Basement Makeover on a Budget

October 26, 2009

Am I excited?? You have no idea! We worked our butts off this weekend and I’m telling you I could barely get out of bed this morning. Why am I so excited? This is the first house that I have owned that I have crossed off all my mental to do list/projects. Could I sink in another $50,000.00 into the house? Absolutely, but whenever I move into a house the instant I even think about buying the house I have a whole idea in my head on everything I want to do.

This is the last big project on the house that we completed this weekend. The first was the staircase going down to the basement. We live in a very old house house and we had a very old and ugly basement.

The fix was simple, a little paint and some vinyl tiles. I still would like to paint the banister going down the stairs but for the moment this will do and is a big improvement!

I can’t believe I am posting this photo but I’m going to let you see what our basement looked like for years. It was the catch all room and a place where we put everything while we remodeled the rest of our house. (Ok so we stored things in our garage too!) This is the reason why I have always hated basements! It was so ugly, bad paneling, vinyl tile that was popping up all over the place and a cheesy bar at the end of the room.

We were on a major, major budget (what’s new!) and we only spent $150.00 on the room and basically painted the whole darn thing. The ceiling tiles were torn down which left the exposed wood which we decided to paint black. It gives the illusion that the ceiling is much higher then what it really is. We tore out the nasty bar and we primed and painted both the walls and the floors. I know there’s some footprints on the floor but I want to wait until the paint can dry for a few days before I wipe them up, I just really wanted to show the room off. (The room had dust everywhere!!) We decided not to put anything on the floor because if it rains really super bad there are a few spots that have gotten wet in the past and we wanted to play it safe.

Like I said there are still a few minor things here and there that I’d look to finish up but for now I think I’m going to sleep for the next 2 days!

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    1. Love your blog! So many great ideas! We are just in the process of finishing out our basement. We built a new home 6 years ago, but just roughed the rooms in at the time. I really like the idea of putting the bead board down the stairwell….so you started it at the level even with the stairs and just carried it on down? Our stairs go down 7 then a landing and then back down 7 more. Do you have any other ideas for the stairs, paint, carpet, tiles? We are planning to do a wide plank hardwood in all the rooms down in the basement so I’m not sure what will look best!

      Anyway, can’t wait to look around more on your blog, very inspiring!

    1. Kimberly-Thank you very much for the nice post, always great to hear something nice especially when you’ve worked so hard on a project! Yes bead board was used going down the stairs but it was put in prior to us owning the house, we simply painted it, it originally was ugly wood. I don’t know what your stairs look like but if they are wood stairs painting them is always a quick and inexpensive option but make sure they are sealed. Our stairs are in the back of our house directly from our backdoor. There is a landing and then a step up to our kitchen that has cork flooring and then the stairway that leads to our basement. Since we were doing the project on a tight budget we decided to use a peel and stick tile that looked a bit like stone. I picked it because it seemed to compliment both the cork and the basement floor. The landing area was also tiled. The only advice I can give without seeing your project is to chose something that will compliment the floor the area its leading down to and the area it is next to. I hope this helps!

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    1. I am looking for basement makeover ideas and your pics inspired me! Thank you. I have a very limited budget, but need to create a fun space for my son and his friends to play and leave my main house in one piece. šŸ™‚

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