Well, the basement is done. However most of you know it's been done since December, I'm just awful at blogging! The small amount of "blogger" that is left in me, knew I couldn't write the blog post on our kitchen reveal, if I didn't finish the basement series!
If you remember way back to the beginning of this process, we started with a very blank slate. We were fortunate to add a family room, kitchenette, full bath, flex space and laundry room! Let's take a look at each space and I'll source the items I can as we go!
As you come down the stairs you are greeted by the family room. We chose to carpet that area for comfort reasons. The carpet on the staircase is a runner from Amazon, I used a staple gun to attach it directly to our wood steps that I painted using Behr paint in Black, black. The floors throughout are from Home Depot. They are the LifeProof brand in the finish Fresh Oak. They are a vinyl wood and we LOVE them!
Our sofa is from IKEA, it is the Ektorp sectional with the natural slip cover. It is such a great value and I love the ability to wash the covers as needed with messy kids! The bar area behind the sofa allows for additional seating and TV viewing! The end tables are an old hand-me-down item that I have repainted. The buffalo check pillow covers are from Amazon. The gold lanterns are from JoAnn Fabrics. The pouf was a find at Tuesday Mornings and the small pictures on the wall are from Target.
Looking back towards the stairs we had a small nook that fit my vintage theatre chairs perfectly! I found this old school map of Ohio at a local antique shop to pair with our Ohio State pillow cover available at West Elm (in any state!). I also added shiplap up the staircase wall. I use 1/4" plywood underlayment cut into 8" planks and nail directly into the wall with finish nails.
Coming over to the other side of the bar top we have 3 upholstered counter height stools from a local furniture store, Wayside, in NE Ohio. I use a fabric protector so I don't have to be worried about food spills from the kids. You can see the TV peaking out over the top of the counter.
We were able to add a small kitchenette area behind the family room. The cabinets are stock from Home Depot in the shaker style in white. The hardware is a brass finish and ordered from Amazon. The counter tops are Wilsonart laminate in "Cararra Marble". We had a 36" stainless steal, undermount sink installed and the brass faucet is from Amazon! Just outside of the picture is a full size fridge we purchased from Home Depot as a floor model sale so we saved a lot of money! The wall treatment is faux brick panels, also from Home Depot, and I covered them with drywall spackle for a "german schmere" effect. The wall sconces were ordered on Amazon.
Close up shot of the sink, faucet, counter top and the faux brick backsplash.
We added a 3/4 bath (full bath with a shower, no tub) and I'm so thankful for this! With 5 kids, there is always a need for an extra bathroom! We had a pocket door installed as a space saver. It is painted (as are all the doors) in Behr, Black, black. The vanity is an all in one combo, including the mirror, from Home Depot. I changed out the hardware to match the kitchenette. The lighting is the same throughout, from Amazon. I loved the combo of white and brass. The faucet is also from Amazon. The small shelf and towel hooks and all towels are from Target. The back feature wall is wallpaper from Milton and King in the style "Progress Tile" You'll see this repeated in the laundry room because I love it so much!
I realize choosing to put your laundry room in the basement is not for everyone, but it sure was the most functional for our home design. The old laundry space was tiny and also, our families main entrance from the garage. It was in the way, and had no space to actually DO the laundry. I was ecstatic to be able to move it downstairs.
The cabinets are the same as the kitchenette, from Home Depot as well as the counter tops. You can see the repeat of wallpaper from Milton and King and matching faucet for the corner sink from Amazon. We continued the same lighting in here as well! The buffalo check rug was also an Amazon find and our washer and dryer are LG. The dryer sits on a storage pedestal and the washer sits on a mini washing machine drawer, genius! The cabinets and drawers contain all of my craft supplies, sewing supplies and wrapping paper and ribbons! The counter top is a great place to work on projects, as well as folding laundry.
Overall we added an additional 1000 square feet of functional and stylish living space and I couldn't be happier! It was an investment into our home as well as our family and it has paid off in many ways!