Crafting | Decor | First House | House Tour

House Tour: Downstairs Living Room

October 19, 2012

The tour of our current house is slowly coming to an end. We’ve already seen the entire upstairs, and now we’re moving to the lower level. If you’ve missed any of the posts along the way, click here to see each room.

Our house has a fully functional downstairs apartment with it’s own entrance and living spaces. Today, I’m going to show you the downstairs living room. This room actually sees a bunch of use from us, and it will be difficult to replace in a new home.

We never got around to doing much decorating in this room. In fact, we just settled on this layout right before we listed our house for sale.

I don’t have a true before photo of this room. Imagine it looking something like the before of the main living room upstairs. However, I do have pictures of some of the different layouts we tried.

At one time the room was divided in the middle by the couch (top two photos). As you entered the room, you walked straight into the man cave portion of the room. Behind the sofa was where my crafting space lived on a card table. Oh, those were the glory days.

The bottom photo in the collage represents what I call the chaos period. For a long time, this room was a dump zone. We hadn’t gotten around to doing anything with the rest of the downstairs, so no one ever came down here. The room in this state gave me hives, and I couldn’t stand to spend any time here.

As you noticed in the above photo collage, this room has a multitude of functions. This made finding a cohesive layout difficult. This room is used as:

  • Travis’ Man Cave
  • My Crafting Space
  • A Movie Room, occasionally
  • A Workout Room

In our next house, I would love to have my crafting and office space combined, but we’ll see.

I love my little corner of the room. This desk is long and very functional for my needs. The armoire on the other side of the room houses all of my crafting supplies. I’m looking forward to really organizing it when we move.

I purchased the armoire, which is made from solid wood and is very sturdy, from Craigslist for $100 and then painted it. I used Behr Premium Plus Ultra in classic silver. This paint is pretty amazing, and I’m looking forward to using it again. I only used about half of my quart for this project. The color in the above photo is pretty true to life.

Travis has spent many hours on the sofa in this space playing his XBox. For a long time the only function of the room was Man Cave. The sofa is a hand me down from his parents. Its lost most of its cushion and the fabric is scratchy. I’m definitely hoping to replace it in our next house, but for the past several years, it’s served my husband pretty well. Plus, it was free!

We only have a handful of rooms left on our house tour. It’s definitely going to be bittersweet to say goodbye to this place.

Source List:

Sofa: Hand Me Down
Desk: IKEA
Armoire: Craigslist
Coffee Table: IKEA, LACK
Side Table: IKEA, LACK
Rug: IKEA, GISLEV

Paint Color: Autumn Fog, Valspar (left over from upstairs)

All comments are encouraged and appreciated!