Before & After: Basement Turned Light-Filled Art Studio

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This basement makeover, submitted to us by Re-Nest reader Sarah of cafe + dish, shows just how transformative a few coats of white paint can be. As she writes: "Living in Boston, space is at a premium. The studio is in a "garden-level" part of the basement, so I used lots of white paint to brighten the space. What once was a very dark and dingy corner of a basement is now one of my favorite spaces..."

"The renovation took about a week combined to complete. I had to spend a few days cleaning and prepping the space first (we have a 100-year old condo and the basement shows its age). Then my (carpenter) father traveled 900 miles and built the wall, installed the door, and installed the electrical outlets in 2 days. I spent several days after that painting, painting, and painting the space bright white to reflect the natural sunlight.

I would encourage people interested in carving out a creative space to think beyond the obvious. When space is at a premium, consider attic spaces, walk-in closets, corners of dining rooms, or dead-end hallways. Don't wait for perfection, but embrace what you have!"

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Thanks, Sarah!