Our Basement Gym

I recently shared how the ‘rona pandemic made us reevaluate our gym membership along with plans for a fitness space at home. Nearly a month later, I’m excited to show off our basement gym!

Here’s what we started with:

basement gym before
We always knew we wanted this particular section of the basement to house the gym – it’s directly to the right of the stairs as you walk down. Too bad for us that it was dark, dingy and dirty! Not to mention cluttered with boxes and random crap that we haven’t looked for or touched in the six years since we’ve moved in. Oops! Nothing like a home project that forces you to declutter and organize. Let’s just say our trash bin was very full that week, and we made a sizeable drop-off donation to Goodwill. πŸ˜‰

With that out of the way, our basement gym transformation came together pretty quick.

our basement gym
What a difference lighting and flooring can make, am I right?! It still blows me away every time I walk down our basement stairs.

Let’s quickly talk about this DIY brushstroke accent wall (Thanks, Jess for the inspiration!). Literally one of the easiest projects I’ve ever tackled. I practiced on paper beforehand to determine what kind of look we wanted ultimately settling on bigger strokes. Is it perfect? Absolutely not, but that’s the beauty of this technique! It was a brainless project with no rhyme or reason to pattern, and it still turned out great. Only took me about an hour, too!

The most expensive part of this transformation was of course the treadmill. For those interested, we went with a NordicTrack Commercial X11i. We’re so pleased with it! There were a few technical issues that had to be addressed when we first started using it, but everything seems to have finally worked itself out. Both Ryan and I feel lucky to have a piece of equipment as fancy as this! I find myself looking forward to my runs, and Ryan is glad that his work schedule doesn’t dictate anymore whether or not he can go to the gym.

There’s still some odds and ends that we want to add-on in the future – heavier weights for Ryan, resistance bands, medicine ball, etc. – but so far, our basement gym is functioning perfectly for us and our needs!

Shopping sources:

Lighting: Menard’s
Flooring: Harbor Freight
Wall mirrors: Menard’s
Exercise mat: Target
Utility cart & bins: Target
Poster print: Etsy
Poster frame: Target
Faux greenery: Target

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  1. 11.28.20
    Kari said:

    I saw you put Harbor Freight for flooring, but can’t seem to find it. I am looking for more mat flooring for my home gym!!
    Such a great transformation!

  2. 8.24.20
    Lydia Nevins said:

    Nice work Karly! I saw this back when you posted it, and it has me inspired to create a better workout space in our basement. Question – did you have to do anything specific to paint the foundation walls?

    • 8.25.20
      Karly said:

      Thanks, Lydia! We didn’t do anything special to the foundation walls – I did a quick scrub down with some water and soap and then painted as usual. We used Pittsburgh brand paint from Menards, and it’s been great!

  3. 7.24.20
    Lisa Autumn said:

    OMG this looks amazing! Well done x

    Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  4. 7.23.20
    Brittany said:

    Wow! Karly this is amazing! I love how simple it is and how you transformed that space. The three mirrors are a genius idea. Jealous of your treadmill!

    Brittany | pointed-north.com

    • 7.27.20
      Karly said:

      Thank you! It’s crazy how a few simple changes really made a difference.

  5. 7.23.20
    Ashley said:

    Wow! This is quite the transformation! I thought that accent wall was wallpaper! Looks awesome!

    • 7.27.20
      Karly said:

      That’s what we were going for! πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  6. 7.22.20
    Nadine said:

    It looks so good! I love the wallpaper and the little cart that houses everything.

  7. 7.22.20
    Debbie said:

    You did an amazing job transforming this space, it looks fantastic! The accent wall really makes it special. Kudos to you for making working out a priority during these crazy times!

    • 7.27.20
      Karly said:

      Glad we have a dedicated space at home now so I can keep up with my running!

  8. 7.22.20
    Biana said:

    I LOVE the accent wall! It’s such a great space and really the greatest motivator is to have it at home! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

    • 7.27.20
      Karly said:

      It really is, hard to have excuses when the treadmill is right downstairs!