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Making a Getaway in Your Own House

Updated on February 5, 2013

Lots of Paint and an Imagination

This was patterned after the picture on the wall-The Van Gogh Pool Hall
This was patterned after the picture on the wall-The Van Gogh Pool Hall | Source
I really wanted a fireplace in the basement, but I made do-The Van Gogh Cafe
I really wanted a fireplace in the basement, but I made do-The Van Gogh Cafe | Source
The Effel Tower 3 D view and an oval dancefloor in front of the little kitchen area with a mirror ball that rotated
The Effel Tower 3 D view and an oval dancefloor in front of the little kitchen area with a mirror ball that rotated | Source
Sliding wood shutters that give privacy on the bottom half of 1st floor windows but still have a fun artsy view.
Sliding wood shutters that give privacy on the bottom half of 1st floor windows but still have a fun artsy view. | Source
A small desk area in front of a window that has diamond bevels in the window to give reflective privacy but a great outlook on the world while you are on the computer doing your work.
A small desk area in front of a window that has diamond bevels in the window to give reflective privacy but a great outlook on the world while you are on the computer doing your work. | Source
Leaded glass doors that give you light but privacy and open up a room that is like a little walkin closet.
Leaded glass doors that give you light but privacy and open up a room that is like a little walkin closet. | Source
This same leaded glass door was put on the dining room area to give a view of the outside from the dining room but still be private.
This same leaded glass door was put on the dining room area to give a view of the outside from the dining room but still be private. | Source
Again... adding to fun, glass doors in the spa tub bathroom with fake transoms at the top in colored glass with the full glass door covered with a stained glass effect plastic...Candles burning this room was the ultimate getaway
Again... adding to fun, glass doors in the spa tub bathroom with fake transoms at the top in colored glass with the full glass door covered with a stained glass effect plastic...Candles burning this room was the ultimate getaway | Source

Picking a Theme for your Hideaway

This house had a completely unfinished basement concrete floors and cinderblock walls wilh metal beams under the celiling and open supports. I loved the idea that I could do something to it and if someone later bought the house they could just paint over it.... sooooooo

Picture 1-I used to rollerskate around in the basement before I finished it... and I would think about where I would like to go without really going there.... I loved the Van Gogh Pool Hall Painting because it looked so fun and mysterious. I put a framed print of the Van Goghs I liked....and One on the side where I was thinking pool table which was the Van Gogh Pool Hall print and I put leaded glass panels over the windows to fit so it would look Pubby. I copied the color theme n the picture totally-floors, side walls half different colors and even painted the top of the wall as if it was the colored trim like in the print.

Picture 2 one on the side where I was thinking tables and chairs was the Van Gogh Starry Night Cafe and added a fireplace on the wall and tried to copy the look of the print with my walls and floors.

In Picture 3-I also got a 3 D picture of the Effel Tower through a window, so I could put it on a windowless wall and feel like the view was in Paris.... Eh?.... Yes, I am a bit eccentric....

I now had a theme going so I purchased Garage floor paint. This is the kind of paint that says you can drive tractor trailers over it and it will still look good in your garage. It kind of has a rubbery feel so it takes away the concrete floor feeling once you put a few coats on. You can see where I put designs on the floor and they were more than one coatings... base and then striped to look like hardwood floor and the starry night cafe got some crazy stone work to go with the picture on the wall.... the door that was in the picture was painted on the wall and an old storm door that was left there by the previous owners that had the scrollwork in black on it fit perfectly with the theme. I painted wood molding as if the door was really attached and I cannot count how many people tried to go out that door... LOL.

The area outside of the cafe got all the remnants in a patterned oval for a dancefloor and an electrician that came to upgrade the electric was so intrigued he introduced me to the small rotating mirror ball that hung from the ceiling for my swing,lindy hop, cha cha and waltz practices.... This was accomplished by tieing two jumpropes to the poles...(like the maypole songs) and the ropes became the arms of my imaginary partner... WHEWW... now you know how far away I can go in my imaginary places..... You can see we even had a fake fireplace burning at all times in the cafe next to the real piano...

In picture 4 you can see some art shutters that slide to fit the bottom of a window so you can have privacy and still have a pretty view on the bottom half of your windows on the first floor...

Picture 5 shows you what you can do with a teeny tiny desk area by changing the window type to triangular bevels and the door to a leaded glass door and letting the outside in. The room didn't change in size but it felt 4 times bigger and was no more sitting in a closet to work on the computer.

Picture 6 shows the door to the cubby area and Picture 7 shows the dining door of the same type,,

Picture 8 is another fun getaway with a spa tub area that was encased by 3 doors, so I made all three doors glass doors and covered them with stained glass effect plastic that is removeable to change the theme and fake transom windows that were just pieces of colored glass that I had cut to fit and slanted in the rectangle as if an open transom above each of the three doors. Each door had a light on the other side so you could just have candles in the spa bathroom and lights on the other side of the colored glass doors which gave a wonderful glowing effect as you sunk into your bubble bath. So much for fantasy land.

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