I started with some striped wall and painted furniture inspiration, and lo and behold, I've schemed up the transformation of an unfinished basement corner into a cozy little craft center... By repurposing old furniture and raiding the paint leftovers from the rest of the house, I even did it on quite a budget.
First things first, I cleared out the odds-and-ends storage from the space, scrubbed down everything, and vacuumed up a bunch of cobwebs from the ceiling. We have quite a clean unfinished basement, but it's still a basement.
inspiration pictures and turned the stripes to vertical, as those are easier to tape out straight (shorter lines!), and I must say I was quite pleased with myself for coming up with a pattern that required taping only once.
First, I measured out where the lines would be and then penciled them onto the wall using a level as my straightedge. Then I taped off the two-inch white lines (would have been easier to use 2-inch wide painter's tape, but I had the 1-inch stuff around, so I just did two strips next to each other), and then pressed it all down with a putty knife. After all that, it was on with the paint and then off with the tape. It did require a bit of touch up as the unevenness of the concrete walls allowed a little paint to seep under the tape, but overall, it wasn't so difficult.
repainted to fit the new color scheme with paint I already had, and the chairs from our old apartment happen to fit nicely with scheme as is. The rug was an inexpensive find at Ikea, as was the hanging light ($5 for the shade, $3 for the cord!). I also brought in a floor lamp that we weren't using anywhere else since the basement lighting isn't great.
I think I spent about $75 on the whole thing, and it was quite fun to scheme up and do. Of course, there's danger of spending a lot more $ on craft project supplies, now that I have a place to work!