Basement Re-Do On A Budget- The Det's

Happy Monday friends! How was your weekend??
Ours was really nice, we went to dinner with bestie Rebecca and her husband Bernie to a restaurant that Guy Fieri had featured on his show Diners, Drive Ins and Dives and it was the best meal we had all had in a long while. We are trying to go out to dinner once a month as couples but our one rule is that we don't go to chain restaurants...just local, regional or mom and pop restaurants. It is so much fun and such a nice way to explore your area on a budget.

Also this weekend, I went running.
On purpose.
No....I wasn't being chased.
My friend and I (read: Rebecca ) decided that we need a better way to work out so we are trying running/jogging and we are using the Couch to 5 K method here.
So yesterday, Rebecca, Bernie, Mike and I started the plan and did really good.
Then went to IHOP for breakfast after.....
What? We worked hard!
So stay tuned for all the updates......gory or not.

Here are the details from our recent basement renovation on a budget. I love me a deal and know how expensive it can be to stay on a budget while improving your home. This was no easy task for me...I hate spending any more moola than I have to on home improvements....especially since my home (like many of you) is not worth a hill o' beans right now. But I am assured by many sources that making little improvements like these to my home does indeed make a big impact even in the worst of economies. Also, we live in our home and want to enjoy it to the fullest so I never really felt guilty making these improvements.

So lets see what we did, how we did it and how much money we spent:

First of all the paint color is called Haystack by Martha Stewart. We did not buy Martha Stewart paint, however. It was $49.99 a gallon and we were informed by our local Home Depot associate that the MS line is going away...at $49.99 a gallon, I wonder why???   We got Glidden for $21.99 a gallon. If I had it to do all over again, I would have paid the five dollars extra per gallon and bought the Behr. We ended up using four gallons of paint + primer for the entire basement and still have some touch ups to do here and there.

We got the bead board for our hallway/stairwell to the basement at Home Depot and they cut it down to size for us. The molding we had left in our garage from when the previous owners initially remodeled the basement. We also got what is called MDF (short for medium-density fibreboard) at Home Depot to make a shelf in that awful hall way and the associate cut that down to size for us as well. We didn't use all of it though so we have lots of leftovers in the garage for future projects.
 I can hear my husband sighing right about......now.

Remember before:

And here is the after:

Bad hallway picture.
But you get the idea.

There is some touch up to be done above the mdf shelf but that is coming soon.
I am also going to re-paint the mdf and molding once this wall is settled.

Here it is all finished!

The mirror on the opposite wall?
Our old bathroom mirror.
I am looking into putting a frame around it made of molding.
Not ready to tackle a new project of that caliber just yet...

The cool black artwork?
Container Store.
$9.99 for all four panels!
You can go here to buy them.

This is what the package looks like:

I love how this little reading corner turned out.
No money was spent on this section!
                                                               I had every single item...
oh, wait.
I did buy the body pillow cover.
For five bucks on clearance at Target.

Yes, this bench has a history.
And not too sure I should share it on here.
Noooooo not that kind of history.
Lets just say that we have scaled fences under cover of darkness to get this bench back.
While maybe or maybe not a little tipsy on too many margaritas/beers.
Nothing illegal I can assure you but some definite history.
It'll come up at a party or a blogging conference someday.

Oh and the white fixture the games are on?
An old bookcase turned on its side.

See the cool dots on the wall?
They are chalkboard/dry erase dots!
Got them at Target a few weeks ago for $3.50 on clearance.

The white dots are dry erase and the black dots are chalkboard!
Peel and stick too so it can come off when we get tired of them.
                                         Which I don't see happening anytime soon!

See this cool storage solution?

Maybe this isn't anything special to you, but for years my children have had their pretend food in this little three drawer storage unit I got at Target when my oldest was really little.
It was great and lasted for years but the wheels started falling off.
One by one.
'Til it was tilted so bad, we had to put pretend food under the space where the wheel used to be just so the thing wouldn't fall over.

So I got the above at the Container Store for under 18 bucks total.
I love how it is open so it makes it easier to clean up at the end of the day.
Just throw it in instead of making sure it gets in the drawer and that the drawer can even close.
I am hoping this will help with the clean up effort.....I know
long shot but worth the try.

Since we are in the toy room, I wanted to show you this:

I got the above storage at The Container Store but it was actually in the laundry section.
I thought it would be perfect to hold all of the dress up clothes.
It was only $19.99 too and came in different colors and patterns.
But I wanted just plain because none of what they offered went with this yellow.
Then Rebecca said she could add some embellishment to this for me.

And here is what she did!

Isn't it cute??
She sewed these colorful felt circles onto the sides!!
I love this so much and now it makes this storage solution so much more special.

Had to show this EAT sign.
It was one of my earlier crafting endeavors and it took a lot of work so I wanted to feature it somewhere in the house.
I think it goes perfect above the play kitchen area.

So I needed some curtains in the basement.
We had these cheap black short ones in the old office but didn't want to do black since we were getting away from the whole iwannajumpoffabridge theme down there.
I was at Goodwill with bestie Rebecca last week and lo and behold found this panel.


This is a really bad pic because I don't get good natural light down there...hence the reason we picked yellow in the first place....but know that the fabric is like buttah. Yes buttah. And it is so thick, just really awesome. And brand new....did I mention it is like buttah??
                                        Oh and they are long too which is what I really wanted.
OK so I paid $ 1.49 for it!
Allllllloooootttt less than what I am sure this retailed for from Target in the first place.

So it needs to be addressed.
The picture above the TV.
And I wanted it there.

Yes, that is Michael Jordan.
And my hubs.
                                                               When he was, like, 19.
Oh and the hubs is over six feet tall and looks like a preschooler next to MJ.
Diggin those Mr. Magoo specs too.....
ahem...anyway, he was MJ's caddy at the golf course he worked at all through college here in Chicago.
This picture is a huge convo piece in our home.
                             Girls and guys alike swarm to this pic to gape, giggle, smile and gab.
I love that we have something fun like this in the house.
So I asked the hubs to hang it front and center.
Because I wanted him to have something for himself in this home that is mostly my style.
I won't ever call it a man cave....that name is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me....because the entire home is ours to share but since most of the decor in our home is not golf clubs or Caddyshack posters or beer can pyramids...I am givin' him this space.

See the little details above the bookshelves?

The mason jars I already had.
The baskets were $2.50 each on clearance at Target.

One of the last touches to the basement I want to talk about is this throw.

Isn't it cute?
Rebecca and I found this fella at Marshall's and we both fell in love with it.
It is soooo cozy soft....luxe like really.
I walked around the store with this thing for a while before giving in.
It was $19.99 but it is so cold in our basement so I know we will use it.
At least that was Rebecca's argument for buying it.

So shall we add up the grand total.
Do we really need to?
Its pretty, that's all that matters in the end...right??


Paint- 87.96
Bead board/mdf- 51.38
Supplies (extra paint rollers, brushes, contractor's adhesive...for bead board etc..)- 21.00
Decorative touches- 81.97

For a grand total of.....


My original budget was $150 but I was told by my brother that a basement re-do for under $250 is pretty amazing.
That is also including paint for the entire finished part of the basement and the kind with paint + primer in one.
So I was $100 off in my budget but I would do it all again.
And now we have added so much more living space to our home, our oldest has her own space to hang out with her friends, her little sister has her own space to throw toys aimlessly with her friends.
And the hubs and I can sit in peace and quiet one floor away.


  1. Lots of fun ideas in this makeover!! I love the MJ photo..my husband and I are jealous. Megan

  2. You've done a great job I especially love those wall decals against the yellow paint, stunning! And on a budget as well go you :)

  3. Your basement turned out great. Love those screen panels...thanks for the link!

  4. Nice job. I'm looking at a basement redo myself and it needs to be classy but inexpensive. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. It all looks beautiful, and you didn't spend much at all. Loving this! We loved having you join us for "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Hope to see you again soon! -The Sisters

  6. Wow, that's quite a transformation for not a lot of money!! Awesome job! I bet you're loving it!


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