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My Finally-Finished Basement Renovation

Saturday, July 22, 2017

You, my SP friends, had to endure 3/4 of a year of my groaning about how slowly the reno was coming along, so it's only fair that I post a few pics of the almost-decorated project. In all fairness, the workmen were out of here months ago, but I am 71 years old (I have to keep reminding myself), and it took me a looong time to move stuff back in there, placing everything where I wanted it -- throwing out more stuff as I went. Then there are summer activities--the biggest being my grand kids' visit. They have just returned home, so here is my pictoral chronicle.

I had to REALLY search to find a before pic. The basement's first decor dated back to the late 70's --remember dark wood paneling and drop ceiling tiles? This pic is from seven years ago--I know because my son is holding my grand daughter who is now 7. They were watching Mason, 3 years old, "play" the old practice piano that my children used to learn to play.


The stairs were carpeted, the walls were dark, the floor was an old tile, that interestingly enough had a shuffle board tiled into it, but we never used it. I wanted to really lighten things up and make me feel "vacationed" all the time.

So here is what I did:




I really must show you a close-up of my wonderful Italian leather love-seat and chairs that sparked the accent color, pale seafoam green. They came from Bobbi Anne's (FLORIDASUN) wonderfully elegant consignment gallery Found Objekt in Bonita Springs, Florida. I saw the set in one of the pics she just happened to post of a couple of new items, and Ta-Da, we found a way to get it to me in Michigan. I love it! I also got the tropical bar stools from her. Found the rug on Overstock.com



Now, see the yellowish looking table behind the love seat on the right... It's an old table of my mother's that Bobbi is going to coach me to paint using chalk paint to fit my color scheme--probably white. I'm scared, but she's holding my hand.

The next room was my ex-husband's old office -- same dark, dark brown. I "seafoamed" the book shelves -- "beached" it out, moved the old piano in there (the grands still enjoy it), and they dubbed it "The Music Room:"




Then the laundry room just got paint to match, and now I even have a new washer and dryer--not shown here, and last to show is the little 1/2 bath (the mirror and pics not yet hung):



Et voila! I still have more decorating to do--paintings to hang, Bobbi suggested a big mirror behind the bar, I just ordered some small shag rugs, but I'm taking my time. Sooo glad to have this project finished. Now to get the outside of the house painted!
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