The Basement

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Today I thought I would show you some of our progress in the basement.  The basement was ‘finished’ when we bought the house.  But, nothing is ever REALLY finished is it?  Not in my world anyway.  There were poles in awkward places, an odd under stair nook and low ceilings.  Here are some “befores”:

This is the view from the top of the stairs.  The entrance to the garage is to the left.  Notice it is wide open into the finished part of the basement.  And notice the awkward support beam that you run into at the bottom of the stairs.   Whoever finished this out did NOT have good planning skills!

Yes.  That’s a disco ball.  Right next to a ceiling fan.  In this picture the stairs are over to the left.  The mini kitchen is behind me.  This wall (with 2 awkward support beams in the middle of the floor) will become 2 walk in closets.

This is the kitchenette area.  The closet to the right is a laundry closet, but we use it for storage.  That’s an organization post for another day.  To the right of that is a disaster office area.  The tiny door smushed behind the couch is to a funky under stair storage closet.  We used it as a reading nook for the girls until they were too tall to get in it.  The full bath is to the left of the laundry/storage closet.  That’s a post for another day, too.  (It’ll be a while before I run out of posts!)

This was just such a crazy layout for a space that we couldn’t get it to work for us.  Then one day we decided it was time for our (rare) guests to NOT have to share a bath with 3 girls.  Yes, they were grateful.  So we started to plan and came up with this:

This is the view down the stairs from the kitchen now.  Door to the left is to the garage, door to the right is to our new private guest room.  The grandparents have been loving that lock.  Don’t know why they didn’t like waking to 3 monkeys marching into their room, playing pretend instruments before…. 🙂  The new mudroom area measures 39″ x 83″ and will be getting a tiled floor and built in cubbies one day.  Notice you no longer run into an awkward post!  My dad & hubby jacked the house up, moved the post a few inches to the right & enclosed it into the wall.  My right shoulder & arm thank them.

Our “in process” pictures have disappeared.  Grrrr…..  But, here are some more “afters”.  Still have to decorate.

This is now the view with the kitchenette behind me.  No more awkward posts!!  My father & hubby enclosed the posts in the wall. Yay!  The new walk in closets measure 40″x76″ and 40″x80″.  They have lights & lots of adjustable shelves.  Adjustable shelves make me happy.  Here are a couple of tiny looks inside:

Inside one closet.  There are shelves on both sides, but no organization just yet.

Inside the other closet.  Again, shelves on both sides just waiting for organization.

View of kitchenette side.  Hasn’t changed much, just added a microwave ($14 @ Target!) & coffee pot for guests.  This side will be changing in the near future I hope.  Country blue countertops are a HUGE irritation to me.  Long story.

This is the view as you walk in the room.  Much decorating to do & eventually get the stained carpet replaced.

The paint color is Sherwin Williams Baize Green in a satin.  It’s a springy green.  I’ve used it in several rooms & just love it.  The ceiling fan departed to the thrift store & the disco ball departed to it’s owner’s bedroom.  You’ll see it again in the next post on the Castle Room.  My parents gave us the furniture years ago, but I believe it was purchased at Miskelly Furniture in Mississippi.

I am SO sorry we lost the “in process” pictures of the closet installation!  Dad & hubby were pretty cute with their sheetrock dust style going on!  This project (and several others) have led me to believe we should include gas in our project budgets.  You would not BELIEVE how many trips to Lowe’s it takes for us to complete a project!  Especially when Dad is here……hmm.  Go Figure.  (Love ya, Dad!)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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About doandredo

Hi! I'm Karen & this is my space to relate our remodel adventures. I'm the wife of a (very) patient man, mom to three beautiful teens and one spoiled pooch. My hubby has said (more than once) that even if we bought a brand new home, I'd be repainting it as soon as we moved in. He's right! So come on in & enjoy the fun!

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