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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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  • BILLYOWENS4
    Great job. Looks perfect. I just completed my bathroom renovation. The entire renovation was completed without any stress. I am happy that I hired bathroom renovation San Jose contractors from https://homequalityremodeling.com/b
    athroom-remodel-san-jose/ . They did an amazing job and now I have a beautifully renovated bathroom.

    66 days ago
  • BBONET
    WOW! Looks great, what an awesome job. Well worth the time it took!
    517 days ago
  • JUDYAMK
    WOW what a great make over !!!
    Judy
    583 days ago
  • CATE195
    Love your downstairs renovation, what a great place to gather with family!
    587 days ago
  • COLUMBINE2
    Wowzers! Your hard work was worth every minute! A huge change in atmosphere...light, bright, cheery -- you did a terrific job! The furniture looks comfy, beautiful and inviting.....it might be difficult to get up and MOVE!( I'd rather curl up in those chairs and read a great book...but I know you'll keep moving!!)

    Thanks so much for sharing this....I've been hoping to see it! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! You've earned it!
    603 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    Jonnie, this is wonderful and you did an amazing job. Wonderful to have a fellow Teddy Bear helping you out. Awewsome!!!!
    604 days ago
  • ALICIA214



    It all looks wonderful so bright and airy..

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    604 days ago
  • CHRISTINEBWD
    emoticon I think everything looks wonderful!!!
    604 days ago
  • BBONET
    Wonderful job. It looks awesome. I just love the style and of course Bobbi Anne as such great eye so the two of you work great. emoticon
    604 days ago
  • PCOH051610
    Beautiful!
    604 days ago
  • ADRIENALINE
    Looks great! I love the rug under the loveseat. It fits the color scheme so perfectly. You must be so thrilled with the results!
    604 days ago
  • -JAMES-
    Looks fantastic. I too have lived in a wall to wall carpet world (1970's) and drifted over time to laminate, hardwood or Lino, with area carpets where needed, like in your couch area.

    If they get too dirty, change 'em, otherwise it's just vacuum, and I have roomba for that. Push a button, and just let it run for 40 minutes while I do something else (maybe other housework?).

    Your place looks great. Love the style!
    604 days ago
  • FLORIDASUN
    TA~DA!!! I love it...every single part of it! You did great all the way through. It was worth the wait wasn't it?

    I especially LOVE the seafoam green bookcases...what a difference a little color makes!

    I'll be getting our things to you as we discussed and I KNOW you will love the end product that will put the finishing touches on everything. Send me your address again...you know we ART~TEESHS can't keep track of things! emoticon

    Beautiful job Jonnie...a whole nuther world down there now...and such a pretty one! emoticon emoticon
    604 days ago
  • OSONIYE
    Wow. It all looks wonderful!
    604 days ago
  • 1DAY-ATA-TIME
    It's beautiful and I'm sure worth the hassles of renovation. You don't a fantastic job decorating. Congratulations on a job well done!
    604 days ago
  • DRLMAZ
    Great job
    604 days ago
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