I hate basements. I hate dirt/grime/dank/dustiness/SPIDERS. GROSS! Thankfully my handsome guy is tougher than me, and decided to take on this project (at least the dirty demo part) by himself. We needed some extra storage, and our basement needed a face-lift. Check out what we started with:
This was the tiny storage we started with.....a dark little corner cubby, big enough to hold some paint and other supplies, but that is about it. So, he started ripping and tearing (splinters were plentiful) to clean up the space.
We (sorry....HE.....I didn't touch any of this part of the project...thus the ugly photos) ;-) removed all of the old storage, and cleaned up the corner so we were starting with a clean slate.
The new shelves we put in all have pressure-treated uprights so there is no rotting problem in the future. I don't know if we will build more, but this baseline gives us the flexibility for more storage if we decide to build it.
I started helping with this at about this point (everything was CLEAN and spider free). We decided to start the shelves six inches up from the ground, just in case of any water in the basement. Our house is a 1930's colonial, so we like to plan ahead JUST in case. We wanted to move all of our storage from the attic to the basement for convenience, but I (of course) want to make sure my stuff stays safe.
Thankfully I didn't have to do any of the dirty and gross part of this project, but I get to benefit from the completed product! I am so happy to have the space freed up in the rest of the basement so I can use my "gym" space again, and not have to work around boxes and crates and half-finished projects.
So happy to have a handyman in my house (and soon to be legally attached to me....ooo he doesn't know what he's signing up for) who cares about improving our home and living environment. <3 him long time.
My fiance's plants are the stars of the design (he has a green thumb....thank goodness), before he and I started dating the only plant I had in the house was plastic. I kept it, $10 to whoever can spot it. :)
There are always things I'd like to change, (I'm a bit of a design-aholic....and now that Pinterest exists it's even worse!) but for the most part I love how everything looks now.
The second floor is a little more difficult - especially since I only have "design control" over our bedroom...I can't exactly require our roommates to have good decorating taste. I will attempt those photos another weekend.
From original renovation until move in, I'm pretty happy with it! There are still some things I'm not in love with - these are going to be the upcoming blog posts as we get to the projects:
I have been living in the house for nearing 6 years now, so there are several little "freshen-up" projects we've done too, but those aren't very exciting.
Happy New Year!
We did the floors VERY LAST (if you've ever refinished hardwood floors you know why - if you haven't - just follow our lead) and I think they came out beautifully. We had to dust the walls & ceilings afterwards, but that is a quick (albeit dirty) job.
We also completely remodeled the upstairs bathroom and decorated it just like the downstairs bathroom (simplicity was key). Unfortunately I don't have any photos of the BEFORE upstairs bathroom (trust me...the blue plastic tile and pink tub/toilet/sink were a sight) I'll try and find a similar photo just to show the change
5 years later and these floors still amaze me - and I never cease to be dumbfounded by the change in the bathroom. (Trust me, if I'd remembered to take actual photos you would be AMAZED at how awful it was to begin with)
The last thing we refinished was the attic/bonus room. This is another space I didn't photograph to start with (I didn't want to remember how awful it was) but it started as a red-walled, yellow/brown carpet wonderland. It smelled bad, and I'm pretty sure it was used to store everyone's old junk that didn't make it to the trash cans. Here are some photos of what it looked like after we finished with it:
At this point in the remodel the house was FINALLY ready to be moved into.....I can't wait to share those photos!
Dreamer, decorator, wife, business owner, personal fitness trainer. 20-something.