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One Room Challenge Week 8: The Big Reveal!



If you missed any of the process on this transformation, you can find the previous weeks here!


basement family lounge area with sofas, craft table and chairs, moody dark blue walls with built in custom cabinetry and book shelves, gold and brass accents and light fixtures, striped wallpaper, vintage inspired gallery wall, washable area rugs, transitional styling and design, one room challenge makeover reveal


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basement family lounge area with sofas, craft table and chairs, moody dark blue walls with built in custom cabinetry and book shelves, gold and brass accents and light fixtures, striped wallpaper, vintage inspired gallery wall, washable area rugs, transitional styling and design, one room challenge makeover reveal


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I can't believe we're here! 8 weeks ago we were looking at a very dark and style-confused basement family room with a goal to resolve a lot of design issues.


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basement family lounge area with sofas, craft table and chairs, moody dark blue walls with built in custom cabinetry and book shelves, gold and brass accents and light fixtures, striped wallpaper, vintage inspired gallery wall, washable area rugs, transitional styling and design, one room challenge makeover reveal

before


basement family lounge area with sofas, craft table and chairs, moody dark blue walls with built in custom cabinetry and book shelves, gold and brass accents and light fixtures, striped wallpaper, vintage inspired gallery wall, washable area rugs, transitional styling and design, one room challenge makeover reveal

I remember saying one of my biggest goals was I wanted "to be able to forget that this room is even in the basement because our style flows seamlessly between the levels of our house." How do you think we did?


Design Problem 1: How do you make a narrow room with a low ceiling feel larger?


basement family lounge area with sofas, craft table and chairs, moody dark blue walls with built in custom cabinetry and book shelves, gold and brass accents and light fixtures, striped wallpaper, vintage inspired gallery wall, washable area rugs, transitional styling and design, one room challenge makeover reveal


before - winter 2018

basement family lounge area with sofas, craft table and chairs, moody dark blue walls with built in custom cabinetry and book shelves, gold and brass accents and light fixtures, striped wallpaper, vintage inspired gallery wall, washable area rugs, transitional styling and design, one room challenge makeover reveal

Once we were able to transform this room with paint, the whole vibe began to perfectly fall into place. Going dark with color does not mean the room becomes dark and tiny. The opposite can actually happen! By painting the walls, trim, doors, and cabinetry all the same gorgeous moody blue, we actually created the illusion of a larger and wider room! And while this room does not have a lot of natural light, the dark blue and warm lighting give a cozy vibe that makes us want to snuggle up!



Design Problem 2: How do you create separate areas in one long room?


In week 4, I shared how rugs can easily ground and separate multiple spaces within one large room. We previously had the same 2 spaces - a family room and a craft space - but they felt disconnected and lacked a cohesive flow.


basement family lounge area with sofas, craft table and chairs, moody dark blue walls with built in custom cabinetry and book shelves, gold and brass accents and light fixtures, striped wallpaper, vintage inspired gallery wall, washable area rugs, transitional styling and design, one room challenge makeover reveal

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Instead of choosing 2 of the same rug, I selected 2 different styles in 2 different sizes to highlight the spaces and give the room depth. The added perk is that both of these rugs are extremely affordable and WASHABLE which is super important in a space that will be filled with snacks, crafts, and pets!


basement family lounge area with sofas, craft table and chairs, moody dark blue walls with built in custom cabinetry and book shelves, gold and brass accents and light fixtures, striped wallpaper, vintage inspired gallery wall, washable area rugs, transitional styling and design, one room challenge makeover reveal

Design Problem 3: How do you make store-bought cabinets look like high end built-ins?


basement family lounge area with sofas, craft table and chairs, moody dark blue walls with built in custom cabinetry and book shelves, gold and brass accents and light fixtures, striped wallpaper, vintage inspired gallery wall, washable area rugs, transitional styling and design, one room challenge makeover reveal


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We added trim to the edges of the bookcase and built a riser for the 3 laundry cabinets on the opposite wall. Removing the legs and attaching the 3 cabinets together makes them look like a custom built in only made more high end by painting them the same blue as the walls. My husband added baseboard trim around the cabinetry and we will be adding shoe moulding to the edges where the cabinets meet the wall for a seamless look. Now, instead of being an obvious focal point in the room, the cabinets blend into the walls, which also helps the room feel larger.


basement family lounge area with sofas, craft table and chairs, moody dark blue walls with built in custom cabinetry and book shelves, gold and brass accents and light fixtures, striped wallpaper, vintage inspired gallery wall, washable area rugs, transitional styling and design, one room challenge makeover reveal


before

basement family lounge area with sofas, craft table and chairs, moody dark blue walls with built in custom cabinetry and book shelves, gold and brass accents and light fixtures, striped wallpaper, vintage inspired gallery wall, washable area rugs, transitional styling and design, one room challenge makeover reveal


basement family lounge area with sofas, craft table and chairs, moody dark blue walls with built in custom cabinetry and book shelves, gold and brass accents and light fixtures, striped wallpaper, vintage inspired gallery wall, washable area rugs, transitional styling and design, one room challenge makeover reveal

Design Problem 4: How do you upgrade furniture when brand new isn't in your budget?


I was really, really hoping for a sectional for our new basement lounge area, but my wish did not come to fruition. Luckily, my plan B was to give our old sofa and loveseat a mini makeover to make them feel high end and brand new.


basement family lounge area with sofas, craft table and chairs, moody dark blue walls with built in custom cabinetry and book shelves, gold and brass accents and light fixtures, striped wallpaper, vintage inspired gallery wall, washable area rugs, transitional styling and design, one room challenge makeover reveal


By giving them a deep clean, adding extra padding to the back cushions and swapping out the clunky legs for these gorgeous vintage inspired turned ones, I still can't believe these are the same pieces of furniture as before!


basement family lounge area with sofas, craft table and chairs, moody dark blue walls with built in custom cabinetry and book shelves, gold and brass accents and light fixtures, striped wallpaper, vintage inspired gallery wall, washable area rugs, transitional styling and design, one room challenge makeover reveal

basement family lounge area with sofas, craft table and chairs, moody dark blue walls with built in custom cabinetry and book shelves, gold and brass accents and light fixtures, striped wallpaper, vintage inspired gallery wall, washable area rugs, transitional styling and design, one room challenge makeover reveal



And my DIY lamp tables looking pretty darn great flanking the sofa!


basement family lounge area with sofas, craft table and chairs, moody dark blue walls with built in custom cabinetry and book shelves, gold and brass accents and light fixtures, striped wallpaper, vintage inspired gallery wall, washable area rugs, transitional styling and design, one room challenge makeover reveal

basement family lounge area with sofas, craft table and chairs, moody dark blue walls with built in custom cabinetry and book shelves, gold and brass accents and light fixtures, striped wallpaper, vintage inspired gallery wall, washable area rugs, transitional styling and design, one room challenge makeover reveal

My hope was that this space would be one that felt moody, cozy, and styled like the rest of our home. It might actually be the nicest room in our home now! lol! I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in the 10th Anniversary of the spring One Room Challenge and want to take an opportunity to thank the brands that contributed to this makeover!




There are still some minor projects to complete like adding shoe moudling to the sides of the cabinets, attaching the baseboard to the cinderblock walls, and hanging the new dart board, but boy what a difference 8 weeks makes!



basement family lounge area with sofas, craft table and chairs, moody dark blue walls with built in custom cabinetry and book shelves, gold and brass accents and light fixtures, striped wallpaper, vintage inspired gallery wall, washable area rugs, transitional styling and design, one room challenge makeover reveal

Next week, I'll be sharing all the details on our built in shelves and what I'm storing in our cabinets! Until then, you can shop all of the linkable items in our makeover below!





basement family lounge area with sofas, craft table and chairs, moody dark blue walls with built in custom cabinetry and book shelves, gold and brass accents and light fixtures, striped wallpaper, vintage inspired gallery wall, washable area rugs, transitional styling and design, one room challenge makeover reveal



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