One Room Challenge, Week 1: Our Mutli-purpose Room

Thursday, October 8, 2015

We are in the process of finishing the final, untouched space of our basement.  Last year we finished part 1 which included finishing the guest room, living room, and bathroom.  We are lucky enough to have this bonus room which will serve as a multi-purpose space.  My husband jokes this will be his "man cave," but my vision is to turn this into something for everyone.  A place for our kids to hang out, play video games, and have sleepovers in.  We also have a giant treadmill I would like to fit in the space, and hope to make it a place that I actually can get inspired to go work out!

Since I am finishing the space anyways, I am jumping on this One Room Challenge band wagon.  It will motivate me to stay on task and finish this project within a reasonable time frame.  There are twenty bloggers that are sponsored to finish their space, and everyone else (that's me) links up their projects so people can see your room from start to finish.  The challenge is, you have six weeks to design a space, start to finish.   Every Thursday, I will be updating pictures progress of the space. It's so fun to follow along and see the crazy talent!   So without further ado, here are some "before's" of our space:

If you want to get your sheetrocking done fast, just invite some friends over and promise them food.
We knocked out our space in just a few hours!  Clearly I am working WAY too hard...

While we were waiting for the mudder to show up, my son and I finished laying the flooring

As you can see, the staircase still needs to get finished.  I may be overambitious in thinking I can get this done in this time frame as well, but quite honestly, I am tired of stuff being everywhere, so that is my goal.. we shall see.  

The overall vision for this room:
I have thought long and hard on this space.  My plan is to use what we have.  We don't have the budget to go crazy in this space.  We have a old sectional that is not my first color choice, but I am using it anyway because it is practical and it fits the space.  I will spruce it up with new pillows.  
I want the room to be very cozy, so there will be a combination of DARK walls on the top half, with a contrasting light bottom wall.  The sofa is dark, so I don't want it to blend in with the room. Textures and different shades of wood will be incorporated both on the walls and the furniture pieces. The carpet will also have a slight pattern to it, and we are keeping that relatively light as well.  The color choices will be bold and dramatic with pops of fun color. 

Week 1 Plan:
Install Trim and Chair Rail
Carpet gets installed
Start staining stair treads

Wish me luck.. 


  1. Wow! I really love the barn door & the artwork behind it! When we finish our basement, I'm totally taking your advice & offering food for sheet rock labor. That's awesome that you got it done so quickly! Good luck finishing your space. Can't wait to see the reveal!

  2. It's looking great already and I love that you had friends over to help fun! Excited to follow along:)

  3. Wow, that was some fast drywalling! You go girl! So happy you joined in the fun! Looking forward to the end result!

  4. You have some really nice friends! I like the tone of the wood flooring! I've also jointed in on the ORC. Good Luck. Hollie

    1. Awesome Hollie! Where can I follow you for the One Room Challenge?

  5. This all looks incredible and what is that behind the barn door - a bathroom?? Awesome space for your family!

    1. Thanks Lisa! Yes, the barn door goes into the bathroom. It is my favorite part of the basement so far!


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