While I'm out loving on my brand new baby boy, I hope you enjoy this series: my favorite DIY rerun posts! Learn more about the series here and check out some of the previous posts here.
David and I don't have a garage (what used to be our carport is now the slate room/family room that we just made over), so our basement currently serves as our garage. Think random items (bike racks, tennis rackets, the norm) strewn everywhere. You can see a few pictures of the space on my house tour. While there's an incredible workshop area that covers most of the space, about one-third of the basement is finished and is a completely usable room of the house. It just needs a little bit of work. But because there are only two of us around the house, the entire lower level has yet to become a used space.
Long story short, David and I are now ready to start making the space ours. We want our friends and family to be able to feel comfortable in the space, since it's right next to the pool, outdoor patio and backyard. Aaaaanyways, because the basement's current garage-like state doesn't exactly exude comfort, we've decided to start sprucing up the basement so that it will become a comfortable, usable space. Of course, I'll keep you updated as we do so!
I started the basement makeover at the entry of the room: our basement stairwell. The stairwell is open to the hallway on the west side of our house, just past our office and in the same hallway as our guest bedroom and master bedroom.
As you can see, the hallway is beautifully painted and has a kickin' chandelier (both compliments of the previous homeowner), but has little else in the way of decor.
With thoughts of building a bit more dimension and light to the hallway, I decided to add mirrors. Do you remember the Ikea mirrors that I tried above my fireplace in my living room? I didn't love them above my fireplace, but I thought it was time to give them another try elsewhere in the house.
Add a coat or two of primer, white spray paint and a couple of Command strips and... boom! The hallway decor is born.
I'm thinking it looks great! What do you think? It definitely livens up the hallway and creates a more fun, welcoming entry into our basement. I love it! In fact, I wouldn't mind adding a few more rows of mirrors to the set. Bigger is better, right? It's definitely a good start to our basement makeover!
To learn more about our basement, check out these posts!