I’m calling this a basement makeover (in progress).

And when I say on a budget…I definitely mean on a budget. I was challenging myself to transform the basement into more of a livable, cozy space without spending anything.

That’s right. $0.

I have to say I’m pretty surprised on everything you can do without spending any money. You just have to reuse your products and get a little creative.

When we first bought the house the basement had gross, dirty carpet:

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Among other things. It wasn’t only gross, but it was dark, dirty, and did not have a very cozy factor to it.

We tore off the carpet and underneath that was glue and carpet pad remnants. It was a joy pain scraping all of that off.

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The basement has some pretty good “bones.” The fireplace definitely takes the room up a notch! We switched out the light earlier to add some pizazz. It was a broken fan before.

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We also had all of this lots of furniture that we’ve collected from family and Craigslist. Gotta love family!basement makeover on a budget

Basically the biggest transformation was paint! We painted the floor, the walls, the interior door, and the fireplace. Usually to make a room appear brighter you would want to paint it light colors. I of course did the opposite and did all dark colors, because I like cozy better 🙂basement makeover on a budget

 

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There’s some more that I want to do. Finish painting the bookcase (hey, I ran out of paint!) and get some cool pieces to style the bookshelf. All I really did was take all my extra stuff and throw it up there.

But for a budget of $0 and sticking to it, I must say it is a room I just love looking at!

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6 Comments

  1. Renee

    September 13, 2016 at 12:58 am

    WOW this is one of the biggest transformations in your house! How did you not spend any money? Super impressed. Lots of sitting room is nice. The floor sounded like a lot of work and now looks so great. I love you have so many windows in the basement. My favorite part is the wall. Wow that looks so different! Great work.

    1. carolynarentson@gmail.com

      September 13, 2016 at 2:19 am

      It’s crazy, right?! Thanks!

  2. Casey

    September 23, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Wow! I love it! It looks so cozy.

    1. carolynarentson@gmail.com

      September 26, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      Thank you! It’s so fun to fix up!

  3. Amy

    November 3, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    I think everyone should challenge themselves to do an area or room using only what they have. It forces us to be creative, and honestly, that’s worth more and takes you further than money. You can spend lots and still have an ugly (and expensive) room! Or you can see the potential in what you have and, along with a space you love, gain the satisfaction of working with your hands and growing yourself.

    1. carolynarentson@gmail.com

      November 11, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      Yes, I totally agree with what you said!

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