Thursday, August 20, 2009

Basement: before

Alternately titled: Oh my Lord, I cannot believe that our basement was this messy AND that I'm posting the pics on the internet.

Seriously, this is bad. Bad, bad, bad.

looking in from the doorway into the room:

The huge pile of tubs. That we didn't pile up after the last time we dug in to them.

Standing right next to the sliding glass door, looking back to the door into the room.

Okay, seriously, I debated posting these. ugh. But, it is what it is. Piles of stuff. I'm noticing there's a lot of baby junk. It's all too big to store IN anything. So it's just down there. We either need to keep if we are ever going to have another kid, or we need to have a yard sale or something. Or burn it all. But then we wouldn't need the shelves.

Last night we got the last of the junk moved out of there, and washed the walls down. After the girls went to bed, John went down and measured how much trim (for the top of the paneling) and baseboards needed to be replaced. There's a bunch missing. Where did it go? Why did it get taken down? Well, who knows. But we might as well do this right and replace it.

The shelves will be built in, on the outside wall. They'll start in the corner where the pile o' tubs is, and go down to the sliding glass doors. That's twelve feet. We're going to put a piece of paneling on the end (right next to the door), and paint it. Then we'll trim out the top to match the rest of the ceiling trim, and put a baseboard on the paneling too. The front of the shelves will be covered with fabric/curtains. I'm thinking if I can find some cheap 84 inch shower curtains, I'll use them. That way they will be washable and already made. I haven't put too much thought into that yet. I'm thinking something plain white or off white.

John's going to inventory our primer and paintbrushes/rollers at lunch, and tell me what we need. After lunch, the girls and I are going to go get what we need for painting. I'll have to pick out the wall paint and get it mixed. I'm really hoping to start priming Sunday. Dang it's a huge room. Mary loves to paint too. I am going to let her help. She wanted to do it last night. That's my girl:).


Mimi-n-Moe's Mom said...

will john by this way anytime soon? we have 1200 or so sq feet of baseboards. we were going to put them in our house and we discovered our current shitty ones are cemented to the wall!! maybe you need a roadtrip? you could get the cats then too!!!!!
think about it!
karen :)

Janis said...

Huh. That's what you call messy? Lightweight!