One Room Challenge Week 6 // Basement Reveal

If anyone ever tells you that it’s a good idea to tackle a big project while on maternity leave, don’t believe them, or at least be very skeptical. I decided long before the baby came that I was going to attempt to update my basement as part of this round of the One Room Challenge. I told myself I was going to try and tackle this huge project and if things got too tough with the baby (born less than a month before the start of this project) I would shelf it until I could come up for air. Of course I knew that once I started there was no way I shelf a project making a giant mess of a third of our home and seeping into other areas. Fortunately I have a great baby and a husband, while not the most gung-ho on house projects, is happy to keep the baby occupied for a chunks of time in between feeding chunks during the day. Like my other One Room Challenges, the garage, my mom’s kitchen, our sunroom, it got done and everyone survived and now we have a wonderful space for our family to use.

You can see the entire 6 week journey - week 1, I shared the before photos and my design plan Week 2, I shared how I removed the drop ceiling. Week 3, I reveal the painted fireplace and DIY skateboard art. For week 4 I shared my DIY side table and week 5 I revealed the kid area of the space.

My budget was slim for this project. All in all it put me out a little north of $1000, spent about a third of the budget on the large rug in the family zone, about a third on paint and replacing the can lights and a third on the few new pieces of furniture I purchased, the Ikea Billy cabinet to house my styling props and the cute little side table from Urban Outfitters. Everything I shopped from the rest of my house, made and that fab coffee table I scored on Facebook Marketplace for $60!!

Considering the circumstances of the timing, (hello newborn), and budget, I am so so so happy with how this space turned out! Compared to the before, it feels like a calm sanctuary and a place I actually want to spend time. A BIG thank you yo Amy Carroll Photography for capturing this space and our family in it.

Relaxed California-inspired Basement Update

BEFORE


Basement Before
Relaxed California-inspired Basement Update
Relaxed California-inspired Basement Update
Relaxed California-inspired Basement Update

WHAT WE DID

  • remove drop ceiling

  • paint raw ceiling

  • remove wallpaper

  • paint walls

  • paint fireplace

  • create kid zone

  • storage solution for toys

  • storage solution for styling props

Relaxed California-inspired Basement Update

Check out my DIY tutorial for this wheat sun.

Relaxed California-inspired Basement Update
Relaxed California-inspired Basement Update

BEFORE


Basement+Before (1).jpeg
Relaxed California-inspired Basement Update
Relaxed California-inspired Basement Update
Relaxed California-inspired Basement Update
kid area.jpg

family space: Article / rug: RugsUSA / coffee table: vintage (similar) / side table: DIY inspired by this Urban Outfitters table / woven chair: World Market (similar) / peace flag: Kawaiian Lion

kid zone - play table: All Modern / wood and fabric bins: Target / white boxes: Ikea / rug: similar at Coco Carpets


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Thank you to the One Room Challenge and Better Homes and Gardens for another great event! Check out all the other finished rooms here.

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One Room Challenge Week 5 // Minimal Toy Storage

We are rounding third and headed for home here on our One Room Challenge basement upgrade. See where I’ve come from on week 1, week 2 I shared how I removed the drop ceiling, week 3 I reveal the painted fireplace and DIY skateboard art and week 4 I shared my DIY side table. I set out to transform our 80’s finished basement into a functional family rec room, complete with lots of toy storage. The space is a big open room, and I wanted it to be two defined spaces, a kid zone and a family space, without adding an actual divider. Today I am sharing my storage solutions for the kid space.

I used to have all my styling items on this shelf under the stairs, but decided to move all my stuff to a new cabinet on the other side of the room and to fill these shelves with toy storage. I used Ikea Kuggis large and small boxes, as well as large and small versions of these wood and fabric bins from Target. I love this situation for several reasons, first that when I walk down the stairs any toy mess that is left out is out of my line of sight. I also think the under the stair area has a tiny bit of a fort feel, so I thought the kids would be into that. Finally, I was able to fit lots of inclosed storage boxes, so toys are organized and hidden.

Brilliant Minimal Toy Storage

Since I tucked all the toys away into these inclosed storage boxes, I knew I needed to label each box so when my four year old is looking for a specific car, I have a better chance of finding it. However said four year old can’t read. So I came up with a genius solution that is functional, but also looks cute. I took an Instax photo of the items in each box, and added an old school label to the photos to identify what is in each box.

Brilliant Toy Storage

Oliver requested a rainbow on the wall. Of course I wasn’t keen on disrupting my all white wall vibes, but I also wanted to honor my son’s rare request. I painted a rainbow under the stairs using the color palette from my skateboard art project, Sherwin Williams, Bayview Coral, Comfort Gray, Shimmery Pink, Trellis Yellow, Falkland Blue

Brilliant Toy Storage
Brilliant Toy Storage

I found a cute coatrack to hang behind the door and house all the dress clothes.

Brilliant Toy Storage

Don’t forget to follow along with the other participants as we head into the big reveal.


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One Room Challenge Week 4 // DIY Plywood Side Table

It’s week 4 of the One Room Challenge and I am STILL painting! I have painted just about everyday since the start of this journey to upgrade my basement. The good news is the end is in sight, don’t want to jinx it, but tomorrow may be my last session with the paint brush! See where I’ve come from on week 1, week 2 and week 3.

A little more about the One Room Challenge, it’s a 6 week challenge where dozens of bloggers, including 20 featured bloggers, renovate a room and document their process on their blog and social media. The event happens twice a year, has grown to be quite a “thing, “ and is sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens. Check out all the other talented designer’s progress here.

Back to my project - The major painting is wrapped up, I am starting to put the room back together. This week I cleaned the carpet, assembled the Ikea cabinet I purchased and started installing the furniture. For this make-over I am trying to stick to a tight budget. I have shopped Facebook Marketplace, shopped my own home and I even made a table! I was inspired by this table from Urban Outfitters and had some plywood and all the supplies except the polyurethane on hand, so I went for it. And I am so happy with how it turned out!

DIY plywood side table

SUPPLIES -

Here are the plans and dimensions I used. If you’d like to make bigger or smaller, you can adjust accordingly. Please note that the drawing is not to scale.

DIY Plywood Side Table Tutorial
  1. Trace a round object the size of your desired table top onto your plywood. I used a serving tray. You could use a pizza pan or a large serving bowl.

DIY plywood side table

2. Use the jigsaw to cut out the table top.

DIY plywood side table

3. Use the framing square to draw out the table base on your plywood. Cut the outer edges with a circular or table saw.

DIY plywood side table

4. Use the jigsaw to cut the notches. You will need to drill a hole to start the cut with the jigsaw for the cuts that are not along an outer edge.

DIY plywood side table

5. Use the electric sander to round out the edges of the circle and smooth the edges of the base. Once cut, assemble table to be sure pieces fit together before sanding. I had to shave off some places to fit together.

DIY plywood side table

6. Use a fine grit sanding block to smooth surfaces.

7. Use a paintbrush to coat with polyurethane. Wait until completely dry, give a quick fine grit sanding and apply another coat.

DIY plywood side table

8. Assemble table, put base together and set round top into base!

What is still left to do -

  • finish decorating

  • organize toys

  • special project for Oliver


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One Room Challenge Week 3 // Fireplace Makeover + DIY Art

We are to the half way point of the One Room Challenge. If you are unfamiliar, myself, along with dozens of other bloggers are renovating a room in 6 weeks and documenting it as we go. You can see my fellow one room challenge participants here.

I am tackling my basement. My goal is to give it a budget friendly, California cool update. You can see where I started and my plans on my Week 1 post and read how I removed the drop ceiling on Week 2. Since last week I painstakingly painted the entire open ceiling. One coat with a roller and one with a paint sprayer. I highly recommend a paint sprayer if you want to tackle a similar project. I use the Wagner 350 HVLP.

I also painted the walls and the fireplace, all Behr Polar Bear . To deck out the freshly painted fireplace I enlisted the help of my kiddo to create some original art on, pun intended, skateboard decks. I did a similar project last summer and I loved how it turned out so much that I decided to riff of it.

Kid-Friendly DIY Color Block Art

BEFORE


Fireplace Before
DIY Color Block Art
  1. Have your kiddo draw shapes and lines on your canvas (or skateboard).

Kid-Friendly DIY Color Block Art
Kid-Friendly DIY Color Block Art

2. He picked the color and placement and I painted the outlne of the shape, then Oliver filled in the inside.

Kid-Friendly DIY Color Block Art
Kid-Friendly DIY Color Block Art

I just love how it turned out. I should note that I chose the color palette, as to be sure I will love the combos and how it looks in the room.

Kid-Friendly DIY Color Block Art

Now that the major painting is over, I feel like I can breathe for a second.Though there is still plenty to do.

What’s left to do:

  • finish cleaning

  • assemble Ikea storage cabinet

  • paint built in shelf

  • organize toys and styling items

  • hang tv

  • hang art

  • style


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One Room Challenge Week 2 // Removing The Drop Ceiling

I wish I had more pretty to show you this week, but the basement is a construction zone. Thankfully we are on the other side of demolition mountain. In case you missed week 1, I am participating in my forth One Room Challenge. I am tackling my basement, which started as a big, empty box and I am upgrading to a modern, relaxed family space. You can see my plans here. And please follow along in real time on Instagram. Because this is an awesome community event, check out all the other room transformations here.

I quickly discovered that there are some realities of trying to tackle a big DIY project as a new mom. Mainly I am attached to my baby, can’t really find a flow. I feed Monroe, set up, start painting or working and time seems to move ridiculously fast, and before I know it I have to change my clothes and feed the baby again. Normally I would put in several hours, a couple days a week while Ollie is at school, then go hard for a couple hours after bedtime and also on the weekend. But in this current season, I have been waking up early and putting in an hour while everyone is sleeping, possibly squeeze in an hour or two during a day, but way too tired to continue post bedtime. Things are moving along, just very slowly, and since my time is so limited I don’t feel like I’m able to take a day off.

How To Remove A Basement Drop Ceiling

Now that all my excuses are out of the way, he’s what I have tackled so far. I tore down the drop ceiling tiles, the insulation and the drop ceiling frame and have started painting. Since I didn’t find much info on how to remove the drop ceiling tiles and paint, it was a little bit of trial and error. The first few tiles I removed were a little trickier, but sever were removed it was much easier and smoother to remove the tiles without breaking them in to a million little pieces. Speaking of breaking into a million little pieces, I wore a mask because I didn’t know the exact content of my tiles.

Once the actual tiles were out, I moved on to removing the insulation. I should note that if I had more help, I would advise to removing the drop ceiling frame next, but the recessed lighting was being held up by ceiling tiles, so I had leave them in place until my brother could come help me out with the electrical business. If I knew exactly what I was doing I would have removed the tiles, then swap out the lights, then remove the frame, next the insulation, and finally begin painting.




In my situation, I removed the ceiling tiles, then tackled the insulation next. I did a little research on removing fiberglass insulation. There were differing opinions on the dangers, and some recommended spraying exposed fiberglass with hairspray before pulling down. I did not end up doing that, but I did wear a mask, gloves and change my clothes right after working. I carefully pulled down each piece and put it directly into a garbage bag.

How To Remove  A Basement Drop Ceiling

Next my brother helped me replace the old recessed lighting with new can LED can lights. I used the combo of LED and can below.

basement recessed lighting
recessed lighting

My brother also helped me tear down the drop ceiling frame. I have no tips on this, this was a straight up demo, ripping metal down from the ceiling. Then I had to pry the wall pieces off the wall which were attached with finishing nails. Once all the trash was cleared out, I was finally ready to start painting.

So far I have a coat primer on the ceiling. I started using my paint sprayer, which really came in handy for my sunroom makeover, but it wasn’t getting the job done. It’s heavy and clunky and was not giving me the output I wanted. So I grabbed a roller and brush. I plan to use the sprayer on the areas with pipes and wires, but the roller and brush seemed to be more effective and efficient for the moment. I am painting the ceiling and walls with Polar Bear by Behr.

What is still left to do?

  • paint walls

  • second coat on the ceiling

  • paint the fireplace

  • remove the floor covering and clean the carpet

  • create art

  • assemble Ikea furniture

  • paint built in shelving

  • organize toys

  • decorate

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One Room Challenge Week 1 // Basement Plans

It’s One Room Challenge season again! This will be my third consecutive go round and forth total overhaul. Last fall I tackled my mom’s kitchen, this past spring I did our sunroom and at our old house I made over our garage. If you are not familiar with the One Room Challenge it’s an online challenge started by blogger Calling It Home and sponsored by Better Homes And Gardens, where 20 featured bloggers and dozens of others complete a room makeover in 6 weeks and document their progress on their blog and/or social. See all the other rooms here.

This time around I will be tackling my basement. It was previously a big open box with beige textured wallpaper and a drop ceiling. I choose this room because I have a four week old baby, and I thought it would be a relatively “easy” project to tackle. I haven’t even fully completed demo yet, and I’m already feeling like I bit off more than I can chew. But I will press on.

My plan is to transform the 80’s basement/storage dump into an Australian meets California casual hang zone. There will be a family space and a kid zone complete with toy storage.


THE INSPIRATION



BEFORE

Basement Before
Basement Before
Basement Before

TO DO LIST

  • remove drop ceiling

  • paint raw ceiling

  • remove wallpaper

  • paint walls

  • paint fireplace

  • create kid zone

  • storage solution for toys

  • storage solution for styling props


DESIGN PLAN


Lauren Koster Creative One Room Challenge Basement Plans

family space: Article / rug: RugsUSA / coffee table: Eclectic Goods / side table: Urban Outfitters / bean bag chair: Joss & Main / peace flag: Kawaiian Lion

kid zone - play table: All Modern / wood and fabric: Target / white boxes: Ikea / terazzo floor pillow: Target / rug: Coco Carpets


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Modern Office Organization

The last time my office got an official “overhaul” was back in 2014, you can see the throwback here. When the trends were still very bright and cheery and my aesthetic gravitated toward Oh Joy, rather than minimal and clean. These days I’m loving white, bright and light wood tones (as evident by the rest of the house). Still with some subtle pops of color.

I have A LOT of crap to hide, so as much as I want to actually be minimal, I need storage and organization. I am planning to tackle our basement level soon, but a complete office overhaul isn’t in the cards at the moment. I will slowly start to update and improve storage solutions in my office, maybe get it up to an instagramable level soon. Below are is my inspiration and clean picks for storage and organization.


Modern Desk Accessories

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Nursery Tour with Beachy Vibes

I am really excited to be sharing baby #2’s nursery with you today!! I love the way it turned out. There are some similarities to Ollie’s nursery (we kept the crib, the chair and some decor), but this little guy’s vibes seem a little more sophisticated and have a lot more neutral vibes. The room is loosely surf themed, but more than that, the calming colors of a beautiful sunset. I choose light wood tones and subdued saffron in combination with denim blues.

This room does not have overhead lighting, so I added two paper lanterns that are able to turn on with a switch, thank the lord. I honestly may have passed this house up if we couldn’t work lights on a switch. It’s my biggest pet peeve. I digress. We kept the DIY daybed I made back when we were calling this a playroom. It will work great for feeding sessions, but will also make this room double as a guest room for a while longer.

I made the wall tapestry that hangs above the crib out of a drop cloth, leather swatches and thrifted jeans. I just love how it looks in combination with this Gunn and Swain blanket.

Surf Inspired Nursery
Surf Inspired Nursery
Surf Inspired Nursery
Surf Inspired Nursery

The rocking chair is the very first thing I bought for Oliver’s nursery. I recovered it aqua fabric for his New York-themed room.

Surf Inspired Nursery
Surf Inspired Nursery

crib: Babyletto / crib sheets: Mebie Baby / dresser: wayfair / rug: RugsUSA / mobile: Urban Outfitters / sun art: society 6 / rainbow art: Rylee & Cru / DIY platform bed: tutorial via A House in The Hills / mattress: autonomous / “you are magic” print: Rylee & Cru / wooden rainbow: Etsy / rust mudcloth pillow / white mudcloth pillow / blue pillow 1: Pepper Home / blue pillow 2: Pepper Home


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