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Basement Media Room Makeover Plan

Hello Friends and Happy Fall,

It’s One Room Challenge time! And the Basement Media Room Makeover is well underway. To see the plans and what 200+ bloggers are up to in the first week of this challenge, simply click through to the post.

Basement Media Room Makeover Plan

Fabric samples for the basement media room makeover | #mediaroom #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc | www.thechelseaproject.com

A Little Intro

If you’re new to Chelsea Project, welcome. This blog shares the ups and downs of interior and exterior renovations in a 1990’s traditional.

My favorite DIYs are furniture refinishing, but the truth is, I always DIY what I can in an entire space and hire pros for the rest. Hubby helps by hanging artwork and drapery rods, but that’s about it. In the end, it all is up to me and a few good and very handy hired men.

A vintage Drexel Heritage buffet is refinished for the basement landing | #mediaroom #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #ad #fusionmineralpaint | www.thechelseaproject.com

So if you have a house to refinish and a non-DIY hubby, I hear ya.

Stick with me and I promise, we can get it done.

Basement Media Room Before

With this in mind, say hello to my current disaster. Over the next six weeks, we are going to shake this space out of the “oh-em-gee-it’s-so-out-of-date” tree and plop it square into 2019.

BEFORE: Media room makeover - ORC Fall 2019 - Week One | #mediaroom #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc | www.thechelseaproject.com

Now, fast forward to the scene after a few good and handy men show up to:

  • drywall the ceiling,

  • install electrical for new lighting,

  • install new flooring, and

  • run wiring for the sound system above the drywall ceiling.

And here we are at Fall ORC Week One.

Media room post construction and ready to decorate | #mediaroom #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc | www.thechelseaproject.com

Media Room Style

In what is basically a man cave, we want a space that allows for easy living…one that is very relaxed and casual. So the plan is go Modern Traditional with black and white walls….and layer these two colors with lots of earthy texture, interesting wall art and a few additional color pops.

Media room plan includes lots of layered texture | #mediaroom #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc | www.thechelseaproject.com

Media room makeover combines modern, vintage and lots of layered texture | #mediaroom #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #ad #fusionmineralpaint | www.thechelseaproject.com

Perhaps peeking at some of the rooms in the basement renovated in earlier ORC Challenges will provide a better idea of where the media space is going.

Previously Renovated Rooms

The basement bathroom was renovated during the ORC Fall 2018 and set the black and white color scheme in motion. To see all the tips, tricks and DIYs, please click here.

Basement bathroom makeover | #mediaroom #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc | www.thechelseaproject.com

The landing and bonus room were renovated during the ORC Spring 2019. Behind the black door is the bathroom and the photo was snapped from the bonus room. The media room is hiding behind the wall with the clock. To review the bonus room challenge and all the DIYs, please click here.

Bonus room and landing makeover | #mediaroom #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #ad #fusionmineralpaint | www.thechelseaproject.com

The dining/office space sits at one end of a bowling alley shaped room (30-feet long by 14-feet wide) and basically consists of:

  1. Creating this wall unit from furniture pieces and then refinishing. And,

  2. Refinishing a vintage dining set.

These DIYs weren’t held for the Fall ORC, but do show off my love for furniture refinishing and how the black and white theme is going to pop a bit of color through and into the media room.

Remember, the media room is behind this clock and is part of the open space shared by the dining/office room.

A peek into the unfinished office/dining room makeover from the landing | #mediaroom #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #ad #fusionmineralpaint | www.thechelseaproject.com

Media Room Plans

So what DIYs are coming?

Get Our Tech On

  • I’m finishing a built-in screen for a projection TV at one end of the room. With a few tips, it’s actually a pretty easy DIY and costs a fraction (only about $50) of store bought screens.

  • To this, add the wiring and speakers for the surround sound system. The big screen is located at one end of the room and, 30 feet away, the sound equipment lives in the terra cotta wall unit.

Add Pretty to the Walls

  • And there are three oversized DIY artwork projects coming. Trust me, these are easy peasy and COMPLETELY rule.

Fix A Color That Just Isn’t Quite Right

  • A vintage chair gets a new makeover. I know it may not sound very exciting, but it’s a great way to work with paint that isn’t exactly the wrong color and exactly the right color, either. I call it my “color correction” trick.

Stair Steps Refinished

But for Week 2, the tutorial for the DIY stair steps is on deck. Since this is a super-popular topic, I promised I’d get this tutorial up first.

We’ll learn how to go from this….

BEFORE: Stairs leading to the basement | #mediaroom #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #ad #fusionmineralpaint | www.thechelseaproject.com

To this….

AFTER: DIY Stairs leading to the basement | #mediaroom #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc | www.thechelseaproject.com

The key to this look is filling in the gaps around the stair treds so they look like custom-cut hardwood. 

Hope you’ll stay tuned for the easy how-to.

In the meantime, to keep all the DIYs and decor ideas handy, please PIN the image below.

Basement Media Room Makeover Plan | Black and White Modern Traditional with layers of texture and color pops | #mediaroom #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc | www.thechelseaproject.com 

Our Hosts

And as always, we extend a special thanks to our gracious hosts, Linda at Calling It Home , One Room Challenge and Better Homes and Gardens. And invite you to enjoy over 200 more room renovations,  click One Room Challenge. #oneroomchallenge #ORC #betterhomesandgardens #bhgorc

#homeimprovement #homedecor #fusionmineralpaint #mediaroom #mediaroommakeover


  • Reply JENRON DESIGNS October 2, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    Susie I am so excited to see this room’s completion, with all those pretty fabrics and colors.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 2, 2019 at 10:31 pm

      Hi Jen and thanks so much. Looking forward to finally having this space completed.

  • Reply Create/Enjoy (@suzannahstanley) October 2, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    Whoa!!! Big stuff! Love the updates you’ve done so far. So exciting to have that drywall done!
    The fabrics in your image really caught my eye and brought me over from the ORC blog. Will definitely follow along this one!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 3, 2019 at 8:29 am

      Thanks so much, Suzannah! You just made my day.

  • Reply Rebecca Plumb October 3, 2019 at 12:33 am

    It looks better already! Loved your bathroom space down there, it’s going to be such a great area!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 3, 2019 at 8:30 am

      Thanks a million, Rebecca. It’s been a slower process than I wanted, but we are almost there!!!

  • Reply Angela k Nickerson October 3, 2019 at 1:23 am

    I’m excited to see what you do! I loved your circle wall treatment last time around! I LOVE YOU

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 3, 2019 at 8:31 am

      Thanks so much, Angela. Three more pieces of artwork are big and bossy….cant wait to share them with you!

  • Reply Joannie October 3, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Susie! I’m excited to watch you transform another room! This one sounds amazing I love all the colors and textures you’re going with!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 3, 2019 at 8:32 am

      Thanks so much, Joannie. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone….and guess what? I LOVE it out here. LOL…

  • Reply Jenny October 3, 2019 at 8:17 am

    Wow, your basement already looks amazing! Cant wait to see what you do with the media room!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 3, 2019 at 8:34 am

      Thanks so much, Jenny! We are so thrilled to almost have the all the spaces done and done.

  • Reply Vicki and Jenn 2 Bees in a Pod October 3, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Wow Susie! This is a huge project! We know that if anyone can pull it off, it’s you. We just decided late last night to jump on the ORC train again. What were we thinking? HAHA Best wishes for a great project.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 3, 2019 at 9:17 am

      Thanks Vicki and Jenn. This room was supposed to be included last Spring and on reveal day, the ceiling still had holes and the furniture didn’t arrive until late June. So I’m calling this my ORC mulligan. LOL…

  • Reply Mary K Hunnicutt October 3, 2019 at 9:35 am

    I loved following along last time with your basement reno. That cup-painted wall is still one of my favorite things ever, so I can’t wait to see how the rest of the space turns out!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 3, 2019 at 1:01 pm

      Hi Mary!! Thanks a million… we are so thrilled to be on the last space. Well…there is one more, but it can wait. LOL

  • Reply Jenasie October 3, 2019 at 9:43 am

    You had me at those first textiles! Can’t wait to see!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 3, 2019 at 1:03 pm

      Hi Jenasie and thanks so much. I absolutely LOVE textiles, too… and have completely fallen head-over-heels for cut velvet.

  • Reply Ola October 3, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Ohhh Sue! Give me all of those fabulous fabrics! I cannot wait to see how you use them in your space.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 3, 2019 at 1:04 pm

      Hi Ola and thanks a million. I’m still looking for more fabrics, but have a good start… I Need a visit to your fabulous textile store. XO

  • Reply Shelly@ConfettiStyle October 3, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Hi Susie, Your fabric swatches really captivated me and I’m so excited to see your media room come to life. Happy decorating!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 3, 2019 at 9:33 pm

      Hi Shelly and thanks so much.

  • Reply Tina Bousu October 4, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    OMG I need this stair trick! Our basement stairs are covered in carpet that needs to go and I have those terrible gaps. I LOVE the after!! Can’t wait to see this + the fabrics oo la la!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 4, 2019 at 9:03 pm

      Aww Tina! You doll. Thanks so much. I’m trying to bring you as helpful a post as is humanly possible. So hang tight. And I’m thrilled this will help you get your steps renovated. It’s why DIY blogs exists.

  • Reply Marie October 5, 2019 at 9:55 am

    Please forgive me Susie if you received three comments from me, having internet server problems this morning. Just wanted to tell you how excited I am to see another ORC makeover from you – I always enjoy them. You had me at those gorgeous fabrics! Looking forward to seeing the finishing touches unfold in your media room.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 7, 2019 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks so much, Marie. Only one commnent stuck…LOL… always appreciate your support!

  • Reply nicole torres October 10, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    I am really excited to see this makeover. Your stairs turned out fabulous. Gorgeous home.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 11, 2019 at 8:36 am

      Awww Nicole, thanks a million. Your sweet comment gives me such confidence. XO

    Thanks so much for your comment!

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