Our little 1950’s cape does have an unfinished basement that won’t ever be finished due to the fact that we live in a flood zone. Or if we add onto our home we would have to fill it in. We use the basement daily because it is also our laundry room, extra pantry, supply room, tool room, playroom (has a fuse-ball table) and more! It did not have a very welcoming entrance, leaving one of my kids afraid to go down there. I thought it would be a great place to add a fun wallpaper and of course a “Magic Light”!
Basement Entrance BEFORE-
It is funny how you live with something and don’t realize until after you make the change how bad it was! After Lola saw this before picture she said “the walls were so gross”. But no one said anything before!
Basement AFTER with Wallpaper-
It is a much happier place now. I just want to open the door so I can see the space now! We actually do open the door several times a day just to get to our bags. In our small home we have to make use of every square inch. So this is kind-of like a glorified mud room. I hung shiplap peel and stick wallpaper on the ceiling and a fun peel and stick pineapple wallpaper on the wall. I tried it with just doing the shiplap on the ceiling and painting the walls. Then decided it really needed a fun pop of color, so I went with the pineapple. The pineapple is a historical symbol, I thought it represented our 1950’s home well.
(I linked all the sources at the end of this blog post)
I had some leftover pink paint that we used on our piano. It is painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint color Antoinette. And spray painted some hooks in my favorite gold spray paint to hang all our bags.
Also hung a bamboo peg hook on the wall so we could put our dustpan and broom there. Before it was at the bottom of the steps in the basement. Now it is easier to access.
We have our security system here too. I put a command strip hook on top of it so I could hang a hat to disguise the system a little. Also used a sconce with a shade for our “Magic Light” trick. I hide the remote to the right of the door by attaching it to the wall with velcro, so it is easy to turn on and off.
Kevin took off the gross carpet that only went half way down the steps and painted it all in black porch paint.
Love to see where you add wallpaper to unexpected places! Tag me on Instagram and I will share @nestingwithgrace or send me an email if you have a private account!
Shiplap Wallpaper(for reference I used two rolls of this wallpaper)
My Shirt (it is actually a swimsuit cover-up)
You can find more sources for wallpaper and a video on how easy it is to install peel and stick wallpaper and a video on how easy it is to install wallpaper with wallpaper paste too HERE.
*I get asked all the time if this peel and stick wallpaper will work over textured walls. I personally have not done it. BUT many have and they say it does work. You will just see the texture if the wallpaper is thin.