This blog studio and office is white, bright, and full of DIY storage… all out of a dingy unfinished basement! Welcome to my basement studio reveal!
GUYS! It’s DONE! And I couldn’t be more smitten with this space that is all mine. Do you even remember what this space was before? It was a cold, completely unfinished basement full of storage, storage, and more storage. And now? It’s a literal dream, you guys.
If you’ve been following along, I’ve been renovating my basement storage room into an office/studio in partnership with my fave brand- The Home Depot Canada. Since this space is split into two awkwardly shaped rooms, I’ve designed this side to be the studio and the other long but skinny space to be the office (check that out here!). I talk all about that in this post. This side of the space will be where I do all my crafting projects and all my filming and photographing of those projects. It’s got a ton of natural light thanks to new french doors to the back yard, and lots of white but textured backdrops for me to photograph on. Did I mention DIY storage?
Let’s get to the details, friends!
I’m having a hard time putting into words how happy I am with this space. It’s such a dramatic difference from the before. Let’s just be reminded…
And this same view now…
So much better, right?!
So if you’ve missed any of the posts in this series about the basement studio up until now… this room is full of DIY. You can catch up on those here:
- The office before + design plans
- How to lay vinyl plank flooring over concrete
- DIY rolling craft table
- DIY built in shelving
- Build your own barn door
Other projects that aren’t out yet? How to use a barn door extender will go up within the week and that faux brick wall is set to go up on The Home Depot Canada blog– I’ll add the link in when it does!
This set up here is where I’ll be doing most of my filming and crafts. and yeah… it gives me an excuse to buy myself flowers to have fresh cuts on here in my garden’s off season. Was that the plan by making an extra large rolling craft table? Maybe. Maybe not. It depends who’s asking ;)
This rolling craft table is perfect for doing all my projects with a durable wood countertop and that natural wood tone is perfect for my photos. It also hides storage in those cabinets on the sides. You can make your own in an afternoon following my tutorial right here.
I love that it’s rolling so I can push it against the wall to take photos of crafts easily… without clearing off my mantel or some other space to photograph crafts!
On the other side of this room is those built in shelves! I made them from scratch… all by myself. And I’m proud of it. You can tell by my goofy grin in all the photos from the DIY blog post. This tutorial makes it simple to build your own built ins by yourself. I wanted to have beautiful storage and this shelving shows off some of my fave books and craft supplies plus it’s easy to hide with the rolling barn door when I want a neutral backdrop for filming.
I picked out my prettiest supplies to have on the open shelves, then stored the rest away in the cupboards, storage in the office (other room I’ll share tomorrow!) and those white shoe boxes. I also realized I have a ton of fabric for someone who sews maybe once a year. Also yarn! Do I knit or crochet? Not really, nope!
Let’s talk about this awesome door, shall we?! I was SO nervous about hanging this giant door and that I would prefer the look of the space without a door. But now that it’s up… it’s such a lovely feature!
It is textural with that modern pattern but the white paint keeps it fresh and not too busy. The black hardware is the perfect touch- I used this beast of a handle and it suits the oversized door so perfectly. I will leave the door open most of the time, but wanted to share the office part of this space in a separate post… so closed it is for these photos- ha!
By having the door open all the time, I’ve found my kids lay and play on the rug we have in the studio. It makes for such cheerful work time for this work at home mama! This rug is from The Home Decorators Collection from The Home Depot Canada as well. It’s so soft and the pattern is subtle but really pretty in here.
The rug and the curtains totally warmed up the space and made it so much more cozy to be in. No matter what space you’re decorating, I would recommend (over and over again) to work these two elements in. They totally transform a space.
Let’s talk about that drop ceiling and the access panels. They’ve sparked so many conversations in my DMs as I’ve shared my progress over on Instagram. The short answer is that they’re necessary. The long answer is that it’s a basement studio… and a lot of important things are housed in there. Drop ceilings aren’t my favourite design choice… but it’s a functional one which is what we need. Same thing for the access panels. We chose to use hardboard and cabinet magnets to make them really slim and low profile, but yeah- they’re still definitely there. But they honestly don’t bother me one bit.
*Sigh* I’m so pleased, you guys. I can’t wait to get crafting away in here for all the holiday gifts I have on my list! Before I sign off, I want to leave you with links to all the things (below) and a big thank you again to The Home Depot Canada for partnering on this basement studio makeover. It’s truly a dream to get to work in here!
Blog Studio Sources:
- Flooring: Sterling Oak Vinyl Plank
- Rug: Home Decorators Collection
- Paint Colour: Bit of Sugar from Behr
- Door is a DIY, tutorial here
- Barn Door Handle
- Barn Door Hardware
- Other door handles: Bowery by Schlage in Matte Black
- Curtain Rod
- Semi Flush Mount Ceiling Light
- Rolling Craft Table is a DIY, tutorial here