Monday, December 26, 2011

The Big Before & After Post (Part 4: The Basement)

Edited to add: The link to the supply list

We've finally made it to the last of the before & afters. These are of my basement which I know I haven't really shown you yet. Well get excited to see the whole thing! 

Here is the door to the basement. It's in the kitchen next to the stove. This door goes out to the side of the house right by the gate in the fence. There wasn't a lot I could do to spice up this space:
I used the extra paint from my breakfast room and added a shelf for my coats, dog leashes, keys, etc.
 Here's a close up. The yellow cup holds extra keys. The picture is kind of cute. It's a person walking with a dog, a cat, and a duck. I like that it has a dog and a cat. I have no plans to get a duck though! 


This is on the way down the stairs. This man is my home inspector. The unfinished railing was added before the house was actually mine. I have an FHA loan on my house. Those come with funky restrictions and one of them was that this stairway needed a railing before they would approve the loan. It's risky to put money into a house that you might not get! Fortunately, aside from the railing I just had to paint some peeling paint on the outside of the house and my dad had to board up the broken basement window
 There are so many crazy ceiling angles that it was hard to figure out what to pain what color. I'm still not sure what to do with the breaker box. Leave it grey? Paint it white? Paint it the wall color? Aside from painting the walls I also sanded the railing and painted it white:


Before the railing. The walls down here were filthy too and the windows were thin and original to the house:
 Here it is with new paint, a railing, and a new window. I replaced all of the basement windows (fortunately all of the windows elsewhere in the house are new):



Here is the bottom of the stairs. There's 100 different ceiling heights and a closet for the washer and dryer:
I just repainted everything with a semi-gloss paint that wouldn't show as many marks:
Here's the washer and dryer. Just in case you really needed to see it! My dad built a platform underneath them that I painted white:


Here is the basement the day I met the house (and my mom). This room really didn't need any work. Just new paint and a lot of the light bulbs were burnt out:
Here it is after. This rug I've had for 3 "houses" now. My old TV and TV stand moved down here, my end table is down here while the Christmas tree is upstairs, and my love seat that wouldn't fit upstairs is here too. The shelves have also been with me for 3 houses. The basement is just waiting for me to get a new couch so mine can move down there. It has a couch bed in it. I think it'll be a good extra "guest room" down there with the bathroom so close.
 As far as improvements I've repainted and changed light bulbs:


Here is the other side of the room. That window has been replaced and the closet my mom is peeking into has been insulated:

The barstools are just waiting for a high top table:


I know this post is more of a tour than a before & after... Oh well. Good thing it's my blog! 
Here is what's behind door number 1. Unfinished basement:

I wash my paint brushes out in here, keep my paint and supplies, and my bike lives down here during the winter:
There's also something that makes me really sad. A foreclosure means someone had to lose their house for you to be able to get it. I'm so glad to have gotten the house but this makes me think of the family that came before me and the little girl who had the pink princess bedroom: 
Sad huh? I won't paint over it because their memories matter to me for some reason.




Here is what is behind door number 2. The second bathroom. This is the before:

This is the "after." I'm not sure how I feel about the wall color. It might be too light. This bathroom had to be ripped apart. It's almost whole again. I have to learn how to lay floor tile. Maybe you can spy where:


This is what we saw when we walked through the house. My dad wasn't sure what to expect (since he gets to fix everything!). Because it was a foreclosure the water was off to the house (which is why there was blue tape over all of the faucets in most pictures). It wasn't until the inspection that "we" found leaky pipes. Even so, my dad said he'd have to take out the toilet to see why the tile was buckled. 
This is what I lived with for a year and a half. The drain was installed wrong to the shower. The water was coming up underneath the tile because of that. The family that lived here before me was only using this bathroom because there was also something wrong with the bathtub drain upstairs that caused it to pour all over the basement floor when it drained. These people's version of carpentry and plumbing certainly was amusing!
This is what I'm living with now. Everything is fixed and this is the tile I have left. I laid it out like a puzzle and probably have some tiles in the wrong place. This tile isn't made anymore. I don't want to rip up the whole floor, so I'm procrastinating on figuring out what to do and using the bathroom like this for now:


This is another before:
Here is how I'm keeping things organized in there now:

There you have it! A complete tour and before & after of my house! It's been a great 2 years! I still have several projects left to do, but have made some major improvements so far!

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