Basement Reno Inspiration

I have big plans for this extra space of ours. I want to mix textures and give it a bit of a rustic feel, while staying classy and chic. I'm also pretty sure that I will want to live down there when we're done. Unfortunately, right now it just looks like this:

We've been framing whenever we get the chance, which is basically whenever Dustin has a day off and we feel like doing it. Thanks to YouTube and other reading material, we managed to get this part of it complete. I've been pulling inspiration for colours, floors, walls, and more in hopes of the outcome being something like these wonderful spaces:

My basic wants:
Painted concrete floors
A wood pallet feature wall
Painted white ceilings
Sliding door
A claw foot tub
Doing it all affordably

I'm sure I'll add to this list as we go along. Have you ever tackled a complete basement reno?

photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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  1. I can't wait to see the outcome of this! Looks like it is going to be amazing from the features that you want.
    Almost Endearing

  2. Hot damn! You've done a lot of work! I've never tackled a basement reno myself, but my fiance's parents are in the middle of theirs, and just, wow. It's a lot of work!

    Looking forward to seeing the final product! Especially with all that lovely inspiration. xx

  3. I love claw foot tubs! They're so elegant, I hope I can have one in my future house :) I'm definitely not a DIY kind of person though!

    La Vie Quotidienne

  4. Great vision for the space! Good luck on getting it where you want it!
    The Introverted Brunette

  5. I'm sure it's going to look awesome!

  6. I love love love painted concrete floors. It'll be so exciting to see it all come together!

    Gotta say though, the tv is perfect where it is. I hope you don't plan on moving it.

    - Trina, This Ginger

    1. hahaha, it's so old it probably will stay right there! hidden away in a closet!

  7. All of those ideas are awesome! I hope everything goes smoothly can't wait to see how it turns out!

  8. Looks like such a fun project but a lot of hard work I would imagine. Good luck with it, can't wait to see how it turns out :)

  9. We don't even have basements in Florida... The one thing I want when I get out of college and move into a real home is a claw foot tub, though :D
    xo Heather

  10. wow that looks like its going to be so much fun! can't wait until I have my own house so I do stuff like this

    ♥ Anusha

  11. I love the ideas you have, especially the wood palette wall and painted white ceilings. When I get my own house, I definitely want lots of white and brick walls!


  12. Your inspirations are lovely !! Just can't wait to see the inspirations !!

    Much Love
    The Heiress Blog

  13. Oops we meant transformation at the end !

  14. Ohhhh I LOVE those hanging lights over the table! - fab-u-lous!

  15. this is so great, love the blue bathroom with that pretty tub!!
    adore your darling blog, now following! xo chaseandem.blogspot.com

  16. i want to live in a place like that *-* can't wait to see more :)
    xx Zoe

  17. I love all your ideas, especially the white ceiling. Basements can be so dark and dingy but I imagine yours will be bright and beautiful!

    Olive & Ivy

  18. We've almost finished our entire house. My husband used to be a cabinet maker though so he has that skill. I remember one might pulling staples from the floor at 3am because we were getting a sander for the floor the next day and thinking 'what the hell are we doing!?" It looks fantastic now though. ;)

    Bettina @ www.littleoldsouls.com

  19. I love the sofa I spotted in the first picture! i also like the sliding door :)

  20. We just completed all the finishing touches on our basement -- baseboards and casings -- and now it's time to decorate! Have fun with your renovation :)

  21. Hi Dana,

    You have done a great job with the framing in and the insulation, my hubby is a drywaller, framer, boarder etc and i showed him youre picture of what youve achieve so far, he said great job! isnt the internet amazing. We did a complete renovation of a listed building when we lived in the UK and had an original claw foot tub, it was so wonderful to lounge in after a long day. I personally like the concrete floors when they have been polished and sealed rather than painted, less scruff and scratch marks, you have a great style and i loved the photos you shared. Good luck with the rest of the reno vations, were in the middle of our suite renovation too and will eventually move down there. Having the right tools and some skills is half the battle.

    Kae @ englishrose2.blogspot.com

  22. so cool that you guys are doing it yourselves and together. I LOVE those rustic sliding doors! I can't wait to see the end result.

  23. In Australia we don't really have basements... but all your ideas look so nice.
    xo Emily @ Hungry Delights

  24. Those pictures are absolutely beautiful and very inspiring



    Anastasia // Fashion Ramble

  25. I just found your blog among thousands of others and gotta say, that this one had totally caught my glance.
    I instantly fell in love with it so welcome your new reader - me :)
    Seriously, your blog seems filled up with inspiration.



  26. I look forward to seeing your end product! Your inspiration is very...inspiring. I think it's any girls dream project to create the perfect space.

    Lindsey. x

  27. Dana,
    I've never done my own renovation, but I went to school for interior design and I currently work at a store as their designer selling products for interior renovations! You mentioned wanted 'painted concrete floors'....you're definitely going to want to stain those concrete floors as appose to painting them. It will much MUCH easier to maintain. You also can think about keeping the raw color and just sealing it in some way...that will look even MORE rustic! :)

  28. All of them pictures look amazing! :) xxx


  29. When looking for my next apartment, a claw foot bathtub is a MUST for me!




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