Hello everyone! I’m so excited to share our basement renovation today! We still have some work to do, but I wanted to show you guys where we are with the project (we are so close to being done!) When we first moved in to our house, the basement was unfinished and FULL of bugs 🤢 I seriously was considering moving back out because of all the creepy critters, but thankfully we have it under control now ☺️ Our basement is the size of the foot print of the house, so there was a decent amount of space to work with. We wanted to take advantage of all the wasted square footage and create another living area for us to grow in. May I also point out, Cory did most of the work himself and I am so proud of what he accomplished! 💛 We started the project without any experience of doing this type of construction work, but with the help of YouTube it was manageable!
The first step was to design what we wanted the space to look like. We created a floor plan of the basement and located where we would build the walls. The furnace was enclosed into a large storage room (thank goodness because it was an eyesore), and we were able to build another storage room on the other side of the basement, this is where we store out kayaks for the fall/winter months.
Looking back at these pictures, I can’t believe this is what our basement used to look like. Cory and I really brought it back to life! 😊 When you come down to the basement from the first floor, the space is divided by the stairs into 2 “rooms”. There is the finished portion (the photos above is what the basement started out as), and the utility/laundry room.
This was once we started hanging the drywall and our vision started to come together. However, I’m not kidding when I say drywalling is the HARDEST thing I’ve ever done. Each piece is so heavy, I can’t believe we got it home from the hardware store. I’m hoping this was the one and only time I ever have to do drywall work again, haha. We did rent the yellow tool pictured above that helped us raise the ceiling drywall up so Cory could screw them in. Although, we did not have the tool the entire time, so my shoulders were very sore after some days 😂
Once Cory installed the can lights, it was so much easier to work 😂 Cory had a really good idea to put all the lights on a dimmer so we could control the brightness. I love that we decided to go with that!
Here’s our little helper who was clearly exhausted from helping and snuggling with her tennis ball 💕
Our next step was to begin mudding………..OMG VIDEOS MAKE THIS LOOK SO EASY! People who mud drywall seams for a living have a gift because it is truly an art. The only advice I can give to someone who is about to mud is patience, patience, patience.
After all the drywall seams were mudded and we sanded, sanded, and sanded a little bit more, it was finally time to paint! The color is Sherwin Williams “Versatile Gray” and I LOVE IT. Even thought it has gray in the name, it’s more of a taupe color 😃
Once the flooring was installed, it really made the entire space feel so much different! I was so happy to never see that concrete floor again 🤣 We started adding the final touches to the space, like arranging the furniture in a more practical way. This rug was in our upstairs living room, and you can see where the furniture sat on the rug 🤭 I did steam clean it, but I wasn’t able to completely get rid of the fading unfortunately.
We still have to finish the ceiling near the stairs and the back door, but the overall space is complete and we are able to use it! I even put a Christmas tree downstairs during the holidays and it made it feel 100% cozier. The other thing that needs to be done is hanging artwork. I bought this frame from a thrift store for $5! I’m thinking of either putting one of Etsy prints in the frame or creating a new print! Thoughts for what print I should use or should I make a new one?
One piece of art we do have is the movie poster box that Cory built and it looks so good! Here is a picture of it when it’s plugged in. He can’t decide if he should try selling it or using it for the basement. What do you guys think? Maybe we could add them to my Etsy shop!
Overall, I am so proud of the work we accomplished, but really Cory did most of it and, he KILLED IT! He is brilliant and responsible for the entire thing! He was able to bring the basement back to life in a timely manner! The basement renovation (I know we still have some things to finish) took basically a year, and I am so happy with the end result! Having extra living space is seriously a plus, and when we go to sell the house, I think Cory’s hard work will pay off 😄
Thanks everyone who read this entire post (I know it was lengthy). I have been collecting so many pictures and had lots to talk about with this project. If you have any questions or comments about our artwork/movie poster, let me know in the comment section!