Basement Floors

Excuse the long delay. We went through a major polar vortex here that put all kinds of delays on house projects. Most specifically the boys’ bathroom but I’ll save that drama for another post. It’s juicy!

The laminate in the basement is not only ugly, but it was sliding around and coming off the ground.  It just had to go. With the newly done bar and built ins, it didn’t really go with our style anyway.  We went with a tile that looks like wood.  We thought that it was most functional for a basement, and would hold our workout equipment well since we wanted to do tile in that area as well.

David did a great job ripping out the old laminate and I think that the kids loved watching it.  The new tile is looking really good.  I am not totally in love with our choice, I think the floor clashes a little bit with the carpet, but the blue paint is a little deceiving and I think that is what is throwing me off.  Once we use a fresh color, it will all come together (hopefully!).

Downsizing the Basement Bar

David has been working a lot on our basement lately.  A couple of weeks ago we demolished the clunky bar it has changed so much.  David kept cutting it and cutting it until it was the size we wanted.  I think that it is the perfect size now, and once we have the overhanging top, it will look even bigger.

Since the bar was built from oak, it isn’t the easiest to work with, and I don’t like the look of just painting over oak.  We thought it would be easiest, and look best if we used ship lap over the existing bar.

It looks so great, and once the floors and counters are in, we can paint everything and be officially done with this basement!

Basement Bar Demo

The holidays are officially over, and so is winter break, but go figure Eli has a fever and will not be going back to school today. Ugh!!!!! Fingers crossed for tomorrow. These past two weeks have really felt like months.

While we were all hanging out in the basement yesterday, David decided to demo our bar. Right now the bar is just too clunky and big. It makes the room look a lot more closed off than it already is. It’s also a dated oaky wood. We decided to cut off the side of the bar, and it’s crazy what a difference eliminating one piece makes.

Once the bar is the size we want it, we are going to shiplap it. We were going to just paint it, but I think that paining over this wood grain might just look like a quick and cheap fix. The shiplap will make it look much better without breaking the bank. Once the shiplap is done, we will pick out counters, do the floor, and then I think that this basement will be ready for paint!

Basement Built-ins

Happy New Year!

So far, we are starting 2019 off productive. I mentioned on Monday that the basement built-ins are 95% complete.  We didn’t want to spend too much money down here, so we decided to do an IKEA hack on the Billy Bookcase. They turned out great and our old TV works with it perfectly  David bought a new TV for upstairs, and we moved the old TV up there into the basement. I think that once the entire basement is painted, the shelves are decorated, and the hardware is on, they will feel a lot more complete.  As much as I love them, I can’t get past this ugly blue paint.

I will say that it has been so nice having a place for all of the kids’ games, movies, and books that I used to read in our spare time pre kids.

MAJOR Basement Progress

First of all, I hope that you all had a great holiday week! I can’t believe that tomorrow it will officially be 2019. This last year went by so fast, and it was stressful and busy, but definitely a good year. I know that 2019 will be even better. We have so much happening in 2019, and hopefully the entire interior of the house will be completed.

Speaking of house, there was some major basement progress happening over the Christmas break. David worked long and hard building our built ins. They are probably 95% completed, we need some hardware for the cabinets, and to decorate and fill the shelves. We rarely went to sleep before 12:30 because we were so busy taking apart the basement, going through all of the toys and junk we have yet to go through since we have moved, and then organizing it all into our new storage systems.

After all of the work we put into it, we are so happy with how it turned out. The kids weren’t able to play in the basement for a few days, so the looks on their faces when we revealed their newly organized space was priceless. Hopefully it stays this way!

Next up on the basement agenda is painting the entire room, new floors in the bar area and workout area, and redoing the bar. Go figure, a much larger project then we anticipated.

Day 1 and 2 progress: Reveal:

Breaking Point

I can’t believe that Hanukkah has been over for a week already, and that Christmas and New Years are coming up. Seriously, where has this year gone? I know I promised that there would be updates, and there will be. The laundry room is (was) coming along just fine, but we have decided to take a break on that room.

Cabinets are done, hardware is in, David finished painting and just has minor touch ups, and this weekend he installed a closet system. Even though everything is looking great, now that the room is mostly cleared out, I am noticing that there are some issues with the spacing of the floor tiles and the grouting. The only solution is for David to rip out some of the flooring and redo it. This is obviously annoying, because we have been working on this room since July, but it just has to be fixed. When we go to sell this house, I would hate for somebody to think anything looks DIY.

Let’s backtrack a little bit though. A couple of weeks ago my oldest had a play date. We rarely have play dates here because the house has been a construction zone, and Dax was napping twice a day until recently. But, I thought we were in a good place to finally have friends here, plus I was doing my friend a favor by watching her son. To say that Eli and his friend destroyed our house is an understatement.  I took pictures of the damage, but I deleted them because I wanted no memory of what the house looked like that night.     The thing is, I wasn’t even mad about it, it just made me realize that we need to readjust our priorities (again), and focus on getting our basement and playroom done.

I definitely think I hit a major breaking point with this house and I was totally distraught after the playdate. I want for my kids’ friends to come over and destroy the house, I want them to come over and think that they could have so much fun and not me nagging all of the time.  I expect nothing more than a total mess, especially with these wild boys.  The problem is, we have zero organization system in any play area in this house.  There are toys piled on toys, piled on toys, and it must be just as chaotic for the kids to play and not be able to know where things belong, as it is for me.

So, while there is still work to do in the laundry room, we had to get our act together with the basement.  We headed to IKEA to get some major storage solutions and David built them all within 45 minutes.  They are not complete yet, and there is so much work to be done down here, but it is an absolute necessity at this point, and everything else can wait.

Enjoy the hot mess “before” photos of the basement, I hope it doesn’t stress you out as much as it stresses me out!

Our Almost Flood

Living in the Midwest, we have some crazy weather.  I love it because you never know what you are going to get.  The weather report can say rainy all week, and we are surprised with sun…or vice versa!

Last night we had some crazy rain, but not really anything we aren’t used to.  At about 10 PM our power went out which was so annoying.  All of our devices had about 10% battery except for mine, so between that and no TV, what were we supposed to do? I decided to brush my teeth and go to sleep but as I was brushing my teeth it dawned on me that I hadn’t heard the sump pump go off for a while.  Ours is super loud, so you can hear it from the basement all the way to the top floor. I mentioned it to David and he jumped up as if I told him our house was on fire, and ran to the basement.  He soon sent me a picture that sure enough, the backup battery was not plugged in and was dead, so there was no back up and the water was filling up quickly.

For those who don’t have sump pumps, if they stop working, and the water fills up, you can most definitely expect some flooding.  Well, ours was just about full, so David called his dad all the way in Oregon to figure out what the heck to do. The power wasn’t expected to come back on until after midnight, and the rain wasn’t getting any better.  David got a bucket, and literally started filling it with water to avoid the sump pump to overflow.  He filled over 3 buckets, and saved the night because we didn’t have any flooding. Phew!

If we learned anything from this event it’s that a. always make sure your backup battery is working b. have working flashlights c. maybe make sure at least one cell phone has at least 70% power in case of a real emergency or longer term power outage

So fortunate for my spur of the moment thought,  because the last thing I wanted to do or spend money on is more basement carpet.