Saturday, September 1, 2012

Epic Room Makeover Submission: A Very Sad Basement

This post is an entry to Vintage Revival's "Epic Room Makeover Giveaway," so please be forewarned. However, this post also has some fabulously creepy/scary pictures of my basement, so please read on if you would like to be entertained.  :)  Up until this point, I have never shown you pictures of my basement (and you'll see why in a minute).

Mandi's blog, Vintage Revivals, is something that I've been following for a while.  She has sooo many absolutely amazing and original projects--it blows my mind!  Her sense of style is very bright and funky, AND she's a thrifting queen (a girl after my own heart!).  

I'm submitting my basement room for her makeover because it is in desperate need of some sweet lovin'!  We moved into our house about 2 years ago, and the basement has been left untouched since then.  The previous owners actually had their bedroom down here, and I don't know how they did it--it's so dark!  

The basement has several...umm...unique qualities.  

First up, we can totally tell where the previous owners placed their bed...because they never painted behind it!  

Next up is this lovely gas meter.  Nowadays they put them outside the house, but ours is snuggled safely inside the basement :)  Now, the "industrial" look has a time and a place...but this is definitely not it!  Mandi--I need your help making it look pretty!

However, that stuff above is peanuts compared to the next basement highlight.  See that picture hanging on the wall?

Ta da!  10 bonus points to whoever can guess what that is...

If you guessed a "bullet trap," then you would be correct!  Believe it or not, this was NOT the selling point of the house.  In fact, we didn't even know that it was there when we bought it, so you can probably imagine our surprise when we found it after we moved in!  Apparently one of the original owners of the house was a gunsmith and had it installed.  We've never used it...yours truly does not handle guns for a good reason--I would trip over a piece of paper on the ground, so touching a gun would almost certainly not bode well for me!  

Mandi--if you can glamorize a bullet trap, then you will officially go down in history as the awesome-est most talented person EVER!  

The other side of the basement room features a large cabinet/work space, which would allow us to store a lot of stuff, but it's just not very pretty.  Something that big in a dark basement should not be painted flat black!  

Several of the walls feature uneven concrete too.  I just thought that I'd point out the icing on top of the cake :)

Aside from the basement's hideous-ness, some GOOD qualities about choosing me and my basement are that I've scored some absolutely amazing mid century furniture furniture over the past year at thrift stores/garage sales, so if you came here, you'd have some pretty cool stuff to work with.  Also, upstate New York is absolutely gorgeous in the fall, so you really can't go wrong.

I am no stranger to DIY projects and hard work, but this room really stumps me!  I would LOVE to get the chance to work with you and hear all of your fantastic ideas.  It would be the ultimate source of inspiration :)


  1. Sara! How exactly did you figure out what it was!? Thank you SO much for entering and good luck!!

    love your guts

  2. a bullet trap? very interesting, if I wasnt trying to win the makeover myself, Id vote for you! :) good luck!

  3. I`m voting for you! This will be interesting.. :)

  4. I must vote for this interesting project....