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 about 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:
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.
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.
We also had all of this lots of furniture that we’ve collected from family and Craigslist. Gotta love family!
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 🙂
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!