Thursday, October 8, 2015

Storage Room Update


Now that the kitchen is complete, the main floor of the house is basically done. We have a few touchups/trim painting to tackle this winter but other than that, the big stuff is done and looking to be more apart of this century. SO, what's next? THE BASEMENT. This basement has SO MUCH potential it's redonk. I've been hemming and hawing for the last year and a half with WHAT to do down here. Add a bedroom? Add a bath/master suite? Rip everything out and make a HUGE living room with theater!? I had a contractor come over to talk about moving the bathroom (long story, basically the electrical panel is in there, which isn't to code). SO I started drawing up plans for that...THEN I had a realtor friend come over and take a look. IS the investment there? What would be the biggest bang for my buck in the base? I mentioned all my ideas to him, and his favorite? A simple update to the space.  *cue my happy dance*

YOU SEE, although I think ALL of these renovation ideas would look amaze and be SUPER fun, I don't want to put that in my house if the investment isn't there, this isn't my FOREVAH house ya know. He went on to mention that the demographic that will look at my house won't see that as a benefit over the kitchen/upstairs renovation I did - and I don't want to fall into a higher selling point than my neighborhood can handle.

 ANYWAYS, all that to say, this basement renovation will be a basement-lite version. No walls will come down, just making the space pretty and livable. Capisce?!

So, today, let's talk about the FIRST room in the basement to see a facelift...here are the photos from my first walk through. This room is in the center of the basement sandwiched between a living room space and the workroom:



The stairs you see lead up to the main floor/kitchen area. Loving the variety of flooring here...


A little door leading to the basement living room area. So. Many. Cabinets.


Behind me is the workroom. So basically this room is set up perfectly to hold my PLETHORA of craft supplies (which are currently sprawled about the house). The built ins/pegboarded walls are going to be great to store it all. The concrete walls need a freshcoat of paint. The floors COULD be replaced...BUT that's like 99% Asbestos tile and actually in pretty good condition. I'm hoping a good scrub makes it shine a bit more?! *wishful thinking*.

This past year this room was a dumping ground for the first 6 months of it's life, then I organized it into a storage room. I've since thrown half of the pile out to clear the space for it's new function.



Here's what it looked like before I got my paws on it:






I know what you're thinking - the photos are so beautiful and of great quality! JK, all iphone photos until I replace my camera lens #firstworldproblems.

SO, once I cleared everything out I wiped all the surfaces  with TSP. Who KNOWS what kinda grime was on the walls but I was fairly certain paint would not stick. I cleaned out my TSP bucket about 4 times and each time it was a steady shade of brown, groooooooossssssssssssss. 

After the TSP I slopped on a coat of primer for some extra credit. Then Paint. I wanted the room to be light and bright since it's basically a cave in the middle of the basement. So White White White/GREY!





I wanted to add a little DIMENSION between the walls and peg boards so I went with a light grey for the concrete walls and white for the peg boards. OH and the floors! I used a DE-GREASER, you know, something not known to clean floors? But after trying every other cleaner in the cabinet I whipped that out and OMG IT WORKED SO WELL. I mean they are STILL a tan faux-rock moment, but they're BETTER.



Now is the fun part - organizing ALL THE THINGS.


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