It has been six months since Handy Hubby and I did any work in the basement and we literally stopped mid-task, so there are tools and supplies everywhere! Although we prettied up one corner, there is still so much to do (and so little money to do it with). Other than my being abroad for four months, a major hurdle has been that some un-fun tasks (more wallpaper removal for me, drywall for Hubby) are looming, discouraging us from trudging down into the basement. We both know that if we can just get through those tasks, we can get to the fun stuff, like making over my work desk, painting the walls, making a curtain rod from scratch, making some fun art, building and styling shelves, etc. But we’ve been dragging our feet. I have a ton of ideas swirling around in my head (A brightly coloured laundry room floor? An inventive solution for hiding our ugly washer and dryer? Unexpected accessories?), but I can’t get to them until we suck it up and just finish this stage. I see light (haha) at the end of the tunnel, though, because we’re doing one fun thing: pondering lighting options, oohing and ahhing over different types of fixtures, deciding how many we need (and how inexpensively we can snag them).
So maybe the industrial look might work well in the laundry room?
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On the other hand, the basement has greige walls and carpet, so the (pretty teeny) laundry room might be the place to splash out and try some fun and colourful:
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Or maybe something colourful and industrial? I’m really trying to squeeze every last drop of joy from this decision because after we decide on a light fixture, it’s back to this.
Frankly, anything is an improvement on what is there: a big-ass fluorescent that was (presumably) pulled from a dumpster and a socket for a naked bulb that was (inexplicable) empty, and, despite being functional, left right beside the fluorescent. What the H? Did they do this just to torment us?!? The former owners have left us scratching our heads, whimpering, “why, why, why?” sooo many times.
A decision soon, followed by some actual progress. The basement is also where the magic happens for other projects, so I have a total traffic jam of ideas for things I’d like to make or fix or re-do, but until we make progress many (but not all) projects are on hold.
P.S. For Ottawa folk, the Diefenbunker is kind of cool. If not for the history, go for all the retro office furniture and orange tape dispensers. Scary news Canadians: even in the event of a nuclear blast, the Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation will still be in existence, so you’ll have to keep paying your mortgage (even if you can only pay in beads and seeds). Way to take away our silver lining, suits.