When we purchased our new-to-us house, we asked the seller to finish the basement. The budget was tight, as there were lots of wants on our wish list, but I'm pretty happy with what we ended up with, at least for the most part. And, best of all, my girls have a place to hang.
We painted the walls banana cream because this typically chilly space needed warmth and light. Though we do have small windows, it still gets a tad dark in here. The cheerful paint scared the contractors, but in the end they actually liked it, too. Everything you see is something we already had, leftovers from our old house, flea market finds, rehabbed furniture, hand-me-downs, etc. The floors look like real wood, but they're actually laminate. We ruled out carpet because of the dogs.
I just refinished that coffee table. It used to be scratched and water-marked and yucky dark brown. Inspired by so many bloggers, I redid it with ASCP. I'm very happy with the way it turned out.
This bookshelf was a cast-off from my hubby's office. We have so many books!
These chairs were purchased on the cheap at a flea market. Several years ago I had them recovered.
The sofa is slip-covered, and while I love the theory that you can "simply" rip off the covers and wash them, I find that this is more time-consuming and not as "simple" as magazines suggest. Frankly, it's a pain in the neck.
Love the needle point pillow. The table was a hand-me-down from my MIL when she down-sized several years ago.
This tulip lamp is one of my favorites. I found it at Home Goods quite a while ago. The original shade wasn't nice enough, so I replaced it and bought a pretty finial.
The little white table came from an antique store. It reminded me of the furniture in my childhood bedroom.
We had tons of family photos in our old house, but no real place for them here. This long, empty passageway seemed like no-man's land at first, so I turned it into a gallery—sort of.
One of my favorite finds when I was decorating was this horse picture. All three of my girls ride, and I knew they'd love it. It was yet another very inexpensive Home Goods find. My two youngest daughters made the flag paintings over the TV.
This tattered hand-me-down rug brightens the space and doesn't show dirt!
The basement is also where the American Girl dolls do their primping.
In my perfect world, we would have a massive bookcase on this wall to store things like this.
The basement is also where I work out when it's too yucky to run outdoors. I purchased this Stair Master years ago. It's a nice set-up and out of the way, thankfully. Workout equipment just isn't pretty in my opinion.
One of my best girlfriends gave me this plaque years ago. It inspires my workout:-)
Just to keep it real, there is usually a major pile of laundry heaped on the floor.
I love bulletin boards. I also like the fact that I can see these pictures while I work out or attempt to tackle the dirty clothes pile.
My girls love to make things. This table was in the breakfast room at our old house, but since this house doesn't have that kind of space, we set it up here as a place to draw or paint. The ledge above the table is perfect for all those treasures my girls make at school or art camp.