I told you about how our basement flooded in May and that we are slowly putting it back together. We had workers come in then and they started tearing out and replacing doors. Unfortunately, those same workers started projects upstairs and the entire house was a disaster. With two kids and one on the way it was hard and well, those workers left with 85% of our basement still unfinished. My husband has been slowly trying to put things back together and alone since with my bump, I’m not much help. He still has a bit to go. The doors and framing still needs painting, the bathroom is still in renovation and I still need to decorate quite a bit but I thought we all have waited long enough and I can give you a glimpse of what is going on down there so far.
The trim, doors and carpet were all brown. In fact, a lot of this house is. We are working on fixing all of that. In this picture, the trim was already removed to dry out the walls and our old furniture (and some dumpster finds) where brought in to the middle of the room so that we can replace the doors.
The double doors to my office and all of my products on a table as I had no office storage to put everything anymore.
The doors to my office now and while still in need of paint, a huge difference from before. I painted my daughter’s old dresser/changing table when we first moved in but it didn’t look right in my office so now it is the TV stand for downstairs and storage for the kids’ art supplies.
The old couch which was a throw away we took home and got a bit of life with pillows from upstairs. I do want to add more stuffing in the cushions though. I found poufs at Aldi, a local discount grocer, for $20 each and a $17 rug at Menards, a discount home & lumber store. The center bench was from our city apartment that I had up until this point, used in our bedroom and the throw was a $3 find in Cozumel, MX when I was a few weeks pregnant with my son. My husband replaced all the trim and the old carpet with this flooring which only looks and feels like rustic wood but in reality, it is a snap on vinyl from TrafficMasters. I love that floor so much (waterproof and super easy to clean), I have been trying hard to convince my husband to do the whole first level with it. With three kids, an easy to clean yet beautiful floor is all I care about. We struggled the most with wall color. I wanted a soft neutral and my husband wanted color but an already dark basement with moody colors, didn’t sound great to me. He found this color called Shark from Dutch Boy that we both agreed on. It seemed too light at first but you can see a slight contrast with the trim and once we actually paint the trim a simple white, you’ll notice it more. I’ll be able to share more soon as we finish up the basement bathroom, the playroom and my office but until then, is it possible to actually like a basement as much as I do? It reminds me so much of the apartment we rented in Paris, quaint and charming with a cozy feel. PS, I miss Paris.