for a while now, and I almost commented on the pumpkin sweets earlier this week (which I am assembling ingredients for as I type), but I have to tell you, my jaw dropped when I saw your Pinterest page for the basement redo…I’m also planning to finish the “hers” portion of our basement with a blue-orange color scheme. (My pinterest account is “bracila”) I can’t wait to see how the basement turns out!

  4. kpolon October 7, 2011 at 12:39 am #

    Hi, Laura! So glad you’ve been checking out the blog! I hope you are well! I had to check out your Pinterest boards! Looks like you’re doing some fun things around your house :)


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