Shiny, Happy Basement

969954_10200162162881463_1258206502_nIt has been too long since we visited.  My goodness, there needs to be two of me…more on some days!

The home renovation is coming along…slowly, but surely.  If there were more time in the day, we would probably be finished in a month or so..but since we are limited by the 24-hour boundary…I guess we will do the best we can.

Glidden Duo in Granny Smith Apple in Semi-Gloss from the Home Depot

Glidden Duo in Granny Smith Apple in Semi-Gloss from Home Depot

The basement is in the final stage…decorating…which to me is always the most challenging.  It is easy to tear it up…toss it out…and even put it back together…but deciding what to bring into the room…that part always gets me.  Whew!  I am getting stressed thinking about it….

Now, grab a cup of coffee…or a tropical fruit smoothie…and sit a spell with me as we explore the colors in the shiny, happy basement.

On the concrete block walls, we used Glidden Duo in a semi-gloss finish because I wanted to bounce a little light around that dark space.  To liven it up even more, we chose a bright and fun Granny Smith Apple color–it went from drab to fab in no time!

Wall color--Glidden Duo in Lime Sorbet in a subtle eggshell finish

Wall color–Glidden Duo in Lime Sorbet in a subtle eggshell finish from Home Depot

On the sheetrock walls, we painted a shade lighter in a soft eggshell finish.  Do not even get me started on the condition of those walls!  Thank you, previous homeowners, for doing it yourself without instructions.

Personally, I love semi-gloss paint because of its durability and clean-ability.  Let’s face it–when you live in a house with three dogs, a hubby, and a teenage fashionista…things are going to get touched…bumped…and dirty!  Despite my love affair with semi-gloss, I had to go with eggshell on the “sheetrocked” walls because of all of the imperfections.  Eggshell, satin, and flat finishes are perfect for hiding all kinds of wall sins.

Risers are in Behr Premium Plus Interior Eggshell Enamel in Japanese Kimono and the steps are in Behr Concrete and Garage Floor Paint 1-Part Epoxy in Pyramid

Risers are in Behr Premium Plus Interior Eggshell Enamel in Japanese Kimono and the steps are in Behr Concrete and Garage Floor Paint 1-Part Epoxy in Pyramid–both from Home Depot

Deciding on the color of the stairs was not an easy task.  Compromise and a wee bit of loud discussion between the mister and me helped make the final color selection.  I had visions of rainbow stairs…or shades of blue and green…each step and riser a different color…Stan envisioned more of one solid color…or khaki and white…

Finally, we played the “Go to Home Depot and Pick Out What Colors You Like” game.  Stan had cool shades of gray and blue…Abby had brighter shades of blue–yes, we sometimes let Abby play the home renovation games–I picked lime greens and corals.  Several hours later…we decided on lime greens and a deep coral (Japanese Kimono).  Was it a victory for me?  For the most part…but I still would have loved to have had rainbow stairs.

Floor color--Behr Concrete and Garage Paint 1-Part Epoxy in Pyramid

Floor color–Behr Concrete and Garage Paint 1-Part Epoxy in Pyramid

Stan did get his khaki wish.  With all the shiny, happy on the walls and risers, we decided to tone down the floor.  The Pyramid color was perfect!

Stan is happy–I am happy…the loud discussions about the basement are over.  We have even made a couple of upcycled projects for the room.  I will save those for another day…so stay tuned for a little upcycling fun!

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today.  Be sure to check out my latest article at This Is Real Media–“Basement: Plan B and Working On Plan C” at http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/06/14/sweet-sorghum-living-short-tales-basement-plan-b-and-working-on-plan-c/

Have a Blessed and Beautiful Day!

Chasidy

One Blonde and a Stan: The Genesis of the Basement Renovation

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The basement project is in full swing even though we are short one blonde. Abby has been a bit under the weather and has been really busy being the VIP…so it has just been Stan and myself.

The plan to renovate the basement started innocently. I thought that it would be a simple project.  There was really no other choice because the room was dark, dingy, and scary.  I have shed many a tear walking down the carpeted stairs into the pit of carpeted filth.  Our bad weather safe zone was not really “safe”…it was frightening.  Something had to be done.

I thought, “How hard could it possibly be?”  Get in.  Get out.  Done.  No, I am afraid that is not how it went.

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Apparently, we love living in a mess and on a prayer…thank you, Bon Jovi, for your musical inspiration…

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Now, grab a cup of coffee (iced coffee is pretty delicious), and sit a spell with me, as we take a look at the genesis of the basement transformation…Note:  it is not finished yet…but one blonde and a Stan are getting close!

First, we had to get the disgusting carpet out and the dried glue removed…it was so gross…and that is all I want to say about it.  To read more about this ordeal, check out my article “Sweet Sorghum Living Short Tales:  Thoughts While Scraping Glue” at This is Real Media http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/05/31/sweet-sorghum-living-short-tales-thoughts-while-scraping-glue/

My plan was to start painting immediately after the last inch of glue was scraped, but that is not what happened.  The original basement renovator did not tape the sheetrock joints…and probably did not use or even own a tape measure.  So…we had to do a little sheetrock repair.  Then we had to do a little “drylocking” on the concrete blocks…

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Carpet gone from the stars, glue removed from the floor, and sheetrock repaired

Carpet gone from the stars, glue removed from the floor, and sheetrock repaired

Stan doing a little sanding...notice that I put a little art on the wall...it was serving as inspiration.

Stan showing off his mad sheetrocking skills…notice the wall art…it was serving as inspiration…and hope….

While we were waiting for the sheetrock mud and drylock paint to dry, we started priming and painting the tribute to Roll Tide doors and trim.  I have never encountered such…but we persevered…and the crimson became Ultra White (Behr–Home Depot).

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We replaced ceiling tiles and the lights.  I am so glad that Stan replaced the original two light kits with four light ones.  The room is so much brighter.

We replaced ceiling tiles and the lights. I am so glad that Stan replaced the original two light kits with four light ones.  Good call, Stan!

IMG_9603My goodness!  I must be getting back to my basement.  There is still work left to be done.  Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me, and be sure to join me next time for all the details about wall colors, floor color, how we hid the plumbing, and much more.

Also, check out my latest article at This Is Real Media, “Sweet Sorghum Living Short Tales:  How to Eat and Paint an Elephant”…guaranteed to make you smile…and it has a few tips about choosing paint sheen http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/06/07/sweet-sorghum-living-short-tales-how-to-eat-and-paint-an-elephant/

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Big Hugs xx,

Chasidy