I’m so glad everyone found yesterday’s post funny. At least once a week I giggle about how our all-white walls really look like the product of Mr. Bean’s method and I figured it was time to let you all in on my joke. And yes, I am definitely planning to paint the basement a colour soon. Want a sneak peak? Oh boy, I hate disappointing my lovely readers like this . . . I haven’t actually picked the exact colour yet (I’ve wallpapered the basement in swatches) but this outdoor space from Prudent Baby is my basement inspiration:
Oh yeah. I’m going taupe. Anyone feel let down? Come on, I promise it will be goooood.
I love everything about the space above: the taupe-y walls, the faded black & white textile, the weathered wood, plus the hits of icy turquoise and pink. While a beige-y/taupe-y/grey colour isn’t my first choice (it’s white!) I think it’s necessary because our basement has a beige carpet that I want to downplay. I tried other swatches (pale turquoise, creamy yellow, dark grey, chocolate brown, vanilla ice cream white, etc.) but those colours either made the basement look dark (it has but one window) or made the carpet pop in a weird way. White walls made the carpet look dirty. Darn. I think a nice taupe/beige will make the area seem cozy and inviting without being too much of a departure from the crispness of the rest of the townhouse.
Now for our dirty secret. Our basement is hideous. It’s sad, tired, worn-out & ugly (we blame the former homeowners) but it’s also cluttered and messy (that’s all on us). I don’t want to show you . . . but I will:
Here’s my inspiration for the laundry room which, I’m not gonna lie, might get a coat of white (yay!) or maybe a really saturated turquoise on the walls or painted floor. It could be a place to really go wild and distract potential home buyers from the aged washing machine.
Except my laundry room boasts a washer & dryer older than me
Our laundry room (it’s amazing anything comes out of here cleaner):
Gosh, revealing that was terrifying. But I think we can make it better (can we make it worse?!?)
Here is our to-do list to make the basement presentable:
- Buy a vacuum (we were using the one the previous homeowners’ left in the garbage until it blew up. I think I know why they didn’t take it with them)
- Clean (it’s been hard to do, without a vacuum. Man, I hate carpet)
- Re-drywall areas
- Paint walls, ceiling, trim, heaters, door
- Make lighting less crappy
- Sew curtain for lone window
- Rip up carpet
- Remove weird, falling down accordion door (not pictured)
- Install drywall and ceiling
- Install baseboards and trim
- Paint walls
- Paint floors
- Make lighting less crappy
- Sew curtain to hide stuff
- Install storage
- Make a wall-mounted dry rack
- Hang some art (art makes everything better)
We want to do this inexpensively because our basement is nothing special – not worth anything fancy pants, but it does need our patented spit & polish. We’re going to begin tackling this in January (and probably February, March and April) but I promise to keep you posted! Now – go look at the townhouse tour so you remember we aren’t messy slobs.