BASEMENT (Family Room • Office • Bar)
I absolutely hated going downstairs and only really went when it came to doing our laundry. Spiders of all sizes occupied every nook and cranny. The place was filled with our unopened moving boxes and made it seem dark. The place always smelled dank and musty (even before we moved in). Surely this would’ve turned away a lot of homebuyers - as it did for Vuong - but I saw the potential.
Many areas of the basement had wallpaper - not the stylish kind we have nowadays but the dated kind that (we think) might have been applied in the early 80s.
I played with color options and furniture layouts while working on my design...ultimately, we ended up going in a slightly different design direction but it still remained close to what we both wanted the space to be.
The video below walks you through our finished space as if you were there. Pretty close to reality guys! When showing Vuong and our kids what our basement could look like, they were pretty wowed by it. :)
DEMO & INSTALLATION
- Ava "scoring" the wall paper. We didn't know what to do but got some tips from Lowes (www.lowes.com/projects/paint-stain-and-wallpaper/remove-old-wallpaper/project)
- Trim was installed by Vuong and my dad.
- Vuong and I painted the walls. Vuong and our sons painted the doors.
- My father-in-law and our boys helped Vuong install flooring.
If you read our previous blog entries on our upstairs, you may notice that the doors don't match what we installed in the basement (if you didn't know, now you know!). We installed 5-panel doors upstairs but the 3-panel ones were readily available. Since we needed them ASAP (and for a great price), we bought them. Painting them black helped them "blend" in with the doors upstairs. To this day NO ONE has noticed (or at least I don't think anyone has).
Vinyl plank flooring was an inexpensive option. It worked best for both our economic needs and the basement sub floor. Also, we were told we could simply lay it over the existing vinyl and that it was an easy install. Though it isn't hand-scraped like the upstairs hardwood, we did a color match as close as we could so that, like the doors, the difference wouldn't be as obvious.
VENDORS & SUPPLIERS
- Electrical, fireplace, and half wall: Vu Construction
- Mantel: Mantel's Direct (www.mantelsdirect.com/)
- Tile: Home Depot
- Doors: LOWES
- Countertop & Bar Cabinetry: Evergreen Granite & Cabinets (www.evergreengranite.com/)
- Flooring: Lumber Liquidators
- Drywall: Affordable Construction & Drywall (www.affordableconstructionandrywall.com/)
- Wall Grid: Anh Hoa Carpentry (referred to us by my husband's aunt)
- Bar Fridge: Costco
It took about 6 weeks or so to get everything cleaned up, demo'd, and installed. Now the fun part was about to begin - the DECORATING!!!
Furniture & Decor
New items we bought:
- Office desk and upper cabinets: IKEA
- Wall Decor items: Target and Cost Plus World Market
- L-Couch/Sectional: Ashley Furniture
- Moroccan pouf: Joss & Main
- Area Rug: FLOR
- 80" flat screen: Video Only
- Various Decor pieces: Target, TJ Maxx, JoAnn Fabrics, Homegoods, Worldmarket, Pottery Barn, West Elm
~ XOXO, Mari