One Room Challenge Fall 2018, Basement office

Basement Office – ORC Fall 2018

Shelly here from  I’m commandeering Sherri’s blog page for the next 6 weeks to show you how we are making over her basement office into a rustic-industrial workspace.


It’s time!

The bi-annual One Room Challenge (with media partner Better Homes and Gardens) is underway!


The ORC is a challenge to completely makeover one room in 6 weeks.  We’re talking flooring, lighting, plumbing (if applicable) and of course paint – all to be documented on our blogs over a 6 week period, with the final reveal of the completed room scheduled for November 7th.

There are no prizes for this challenge (unless you make a whopping impression on Better Homes & Gardens). It’s about inspiring others to take on a challenge in their own homes by showing how easy (or difficult) it is.  You’ll see room transformations week-by-week by visiting the ORC Guest Participants link page.

For this challenge I bullied asked my friend Sherri if she would be willing to sacrifice her basement office to the DIY and design challenge and she said yes!

One Room Challenge Fall 2018, Basement office


I’m not sure why she thought this room needed a makeover?

The cabinets under the desk on your right are built-in and I believe have been there since Sherri moved in years ago – which made furniture placement a bit limited.

One Room Challenge Fall 2018, Basement office


The room itself is approximately 12′ x 12′, so a fair size for a home office – if you could bring yourself to work in here.

Basement office makeover, One Room Challenge Fall 2018, One Room Challenge, basement office

As you can see, right now the basement office is on a “must use” basis – versus a “want to use” space.  We are hoping that over the next 6 weeks the transformation will be almost unrecognizable and the space will become one of the favourites in the house.

One Room Challenge Fall 2018, Basement office


I will admit to having a secret weapon in this ORC – Sherri is a contractor and owner of Details Renovations!  I’m going to do as much work as I can, but I do have the added bonus of working with a professional that knows what they are doing, so I also benefit from the DIY learning as we tackle each step.

I’m so excited!

One Room Challenge Fall 2018, Basement office



Want to see where we’re going with this?

Rustic industrial basement office

One Room Challenge Fall 2018, Basement office


And they’re off ladies and gentlemen!

Come back next Wednesday (or subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss anything) and see how far we’ve come in the first week.

Basement office makeover – One Room Challenge, Fall 2018

  • Week 1 – Before photos and storyboard
  • Week 2 – Demo, purging and emptying progress, paint
  • Week 3 – DIY project  (building with industrial pipe!)
  • Week 4 – Flooring
  • Week 5 – Accent wall, more industrial pipe
  • Week 6 – ROOM REVEAL!

Be sure to check out the ORC Guest Participant page for more awesome makeovers!

Did I mention I’m SO EXCITED?!

Thank you Sherri for being such a good sport!