$100 Room Challenge: Basement Staircase

Before $100 Room Challenge Lower Steps

$100 Room Challenge: Basement Staircase

Yay, what a way to start the New Year off right! Are you ready for the $100 Room Challenge: Basement Staircase edition?

Hi everyone, welcome to the first week of my $100 Room Challenge: Basement Staircase renovation. If this is your first time seeing the $100 Room Challenge .let me  give you some background, it is a bi-annual challenge sponsored by my friend Erin, from Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry. What is  the $100 Room Challenge is all about? This challenge takes place twice a year, January and September. Erin invites us to redo a room in our home using a budget of only $100. As you can see the premise of this challenge is real simple: one month, one space, and $100. If you want to know more about the $100 Room Challenge, check out Erin’s post to see how the concept was inspired, and it’s colossal growth since she decided to start it! 

Weeks at a Glance:

WEEK  1      WEEK 2     WEEK 3     WEEK 4    REVEAL



Here is a look back at  a few recaps of some of our previous $100 Room Challenges that we have done up to this point. Last season we work completely our Outdoor Terrace Patio. We were able to paint the ceiling, add string lighting and few other innovative DIY projects to dress the space up on a budget, with items we already had laying around our basement not being utilized. 

$100 Room Challenge Reveal Outdoor Patio JENRON DESIGNSWe have also done 2 bathroom transformations for under $100 which is amazing to me. Our secret weapon of choice being paint and fun stencils from Cutting Edge Stencils. The first was a farmhouse tile stencil application in a tolite room along with a wainscot panel application see in our Game of Throne $100 Challenge Reveal. $100 Room Challenge Before:After Tolite Room JENRON DESIGNSWhile our second transformation included adding a coffered style ceiling application to dress up the space.  Along with a chinoiserie style stencil application to the walls  for a more formal look in this $100 Room Challenge for the Guest Bathroom, which doubles as a main level powder room. $100 Room Challenge Reveal Office Bathroom JENRON DESIGNSThis season we are excited to be launching on this first day of 202o and what better way to get  new year started off right than with a new project. Many of you may remember I had very lofty ideas last of starting to finish out my basement last January, which I can affirmatively say did not get done, at all. If there is one thing you need to know about me, it is I really hate to fail,  even if the goals were self inflicted, and I will do everything in my power not too. However this was a goal I set forth for us last New Years, and between other business commitments and timing this project once again got placed onto the back burner. Now this year I am pulling the trigger by starting with $100 Room Challenge: Basement Staircase and working my way forward into the space. So this is our before look at the steps and staircase to the basement.$100 Room Challenge Before StepsAs you can see these steps were left by our builder in hopes that we would just cover them up with carpeting. Since we do not have carpeting anywhere in our home we are not about to start here. However they are solid wood so they can be stained, it is just unfortunate that the over spray of trim paint coated the outer edges. It may take a little more work but in the end it will be worth it.  $100 Room Challenge Before Lower StepsAs for the landing, we still have 3 full boxes of extra, replacement, hardwood flooring we located in our attic leftover from building. It will match the rest of our hardwood floors throughout our home for the staircase. Then we can address what the basement floors will be further down the road since this is a discontinued colored.  $100 Room Challenge Before LandingWe also feel that this hallway is a little dark as well since it is so enclosed. So we are hoping to find the budget to add in chair rail high Wainscot panels to add more white trim to lighten up the lower half of the walls. We are very lucky to have some pieces left over from the ORC closet project that can be used along with the trim paint so that will save us some money. Plus we have 3 light fixtures that have been gathering dust on our “To Install Someday Somewhere Shelf ” which we are hope to replace the one and wire in two additional for extra lighting. Before $100 Room Challenge Lower Steps

Designer Tip: All good designers have a stash of fixturing and furniture. Just think about Joanna Gaines’ warehouse that she pulls from for her clients. The fixture we will use came to us over 5 years ago brand new and now they have found their place, so we will dust them off and install them. 

The Proposed Schedule: 

Week 1: The Plan 

Week 2: Clean/Prep Steps Remove Over Spray Paint, Sand Treads, Putty Nail Holes/ Stain to Match upstairs steps

Week 3:Wainscot Chair Rail & Re Paint/ Touch up Walls Add New Light (fixtures we already own, gathering dust for 3 years for another project)

Week 4: Install matching Hardwood on Landing (Leftover boxes found in attic from Building)  Maybe Add Artwork?

Week 5: REVEAL 

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  1. Happy New Years, Jen. I am so excited on your $100 room challenge. I can’t wait to see what you have in stored for us on your stair transformation. All your challenges turned out amazing.

  2. Wow! You are so fortunate to have wood on the stairs that can be stained. We took the carpet out in our last house and what a mess! Your plans sound beautiful and I cannot wait to see your progress each week!

  3. Jen, you have a great plan and I’m excited to see it all unfold.

  4. Good luck! I did my stairs last spring and it made such a huge difference. Can’t wait to see the final product

  5. It’s going to look amazing when you are done! All of your ORCs have came out so beautiful. I love the wainscoting idea. Am curious to learn how you will finish the stairway with the hardwood.

  6. I love this! Can’t wait to see the finished product. And I would vote yes for a little wall decor.

  7. Good call on not doing carpet! This staircase is going to be so pretty when you’re done. And I’m so happy to hear that others have stashes of things they know they’ll use “one day”. Those things really do come in handy 🙂 I always love what you do with your spaces, so I’m sure this will be no different.

  8. I love your room challenges so cannot wait to see how this one works out! Love it!

  9. What a great idea, it’s always the right time to revamp the bathroom as this is the part of the house that gets dirty fast.

  10. Yes, I agree no carpet on the stairs. It is impossible to clean. I can’t wait to see how you transform this space. I have a stash I keep in my basement.

  11. Happy New Year Jen! I can’t wait to see what you do with this space! I always love seeing what you come up with!!

    -Madi xo |

  12. I love how the staircase turns. And it’s going to look amazing!

  13. I love the design on the bathroom wall, so gorgeous. It really makes the room special.

  14. Henri

    The guest bathroom makeover looks AMAZING! Great job!

  15. Excited to follow along on this project! I love my stash of fixtures and furniture – makes project so much easier to do on a whim. 😉

  16. So excited to see how your new stairs turn out! Scraping off the overspray will definitely be worth it. Good luck!

  17. I cant wait to see how this turns out! I also have a stash of “someday items” that always come in handy for a new project!

  18. I love what you did on your back patio, and I can’t wait to see what you do with this space too!

  19. Your room makeovers are always amazing and I can’t wait to see this one.

  20. Jenny

    Such an impressive share this looks like something I would do.

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