Basement Craft Room Makeover

February 8, 2017 | by Jocie (email) |

Thank you for following along on this easy and stunning before and after basement craft room makeover, which was originally shared in September 2015. We hope you feel inspired and stick around to get to know us a little better here at One Project Closer!

We’ve lived in our new-to-us home for almost a year – hard to believe its gone that fast! In that time, this may be my favorite makeover yet – transforming a bland, spare basement dungeon into a beautiful and bold craft room. Here is how my basement craft room makeover started…


Not very exciting, huh? Yet more of the Builder Beige that consumes my house (not putting that down, I just like gray or off white instead as a nuetral). But I think one of the reasons this craft room makeover is my favorite is because it is all mine! While I am the prominent influence over the decor in our house, I try to take everyone else’s preference and the desired mood for each room into account. I rarely choose bold and bright colors for main living areas because we want a calm place to spend time as a family. But not this room. Give me BOLD. Give me COLOR. Give me AWESOME!

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Also, this was a pretty inexpensive makeover, in all. I already owned the IKEA desk and chair, but that wasn’t very expensive. I made these DIY watercolor paintings which were SO EASY, and used my Silhouette Machine to make the black triangles, scissors, “be awesome,” and the keyboard ampersand art with adhesive vinyl that Expressions Vinyl sent me. And I topped it all off with my new light from Color Cord which they sent me to help promote past giveaways.

I should also mention, one of the challenges in this room (in addition to the lack of windows and presence of fluorescent lights) was this weird box on the right that provides access to the water main. So for obvious reasons, I couldn’t close it off or cover it. So “be awesome” was my attempt to make it look more like decor and less like access for axe murderers.

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Oh and I’m in love with this paint from Behr (Aqua Wish) – bright without being neon, and just the right blend of blue and green!

I’ve shared this pic before, but I was digging these flowers Ethan gave me for my birthday last month and doodled a quick “One Project Closer” with Sharpie for the photo shoot.

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For reference, here is the breakdown of what we spent on the desk from Ikea:

  • 2 Vika Amon Table tops – $15.99 each
  • 3 Table Legs – $3.50 each
  • 2 Vika Alex Drawer Unit – $79 each
  • 1 Vika Annefors Table Leg Storage – $45
  • 1 Barometer Work Lamp – $29.99
  • 1 Torbjorn Swivel Chair – $49.99

What do you think? What is your favorite room? What are your tips for a basement craft room makeover??

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21 Responses
  1. Vanessa says:

    I love EVERYTHING about this!!! The color, the lamp, your artwork. So pretty!

  2. Jenna says:

    Just beautiful!! The colors are perfection!!

  3. Oh my gosh Jocie, what a difference! You have one fabulous eye for design girl. Loving the bright, happy colors for a basement space too. Pinned to my Craft Room Board.

  4. Gwen says:

    Jocie!!!! It’s amazing!!! The color is fabulous and the black and white triangles are so fun! I love every little detail.

  5. What a fabulously creative work space … why, oh why don’t have basements in FL?! (Well, water table and all that jazz, but whatev.) I love the bright color and the fun accents! Who wouldn’t be inspired to create here?

  6. Carmia says:

    This is a beautiful room! My favourite thing is the triangles on the wall 🙂

  7. Jenna says:

    I love the creativity you’ve put into your craft room and the colors are gorgeous! Triangles are becoming my new favorite thing! I’d love if you would come link up at our Best of the Weekend link party which goes live every Friday night at 8pm! We’d love to party with you! Pinning this pretty room 🙂

  8. Mary says:

    Very pretty! I’m sure you were glad for that corner of your own before but making that corner so adorable now…. who wouldn’t find inspiration!

  9. Tayva says:

    I’m doing this to my room

  10. Madeline says:

    do you remember the specific name of this desk from ikea?

  11. Shira says:

    Found this on pintrest so adorable! May i ask where you got the desk its exactly what i want for my room!

  12. monica says:

    Love this set up. Are both desk top the same size? Do you know the length of these table tops. It will be greatly appreciated.

  13. Dani says:

    What color is the paint? I really love the color and I’m going to paint my room.

  14. Such a beautiful space. We see lots of creativity being cranked out of here!

  15. April Ferreira says:

    This inspired me so much! We have the aqua wish and pure white on the walls now. I’m already in love. Can you tell me how big your triangles are? My guess based on the mug is 2” x 2”. Thank you!!

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