Basement Progress: Paint

That was fast!! I told you all how efficient these painters are. They were in and out of our house so quick, and their work looks like they spent a month on it. So worth the delay and hassle.

Since the ceiling is so low, we thought that Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace would be the perfect color to brighten up the space. We went with Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue for an accent wall behind the bar and builtins. We couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. The basement looks like it comes from a completely different house, it’s crazy how much paint can do to a room.

Now that the paint is done, we are so excited to organize and decorate so that the kids have a clean, safe, and open place to play.

Basement Progress: Patching and Ceiling

Even with the week long delay, our painters are efficient and seriously do the best job. It makes sense why they are so busy and always delayed, everybody out here wants to use them!!

They arrived at 8am last week and left before 4. They got so much done their first day from patching all of the holes, repairing drywall, and painting the ceiling. I think when David walked through to see the progress, there was a huge sigh of relief that he decided against painting this himself. It is a ton of work, but this makes me even more excited to see how it looks primed and painted.

Basement Vanity

Why is it that David and I will discuss holding off on a project because it is not a priority, and then all of a sudden we cave and start the project as if it is top priority? Does this even make sense? I do tend to ramble these days.

Well, the bathroom in our basement is a perfect example of this.  Even though the basement is so not the way we would choose to do it if we were designing it ourselves, we are so lucky that we moved in to a house with a finished basement that included a full bathroom. The bathroom had an ugly dated vanity, and the shower tiles and hardware/ fixtures are so ugly, but it served it’s purpose when we had guests come to town. Redoing the bathroom down there was never really even a discussion. Every once in a while we would talk about retiling the shower, but that was the extent of it.

Once the date got closer to the basement being painted, David started looking up different vanities that might work in that small space. His logic was that if they are already in there and painting, shouldn’t we just have the bathroom done the way we want. I mean, yes we should. It definitely makes sense to have a pretty new vanity to go with the pretty paint, and if we waited to put in the vanity that meant David would for sure have to do some patching and painting on his own eventually. So, why not just get it out of the way.  We chose a vanity that was simple, inexpensive, and worked in the small space, but while we were debating which vanity to order, David thought- why not get a new toilet while we are at it. So, we now have a new vanity and new toilet, and an ugly blue tiled shower.  We both agreed that we would wait on the shower. With the bathroom being painted, the tile won’t look as bad, but it will definitely be replaced someday soon. Maybe during David’s paternity leave.

I’m really happy with how it is looking, and once the paint is finished we can order a cool mirror, light, and replace all of the hardware that is in there.

Ready to Start the Basement

Ahhh! So so sorry I have been MIA. Between Eli, Dax, and I, we have all been extremely sick. Too sick to really even function. We all had different things ranging from tonsillitis, bronchitis, ear infections, asthma, sinus infections, fevers, croup, pneumonia scares, broken bones, etc.  It also doesn’t help that I am 38 weeks pregnant and feel like I am a 90 year old who isn’t able to take care of themself!

David has been as helpful as he possibly could be despite working full time, and he’s done as much as he could with the house in between taking care of all of us.

I have a few progress updates I hope to share before this baby arrives!

Remember when I mentioned that David agreed to hire out the basement?  It took some convincing for sure, but he finally agreed to it and that’s all that matters at the end of the day.

The painters scheduled us for August 14 to start the project. We had so much prepping to do.  We needed to remove all of the shelving, book cases, wall cubes, etc. from the walls and put it all in the middle of the basement. We also had to gather all of the kids’ toys, trucks, vehicles, trampolines, and everything else in the middle as well. David needed to finish some moldings, the bar he started months ago, and he decided to replace the bathroom vanity- but we will touch on that later.

On August 13, David reached out to the painter since we haven’t heard from him for a while.  He wanted to give him the paint colors we decided on, and ask for an ETA since we had a lot going on that day. We didn’t hear back from him. The next morning, still no word. David reached out 2 times, nothing. I was telling a friend about it who uses him often, and she said he is really bad at returning messages but always shows up around 9:30. 9:30 rolls around, no show. 10:00, nothing. David finally decided to call and sure enough the painter told him he was delayed and would need to come back the next week.  That was that.

Not only was there tons of prep work David rushed to do, but the kids also lost their main play space, and it was just one more week we couldn’t get the basement ready before the baby gets here! But, what can we do?!

Let’s fast forward to Sunday night. David reaches out again, asking when they were planning on showing up this week. We wanted to plan our week around it. No response. Hours later we hear back, and the painter says “Can we reschedule to September 20?”

First of all, no, no we can’t reschedule to September 20. We were both livid, but we also thought maybe he meant August 20th. Doubtful, but it’s always good to give somebody the benefit of the doubt, right? David wanted to respond with something rude, but I told him to breathe and give himself a little time before responding. He decided to go with “I’m sorry, did you mean August 20? September won’t work as we are having a baby next week” Well, that worked out well. He got an instant response with “we will see you Wednesday” Hallelujah!

So, on Wednesday they started the basement and all we need is for this baby to stay put for at least one more week!

Bye Bye Pool Table

Happy Monday!!

The previous owners left us a nice pool table in our basement when we purchased the house from them.  At the time we thought that was the coolest thing ever.  What more could David and the boys want? Plus, pool tables aren’t cheap, so this would eventually save us thousands of dollars.  Was it the look we are going for? Absolutely not, but it is hidden in the basement so who really cares?

The longer we have lived here, the more we change our minds about whether or not to keep the pool table.  It takes up so much room in the basement and the kids would have a ton more room to run and play with it being gone.  Some days we are like let’s get rid of it and some days we know it makes sense to keep it.  However, who knows if we will even want to be in this house by the time the boys are old enough to use it.

As we are getting ready for our basement to be done, we realized it’s best if we got rid of the table…for good.  If we are still in this house long enough for the boys to want one, we can buy another one when they are ready.  Right now they aren’t, and they deserve the proper place to play.

Of course now the ideas are flowing on what we can do with all of the space, but I think we will be much happier with not only the basement, but the entire house with this new plan.

Hiring out the Basement

I’ve mentioned multiple times now that the new rule with our home renovation is that if David doesn’t finish by the timeline I give him, we will be hiring out the next project (or portions of it).

I will admit I’ve been giving him some wiggle room with certain things, but when it comes to the basement, it’s a non negotiable.

Months ago David agreed to hire the basement out. I allowed him to knock down and build the new bar, build the built in media unit, redo the floors, and some other minor things. He said we can hire out the drywall and paint. Not completely sure what happened, but we never followed through with our painter, and the basement has been at a standstill since February/ March.

We spent so much time organizing and going through a lot of our stuff and finally felt like we were in a good place for the kids to play down there and have play dates down there. Well, that went out the door…quickly.

The basement is beyond a hot mess. It gives me so much anxiety even being down there. I pretty much am down there just to work out with my boyfriend, I mean Peloton. Not to mention the spiders down there. Yikes!!

After David finished Dax’s big boy room by his deadline, he admitted that he really didn’t want to do the basement. Not sure if it was my lack in pressure or what, but I couldn’t be more relieved, thrilled, happy, ecstatic that we are hiring out this project.

They start in August which means we have to go through everything. I’m tired of just organizing boxes and bins. I want to use this as an opportunity to go through every box and every bin and purge purge purge.

So far we have gotten through the storage closet and have a long way to go, but by doing a little bit each night, we are sure to get this done before August!

I can’t wait to finally have a clean and organized space that doesn’t give me anxiety, and yes I know I’ve said this before!

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!).