*Lyrics from Two Door Cinema Club‘s song Undercover Martyn from their album Tourist History. I like to run to this album – it’s short (good for brief workouts) and peppy. Ok, I like to have private dance parties to this album, too. Don’t judge me.
Ok, ok, I know I owe you a big post. (Absence makes the heart grow fonder?) Well, feast your eyes on this before and after:
See? What did I tell you? When we first started our ‘let’s quickly do over the basement’ journey we had a wallpapered, stained-carpeted, knotty pine accented, dreary space. Not to mention (ok, I’ll mention it again, in case you missed it the first time) that after Brad rewired the whole house he had to make all these holes in the wallpapered walls (that turned out NOT to be so easy to patch). Anywho, long story short(er), we decided to paint, paint, recarpet, and paint some more. We aren’t 100% finished – there’s still the matter of switching out the outlets (from brown to white tamper-resistant), replacing the ceiling light covers, and moving the mechanical controls for the sprinkler system to the mechanicals room (which we never even thought of before now, that’s how little time we spent down there) – but for the photos, well, you’ll get the gist. Besides, eventually, once we get things a bit more styled up, I’ll update you. (You know I will, whether or not you like it.)
In the end, we added baseboards, swapped out door hardware, painted (walls, doors, and trim) with Benjamin Moore Aura paints (the best!), and had (low VOC) carpet installed (including a recycled, low VOC rug pad to replace the old one that had begun to disintegrate) to totally update this bonus square footage in our house. We now have a space that could be used as almost anything: playroom, family room, media room, exercise space, craft zone, extra sleeping space for holidays, man cave (no, just kidding, that’s ridiculous), and the list goes on. Or it doesn’t, but you get the idea. We reclaimed the space for living, and we’re so completely thrilled with the result. It really is amazing how powerful paint can be, and in this case carpeting, too.
Ok, pictures, with captions (if you’re viewing this on a reader, pop onto the real site for all the detailed captions), for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy! xoxo