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After months of hard work, our lake house basement family room is ready to be enjoyed.
It would be nice to say that it is finished, but there are still a few things left to do like finishing a few thresholds, selecting blinds, and decorating.
Lake House Family Room Reveal
Our new family room is now the best spot in our house to relax while enjoying lake views.
Here is what the room looked like when we started the process of turning this space into a family room.
The family room was furnished with some new pieces along with a few things that we already owned.
Sofa and Recliner
For the ultimate in relaxation, we chose to furnish the room with two recliners and a reclining sofa.
This style of furniture isn’t my first choice, but it was selected for comfort, not for looks.
Here’s the same view of the family room in its unfinished state.
Mr. SP has been enjoying both relaxing in a recliner and also working from home with a lake view.
Our new coffee table is the Stubblefield Coffee Table with Storage ordered from Wayfair.
I haven’t decorated the coffee table but plan to use the farmhouse tray that we made a few years ago on the coffee table top to corral books and magazines.
The bottom of the coffee table will give us more storage for books, magazines, or puzzles.
The family room furnishings are anchored by a 10′ x 14′ rug from Wayfair chosen for its colors, pattern, and its ability to camouflage dog hair.
A matching rug is at the foot of the steps and a matching runner will be added at a later date.
For now we are using two end tables that we had on hand.
In this “before” shot you can see a black rattan table that my mom’s friend gave me. I painted it and had it in my former shop, but it never sold.
The rattan table is now back in use in the basement. It spent the winter outdoors on our front porch and as a result, it needs some touch-up paint.
A frustrating thing about making a family room in the basement was that we weren’t able to add plug outlets to the floor.
The end tables are without lamps for now because I am not crazy about cords going from the tables to the outlets.
The second table is a mid-century table that my former teaching assistant passed along to me. The table belonged to her aunt and you can see its makeover process here.
The table in the corner is a Plow and Hearth knock-off that Mr. SP and I made. The math involved in making this makes my head spin just thinking about it.
Scroll up and you can get a better view of this table in a previous picture.
The brass lamp on the table was purchased with my first teacher paycheck in September of 1991.
The doors are in place and we are both happy with the choice of using wood doors and staining them a dark color.
This door leads to the bedroom which has yet to be furnished.
We chose lever handles from Home Depot in an oil rubbed bronze.
On the Walls
We are still deciding what to hang on our walls.
One thing that we’ve hung is a pallet wood dog that Mr. SP made.
We also have hung our handmade wood flag purchased from Flags of Valor. This company is veteran-run and each flag is handcrafted by a veteran, many of which are combat disabled.
We are in the process of refinishing a vintage office desk that will be placed against the stair wall. Previously we thought it would be placed on the opposite side of the room, but we’ve changed our minds.
The desk will soon be finished and Mr. SP and I both will use it when we are working from the lake.
- Flooring – Mohawk Crest Loft in Praire Oak
- Paint – Sherwin Williams Rock Garden (SW6195 )
- Rugs – Astoria Oriental Area Rug
- Sofa and Recliners – Homestretch
- Coffee Table – Stubblefield Coffee Table with Storage
- Flag – Flags of Valor
- Pallet Wood Dog
Finishing Our Basement Progress Posts
You can see how we turned our unfinished basement into a family room, bedroom, and bathroom in these posts.
- Lake House Basement Project Plans
- Lake House Basement – Update One – Framing the Basement
- Lake House Basement – Update Two – Adding Drywall
- Lake House Basement – Update Three – Drywall Finished with Primer
- Lake House Basement – Update Four – Paint
- Lake House Basement – Update Five – Flooring
- Lake House Basement – Update Six – Flooring in the Bathroom, Plumbing Work, and Wallpaper Choice
- Lake House Basement – Update Seven – Framing Doors and Adding Baseboards
- Lake House Basement – Update Eight – Door Moulding and a Bathroom Light
- Lake House Basement – Update Nine – Bedroom Chandelier, Quarter round, Toilet and Vanity Installation
- Lake House Basement – Update Ten – Installing a Newel Post
- Lake House Basement – Update Eleven – Installing a Banister
- Lake House Basement – Update Twelve – Staining the doors, painting trim, Work in the Bathroom
- Lake House Basement – Update Thirteen – How to Install Metal Balusters
- Lake House Basement – Update Fourteen – Sealing Doors, Finishing Window Trim Paint, More Bathroom Work, New Rug
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