We all have that space in our home that we just never seem to get to don’t we? The forgotten room! Mine is definitely our basement. When we first moved in it was unfinished and one of the first things we did after moving in was finish the space by building an office, guest room, bathroom and large family room in the space.
We didn’t however figure into the budget the decorating cost. So basically I threw whatever furniture wasn’t working everywhere else in the house down there and that’s where it’s stayed for years.
Do you see Cooper chillin’ on the couch? Besides the toys and clutter everywhere the room isn’t horrible but the mismatched lamps and death trap of a coffee table when a toddler is involved wasn’t working for me if we were going to be spending more time down there I was going to have to make some changes.
There was also too much furniture in the space and the television wall was pretty blah and boring.
The glitch? I didn’t want to spend any money, or very very little. I have spent this entire year de-cluttering our house and getting rid of items that were broken, not being used or just unnecessary and since that time I’ve had a hard time pulling the trigger on buying anything until I know I’m done de-cluttering and I can focus on purchases that are more meaningful and less disposable.
My first step in operation de-ugly the basement was to empty most of it out and donate or sell alot of things that wasn’t working anymore.
(Click here to read more about the television unit and see the before!)
The first thing I did was concentrate on the television wall. I had a gallery wall of family photos in our upstairs hallway but the hall is narrow and with all the photos it felt even more claustrophobic so I decided to move the family photos to well the “family” room!
I traced the frames on old wrapping paper and played with it until I found an arrangement I liked. (More gallery wall inspiration.)
Then obviously from there I hung the photos along with the existing plates that were up there to begin with. I like the combination of the circle and rectangles.
I added a lamp that was originally in my office and a fiddle leaf tree that was in our living room.
Total cost so far….ZERO. I’ll show the rest of the areas next week. I’ll also be focusing on the bathroom and guest room in future post too! You know I like to tease!
Have a great weekend!