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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
Last time I reported on our progress in the basement, I shared that between the wallpaper glue and the sheet vinyl glue we were feeling a bit defeated. After a lot of back and forth, we realized that there was no saving the walls. Since the drywall hadn’t been primed before the paper got put on the walls, we could not get it off without damaging the drywall. We tried everything and finally realized we had 3 options: (1) keep scraping and pay someone to skim coat the drywall to hide all the damage, (2) pay someone else to deal with it entirely, (3) cover it up somehow.
And (no?) surprise! We went with option 3. After browsing Pinterest & all my favorite blogs for some inspiration, we decided to plank the walls with super-thin plywood cut into 8″ strips. The kind of plywood we found is pre-primed, about 1/4″ thin and ran us less than $15 per sheet, taking our primary inspiration from House of Smith’s gorgeous dining room.
We’ve been slaving away, nailing planks to the wall a little at a time. We still have a LONG way away from it even resembling our inspiration pictures, but we’ll get there (in a month or two). I’ve primed the first wall, and this weekend we added planks to wall 2 and most of wall 3.
I’m hoping that I’ll find some time in the evenings to prime the next two walls, but of course this week promises to be a busy one at work, so it may have to wait until Friday evening. Oh and did I mention that we have guests arriving on Sunday morning? Hope they don’t mind our basement not having a real floor…