Thursday, July 9, 2015

House Update: Basement

We've owned our house for 6 months now and its hard to believe how much progress has been made in such a short period of time. More than anything, the house needed wallpaper removal and painting. Both have helped to lighten up and modernize the house. 

We are by no means done, with any room, but I feel like I'm finally ready to show some progress. The place where we spend the most time is the basement. The basement was one of the primary selling points of the home for us. More than 50% of it is above grade and the main room looks out onto a nice patio.  We didn't like the dark wood trim, paint (beige), or carpet.

Here's the very dark before:

Before
Here's the after:

After 
Paint has really lightened up the space. There is still lots of open space, but now there are three defined areas for people to gather: the bar, the TV area, and the game table. 

We haven't done much to the bar. Before, it was staged with uncomfortable barstools and an oversized lamp. The bar floor was also pretty blah.

Before


Very old red linoleum? 



After

After

We added comfortable stools from west elm and updated the lighting. I found the hanging light at a thrift store for $5! As you can see, we also painted the exposed brick wall. I know a lot of people are cringing as they read this, but the brick was sucking soooo much light out of the room. The paint adds a little color and lots of light to the room. Last weekend I tacked the bar floor. I covered it with Flor carpet tiles (sew what chalk). I really like the way it looks and feels. It also coordinates nicely with the greenish brick. We will probably leave the rest of the bar as is, other than the countertop. That we plan to replace with a light quartz.  

The fireplace also got a bit of a makeover. Once again, paint made all the difference. Before it was adorned with an oddly placed mantle. There was no where to put a TV, so a TV stand was crammed in the corner by the window. 
Before 
After 
In addition to painting the bookshelves white, we had an electrician install an outlet in the bookcase so that we could plug in a cable box and DVD player. At first, I was against the large TV. Now, I kinda love it. I still need to paint the white moulding that is hiding the wires. 

We decided to place the game table behind the sofa, because there was a light fixture in the ceiling there, and it seemed like the natural place to put a table and chairs. 

Before
After
After 


We hung a new light over the table and chairs. Both of which were Craigslist's finds. After some minor repairs, I painted the table a Benjamin Moore color called Deep Space. The chairs originally had faded orange covers. I sewed new ones - a first for me. I thought about painting the chairs the same color as the table, but I'm kind of digging the wood. Thoughts on this? Let me know in the comments. 
 


This little buffet was in our first dining room. I think we got it at World Market. I still like it and its good storage for board games etc. Everything hanging above it was thrifted. 

Here's one last shot of the entire room. The room through the double doors is the playroom. I plan to post it's update next week. If you have questions about any of the furnishings, paint colors, etc. - leave them in the comments. 


1 comment:

Angela Williams said...

A-ha! You were supposed to determine that the $5 light fixture wouldn't work in your house, so you could give it to me! :) Everything looks great!

Angie

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