Basement Remodel – Sinatra Style!

Basement Remodel - Sinatra Style

When my client first asked me to help her with her basement remodel project, my mind went to the typical requests for a dark media room with theatre seating and a ginormous movie screen . . .

After all, the basement had no windows. No, not even one!

Then she told me this space would be all about entertaining (like, real entertaining – not just watching movies),  She and her husband wanted a space to play cards and games, watch movies, host wine tastings, and display books, albums, and their favorite band posters.

My wheels began turning, and what kept coming to me was . . . Frank Sinatra. Not so much Frank himself, but a place where Frank might like to hang out with his glamorous friends. A place where you could dress to the nines, but feel comfortable enough to kick off your high heels and relax with your guests. Where you could lay down some vinyl, play a few rounds of canasta, and laugh at your crazy pal Mitzi’s impossible stories all night long.

Or something like that.

The one finished area of the basement was a large living area that included a nook in the back with a dining table and chairs. The husband’s desire was to have somewhat of a Pub Room – a separate space for playing cards/games with a beverage fridge and maybe even a beer tap.

dark basement beforebasement before

Former owners had installed this dimensional swoopish thing on the walls of the basement. Looks kinda like a handlebar moustache that got wayyyy out of hand . . .

dreary basement beforebasement before

Because there were already two entrances into this room, they decided to close off the dining nook area to create the Mr.’s new Pub Room. Crane Builders set about reworking the space for the Sinatra-style design.

ripped out to the studsin progress

We decided on creating built-in bookcases with closed cabinetry at the bottom and large spaces for art. New hardwood floors, lighting, and upholstered furniture were selected and installed. I chose a rich, dark green paint color as the backdrop for my client’s books, album collection, and art.

basement library bookcases

Next door in the Pub/Game Room, the same rich green from the backs of the bookcases went up on the walls of the cozy new space. I had their favorite band posters framed and hung them in a grouping for better effect.

basement pub room

Here comes my favorite part – the BEFORES AND AFTERS! You’ll remember where this basement remodel began. An artful moustache wall thing-y and a hodgepodge of old family furniture.

I think this one deserves a drumroll, so just imagine you hear one before scrolling down to the AFTERS of this basement remodel.

white library bookcases with jack pine backsThe Decorologist

library design by Kristie Barnett, The DecorologistThe Decorologist

green in back of bookcaseThe Decorologist

So fun and glamorous, even Old Blue Eyes would approve! And I bet he’d love hanging out and playing poker in the new Pub Room:

dark green walls in game roomThe Decorologist

band poster artThe Decorologist

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Can you believe such a dark, dreary basement space could be reinvented into such a lively entertainment space? But wait – I have a BONUS surprise for you. Below was an unfinished portion of the basement that had been used as a workout space. It’s not as large as it appears – that’s a huge mirror across the back wall (you can see me snapping the picture).

basement wine room BEFORE

Now this space has been repurposed as a lovely wine cellar. We chose the flooring, light fixture, pub table, and art to give guests a reason to linger here!

basement wine cellarThe Decorologist

brick floor for wine cellarThe Decorologist

I hope that gives you inspiration for what your dark, dreary basement could become! If you need my help choosing paint color, flooring, furnishings, lighting, finishes, or decor, see how you can work with me. I also offer paint color consultations online if you are long distance!

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Camille McBride
Camille McBride
30 days ago

I never comment. But I had to. All I can say is WOW.

Meliss
Meliss
30 days ago

What a transformation! I can’t believe that is a basement. As always, you rock!

Mary Zeilinger
Mary Zeilinger
30 days ago

Fabulous

pattimeade
pattimeade
30 days ago

I love the green paint background in the white built-in shelving, but my favorite part is the wine room, complete with a fun bistro table and artwork. My only negative is the collage of mirrors in the seating area, it just seems like there is enough “metallic” surfaces/hard surfaces in the room already.

Laura P.
Laura P.
30 days ago

Hi Kristie, What an amazing transformation! The whole space is so welcoming and fun, while still being elegant. I’m sure your clients will have many guests! Were the wood floors already in place in the main room? I have similar hardwood and never know what to call that color. It’s beautiful! I love the lights above the bookcases, and the colorful geometric pillows. Do you have a source for those? Everything is so beautiful. Great job!

Stephanie
Stephanie
30 days ago

This is an amazing transformation!

Leanne Woehlke
Leanne Woehlke
30 days ago

Beautiful!!

CHRIS
CHRIS
30 days ago

Gasp! This is fabulous! The best basement remodel ever!
Can I ask where you got the Gold/brass library lights on the tops of the bookshelves ?

Joanne
Joanne
29 days ago

Cozy and beautiful, Kristie! I love the wine room. I’m curious why you/homeowner chose to not put an area rug in the part of the room with the gray sectional & coffee table. Thanks.

Joanne
Joanne
29 days ago

Okay – yes, these things take time & the perfect rug will be a finishing touch to this beautiful transformation.

Lynne
Lynne
29 days ago

I love it all! I would never leave that basement.

Angie Ullman
Angie Ullman
29 days ago

Absolutely marvelous!! You’ve brightened up so much that the windows aren’t even missed.

Molly Long
Molly Long
29 days ago

This is amazing! Thanks for sharing your talent!

Beverly
Beverly
29 days ago

Beautiful, and a great use of space. I love this transformation!!!

Aimey Hanners
29 days ago

Really Beautiful!!

Kathy Westhoven
Kathy Westhoven
29 days ago

I love the gray green color in the background of the shelves and art!!

Lisa Popera
Lisa Popera
29 days ago

Lucky homeowners~you did a beautiful job! Amazing transformation 🙌🏻 Was there a certain type of hardwood or installation technique used? I have been told not to lay hardwood over our concrete basement floors but it’s really the only choice that will flow well as there are two staircases with hardwood leading down to that level (we have all 4 seasons where I live). Would love to know what you did in this home! Thank you!

Nancy Kimbrough
Nancy Kimbrough
29 days ago

Absolutely amazing! You brought life into a really awful drab area. I’m sure the family
can’t wait to be there now.

Sumita
Sumita
29 days ago

Amazing transformation! Can I ask what the ceiling height is? I have a basement with little natural light and 7ish foot high ceilings. Wondering if something like this would work with lower ceilings.

Janet kelly
29 days ago

STUNNING!!!! Your clients must be so over the top happy!

Emily Sandelin
Emily Sandelin
28 days ago

Gorgeous remodel. Love the built inside and the green walls, all enhanced by the lighting.

Deborah
Deborah
11 days ago

Hi,
The comments and responses on this post are grayed out and I can barely see them. I’m a subscriber and in the past the comments on all posts have been in a darker font, just like in the posting. Out of curisolity, I looked at older posts and now those comments are too light and not readable. Does anyone have an explanation? If so, I hope I can read your comment!

Maggie Julian
Maggie Julian
6 days ago

Kristie this is wonderful! Love the floor in the wine cellar — is it brick or tile? And the pub room feels so cozy but so light. Really like it!

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