Retro rooms: See these 12 themed vintage basement remodels, from the wacky to the wonderful (1948)

HOW BASEMENT ROOMS CAN BE LIVABLE AND PRACTICAL

You can have a basement room today that is as comfortable and livable as any other room in your home.

There’s a certain carefree atmosphere that surrounds a basement recreation room or living room. When you have a party in a room like this, guests immediately catch the festive spirit. And you’ll enjoy entertaining more because there’s less than half the straightening up to do after the party is over.

A BASEMENT BEFORE AND AFTER REMODELING

No words can tell more clearly than these before-and-after pictures what a dramatic change can be made in a typical basement.

Colorful vintage basement remodels 1940s 1950s (3)

Rustic basement remodel for entertaining


FIX UP THE BASEMENT AND IT BECOMES A REAL PART OF YOUR HOME

Most people think of a recreation room when they consider improving their basements, but that’s by no means the limit of possibilities.

Part of most every basement has to be used for regular household tasks, like washing and ironing or odd jobs of painting and carpentry. But in a basement that has been made cheerful and bright, this work becomes as pleasant as if it were being done in any other part of the house.

And it’s quite easy to fix up the basement and make it a really attractive part of your home — suited for both work and play. All you need is a practical decorative idea plus a little paint and a bright new floor of Armstrong’s Asphalt Tile. You’ll find the result is almost like adding a whole new floor of comfortable living space to your house.


VINTAGE BASEMENT REMODEL: MAKE A BEAUTIFUL, PRACTICAL LAUNDRY ROOM

The home laundry once looked like the basement shown above. A little planning and a few easy changes made it this beautiful, yet practical workroom. What woman wouldn’t be proud of the result? The washing machine and electric-ironer, even the tubs, are the same as before. The trick is in convenient cupboards, counters, rolling storage bins, and a sparkling new floor of Armstrong’s Asphalt Tile in a bright design of two marble colors.

Washing… ironing… mending… sewing… how much easier these household chores can be in a room like this that’s designed for practical service and arranged for comfort, too.

Large laundry room - basement remodels


VINTAGE BASEMENT REMODEL: MAKE IT LUXURIOUS, COZY, COLORFUL

RIGHT — Yes, it’s a basement. The feeling of luxury is brought about by the smart, horizontally paneled walls and formal arrangement of furniture.

BELOW, LEFT — Old living room furniture made this basement a cozy lounge. Its bright floor and knotty pine walls make it ideal for a den.

BELOW, RIGHT– A refreshment bar is sure to be a center of interest. In all of the basement rooms shown on this page, Armstrong’s Asphalt Tile has made the floors gayly colorful.

Basement remodeled into a cozy lounge


VINTAGE BASEMENT REMODEL: RANCH ROOM WITH WESTERN ATMOSPHERE

Imagine your own basement done over like the room on the opposite page. Right away, it suggests an inexpensive treatment.

A delightful ranch room effect can be created with little effort and expense. Walls, tinted an off-white with calcimine paint, are accented by the bright draperies at the windows and by the cowhide covered furniture. Indian decorations, including a totem pole fitted around the post, add to the Western atmosphere. And the colorful pattern for the floor of Armstrong’s Asphalt Tile is copied from a Navajo blanket.

VINTAGE BASEMENT REMODEL - RANCH ROOM WITH WESTERN ATMOSPHERE


VINTAGE BASEMENT REMODEL: A MUSIC ROOM WITH SPACE FOR YOUR RECORDS

If music is a family interest, look! That awkward space under the stairs is a convenient place to store odd records.

The inevitable post is now a hidden support for the novel display of record albums. And what a wonderful idea it is to have a generous countertop for sorting and selecting your records. When you want refreshments, just wheel in the mobile canteen that any carpenter or family handyman can build for you at little expense.

Vintage music room with records and murals


BASEMENT CAN BECOME A GRAND PLACE TO HOUSE A HOBBY

Lots of people think of their hobbies first of all when they’re fixing up their basements. And wise they are, for mighty few houses have room upstairs for the gadgets and the elbow room that most hobbies require.

No matter what the hobby is — woodworking, model trains or model planes — the basement is a fine place for a workshop. And you’ll find no better place to ride your hobby if you’re interested in photography, painting, sculpturing, collecting, woodcarving, or any one of the many interesting leisure-time activities. With careful planning, it’s possible to have a special section of the basement for the hobby of everyone in the family.

A well-planned workbench provides for an orderly arrangement of tools, hardware, and lumber supplies. Along the opposite wall, screens, awnings, and canned goods can be put away in convenient storage cabinets. And the laundry section can be closed off and hidden when not in use.

Vintage basement remodels for a hobby room and workshop with tools in basement


VINTAGE BASEMENT REMODEL: FINE FURNITURE, RUSTIC LOG CABIN, GAME ROOM

ABOVE LEFT– Fine furniture doesn’t look a bit out of place in this smartly finished basement. See how the sombreros brighten the walls.

ABOVE RIGHT– Here’s a rustic log cabin treatment built into a basement. Smart for a hobby room or any kind of recreational activity.

LEFT — Floors of asphalt tile enter right into the fun because they can be designed to include insets for shuffleboard, and many other games.

VINTAGE BASEMENT REMODEL: FINE FURNITURE, RUSTIC LOG CABIN, GAME ROOM


SMALL BASEMENTS HAVE BIG POSSIBILITIES

Here’s one way of getting the most out of limited basement space. See how the snack bar has been built into an out-of-the-way corner. It didn’t require an inch of extra space, but it’s the most interesting part of the basement. Card tables are hidden away in recessed slots in the column. And the radio, too, is tucked into a wall niche.

Ready for a “jam session” stand the Tom Thumb piano and snare drum. Or a home-talent movie can get underway in a minute by opening the curtain on the permanently mounted silver screen. Even the original asphalt tile inset in the floor suggests a bright evening of fun.

VINTAGE BASEMENT REMODEL: EVERYBODY CAN HELP DECORATE THE ROOM


VINTAGE BASEMENT REMODEL: EVERYBODY CAN HELP DECORATE THE ROOM

Every member of the family can help to plan the new basement. That’s a good way to make it a room everyone will enjoy. This room can easily become a family project. Cinder block walls are easy to tint with calcimine paint whether they’ve been plastered or not. And if someone in the family has artistic talent, interesting and decorative murals like these can be painted on in a hurry.

The possessions of different members, too, can be used in the room. If dad has a slide projector for his colored photos, and son a ping-pong table, the logical place for them is in the basement where they can be enjoyed by all.

Vintage basement decorating with ping pong table

The tile you select from Armstrong’s wide range of harmonious colorings can be laid in an unlimited number of patterns. So you can be sure of getting a basement floor that’s distinctive in design as well as luxurious in appearance.










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