So the first thing we knew we wanted in our Year of Upgrades Basement Renovation was a playroom for the kids. They may have to share a room (something that I'm not convinced is bad for them in any way) but at least they'd have a space for all of their toys. And the dream of not having toys and kid nonsense all over our house... GLORIOUS. How about some before, during, and after pictures?
Originally when we bought the house it was a pool room with a dart board and beer fridge and a whole guy paradise. We used it that way until we had kids. Then it basically became an obsolete dumping grounds for all of our random crap. We just didn't live that way anymore.
|The scary thing is this picture was taken after we had organize things a bit. Yeah.|
|So much crap. although the boxes are all base yarn which has been organized and relocated to my dye studio. Much more efficient!|
|All of this is gone now.|
|Walls gone, new walls being built. SO MUCH DUST. Our entire house smelled like a construction site.|
|Getting closer! You can see the new opening cut in the wall next to the stairs and the other areas almost framed out.|
|New sills we had fabricated to match the sills upstairs. Yay consistency!|
|New Playroom primed and ready to paint!!!|
Mainly greys and neutrals. My thought was that we didn't want to go dark b/c it's a basement. But we also needed to be real careful with color considering that ALL OF THEIR THINGS are crazy colorful. So no matter what we did with paint the moment we added in the toys it was going to be a color explosion. We did end up with a pop of yellow on the ceiling, though. And also an accent room (more on that later):
|Painting finished. Ready for the new carpet and flooring!|
After:So! The finished space ready for furniture!
|Headed into the playroom.|
|Block wall with no wiring or nonsense on it! Amazing! Also check out the new sills... they turned out so spiffy.|
Even with just the empty space the kids LOVED it.
And then we added in the coolest toy storage ever (really) but that's another post. Until then check out the before/after comparison:
|Before (although we had already cleared everything out so sortof during?)|
|After: New wall configuration, new and relocated electrical panel, new sills, carpet, paint, etc. etc.|