You guys, I am SO excited for today’s post because I finally get to share our new and improved farmhouse style basement! I’ve been slowly working on this space for a few months now (it all started with this black door transformation) and I am so happy with how it’s all come together. I’ve always said our basement is the “kid zone” and because of that it’s been a space that I’ve tried to keep pretty minimal in terms of decor and even furniture, which is really why I don’t share it here on the blog very often. But over time the basement has slowly become a hodge podge space for the most part, with mismatched furniture and random things that didn’t really go together very well. It’s basically been a hot mess to say the least, which is ridiculous because it’s such a great space with tons of natural light and we actually do spend a lot of time down there. But I finally got fed up and decided to it was time to give the basement a little attention and TLC. I shared the changes I’ve made so far in the bar area last week, but today I want to give you a look at how the basement is looking now. I’ve got about 311 photos to share, so get comfortable!
The first big change in here is the new couches. I searched and searched and searched for the perfect couches for this space and it honestly took me weeks to make a decision. But I finally decided on these super affordable, slip-covered Ikea couches–we got the sofa and the loveseat. I’ve heard rave reviews about these for years now, so I’ve always been interested in trying them out. Plus I wanted something slip covered so I could easily wash them as needed. Things get messy with kids and I LOVE having the ability to just slip these covers off and freshen them up in the wash. That was a big priority for me. It’s been a few weeks with these new sofas and we are loving them so far. They are actually really cozy and comfortable. I haven’t had to wash the covers yet, but I’ll be sure to update down the road on how these are holding up.
After changing things up in our front room recently, I was able to bring this oversized chair and ottoman down into the basement. I honestly wasn’t sure if it would work down here, and I even thought about selling it, but it’s actually perfect for this space. We just had to move things around a zillion times to find the right spot for it!
Another big change in here was adding more storage for all the toys and books. Like I said earlier, this is definitely the kid zone, so there are tons of toys down here and I needed a better way to keep them organized. I got these oversized baskets (from Michaels) to store and hide all their things and it’s been so nice to have more organization down here.
You might remember that we had a really great play area set up in this far corner of the basement. It was awesome, but honestly the kids stopped playing it in as often as they used to and most of the time they were only using the little writing table. So we moved that table over into the living area (pics of that soon!) and we’ve decided to turn this corner into an office space for me. I am SO excited. All I need is a desk, which I’m hoping to get in the next week or so. I’ll be sharing more of this corner soon, but here’s a little peek for now!
This biggest challenge in our basement is setting everything up around the two large posts right in the middle of the room. They are such a nuisance, but I finally figured out that using our oversized armchair and ottoman positioned at an angle was the best way to make this work. We literally had to spend hours moving furniture around to find the perfect combo of things that worked, but I think this is the best option for this room and our existing TV setup.
I love having the kids little writing table over here instead of in the back corner. They use it all the time, so it’s nice to have it right in the middle of everything. And it fits perfectly under that window!
Our basement makeover started by painting those french doors black (see the tutorial here). That was the first step and I think it’s still my favorite. It was such a simple change, and it didn’t take much time at all, but it made such a big difference down here.
There are still a few small things I need to do down here–we’re actually planning to replace the windows because they are super old and failing, but for the most part the living area in our basement is done. It honestly feels like a whole new space with all the changes. I love the updates we’ve made, but I also like that it’s still simple too. I prefer to keep the decor and extra stuff really minimal down here, just because it is the kids’ space and I want it to be comfortable and relaxed for them. But even though everything is pretty basic, I still feel like it’s really cozy.
Thanks for taking a little tour of our farmhouse style basement. If you stuck it out through all those photos you deserve some kind of reward. Or at least a cupcake.
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paint color: Merino Wool by Sherwin Williams
curtains: DIY drop cloth curtains (tutorial here)