When we bought our house two years ago, it was a new construction. We got a pretty good deal on it and we are the first people to live in it.
Sounds fancy right?
But holy hannah people, it is a lot of work!
We have an unfinished basement and since winter around here seems to last about ten months out of the year, we really wanted to at least get the family room done so the kids would have more room to play. Especially since in the middle of winter, the basement always feels about... oh, negative frostbite on your nose degrees.
While that may be nice during the two weeks of summer here, still, concrete floors and insulation walls don't exactly scream welcome! Come play down here.
So once our budget allowed it, we went to work on it.
I say "we" for glory purposes, but mostly, it was Hubby.
With the exception of getting the fireplace installed and a little help received from his brothers and myself, he has done everything himself, and I do mean everything!
The electrical wiring, the framing, hanging the sheet rock, the mudding, taping, and sanding, which is downright horrid I tell you!
After texturing the ceiling and walls, primer was put on, then Hubby started on the trim. He is actually quite a skilled carpenter and he did a fabulous job!
Once the trim was done and painted, we tried to think of what color to paint the walls.
Wow, I can't even begin to tell you what a pain that was! You think you like a color, so you get a sample of it, then realize you don't like it. Then you try again. And again. And again. And again!
At one point, our "sample wall" in the basement probably had five different colors on it.
Finally Hubby said enough! Just pick a color, and that's what we're getting, no matter what!
So we decided on a color that we had NOT gotten and sample of. I know right? Weird.
I was so nervous about I even had a nightmare about it the day before we painted. I sure the walls were going to end up periwinkle. (that's a color if you didn't already know) But surprisingly, the color turned out rather nice.
BEFORE: (I took these pictures while he was working on the trim so some of it is already done in the pictures)
He made a play area for the kids under the stairs.
AFTER: Imagine built in bookshelves on both sides of the fireplace and Hubby's someday big screen television above the mantle.
Not bad eh? We're super excited for the extra space! There are still some things to work on but it's usable now.
It was a painstakingly slow process since Hubby was a one-man show, but he did good, real good.
Now if only I could convince him the bathroom down there needs to be done next instead of last!
Clearly, he's never done the potty training around here.