do it yourself modern design on a budget - eco friendly
modern, design, diy, renovation, decor, accessories, recycled design, eco design, she made modern, she made modern blog, shemademodern, SMM, she-made-modern, Shae Brown, WNC, Asheville, diy, thrifty!, thrift, thrifty, not thrifty, modern art, outsider art, diy lamps, shae, brick house, retro, mid century, mcm, thrift store, interior design, renovation, reno, danish modern, Scandinavian, design, furniture, eames, lighting, dining room, modern, do it yourself, remodel, designer, midcentury, mod, cheap, thrift, stylist, dwell, modern, craigslist, the brick house, brick house website, shop, thrifting consignment, rustic modern, minimalist, craft, hand-crafted, mountain modern, modernism, modernist, remodel, real estate, bargain, design-milk, design sponge, scandinavian, woodworking, home accessories
post-template-default,single,single-post,postid-622,single-format-link,theme-stockholm,woocommerce-no-js,has_paypal_express_checkout,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,select-theme-ver-3.8.1,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-5.1.1,vc_responsive


After 2 coats of paint and 1 coat of one-coat poly


The basement was a sad place when we moved in.  When I find what back up drive the original before pictures are on, I will share the beauty that was the concrete block, wallpaper, fake wood panelling, and post asbestos tile floor.  Hopefully I have a picture of the nice orange carpet that was on the steps as well.


At first I just covered everything in paint for a temporary fix and ignored the ripped out sections of ceiling.  The asbestos tile glue residue was left behind, so painting or adding flooring was the only option.  The space was really dark with the dark floors so when my daughter wanted to move down there I had to lighten things up so she wouldn’t get any more angsty than her pre-teen base level of angst.


I covered the concrete block and paneling with wallpaper liner and painted it white.  I decided to paint the floor because I’d rather go on vacation than buy tile for the floor.  I figured if I was painting the floor I might as well do something different so it made it more fun to paint.  I settled on an Alexander Calder weaving as the inspiration as it wouldn’t require me to be meticulous about the design and I could just freehand it.  He might be rolling over in his grave to see the bastardization of his beautiful design but since he is not in a position to protest too much I just did it anyway.  I’ll probably paint over it in the future so Alex can rest easy once more, but it was fun to experiment.


I painted the floor off white and then freehanded the design over the top.

The wonderful piece of art by Alexander Calder that I made less wonderful.

  • emily

    December 9, 2016 at 12:00 pm Reply

    i love it!

    • shae

      December 9, 2016 at 9:23 pm Reply

      Thank you, Emily! And, thanks for subscribing 🙂

  • Katie Wilson

    December 11, 2016 at 9:32 am Reply

    Awesome as always

Post a Comment