Before: Hodgepodge SpaceSylvia and Bud Richardson gathered rocks, barn wood and bricks to build their perfect country-inspired family room — but that was 30 years ago. Now those natural elements are collecting dust in a space that the family no longer appreciates.
The Richardsons' daughters are ready to brighten the dated and forgotten basement. They would like to find a use for the area at the foot of the stairs, which houses patio furniture, unused tables and chairs plus boxes of old wine bottles.
After: Sleek, Modern BarThe previously unused space is now home to a modern dry bar and storage for Bud's homemade wine. A piece of barn wood tops the bar and storage shelves suspended from the ceiling bring simple geometric shapes to the area.
Before: Dingy, Dark BasementThe family room in the basement was built out of a mixture of materials—old barn board, stones and brick from a one-room schoolhouse. Shag carpet and wagon-wheel furniture top off this outdated space.
After: Monochromatic Color SchemeWhitewashing the barn board and replacing the porch lamps with gallery-style lighting really brightens up the room. The new seating area pays homage to the stone fireplace, which is further enhanced with a stainless steel mantel.
Schoolhouse ArtworkTo honor its schoolhouse history, a unique art project was made for the reclaimed brick wall. To make your own, scan a picture into a photo imaging program and select poster. Choose the number of pages (six to 12 is recommended). Print two copies of the image in pieces. Lay out the first poster print according to the original photo. Use the second copy to cut out specific areas of the picture. Use spray adhesive to secure the cutouts on top of first print, skewing the pieces to get the desired effect.
Saloon Door ShadowboxTo turn an unusual item into art, start by building a box that is two inches wider than the item on all sides and paint as desired. Apply two coats of polyurethane according to the manufacturer's instructions. Lay the box flat with the chosen piece in the desired position inside it. Mark four spots on the frame backing to attach the L-brackets (two facing down toward the upper corners and two facing up toward the bottom corners). Pre-drill holes, and attach the larger section of brackets to the frame backing first so the largest portion of the brackets will be hidden by the item. Screw the empty frame to the wall, being sure the screws will be hidden once the piece is in place. Set the chosen item into position between the brackets, and then secure it to the exposed side of each bracket with more screws.