Want to see it in it's "finished state"? Okay, I'll show you if you just keep in mind that I have a lot of decorating yet to do. Sure wish I had a better camera to capture the colors better. Oh well.
As you open the door to the basement this is what you see:
(No, the "no food" sign the kids made is not staying! It was just up for our annual New Year's Eve Family Party. We had over 100 people and needed to keep the food to one level.)
The landing half-way down:
Straight ahead it the bathroom, to the left are the two bedrooms and to your right the main room.
We decided on a board and batten style treatment to the hallways and the main room. I felt the basement needed some architectural umpf to make it feel nice and the white visually keeps the space from being the typical dark dungeon. We chose 4" baseboard trim and a nice, curvy chair rail. I chose a less-traditional slat by picking something not as boxy.
If you turn to your right, this is what you see:
Here is MY favorite part of the basement, the bookshelves! I have always wanted a library for our whole family's books. We had a pipe that had to be soffited along this wall, so it made a perfect place for built-ins. I pulled out a bunch of pictures of what I thought would work and my husband built it!
Here you can see the almost-complete exit for the slide. We still have a bit of mudding to the trim area and touch up to complete that. We slanted the wall leading into the main room to make a nice, wide entrance to the room. The door lends access to the slide and should someone want to remove the slide, it would be easily done and leave a nice storage closet behind.
You must notice the biggest drawback to the slide- the piles of socks! After a few rides down, the kids end up shedding their socks so they can climb up the slide, leaving me with a constant pile of socks down there! Oh well.
We threw down some furniture we had and I've since found the perfect smaller-sized sectional. I plan on slipcovering it and those red chairs with dropcloth.
I found the cabinet sitting by someone's trash on garbage day and brought her home. I fixed her up, added some cute paper to the inside and it made the perfect media stand. The DVD player and Wii fit beautifully inside and I don't have to look at it! We chose this wall to place the TV on because I didn't want the TV to be the focal point of the room as you walk in. We did add extra wiring in the bookshelf wall in case someone should ever want to mount the TV over there.
The kids also love the swing from Ikea. We reinforced some boards between beams and marked the spot before we drywalled the ceiling. The air hockey table was a $60 score at a garage sale a few years ago and the $10 foosball wasn't out of reach either!
I pulled together a collection of posters, maps and prints from a few places we've traveled to. My handy-dandy mat cutter made it easy to use some old frames from Goodwill and a few standard, cheap frames to frame the artwork.
This is heading into the bathroom:
We chose to lay the typical square 12" tiles off-set from each other instead of square to add more interest. We really like how it turned out.
Now, we'll head into the first of the bedrooms. My oldest wanted an asian feel to the room. This was her inspiration picture that we were going for:
And here's ours so far. We need some more accessories and such, but it's off to a good start:
I made the upholstered headboard with nailhead trim (I'll try to do a tutorial on it later) and made the bedspread. We already had the artwork by VanGogh and just repainted a second-hand frame.
I found a very long $2 frame at a garage sale, cut a piece of thin plywood for the backing. After painting it, I screwed on a kitchen drawer pull and hung a Japanese Obi we had from our stay in Tokyo. It makes a fun art piece, yet does something much more practical; it hides the ugly electrical box that had to stay situated in the bedroom. It's on hooks for quick removal should we need access to the circuits.
On either side of the closet we placed some old Chinese screen panels:
The headboard was found at a garage sale for $20, repainted the famous "Heirloom White" (we left off the footbard so it wouldn't close in the room as much.) It's positioned in a bow in the foundation since this room sits right under the den in the front of the house, which has a bow window.
We already had these mini chandeliers from the girls' old rooms. They have very dim bulbs so they can be used as reading lights. They're connected together and put on a button switch attached low on the bed frame for easy on and off. This very old, delightfully rough frame was found for a $1 and the bird print in the center was found at Goodwill.
On either side of the bed are these great old window frames I found on Craigslist. We painted them gray and distressed them a bit. We're patiently waiting for some free mirror on craigslist or Habitat REStore to turn them into mirrors. It'll help reflect more light into the room.
To the right of the bed is a sleeping beauty print we had in their old room. The frame is a fun antique find for $5.