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Basement Makeover by Jewel Marlowe

Jewel Marlowe is an up-and-coming DIY interior designer who has created some of the most intriguing home makeovers we have ever seen. Her use of pattern and color is bold and glamorous.  One of her latest efforts was her Basement Makeover. Below is an excerpt from her blog, Jeweled Interiors. Be sure to visit her blog for all sorts of exciting inspiration.

Jewel Marlowe Basement Makeover • A blue carpet with a kitchen table with green chairs and light blue magpie wallpaper from Milton & King on the wall

This space started as a completely blank slate…or shall I say, “beige slate” with REALLY bad carpet. It now is a unique, eclectic, whimsical, and colorful space that my teenage daughter is chomping at the bit to move down into.

The bedroom, toy room, striped chairs, hallway, and workout space will be revealed in the near future, but for now I can’t wait to show you the main section of the basement…The sofa, kitchenette, and eating areas.

SOFA AREA

Before Basement Makeover

Jewel Marlow Basement Makeover • A beige couch is on a leopard rug with a dark brown leather ottoman and blank white walls in the background
Jewel Marlow Basement Makeover • A TV sits on a black minimal stand against a white wall

AFTER BASEMENT MAKEOVER

Jewel Marlow Basement Makeover • a dark blue sofa with lime green fringe sits in front of a lime green room divider. There is light blue Magpie Wallpaper from Milton & King on the back wall

Can I get a “slow clap” for that formerly “top-secret” Milton and King  Magpie Wallpaper?  It is part of their new Australia collection, and I knew the moment that I saw it that it was made for our home.  It comes in several other colorways, including a really fun black and white version.  I like that the graphic element because it feels youthful enough for a teenager pad, but sophisticated enough to match the rest of our home.

Jewel Marlow Basement Makeover • There is a leopard area rug a white round coffee table, a blue sofa and Magpie Wallaper from Mliton and King on the back wall with a big circular mirror mounted on the wall

I love a lot of the 17 wallpaper brands that Milton and King carries, but there is just something about Kingdom Home that always speak to me.  When I found out that they were coming out with something new, I had a pretty good hunch that I would love it….I was right.

Jewel Marlowe Basement Makeover • a light brown wooden dresser has two white lamps on top and a piece of art and light blue magpie wallpaper from Milton & King

For planning purposes, it took 5 rolls to do my basement.  I used Metrie New Traditional line moulding, or it would have taken a lot more.  Normally I wouldn’t recommend breaking up a short wall (these are less than 8 feet) with chair rail, but the vertical lines of the wallpaper draw your eye up.  This, and the light color of the wallpaper made it ok.  The ceiling actually feels taller than before…and a heck of a lot cooler! Woot Woot!

Jewel Marlowe Basement Makeover • A round white coffee table has an Obama book on it and pink tulips • Behind it is a blue sofa, a green room divider and light blue Magpie wallpaper in the background

Aside from the new black and white lamps and pretty new chandelier, the rest of this space is comprised of items that I have been shoving away in our basement for the last year and a half. I had been hoarding this eclectic stash because I saw potential in each of these pieces.

Jewel Marlowe Basement Makeover • A round white coffee table has an Obama book on it and pink tulips • Behind it is a blue sofa, a green room divider and light blue Magpie wallpaper in the background

Perhaps this has been my theory for a while.  When I hold onto what I love, regardless of style or era, I end up with a unique and soulful space. Is it right to pair an Art Deco inspired sofa with fringe, Karl Springer style Post-Modern Contemporary coffee table,  glam leopard rug, Mid Century dresser, and a Chinese screen that I recovered with left over fabric and pretty trim.  Probably not, but I gotta say…I don’t hate it. Especially for a teenager’s hang out.

Jewel Marlow Basement Makeover • There is a leopard area rug a white round coffee table, a blue sofa and Magpie Wallaper from Mliton and King on the back wall with a big circular mirror mounted on the wall

Maybe you prefer a more traditional look? Here is the same space with no jute rug and no frames on the screen.  I like this vibe too.

Jewel Marlow Basement Makeover • There is a leopard area rug a white round coffee table, a blue sofa and Magpie Wallaper from Mliton and King on the back wall with a big circular mirror mounted on the wall
Jewel Marlow Basement Makeover • There is a leopard area rug a white round coffee table, a blue sofa and Magpie Wallaper from Mliton and King on the back wall with a big circular mirror mounted on the wall
KITCHENETTE AREA

BEFORE MAKEOVER

Jewel Marlowe Basement Makeover • a sink area with a microwave on top of the counter

AFTER BASEMENT MAKEOVER

Jewel Marlowe Basement Makeover • Kitchen Cabinets have been painted a light blue to match the light blue magpie wallpaper

What do you think?   A little more fun, right?

Jewel Marlowe Basement Makeover • Kitchen Cabinets have been painted a light blue to match the light blue magpie wallpaper

This vignette was 100% budget friendly…It just was not a priority to replace the cabinet and install a new sink, faucet, and marble. We love the teenager, but we never really use this sink…like ever.  The teenager has grand visions of a mini fridge and microwave to make herself fresh fruit and oatmeal breakfasts.  I have a feeling these ideas will die as soon as she realizes she will have to wash her dishes by hand down here.  LOL

Jewel Marlow Basement Makeover • A kitchen counter top with a black bowl of green pears

I deglossed the cabinets with Velvet Finishes Ready Spray and a light sand.  I color-matched paint to the wallpaper at the local hardware store, and then finished the cabinets with Velvet Finishes Protect.  So far so good.

Jewel Marlowe Basement Makeover • White kitchen countertop with a marble clock and blue magpie wallpaper from Milton & King

That is the original faucet, but with a coat of the new spray paint that I have been obsessed with this month.  I am still waiting a little bit before deciding if promoting painting 1989 crystal knob faucets with spray paint is a good idea…but did I mention we never use this sink?  Also, I actually like the architectural detail of the knobs in matte black.

Jewel Marlow Basement Makeover • A kitchen counter top with a black bowl of green pears

Continuing with the budget friendly theme, I picked out affordable, yet stylinsh knobs and pulls from Liberty Hardware.

EATING AREA

Before Basement Makeover

Last but not least, we drywalled a closet into a play room  for all of the toys.  We also moved the treadmill to another section of the basement.  That left space for a small eating area here.

Jewel Marlowe Basement Makeover • Before the makeover with plain white walls and various toys stacked against the wall

AFTER BASEMENT MAKEOVER

Jewel Marlowe Basement Makeover • A blue carpet with a kitchen table with green chairs and light blue magpie wallpaper from Milton & King on the wall

This might just be my favorite of the three new zones. What do you think?

Jewel Marlowe Basement Makeover • A blue carpet with a kitchen table with green chairs and light blue magpie wallpaper from Milton & King on the wall

These chairs were a recent Marketplace purchase that I painted in spray paint.  I’m so glad that I opted to go green!

Jewel Marlowe Basement Makeover • A blue carpet with a kitchen table with green chairs and light blue magpie wallpaper from Milton & King on the wall

The chandelier was an old vintage one that I bought at an auction in England.  Until two days ago it was a crystal chandelier, but that was too fancy for a teenager ‘s basement.  I spray painted one side of each of the crystals and I really like the effect.

The curtains are from Ikea and I used iron on adhesive tape to form the double stripe.  You know I love a good black and white stripe.

Jewel Marlowe Basement Makeover • A blue carpet with a kitchen table with green chairs and light blue magpie wallpaper from Milton & King on the wall

The pretty Mohawk Cassiopeia rug not only looks great up in my living room, it a looks pretty fab down here too.  Eventually this rug will move to the workout area to tie the two rooms together with blue.

Jewel Marlowe Basement Makeover • Looking down on a green chair with sitting on a blue carpet

I think it is fair to say that my favorite part about the entire basement makeover was the week we ripped out the old stained carpet and replaced it with this beautiful Select Surfaces laminate flooring in Heritage Oak. It no longer feels like a dingy old basement, but rather a finished space.  The best part is that this beautiful floor is 24 hour spill resistant.  So if my kids spill water from that little sink, all is well.  That makes me so happy!

Jewel Marlowe Basement Makeover • Light Hardwood Laminate Flooring with Wainscoting on the bottom of the wall and light blue Magpie wallpaper from Milton & King on the wall and framed on each side by white sheer curtains

For the full blog and for links to more details on each aspect of this room, visit Jewel Marlowe’s blog.


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