The "Basement Boxes to Movie Hangout" Makeover

The "Basement Boxes to Movie Hangout" Makeover

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Janel Laban
Mar 9, 2015

Project by: Gretchen
Location: Roswell, GA

The goal for this room was to create a fun and super functional space for big kids (and sometimes grown-ups) to hang out in and to do it without spending much money.

t's not a full scale finished basement (there's no heating or cooling, for example (though it stays pretty comfortable year round) and the ceiling is still sporting its "industrial" look, but it is a great place to watch movies and play games and to send the kids when they have friends over and things get a bit crazy upstairs. It also doubles as a much needed guest room, thanks to the futon.

Nearly everything in the room is a DIY project: we painted the floors, put up the plank wall, made the projector screen, and built the table and shelves. The movie posters are original lobby posters from my movie theater-working days in college; I've been hauling them from house to house ever since, hoping someday to have a movie room to put them in.

The game table is probably my favorite project. We modified a plan from Popular Mechanics website and built it out of a single sheet of birch plywood. We paired it with some old shell chairs that I picked up cheap on Craigslisted and painted with black paint mixed with fabric medium.

Read more about the makeover on Gretchen's blog: Boxy Colonial

Thanks, Gretchen!

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