Building A Nook Under The Stairs

I know that yesterday I said I was going to roll out the home tour today.  But I forgot:  IT’S PINTEREST CHALLENGE DAY!  So the home tour will start tomorrow.  I promise.  I’ll give you a ring to prove my seriousness.  O.  There.


I’ll be the first to tell you:  my pin-to-life was kind of cheating.  Not cheating in the sense of: copying your neighbor’s test.  Cheating in the sense of: using the same book report as last year.  The Pinterest Challenge was supposed to take place over the course of a week, and well, we have been working on & off since January.  But I wanted to share it anyway.  In the words of that 14 year old girl on The Maury Show, “I do what I want!”  (Also, be prepared to see an evolution in my photography skills.  It’s about to get Nikon-Darwin in here)

My Pinterest Inspiration:

pinterest nook


Photo courtesy of the MLS


Demolition on a whim.  *note to self- next time boredom strikes, make sure the hammer is hidden



Then came down the load bearing wall, and up went the beam.

How to build a nook under the stairs

Then happened my amateur framing that would later by my demise.

Building a Nook Under a Load Bearing Wall under the stairs

I would rather eat drywall than hang drywall.

Hanging Drywall - Building a Nook Under The Stairs

Scratch that.  Mudding is worse than drywalling.  It is just rotten frosting.

Mud and Tape for beginners - Building a Nook Under The Stairs


Vintage Industrial Basement

Make some doors and hang em’.


Don’t sew a cushion.


It’s not finished yet.  I wish.  Things keep coming up.  But all we have left is bead board, paint, touch-up paint, and the new light fixture.


I know it’s not done, but shoot… we’ve come a LONG way.  Can I get at least half credit?  C+ ?


Did you all have fun with Pinterest Challenge?  Or did you cheat like me?

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  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    I think it’s awesome. And I still give you a B. (I’d give you an A if it were finished) I want so badly to do something like this (or the one where they build in dog crates or something) but the way old houses were set up there’s no such thing as a flight of stairs that is empty underneath. We have “Chimney” Stairs, where the stairs to the basement are directly underneath our upstairs stairs. We could probably do something like this in the basement but as it’s only a 6 foot ceiling down there and it’s not finished (nor will it probably ever be) I think it’d be a moot idea.

    • I love the built-in dog crates under the stairs. I am always trying to figure out another place where we could have a more permanent “bedroom” for the pups.
      With old houses you already have character, with “newer” (1984 lol) houses you have to invent character. Green Meadow Manor was pretty bla when we moved in.

  • Love it! That’s a LOT of work. Very impressive. And I hear you on drywall, and it’s evil sibling mudding. We re-drywalled a CEILING and I’m still not over the trauma!

    • Oh my gosh, ceilings are the absolute WORSE! We had a Swiss Cheese ceiling in the basement from the boob-light debacle, and it was seriously the worst DIY project I’ve ever done. Matching texture? YEAH RIGHT!

  • You are amazing and I am so honored to be a part of your family!! I love your drive! I wish I had even a inkling of your talent! You are awesome!!!

    • Aunt Becky you are waaaaay too kind to me. Let’s face it, you’re an AMAZING baker. I can’t make a cake to save my life. You’re great. Thanks for being my biggest fan. Love you!!

  • Holy moley!! That is one seriously massive pinterest challenge project, you are amazing!! I love what it’s looking like so far and can’t wait to see it finished 🙂

  • the cape on the corner

    that’s amazing! i love the whole nook space. we’re in the process of doing our basement, and as much as i would love a nook, i needed a big ‘ol closet under the stairs. necessity won out!

    • Hello Mrs Cape! Thanks for stopping by. I know what you mean about needing the storage. We made sure to leave plenty of room under the stairs for holiday decorations. It also helps that we have a descent sized cold-storage room under our garage in the basement.

      Leave the link to your blog. I’d love to follow your basement progress!

  • somedaycrafts

    This is awesome. I want one. I am featuring it at

    • Oh thank you! Make sure to come back for when it’s done. We are putting the finishing touches on it this week!

  • GailBP

    You did a wonderful job on this! It changed the whole room. I’ve been wanting to use the space beneath my stairs as well. Thanks for this idea/tutorial.

    • Thanks Gail. I sure do love having it. Make sure to come back and see it when it’s all finished. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Kerstie

    What a cozy spot to curl up in, great job!

  • Julie

    That looks great already! Looking forward to the rest.

    • Thank you Julie! I’m looking forward to the rest too. Make sure to come back to see the finished nook!

  • Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick

    LOVE this! What a great idea, even though it was tons of work. 🙂

    • Thanks Sarah! It has been tons of work, but we are SO close to being done. We are putting the finishing touches up this weekend. Thanks for hosting such a great link party. I really appreciate all the referrals 🙂

  • Mariel

    Thanks for sharing this at the ‘Or so she says …’
    link party! Hope to see you again this week (link party runs every Saturday –
    Tuesday). We’ve also got a fun “Favorites Things” giveaway going on right now.
    Please check it out!

    • Thanks for hosting! I really appreciate all the traffic that comes from link parties 🙂

  • roeshel

    WOW! That is awesome! This is on my DIY to-do list someday down the road when we get to the basement renovation. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Thanks for stopping by! It has been a lot of hard work. Stay tuned for the reveal happening at the end of the home tour 🙂

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