8.22.2011

A Year In The Making

I've shared our basement re-model in bits and pieces over the last eight months and have finally put together a recap of the space that was a year (plus some) in the making!

I only have a few pictures of the "before."  It was much too yucky for me to spend time down there photographing.  The space was loaded with navy blue carpeting, dark painted paneling, water stained ceilings, mirrored walls and various other unmentionables.



And, without further ado, behold the "after".  I can still hardly believe Honey pulled it off all by his lonesome!

the stairway gallery
TV Room
The Bar
Buffet and Dining/Crafting/Gaming Area
Pool Table / Toy Storage

Banquette
Bathroom
Should you want to peruse the unabridged edition of ALL the titillating details for this entire basement project, including sources and how-tos, look here for the vision, here for a eight month update, here for the bar reveal, here for the finally finished banquette, here for the buffet, here for the stairway, here for the bath, and here for the den.

And with that, we're calling it a day year!
xoxo

I'm thrilled to have been featured at Southern HospitalityBlack and BleuGrosgrain FabulousEclectically VintageArtful RisingLife on LyfordA Lived in HomeBeach House in the CityRemodelaholicMiss Mustard SeedThis Crazy LifeThe New Home Ec and My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia!


Beyond flattered to be One Project Closer's Grand Prize Winner of their annual Before & After Contest!


77 comments:

Connie @ Salvage Savvy said...

This looks great!! I love that it's really light & bright :) Also, you did a good job incorporating sports into the room- that's no easy task, but you balanced it all beautifully!!

Gail said...

TERRIFIC

Crispin said...

I am new to your blog and will definitely be reading all of your posts about this project BUT for now I have to say... I love how it looks so stylish and yet you've still incorporated your husband's " guy stuff." LOVE!!!

Stephanie said...

Holy Smokes! This looks amazing! I love the frame collage, the pillows, the rug, EVERYTHING! Wonderful job!

gena said...

How pretty - doesn't look like a basement that's for sure ! What a marvelous addition to your home !

gena

Lori Lucas said...

Absolutely perfect. I cannot find one thing about it that is not just wonderful. Lucky you! Lori L

Christy said...

It is beautiful! I would totally go down there just to look at it. lol

Ashley J said...

I wow! This is so beautiful! I love the colors and pillows and everything you did! I would love it if you would come link this up to my link party! http://mommybydaycrafterbynight.blogspot.com/2011/08/ta-da-tuesday-link-party-1.html

xoxo, Ashley J @ mommybydaycrafterbynight.blogspot.com

Forsythe said...

Wow, what a transformation. It looks so bright and open. I love all the framed photos. Great job and I am sure it feels nice to have it done!

At The Picket Fence said...

This is seriously, unbelievably AMAZING!!! The entire transformation is incredible and absolutely gorgeous! You did such a fabulous job and it is so light and bright that you don't really get that "basement" feeling. The fabric choices, chevron wall, every detail is perfect. :-)
Vanessa

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

WOW this is increadible! Everything is just beautiful and huge, lucky you! How about your hubby comes and finishes our bathroom :)
XO
Kristin
Thanks for linking

Brooke said...

I am coming in December and looking at everyone of those pictures in the stairwell till I find my face :) Love you!

Brooke said...

I absolutely love it! I found you on A to Z link party. I am a new blogger and definitly now a new follower :-)

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Really appreciate you linking up this awesome post at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

Beverly@southernhomesweethome said...

Wowza that is a gorgeous makeover. I love the colors, the pillows, curtains, seating, bar.. well everything. Wonderful. Over from WUW.

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

Love it all, but that banquette... be still my heart! It is fabulous!!

Kathie said...

Wish I could come over & hang out! I absolutely love yellow, black, & white! So bright and cheery! I would never leave that basement if it were in my house!

Meaghan! said...

Oh wow! I am totally your newest follower. Loving the color choices. Can't even tell it's a basement! Thanks for the reno inspiration!

Meaghan
(www.thismessybusiness.com)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

This makeover is a TOTAL WOW!!!! I LOVE the color choice. Was it chosen around the football jersey? Every element is done with a deliberate and masterful touch, I can tell. There are so many wonderful things to mention... one is the curtains that fall to the floor on the basement windows. Great design eye!
I am so happy to find you! I am a new follower!
Yvonne

Natasha in Oz said...

Oh my word...what a stunning transformation! That looks like something out of a glossy shelter magazine.

I could live in that area all day. I love it!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Wow - looks great. Love your fabric choices. Did you make everything? We are in the midst of doing our basement right now and trying to decide on the color of the flooring. I Like your light wood tones. Linda

Allison@FabRehab said...

Um, I want to move in!! It's so beautiful and cheery!!

Dixie Delights said...

Thank you everyone for the sweet, sweet comments! Y'all are making my day!
Yvonne - we are Georgia Tech fans so the color scheme was definitely picked to go with the white and gold school colors. The jersey is one of Honey's fave GT players.
Nina - yes, my husband did all of the "construction" work. I made the curtains and my mom and I both worked on the pillows. I had the banquette seat cushion made.

Brandi said...

what a transformation. I absolutely love it!

Sunla Designs said...

I found you on Tip Junkie, and I just LOVE what you did. It's just AMAZING!

By the way, I am hosting a giveaway right now & would love to have you check it out!

http://sunla-designs.blogspot.com/search/label/Giveaways

Lisa!
Your newest follower!

Judy said...

You did a great job. I love the color scheme. Thanks for sharing at my Sizzle into Summer party.

A Lived in Home said...

Wow! I'd love to have you join my Makeover monday series in Oct. or Nov. If you are interested send me an email at alivedinhome@gmail.com. I'm your newest follower too. Come check me out and follow me back at
www.alivedinhome.blogspot.com

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Amazing! Love it all, but especially that killer banquette.
Great job!

Kimberly :-)

Natalie Cross said...

awesome! i'm featuring you tomorrow!
http://beachhouseinthecity.blogspot.com

Living Room Furniture London said...

You did a extraordinary job and for that I appreciate for that. You've given a really different look.

Tam said...

Wow... this is beautiful! Great Job!

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

What a wonderful, livable space, now. I really like your color palette and the fabrics you chose. Definitely an inspiration!

Nancy Carey said...

Looks Great! What a nice space to hang out in & make many memories! xoxo's Nancy

Cathy @My 1929 Charmer said...

You guys did an incredible job. It is so loving and beautiful. You must be very proud. I will be here everyday!

Kim @ keller-creative said...

Living in Charleston basements are so rare. My husband grew up in the north and always says he wants a basement in his next house. He has dreams of making it look like a man cave. I have dreams of making it look exactally like yours. Fantastic job!

The Lytton Life said...

I am recently adding these same colors and a picture wall in my hall! You have so inspired me to keep going! Its beautiful. Im your newest follower!

Nicole-Lynn said...

My goodness! What a transformation! It turned out so nice! I love the color scheme and all the details! Great job!

CalypsoInTheCountry said...

Hey Amanda - In case you didn't know, this post is being featured today at Beach House in the City. Congrats!
-Shelley

abeachcottage said...

Wow, what a great transformation! Lovely fun colours and you wouldn't even think its the basement!

A Cottage Muse said...

What a fabulous makeover!
Love the colors you've chosen...I'm going back to take another peek so I don't miss a single detail!

Angi @ CokiePop said...

WOWZA....Gorgeous. Love this makeover and in my fave color Yellow too. :)

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

Absolutely wonderful!! I am in awe!!

Jonel said...

Wow, amazing...loving the color combination

Amy said...

i can't remember how i found your blog a while back but i did...and was WOWED out the window over this basement that looks NOTHING LIKE A BASEMENT. I pinned it on Pinterest and it's been repinned-a-plenty! job well done! hope you and yours are enjoying it!

Amy

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

Honey may have been your builder man, but you chose a wonderful color palet and design! You're the dynamic duo!
What a great job, adding tons of value to your home!

Great blog!!
Barbara

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

Honey may have been your builder man, but you chose a wonderful color palet and design! You're the dynamic duo!
What a great job, adding tons of value to your home!

Great blog!!
Barbara

Doglover said...

I love everything you've done to your home. I could live in your basement and be very happy:) The bench sofa is just beautiful -- you're so talented.

My home looks like your before photos. My woodwork is all the same dark brown wood with large windows. My husband is very attached to the woodwork.

Do you think you could have left the wood dark and managed to bring the home up-to-date? Or do you think that the dark wood moldings would make the house look dated even though you changed a lot of other things? If you considered the option of keeping the dark moldings, what would you have done to lighten the overall look of your home and make it look current?

Doglover said...

I love everything you've done to your home. I think I could live in your basement and be very happy :) The bench seating area is gorgeous with all that coordinating fabric -- you are so talented.

My home looks like your before photos. I have a lot of dark wood moldings and windows, and lots of large windows. My husband is very attached to the wood.

Do you think that you could have left the dark wood and still had the house look up-to-date? Or do you think that if you left the wood, the house would look old no matter what else you changed?

If you considered keeping the dark wood, what would you have done to the rest of the home to lighten everything up and make it look current?

Dixie Delights said...

Doglover, Thank you for your kind comment! In this house, the dark wood trim really needed to be painted. The ceilings are low and there isn't tons of natural light because our lot is somewhat wooded. It was necessary to make it bright and make it feel updated. And I prefer white trim in general. But all of that is just my opinion :-)

If I kept dark wood trim, I'd definitely go with light wood floor and light paint colors on the wall. I'd probably do accents of dark brown and black to tie it together but pretty much everything else light and airy!

xoxo

I'm Busy Procrastinating said...

My favorite parts are the gray cabinets and the curtain fabric. Very nice job on the whole project! You transformed something unappealing into a wonderfully liveable space!

Julie said...

VERY nice space! Love the colors!

Kristel said...

Your basement turned out gorgeous! Love the gray and yellow accents.

Megan said...

Looks amazing! What is your ceiling?

laxsupermom said...

Saw this over at Exceptionally Eclectic. I'm in love with your basement! Love the color scheme, and how light & bright the space is. Your family must love hanging out in the basement now. Thanks for sharing.

Decorating, dining, drinking thru Durham said...

Snaps to you and hubby! Amazing job!!

Creative Raisins said...

Wow, where to even begin with this. It is so fantastic. I love all the pictures you have they add that personal touch to the room. All the colors are great. This is a space which I can see will create many memories in it.

Between You and Me said...

every detail is amazing.....you had a great vision to be able to pull this off!!!

Jessica @ Decor Adventures said...

Hello! Wow, what an amazing makeover. I wanted to ask about the ceiling tiles. I was trying to see where you got them. They are different than the usual dropped ceiling material right?

Thanks for the info!

Inezita said...

Hi! The basement looks fantastic!!! Congratulations! Can I ask where did you buy the yellow table lamps?

Thanks! :)

Inezita said...

Hi! Your basement looks great! Congratulations!!! May I ask you from where did you buy the yellow table lamps? They're so pretty!

Thanks. :)

Dixie Delights said...

Jessica - the yellow lamps are from Pottery Barn. Thanks for stopping by :-) Amanda

Jessalyn said...

I love all the GT stuff. Go Jackets!

Jocie@TheBetterHalf said...

Wow, thats amazing! I can't even imagine the patience it took to hang all those picture frames! looks wonderful!
Thanks so much for linking up. Make sure to grab a button or link back to us. Good luck and feel free to follow us on facebook for all the contest updates!

Jocie@TheBetterHalf said...

Yay! So glad you won! Ethan (my hubby) will be in touch to find out where you want your gift card to. Don't forget, we will be making a donation to Habitat in your name and you are now in the running for the grand prize!!! Thanks for linking up and hope to see you back at One Project Closer, The Better Half!

Natalie Dixon said...

Oh my goodness! This is gorgeous! Love the color scheme! You may have just answered a problem I have with that picture of your sink skirt! Great job!

Holly @ abakershouse.com said...

Beautiful! I found you through House of Hepworths and the One Project Closer post-- congrats! My empty banquette NEEDS the cushions you have on your bench seating. I was hoping you'd have a post about how they were made but see that a local seamstress made them. They are beautiful. I've pinned the picture in hopes that I get inspired to make them myself. Thanks for sharing!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Oh how I envy you this space!! So many perfect details ... that silver/white chevron behind the bar is just awesome!!

Al said...

I am in LOVE with this space! I absolutely love the rugs. I have been searching for some and was wondering where you got yours?

Mrs.S said...

I love this remodel. I have seen it before on the blog. But, I just happened to look again because your post today. From what I could tell, you must have been a Zeta, like me. If I'm not mistaken, I seen a ZTA coat of arms on the collage of pictures at the stairs. :)

Mrs.S said...

I love this remodel. I have seen it before on the blog. But, I just happened to look again because your post today. From what I could tell, you must have been a Zeta, like me. If I'm not mistaken, I seen a ZTA coat of arms on the collage of pictures at the stairs. :)

Mrs.S said...

I love this remodel. I have seen it before on the blog. But, I just happened to look again because your post today. From what I could tell, you must have been a Zeta, like me. If I'm not mistaken, I seen a ZTA coat of arms on the collage of pictures at the stairs. :)

Mrs.S said...

I love this remodel. I have seen it before on the blog. But, I just happened to look again because your post today. From what I could tell, you must have been a Zeta, like me. If I'm not mistaken, I seen a ZTA coat of arms in the collage of pictures at the stairs. :)

Inspire Me Heather said...

Ok, I must say "wow!". As each picture scrolled down my computer my draw was dropping more and more and more. You've done a beautiful job there in your basement, that's gorgeous! I have this linked to my basement makeovers roundup post too, of course!

Kiss Me Kate said...

Wow! This is my dream basement!! Thank you for sharing and I can't wait to read your blogs!

Kiss Me Kate said...

Amazing! I LOVE your basement! I can't wait to read your blogs!

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