Basement Remodel: Paint and Crown

Last week, I showed off the new basement floors.  It took us a while to get to the point where we were ready to install the floors. Earlier this Spring we hired out the job of painting the ceiling, installing some crown and doing a final count of paint on the walls.  It was probably the best decision we’ve made in a while! (Thanks Jim!)

On the left is where we started (this picture was taken during our home inspection) and the right is where we were when all the painting was done. What a difference right?Basement Update Before and After

Looking back, I almost can’t believe we bought a house with a basement that looked like this! All of that wallpaper! The hideous dark brown molding everywhere! The blue carpet. The hideous wetbar.

Basement Wet Bar - Before

Oh, and then when we got the first layer of wallpaper off, we found the second layer… Oh man, then stories this wallpaper must have been able to tell.Tikibar Basement Wallpaper

The place already looked SO much better after Jim got the crown up. We selected a narrow composite crown molding since our ceilings are low and we needed it to fit between the window molding and the ceiling.

I was really happy that we realized that the ceiling needed painting, as it looked seriously yellow once we had the crown up.

Walls and Ceiling - Crown

And here it is after Jim got some paint on the ceiling. What a difference right?! Oh we also updated the bare bulbs hanging from the ceiling with inexpensive lights from Ikea. Andy’s dad helped to install them last fall when he was here (thanks Chris!) and although they’re not the most beautiful, they are unobtrusive, inexpensive, and bright!Walls and Ceiling - Ready for Floors

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Mascara for the Doors

Just a quick look at the molding we’ve decided on for the doors and windows in the basement.  We wanted something bulky but simple. So I spent a couple of hours on Pinterest / lots of blogs and finally found the perfect solution at Cape27.  It’s a nightmare to photograph because we started on the exterior door, but don’t worry we have 4 more doors to finish, so we’ll be back with a tutorial of how we did it & zoomed out views.

Basement - Craftsman Window and Door Molding 2

Things still look a little crazy in the basement. We have about 20 more feet of wall to plank, 4 doors that need molding (the closet, the laundry, the bathroom, and the stairwell), a new floor to order and install, crown molding and corner molding to install, and walls to paint. Phew. That’s a long list!  But for the rest of this week and weekend we’re planning on spending time with family, eating lots of grilled food, and just relaxing!

Basement - Craftsman Window and Door Molding

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