Before: Cluttered BasementWidowed mom Lisa raised two kids, Sammy and Tracy, on her own. While Tracy married the boy next door and moved out, Sammy decided to stay put in the basement. For 22 years, this large basement has been the junkyard for old furniture, dried flowers and random toys. Even though Sammy has claimed the space as his own, it's time for him to move out and reinstate his mom's style. Tracy, Sammy and hosts Andrika Lawren and Emmanuel Belliveau want to update the 1970s tile, brick fireplace and bar to create a modern, family-oriented space they all can enjoy.
After: Tuscan TouchesWith a European design plan, the cluttered basement is transformed into a gorgeous multifunctional space that evokes the warmth and emotion of a Tuscan sunset. The peach walls are painted with a warmer shade of cream, and the lighting is enhanced throughout the room. The entertainment area is reframed in a spectacular colonnade, which adds both intimacy and openness to the space.
Before: Unused BarWhile they'd like to keep the bar, this dark, paneled one would be better suited in a gentleman's smoking lounge. The space is cluttered with random flower arrangements and a playpen for Lisa's grandchildren. They want to clear out the area and incorporate European elements.
After: Warm, Natural TonesThe old and unused bar is given a new lease on life with a rounded countertop covered in warm travertine tile. The bar front is also refaced with a faux finish and with the addition of Tuscan-inspired barstools. Lisa can now use the space for entertaining family and friends.
Rose PaintingBefore removing all the old dried flowers from the space, Andrika Lawren created a unique piece of artwork. To make your own, trace 20 to 28 dried flowers onto canvas. Paint 12 to 15 a light color, covering most of canvas surface. Next, paint seven or eight using a medium color. Paint the remaining flowers using two darker colors on top of other layers to create a two-dimensional look. Apply two coats of polyurethane according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Rustic MantelTo support the Tuscan theme, the boring brick fireplace is refaced with a simple textured limestone finish. This spectacular new focal point is further enhanced with a distressed wooden mantel and a dramatic wrought-iron screen. To create a rustic mantel, determine the desired dimensions (it should be wider than the fireplace and at least six inches in height to give it visual weight) and secure using wood glue, nails and butt joints. To distress the wood, use hex bolts tied on wire, a wire brush, chain, nails, screws, hammer and/or chisel to remove the newness of the wood (you won't see the majority of the markings until it's stained). Rub stain on the mantel using a rag; it will settle into the grooves, highlighting the distressed areas. Let dry, and then apply satin varnish. Once dry, attach the mantel with L-brackets and dress it with your favorite wrought iron accessories.