I have an unfinished basement. It will be great if we can have it finished. We have three bedrooms upstairs, so one more bedroom with a small bathroom can be a good addition for us & guests- mostly boys’ friends- and a big space for watching TV & movies, playing games & music,and using computers. Speaking of computers, I really hope we can have wireless desktops soon. I dislike cables that are always tangled no matter how well or often you organize them. Anyway, if I have a finished basement, it will be awesome. Until the dream or wish comes true, I made this unusable, dusty space to a “not satisfied but livable” space. I don’t have “before” pictures, because I didn’t think about starting a blog back then. But if you have a house with a unfinished ,long-time neglected basement, mine was exactly like yours. Some unused or seasonal stuff here and there collecting dust, spiderwebs ,all the small dead bugs and dust , dust, dust.
Most of the furniture is from Craigslist.
I painted the wall yellow & white stripes which were leftover from other projects. The goal was of this project was going cheap.
I bought all the furniture from Craigslist and cleaned them out. I replaced the cushion foams of the wing back chairs and made slipcovers. The foam of the other two chairs were in good conditions, so I dried them under the sun and reused them. The rug is from PB.
Originally Pier 1 rattan chairs $240 each & I got them at $ 20. Had some tears on the back seat, so I covered them with the fabric. The foam of the chairs were in good conditions.
I spent about $1000.00 for this project. Everything used in the basement(nails,woods,paints,furniture, game tables, frames, rugs,curtains and so on) is included in this number except the TV & Game set. Me & my family are satisfied with the outcome. With the price tag, we can use this huge space for many uses.We don’t have any insulation for now, so this space is mostly used in the summer.We bought some portable heaters for winter, but, they weren’t warm enough for my boys while playing video games without complaining.
I might end up finishing the basement in the future, but for now, I am so happy with the fact that most of the furniture is fixed up from a cheap, used product.
What do you think?