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Get ready for another project filled room in our Basement Makeover series! We’ve already shared:
- our Basement Bathroom (that was a closet – and then featured in February’s issue of Better Homes and Gardens! Say what?!?).
- our Guest Room Library (- with it’s faux brick panelling, IKEA bookcase built-in and plywood ceiling that looks panelled)
- our Basement Media Room (with hidden tv cabinet, DIY media cabinet, corner faux fireplace, herringbone ceiling and grid panelled walls. Some eye candy in there! It gets awkward when our visiting friends rave about it all – and we love it.)
The basement room we’re working on next we’re calling our Cozy, Industrial, Underground Basement Pub and Hobby Room.
It’s going to be multi-function – and we’re planning to do dozens of DIY projects to make it awesome. That’s what this post is all about! Walking you through our master plan of ideas and projects that will make this basement bar and craft space work hard for us – and look gorgeous while it does so much.
Can you believe I’ve never made a mood board before?! For normal people, that’s appropriate and underwhelming. But for bloggers that talk about all things home, it’s pretty weird. I *should* have done about 25 by now. I pretty much carry a mood board around in my mind all the time – but that does you (and Ed) very little good. So welcome inside my head!
I cobbled together a few images that I thought were pretty representative of the space we’re creating. I originally started making it just for our newsletter subscribers (BTW are you subscribing yet? You can do that here!). As I started writing it for the newsletter I quickly realized it was WAY TOO LONG and involved for our usual quick tip newsletter format.
First, What’s A Cozy, Industrial, Underground Basement Pub and Hobby Room? Is that just a fancy way to say Basement Bar?
Sort of, yes. But the term “basement bar” makes me have 80’s child flashbacks of orange shag and brown vinyl upholstered bars with those mirror tiled walls with the marbley brown web pattern painted on them.
This room will NOT be that.
I want it to have the feel of one of those underground pubs you discover off the downtown streets in big cities. I want it to be warm, welcoming and have an old-world, industrial feel.
With our sad starting point – that kinda cool title is like lipstick on a pig. See for yourself:
I think this room’s transformation is going to be dramatic.
The before looks awful and functions terribly – it used to be our laundry room before we added a second storey and moved the laundry upstairs. We’ve never intentionally given it a purpose or decorated it.
It’s like our secret hoarder Monica closet – only you need to walk through it to get to our much cooler basement spaces. Not so secret.
The after is going to be an improvement to the power of pi. (Can you tell we’re doing a lot of high school math with our daughter lately?) I’m so excited about this room transformation! So here’s the project overview – as we know it now.
1. Basement Stair Makeover: Copper Risers and Wood Treads
UPDATE: Here’s the completed project: Our DIY Copper Stair Risers!
I think this inspiration staircase is glorious. It’s fascinating to look at – I love the metal risers! As I write this I’m doing some test pieces of different ways to turn copper green. Kitchen chemistry is so much fun! (UPDATE: You can see the results of my copper patina recipe experiments here!)
We’ve figured out how to do all this on a pretty small budget and can’t wait to show you! This is the makeover you will see first.
2. Basement Ceiling Makeover: Industrial Painted Exposed Beams
UPDATE: Here’s the completed project: Our DIY Black Painted Basement Ceiling!
You know we’re the self-proclaimed king and queen of basement ceilings, right? We’ve done:
What we haven’t yet done is a painted, exposed ceiling. This approach will be perfect with the underground, industrial vibe we’re going for in this room.
Also, this room is right below our kitchen and has so many pipes, ducting, wiring and central vac tubes – we don’t want to cover those up. If anything needed to be repaired or moved in the future we’d be up Schitt’s creek.
We’re going to go dark on the ceiling. Just like wearing black can be slimming – painting something all dark can visually hide lumps and bumps you’d rather people not notice. Our ceiling won’t be black – it’s going to lean more toward brown or green in tone, but it’s going to be dark.
3. Basement Pub: Exposed Brick, Roomy Sink & Natural Countertop
This photo encompasses the feel we want for the room:
- Natural elements like wood and brick.
- A big sink with a cool faucet for all of Ed’s brewing and winemaking.
- Some open shelving for display. Some closed cupboards for ugly stuff.
4. Basement Pub: Colorful Cupboards and Upright Freezer Makeover
We have an upright freezer in the space that is too useful to get rid of. It’s a basic unit that’s bright white and bland. I plan to do something to it to make it look cool – it won’t be the exact method you see in the photo above – but it’s the right feel.
We also plan to salvage a buffet or sideboard and make it into the lower unit of the bar. I want to paint it a fabulous colour – maybe like the green above – or maybe something more surprising. I’ll be using this paint for sure – the quality is spot on – just not certain of which colour yet. (Update: It’s all done and we chose a different colour! Check out the project here.)
5. Basement Storage: Wall to wall Built-in Storage and Craft “room”
UPDATE: Here’s our DIY Built in Cabinet – How We Out Basement Storage in a Beautiful Custom Way
The wall opposite the bar will be hardworking. It’s going to be built-in cupboards with so much storage inside. The storage will be devoted to our pantry overflow items, my sewing machine and craft supplies and whatever brewing stuff of Ed’s can’t fit on the bar side.
So that’s about 75% of our plans for the space. We’re also planning:
- some hidden storage under stairs – with modern railing,
- DIY lighting solutions,
- another idea to make the basement window look bigger,
- a reclaimed pocket door,
- a secret door to our storage room,
- and a few more things.