The stairs coming down. Forgive me, I have no idea what I was doing with this camera angle. I must have been high on outdoor carpet glue.
This lovely wood all used to be painted an awful green, you can still see the color in the nail holes - thankfully someone before us refinished it all! Here is when we ripped out the stanky carpet and crapped up the basement with junk. It stayed like this for years.
Then we ripped all the weird walls down, we still have no idea what sort of material they were made of. And of course, the ceiling came out - a layer of drywall covered with a layer of thick tiles. Our awesome electrician put in the can lights.
We found a fabulous drywall guy on Craigslist who put up all the sheetrock for $500. And we had to do none work ourselves, he used all the existing 'studs' even though they didn't seem useable. Shows what we know, we should've done this project years ago.
The mudding happened...
Then I finally got to paint! We used Glidden's Ceiling Paint on the ceiling and walls (no primer, on the advice of our drywall guy) and it sucked. The 'white' paint looked GRAY. Do not buy Glidden white!The walls were painted Behr Harbor Sky to give it a little color. The fireplace bricks were repainted in Behr Ultra Pure White in satin. We added trim to the doorways and crown molding across the fireplace wall.
I just bought cheap pine trim and used a couple different stains until it matched up pretty well. American Walnut topped with Gunstock was the magic combo. I'm happy with it!
We also cleaned up the gross windows/wells and I hung curtains on tension rods since regular rods wouldn't work.
We decided to just paint the concrete floors for now, it looks fine and while we have cats that poop, pee and puke, there is no carpeting going in this room. We used the same color all throughout the basement, and we went right over the swirls of old carpet adhesive....Behr Epoxy floor paint in 'Spanish Parador.'
Here is the finished room!
I used my beloved Howard products on all the wood, and it looks great.
Don't you love my mom's trippy settee and chair? They are sweet antiques on loan because we don't have any furniture for this room. Except the bookcases that used to house my clothes in the dressing room...oh yes, many things have happened in the last two months! More to come on my beloved dressing room later.
I love that this basement already had ceilings over 7 feet, so it doesn't feel like a man cave. If we put legit flooring in here, it would be perfect. BTW, that rug is also from Overstock and it has yet to lay flat after a month of being down. Oh well.
So what do you think? Not bad, eh? Oh, and we didn't do anything but clean the linoleum stairs. I'm cool with it for now, they are 'funky.'