I am finally sharing our open concept basement makeover with white ceiling and vinyl floor planks! The goal was to make the basement not seem like a basement and feel like the rest of the house. Living with three generations under one roof requires a lot of storage so we decided to create multiple closed storage areas in the basement.
Basement Makeover Before and After
We started this project right before Christmas last year and then Covid-19 hit which put a halt to everything. Jim did an amazing job converting this basement into a masterpiece with a coastal vibe.
Be sure to check out the first post before Christmas where I share how Jim and I decided to create this fun space!
Wood Plank Basement Ceiling
We installed Armstrong Ceilings WOODHAVEN Planks in a white textured woven finish. The white woven planks are not only gorgeous but so easy to install and helped create the open concept clean look we were going after. If you are trying to create an open concept basement that feels like the rest of your home and not like a basement, I highly recommend these white WOODHAVEN Planks.
Basement Makeover with White Ceiling and Vinyl Floor Planks
The ceiling planks come in a variety of colors and add amazing architectural detail to the space. Don’t miss our ceiling plank install post for more information and pictures.
Basement Accent Wall Ideas – White Planks
Here is a before picture:
Many times people will ask, how can I make my basement look better? One way is to add an accent wall. Regardless of whether or not you are partially finishing your basement or completely finishing the entire space, an accent wall will do wonders for your basement.
We wanted to create a TV and Xbox space in the finished basement so added the Armstrong Ceilings WOODHAVEN Planks and clips to create an accent wall. I cannot even begin to tell you how much character this easy DIY project adds to the finished basement. We used the WOODHAVEN Painted White 5″ x 84″ planks for our accent wall. These particular planks are paintable so if white isn’t your thing, then painting them is an option.
Basement Door Ideas – White Barn Sliding Doors
You guys, these barn sliding doors from Horner Millwork are insanely amazing! We have installed a lot of barn doors over the years and these are by far, my favorite. They are not your traditional rustic X-style barn doors. We picked the Masonite Livingston Smooth Collection which are elegant and the black sliding door barn hardware that comes with the doors coordinated perfectly lending to a modern look with a hint of rustic style.
This is the wall before :
In order to create closed storage, we partitioned off the unfinished part of the basement we call my “blog studio.” My dad calls it the junk side of the basement but I would hardly call my Homegoods, Wayfair and various other home decor finds ….Junk!
Here is another shot of the Masonite Livingston Interior door with black hardware. You will notice that we went with the same interior doors throughout the basement. Some on sliding hardware and the others mounted with hinges.
I will share another post showing the new storage areas behind all the Livingston Interior doors.
Funny story about this pantry below. When Covid-19 hit, Jim had an idea to turn this small area at the bottom of the basement stairs into a closet. Well we ended up creating a pantry and added two double swing Livingston pantry doors. My dad took over the pantry and filled with canned spam, beans and what he called “war-pantry food” for a stay at home bunker. My grandfather loved spam and would have been proud that our bunker was filled with spam. Gross!
Aren’t the doors amazing?
DIY Basement Flooring Ideas over Cement
This picture below is one of my favorite pictures of the basement. It shows the Masonite Livingston Doors, the Armstrong Ceiling Planks and the gorgeous Harvest Oak Vinyl Rigid Core Flooring by Select Surfaces.
Here is the before:
Don’t miss our DIY flooring installation post of this gorgeous vinyl plank flooring. We installed this flooring over the existing cement floor and it was the craziest easiest install ever. Jim has used this flooring in other jobs that he has done since and loves how easy it is to install.
We created a small gym space on the other end of the basement and my cute white desk and pink chair from my office served as a desk space for homework during the Covid-19 home schooling time. Ugh. I hope school starts soon! I am definitely not cut out to be a teacher.
Finished Basement Stairway Ideas – Iron balusters
Jim framed out an opening on the basement stairway wall (see our how to install balusters post and why here) which created a custom look and also helped make the basement feel more open. The black iron balusters pair nicely with the black door hardware.
Be sure to read our blog post, how to make iron balusters look expensive for under $2.
Here is the before:
Basement Coastal Wall Color Ideas
Did you know that there are a million blue/gray paint colors? -ha. Yes I am sure you know that. When I find one that I love, I tend to stick with it. Why reinvent the wheel. Lullaby by Sherwin Williams is a classic neutral blue/gray color and it looks absolutely gorgeous in our basement. We wanted a modern coastal vibe with a hint of rustic and all of these products couldn’t have worked any better with each other.
Jim created half walls with custom columns to create the illusion a separate TV space and Gym space. Half walls are perfect when you do not want to close off a space. We wanted an open concept basement but still have defined spaces. The columns had sophistication and add character to an otherwise boring half wall.
If you are in the central Massachusetts area and need any remodeling / custom build home work done, Jim is your guy!
Be sure to catch all the basement renovation blog posts
Basement Makeover Before and After (this post) #6
I cannot thank my wonderful sponsors enough for participating in this amazing basement makeover transformation. Thank you to Armstrong Ceilings (ceiling and accent wall) , Select Surfaces (flooring), Horner Millwork and Masonite (doors) and Sherwin Williams (paint). This post was sponsored and all opinions are 100% my own.