The Basement Apartment Living Room

The basement/apartment needed a place for rest, for reading, for watching TV and anything in between. Nothing is big so I needed to create all this in approximately a 6’ x 8’ space

I knew I wanted an entertainment cabinet. The wall it would be on was a very specific size. I kept my eyes peeled at the Interfaith Thrift store and one day landed on the perfect piece. It was UGLY but changing ugly is my specialty.

I removed the top drawer and framed it in. This made a space so that design wise it could be a little different. Add a basket, stack books, whatever. The space was also going to mimic the rest of of our home. Lots of white, black and wood. I wanted to call it “farmhouse cottage.” You’ll see where the cottage comes in tomorrow.

Painted black


I added some very discreet handles I found in the hoard and it’s done

With the discount from the Interfaith Thrift store, I think I paid $15 and the rest of the stuff I already had.

The next step was seating. This was the hardest part by far.

I really wanted a couch.

I REALLY wanted a sleeper couch so that more than one guest could sleep if necessary.

I searched for a loveseat

I searched for a futon

I searched for an extended chair that pulled out

It was ridiculous how much I searched. Everything was just too dang big.

So I stopped stopped searching and one day, as I perused Pier One I sat down to rest my feet.

I sat in the most glorious, comfortable, velvet, perfect color gray chair and I knew immediately it was THE chair.

But because I can’t just buy it because it’s perfect….. I had to go home, shop the web and make sure I was getting the best deal, fret over wondering if it was the perfect purchase and then wonder if I waited too long and it would be gone.

I finally bought it and it was a great choice!

Now it needed a foot stool.

I had already purchased fabric for another project. More on that later too! I had a footstool hanging out in the hoard and I asked Mom if she would be willing to cover it for me. I wish I had a before picture but I don’t.

I added a fluffy rug.

I painted the cutest outdoor metal table which was originally teal and made it into a side table for the already perfect chair.

Some plants and a pillow were added.

The TV is on a swivel and extendable mount so that it can viewed from anywhere in the space.

The AC is currently having a cover made for it and hopefully it will be done this week.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. The living room in the basement apartment is cozy, practical and perfect in my opinion.

Tomorrow is the kitchen!

About Charmadawn

Jesus lover 💜 Wife of Steve for 36 years 💜 Mom to 2 grown kiddos 💜 BB to grandsons Jack, Luke and Patrick Joseph 💜5 years ago we purchased, Rescued and Restored a 118 year old farmhouse and we live together as a multigenerational household. Come follow our crazy. Isaiah 54:7
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