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Basement makeover

September 9, 2016

As I mentioned in my last post, the husband and I have been knocking out house projects like it’s our job. Not only did we tackle the backyard, we went full speed ahead with updating the basement.

Here’s what the basement looked like before (please excuse the paint samples and clutter, I got a little enthusiastic while drinking wine one night and wanted to see the colors and get moving):

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Our eventual plan for the basement was to get a bar, since we really enjoy entertaining and having friends over and I’ve recently gotten into making handcrafted cocktails. My dad gave me the bar fridge for my birthday, so it was only a matter of time until the bar followed for the husband’s birthday! Once that was purchased, it was time to paint.

Thankfully we already had the colors picked out. While the light blueish color with the white trim and fireplace is popular in home decor magazine and on Pinterest, it was definitely not our style. The basement living room was the only room in the house (besides the bathrooms) that we didn’t paint when we first moved in. It was time to change that.

We went with a deep red with brown tones and paired it with a brownish tan, pulling colors from the rug we had, since those colors were also in the bar. We decided not to paint the trim or the fireplace, and I think it was the right choice, since the white pops and brings some lightness to the room. (Don’t mind the cat, she wouldn’t move.)

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You can see the new bar and pub table, and how the room looks totally different now that it has some depth of color to it.

Future projects down here include updating the light fixtures (bye-bye boob lights) and figuring out what artwork to add to the wall behind the couch.

Wow, no wonder I feel so tired all the time! Looking back, we’ve tackled so many projects over the last few weeks. But they’ve made such a big difference in making the house feel even more like home. It’s a place where we can have friends over to hang out in the hot tub, grill and have dinner outside, have a SuperBowl party or host a game night. One thing I love is how these projects bring my whole family together, from my husband to my mom and dad. It’s such a great feeling stepping back, looking at something you love and knowing you made it happen with your own hands.

1 Comment

  • Reply Carey Shanahan September 9, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    I love the new look!!!! Especially the pottery on the shelf! : )

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