By the end of today's post, you'll totally understand why I've never blogged about the basement before, but we're just going to be honest about things and enjoy the journey that is renovating an old 70's house.
I'm feeling excited, terrified, hopeful, and slightly nauseous.
Since the basement has never been blogged about before, we'll start at the beginning. Our house is a split level, so when you walk in the front door, there are two sets of stairs...one leading up to the main area (that we've spent the past 10 months renovating) and one leading down.
Those stairs lead to the basement level which is comprised of three rooms: a living room, a bedroom, and a full bath.
We'll start in the living room. This is a picture of this room when we first moved in. It had the same beige carpet, yellow walls, and dark wood trim that the rest of the house had.
Please note my attempt to lift this room's spirits with sequined pillows.
It obviously did not work.
It obviously did not work.
After a few months of living here and feeling a little overwhelmed by how much this house needed, I tried my best to improve the basement. I painted the walls and trim (my go-to recipe for semi-success when you lack the funds to do much else) and then in my attempts to make Jesse a man cave, I accidentally made another woman cave.
I was working with 100% thrift store stuff and got a little sidetracked by candlesticks and birds. And Jesse pretended to love it, which I don't think I fully appreciated until this very moment.
My woah-man cave didn't last very long once we started renovating the upstairs, as it quickly became my dumping ground. For anything and everything.
And then it became the flooring contractor's dumping ground for all of his equipment, so there were months at a time when I never stepped foot down here.
Here's the opposite view...that's Rock Wall Two. He's located directly below Rock Wall One upstairs, which should give you a better idea of the floor plan.
Here's the view of the stairs leading up to the entryway landing.
I know. That carpet is a little scary. I knew it was getting removed once we were done with the upstairs, so I just kinda went into neglect-mode.
Basically, pretty upstairs, HOARDERS EPISODE DOWNSTAIRS.
Also, those poor neglected stairs. I was supposed to prime and paint the risers like I did on the upstairs set, and then trim them in around the sides near the wall.
But, I was a tad overwhelmed at the time.
So, I'll be adding that to the basement to-do list.
So, this last weekend, we rented a dumpster, and finally began gutting the basement. We started by removing all of the trim and carpet in the living room.
Luckily the carpet wasn't glued down in here, so removing it was fairly easy.
The rest of the basement demo wasn't so easy.
Here's a pic of the hallway that leads to the bedroom (directly ahead), the bathroom (to the right) and the garage (behind).
This hallway was originally wood paneling, but it was painted before we moved in. I'll be re-painting it and replacing the trim work and doors.
And probably removing that side-boob light.
Behind that 1970's door is a large bedroom. We used it as a gym for the first couple of years, and then eventually it became the dreaded 'cat room'. Cheese likes to go in there and stink it up, no matter how hard we try to make her litter experience pleasurable.
Tootie is SO horrified by this, and hopes that once there is some new flooring in here, Cheese will get it together.
Here's the view of the opposite way, looking back towards the hallway. All that stuff on the ground is carpet glue, which makes prying carpet off of cement really fun.
Next up is the bathroom. The basement bathroom is pretty spacious, but definitely needs some help.
My goal from day one was to keep the flooring in the basement consistent throughout, which requires demo-ing the tile in the hallway and bathroom. While we were at it, I decided that I was just going to redo the entire bathroom.
On a budget.
On a budget.
So, Jesse began disassembling the vanity (which doesn't look all that terrible, but I promise you, up close it was kinda gross).
And piece by piece, he slowly removed the entire thing.
I always thought this stuff seemed really intimidating before we started renovating this house, but the more we do, the more approachable it seems.
Of course, I was just standing in the corner with a camera, so you should probably negate my opinion.
Also, who noticed the ornament wreath? Let's pretend it was never down here.
In typical 1970's style, we also found some sassy linoleum underneath the tile.
And after all of the stuff was out of the bathroom, Jesse began the process of chipping up the tile.
After spending about an hour on 3 tiles, we decided to hire out this part of the demo. It cost us about $200, but was worth every penny.
That tile was NOT willing to go without a fight.
So, yesterday a nice man came and jackhammered my floor for about 6 hours.
I just noticed...you can see the original dark wood paneling down by the floor where the trim was pulled up. I've debated pulling this paneling up, too, but I'll probably just replace the trim and repaint the paneling to match the color that I paint the rest of the walls.
Or I could be non-lazy and remove it.
Time will tell. :)
Now that we have all of the flooring removed in the entire basement (and a toilet crammed in my shower), we're ready to move on to the next phase. Jesse and I will be doing the flooring installation on our own, beginning this weekend, so my hope is that we survive and that it doesn't take us any longer than we expect.
That's obviously an irrational goal, but reach for the stars, girl.
I'll be back soon to share my flooring choices, my overall plan for the basement, and any other little tidbits or progress that happens along the way.
In the meantime (before I spend my weekend getting sweaty in the basement), Jesse and I will be celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversary. I feel so thankful for the unconditional love this man has shown me over the past 12 years, often despite myself, and I don't know if I would be the woman I am today without his love and encouragement.
My love for him grows every day...especially when he says things like 'Hey girl, you take a break on this one. I'll rip up that cat-poo carpet for ya.'.
Thanks for being here, ya'll. I appreciate it so.
'Til next time.
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