Renovating the basement – Drywall

24 Feb

This week was dedicated to putting up drywall, taping and mudding.

I’m not very good at visualizing things, so I was excited to see the spaces change as the drywall went up and really be able to grasp the layout and the size of the rooms. Let me tell you that I was not disappointed!

The first thing that struck me as I walked down the stairs was the size of the hallway/entrance to the basement. I had envisioned it a lot like our upstairs since the layout is really similar, but its so much wider and more open than that.

Walking down the stairs

Looking from the living area

 I’ve also been doing some brainstorming about how I want the living area and Georgia’s play area to work together. I got a lot of inspiration yesterday on my “mental health” day while watching Sarah’s House (about Sarah) on HGTV. Have you guys seen this? Her style is fresh, bright and and a little bit playful. She uses more color than I would normally consider but with textures and mix of prints, it just all comes together so beautifully.

Where is this going, you might be asking? Yesterday as I waited for some laundry to dry, I caught up on the last few episodes of her latest renovation when the color palette in the basement living area struck me. Instead of a brown or tan sofa like more people would choose, she did a sofa in navy blue textured fabric with menswear inspired pillows in grays and shades of blue.

Isn’t it beautiful? (All except for the ottoman, which seems like a little much for me.)

I love the palette and I immediately started searching for navy sofas with killer texture. I also like the picture ledge that runs around the room. Her thought on it was that it added some architectural detail to the room since it’s in the basement and has no windows – it just adds a little something. I love that idea! Do you think I can talk the hubs into installing this all the way around the living room?

I love the idea of a dark navy sofa to add variety to our house. I think it’s an unexpected color without being like, “whoa!” unexpected. We’ll see if I can find one for a reasonable price.

This is the living area if you’re standing at the bottom of the stairs looking to the right into the living area. (Living area/Tv room portion) That rectangular hole halfway up the wall is for mounting the TV, if that helps give you perspective.

This is the living area if you’re standing at the bottom of the stairs looking to the left in the living area (G’s playroom space + closet)

The bedroom isn’t too exciting, so I’m not posting pics, but we did manage to finagle a regular sized closet it there, which will come in VERY useful for storing the things that are currently in the guest bedroom closet upstairs. Those things will have to move eventually – especially if we have another kid in the future.

The bathroom is making progress, too! The tile has been laid on the floor and the floor of the shower, and once we can take the brown paper off I’ll show you pictures and tell you about the tile debacle we went through last week. Aaah, subcontractors. #sarcasm

Now that the drywall is finished it has to dry over the weekend and the guys will be back on Monday to texture. Then it’s trim and doors, paint and then carpet. EEE! We’re so close!

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3 Responses to “Renovating the basement – Drywall”

  1. twicethecharm February 25, 2012 at 1:13 am #

    I love Sarah’s House. She makes everything look so fresh and cozy. I can’t wait to see the finished basement. I also have an unfinished living space in my home, but that will be a future project. Check out my blog on decorating the thrift way.

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