Our basement saga continues…we have prepped and are ready to go. and have apparently have stretched and warmed up those high V’s too. aye aye aye.
That’s right…in order to get this space done, we used a big chunk of that True Value project budget for buckets and buckets and buckets of paint. It was so simple – we just took in our paint swatch (Martha Stewart’s Ash Bark) into our local True Value store and they color matched it in store while we picked up extra rollers, brushes and other painting accessories.
Let me just say – cutting in was a BEAST. This room has more edges than the Kardashians have le0pard rompers. And that is really saying something.
It roughly took me and my crew (my sis Nornie, my mom, and some miscellaneous helpers) a full day of painting just to get the first coat on. Wowza.
Yes, we were taking turns up on the ladders (mostly because they didn’t want to keep hearing me shriek, “I’M FALLING HELP! HELP! Oh wait, I’m okay.” over and over). Even just that photo of Norn makes me kinda dizzy and want to photoshop pillowy clouds beneath her to break any fall.
But after everything dried and Will and I went down there, I noticed a problem. The areas that we had patched weren’t exactly smooth. Maybe it was sheer laziness, maybe it was because we simply hate doing drywall work, maybe it was a simple mistake….but the walls and ceiling needed one more coat of mud that we had failed to do.
So back to the drawing board…err…the mudding board we went. I had to resand, remud, and resand all the spots that needed it.
Forgive me for a moment while I rant about mudding drywall. It is the pits. the pits of a large sweaty Italian man. a man that has a sweater of hair on after he takes off all his clothing. those kinda pits. and my family is full of such men so I know what I am talking about here. believe me…even Sure Antiperspirant is not so positive about them pitties.
It not only leaves a mess, but it makes you physically ill. Before it all settles IN EVERY CREVICE OF YOUR BODY, the dust gets in your lungs, your nose, your mouth, and basically every surface needs a full wipedown – not once but several times. And that’s all while wearing protective eyewear, masks, and the full ET-just-landed bodysuit. Like I said…THE PITS.
On the upside, it was fun to show Will how to properly use a broom to make swirls in the floor mess.
Consider it training for the day that will require him to actually clean up the dust vs. just playing in it.
Seriously, who needs toys when you have a broom and a dirty floor, right?!
Anyhoo…after cleaning everything AGAIN, another coat on the ceiling, two more coats on the walls, and two more coats on the areas that needed remudding, we have a finished and wedding-ready basement.
I must say that I do love how it looks with the raised panels in the ceiling as the wall color and the trimwork all matching. Burgundy is never good…unless it’s a character played by Will Ferrell…then it’s kind of a big deal 🙂 name that movie…so yeah, basically this ash bark is the bee’s knees in comparison.
In the kitchenette area, we painted and left the hole from the bar. Since we had this desk and my mom wanted a drink station over in this area anyway, we simply needed a solid surface that could protect the pipes and the open wall. The tables are going to be draped so it will be well-hidden for the wedding.
Oh and you may have noticed that we got a rug down here…it’s the one from the dining room. And all we did was fill the big spaces in the tile (that’s made to look like wood) with a bucket of pre-mixed grout. We smeared it in, let it dry and then had a solid surface that was smooth enough to place a rug over and hide completely.
In other basement news, we also hung a few things – like lights (more on that later) and fans and a tv. This actually belongs to my dad and he brought it over to have a slideshow of photos running during the wedding of the lovely bride & groom.
And our fans we actually got for a steal – under $45 each for the big room. Since we already had recessed lighting, we figured that just getting a plain fan (vs. a fan that also has lights) would be a good way for us to save money but still add a way for good air movement.
So there you have it – our basement before & after….
Not too shabby, huh? It was nice to have that earlier deadline of Norn’s shower before the chaos of wedding week hit.
So that was how we did it. Not ridiculously exciting (it is only painting afterall) but definitely an improvement. And hopefully one day, we will look back and laugh about the amount of dust on that floor. I guess that’s the same day that the dust bunnies on the first floor will have decided to hop off to the woods 🙂 Hey, a girl can dream!
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That is the most gorgeous basement I have ever seen, well once you repainted it! The finishes are fantastic and not what you normally see in a basement. You are one lucky girl!
Brooke @ Life on a Gravel Road says
Love it! Burgundy that dark is… ugh. But, I do like some different shades of red. I actually have a Bordeaux accent wall in my family room around the fire place and I love it. Of course the rest of the walls are a cream color, so it brightens it up. A whole room and the ceiling of that color…. I would feel like I was surrounded by blood… ugh!
The difference is amazing! What a beautiful room!
OMG! It is so great! I love the color! Your house will be beautiful for this wedding coming up! Are you the photographer? Hope you will be able to relax and enjoy all the compliments you will receive for your hard work! Bravo to. The Bowers! Your sister better appreciate all the blood, sweat & tears!
Happy Wedding Weekend!
Katie I love it!
Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove says
The room turned out amazing! I love the paint color (seriously though, Martha can do no wrong) and I love how the fans look, too!
It looks great! That looks like a ton of work – but well worth it.
We renovated our kitchen this summer – I too hate drywall dust. I can’t imagine doing drywall by trade.
It’s really beautiful! And I agree, mudding and sanding is awful! We just finished a bathroom remodel and I thought I would never finish with the sanding!
Jen M says
Fantastic! You picked the perfect colour for those walls, I can’t believe the difference it makes. Your sister is one lucky girl to be able to have her wedding in such a beautiful, intimate place. Thanks for sharing!
The basement looks amazing!! The paint color you used is just beautiful.
it really does look like a completely different room!
and i love that your cheerleaders are Ohio State cheerleaders with Ohio Stadium in the background! go buckeyes!!!
Meredith S. says
The basement looks great! Can’t wait to see pictures of the wedding!
Go Haus Go says
Omg! It’s amazing what a little paint can do. Normally I loathe ceiling fans but they look so great in this space! Amazing!!!
That color is really great. I think it really makes the room seem much bigger. Not that it needed help in looking bigger. Oh and I hope everyone knows that movie is Anchorman…classic.=)
“milk was a bad idea”
i love the new basement color! your house is beautiful and i love your style!
It looks great and the biggest surprise was when I realized I had already seen the paint in the wedding shower post…apparently I wasn’t, but now I am picking up what you are putting down!!
Michelle @ Ten June says
I’m Ron Burgundy?
dear lord baby jesus, (another will ferrell movie) that is a different room…no, a different house!
i am flabbergasted. really, my jaw hit my desk.
big time congrats – drywall is NOT easy work.
What an improvement Katie! Your hard work was worth it!
Nope – I actually don’t photograph weddings so I’m glad she didn’t even ask. Plus, I’m the matron of honor so it probably would have been a little tough to do both 🙂
xo – kb
agreed! drywall dust is awful. we’ve redone two ceilings and a wall since we bought our house a year ago, and it’s just a pain. glad your room turned out so gorgeous!
Bree C. says
Holy crap! I can’t believe how much better it looks! What a great job, Katie!
Gorgeous! It looks so fresh and airy.
love that color! basement is so much brighter now!
It looks fantastic! Family events are a great reason to “improve” your home….money spent well. Having your sister’s wedding at your home seems like a win/win. I know that we all look forward to seeing the pics. And I love the new design of your site.
Love it! And I love the Anchorman reference…duh! 🙂
Oh my word! looks SO MUCH BIGGER. it’s amazing the transformation a little (or in this case a lot) of paint can make. From clandestine cave-ish to shabby chic-ness. How about that alliteration?!?
Oh and I will be highly offended for all who didn’t know that movie reference.
Beauteous!!!!!!!! And I am so happy about your new blog header and background!! Looks sweet Katie B
Melanie @ Mailbox Journey says
That cheerleading picture &
the kardashian comparison both
gave me a laugh, haha, thanks for that!
But in all serious-ness,
the basement looks amazing!
I can’t wait to see what else you have up your sleeve.
Wow, great color choice. Everything looks so different with the change in wall color. Hard work! Looks Great! You’re a wonderful sister.
Maureen @ The Parkland Project says
Your basement is completely gorgeous! The floor is amazing, that must have taken ages to get each of the hardwood pieces to get that tile pattern. Phenomenal job!
mike @HA says
The new colors and fixed drywall look GREAT! Much better than the anchor man color it was. We’re DIYing a basement reno and having the drywall mudded and taped is one of the few things we’re hiring out. When I explain why I’m not DIYing it I’m totally going to say, “Because it is the pits. The pits of a large sweaty Italian man. A man that has a sweater of hair on after he takes off all his clothing. Those kinda pits” 🙂
Wow what a transformation! Paint is so amazing. Great job on all the hard work, looks like it was worth it!
WOW! What an improvement! I love the new color.
That looks SO much better! I like red, but it darkens the space a little too much. Love your new color choice!
What finish of paint did you use? I always use eggshell but I find it so hard to put on and not have roller marks…also..did you prime? We just painted our laundry room with a paint + primer in one ….in light yellow and used it to cover this darker tan….the tan was not super dark but it took 3 coats of the paint+primer to cover….next time I think I may just use normal paint and save the extra cost is I still have to do the same number of coats.
Lisa P. says
I’m so pumped to see this wedding! It’s nice to have something like that to force you to do house projects!
[email protected] AlmostFitChick says
KB that looks ridonkulous. Love it! So fresh and not burgandy! It’ll be perfect for the wedding. I love that you put up a tv for slideshows. This wedding is going to be beautiful!
Lindsay @ Lindsay's List says
Katie – Please come to my house!! I’ll pay you in cookies!
Michelle Gordon says
Wow….it looks amazing. What are you going to do with the space after the wedding? You could always rent it out for other occasions! It is stunning! It is hard to believe that’s a basement.
Sarah @ Redhead in Ruffled Flats says
Simply beautiful! It’s funny to me that the trim and moldings pop more with a more neutral color than they did when that bold burgundy was in there. It looks so serene and very clean in there now! Nice job – hopefully worth all the extra fuss!
Favorite line: “This room has more edges than the Kardashians have le0pard rompers. And that is really saying something.” That really IS saying something! hahahaha
[email protected] Our Home from Scratch says
That space came out great! Hope it gets filled with a pool table and other guy paraphernalia.
Keeley @ My Life on a Plate says
I love that color! It reminds me of my favorite (and my husband would say most over-used color): Silver Sage from Restoration Hardware (and Behr Premium Plus). So fresh, so clean!
Colleen C. says
That basement looks awesome! That paint color plus that white trim and white accent wood makes the whole room pop! It looks like a million dollar room!
“Not ridiculously exciting” – pffft whatever, it totally IS ridiculously exciting! It looks SO much better! Everyone always says painting is a “quick and easy makeover”. I don’t think those people have ever painted before – and I’m positive they haven’t painted a coffered ceiling. Good work!
The basement has been one of the rooms I’ve been excited to see ever since you guys moved in. All the detail and trimwork makes it one of the fanciest basements I’ve ever seen. 😉 You guys did a beautiful job.
I am so glad that the basement is getting some love. It looks great! It would be wonderful to have a space you could close off for daily life but utilize for things like parties. It is like renting a great hall for the one time cost of mudding and painting. That is not to say that the one time work is fun or easy at all.
HA. love you for this.
Amanda L. says
It looks great! Will playing in the dust with the broom reminds me of the music video for Rolling in the Deep. haha!
amanda gragg says
You said this wasn’t exciting…paint is exciting!!!! Maybe it just is to me. I love how quickly a huge transformation can take place with one in your case a few coats of paint. Love it!
That looks awesome! You have a beautiful basement. I love that color and the woodwork is so beautiful!
BEEEEEEEEAUUUUUUTIFULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL! I absolutely love it! Great job…and the countdown continues.
Rachel @ Common to Moms says
I wondered which rooms you had the baby shower in! Now I know 🙂 It looks great…. Such a drastic improvement!
Mona Alicia says
It looks totally awesome! What a huge improvement! I feel ya on the pain of mudding and sanding, that is a horrible job, but kudos to y’all for redoing it because it would’ve bugged the mess of you to have to look at it if you hadn’t bitten the bullet and done it!
Your basement really is a beautiful part of your home. I love that wall color and I am wondering if it will work for our living room. It’s the darkest space in our house and it needs something ligher in there. Hmmmm…
I hate mudding too and had a heck of a time with it in the past, so I feel your pain. The payoff was worth it, though, right? The room is gorgeous!
Oh yeah, the movie is Anchor Man!
It looks amazing, I do have one question do you use tape on the edges are just free hand???
Rachel @ Common to Moms says
haha… I thought my husband was the only person who said “ridonkulous”… too funny
Zeus’ Beard! That’s amazing! 🙂 (Weatherman quotes are always appropriate and timely.)
It looks incredible. I love the colors. Nice work.
Katie – this looks like a gorgeous house!! I wanted to pass along a tip my husband & I learned along the DIY road with our first house. After replacing all the plumbing in our 1940’s house left huge holes in our walls, we learned that instead of sanding dried joint compound, you could smooth it out with a damp sponge. NO DUST!!!! This is now how we do all drywall and hold-filling projects. After filling the hole/area with joint compound, let it fully dry. Then get an old rag or sponge damp and rub circles over the patched area. Repeat until everything is even and feathered out. Not only is it a faster method, but it means you don’t have to 1) dress in ET clean suits 2) clean up all the dust later and 3) clean up dust in all the other corners of your house that you didn’t realize were affected. Good luck with your next project!!
It looks great!!!!! So much better with the lighter color!
Jess @ Little House. Big Heart. says
Your basement is bigger than the entire Little House (which has no basement because apparently they don’t do basements in Texas)!
I can’t wait to see it all dressed up for the wedding!
Holy moly, it looks amazing!!! The paint color you chose is PERFECT; it really plays up the architecture of the space and looks oh-so-classy!
P.S. I love the new look of the blog! “Fall-ish” but not so much that you can’t keep it up through December ~ well done! 🙂
Briel K. says
Uuugh I hate painting. I can’t imagine what a nightmare that would have been for me. haha It looks awesome though! Such a beautiful room!
The room looks great and I love the blog, but your mudding needs work serious work. We’ve redone half our house to the studs ~ 42 sheets of sheetrock at this point. I’ve mudded and taped it all. That much dust is ridiculous. Wet sand! And your mud lines are way, way too small you need to feather it out then wet sand it. No less than 3 coats ever and each coat gets progressively larger (and thinner). You tube is your friend in this endeavor. Watch some videos and it really will suck so much less!
Andrea Atkins says
Gorge-uss!! I love the beams in the ceiling as well as the paint color. On a totally unrelated subject, I saw this as I was on pinterest and totally thought of you (since you have ever so slightly hinted at how much you love bacon):
Never tried, but what the heck?! You only live once. 🙂
Katie, I absolutely love reading your blog. You are very creative and I love seeing all your projects/transformations, even if it is as “simple” as painting. ALSO, i really like the new blog design!!
has nothing to do with this post… but i saw this on pinterest and knew you had to see it!
Gabrielle C. says
I swear, you just added at least 50,000 dollars to your equity by doing that. That is such a turn around, and so elegant! Your home is like my template for what I want my future house to look like. You have such amazing taste!! It will be so beautiful for the wedding!
Hey all Bloggers and Katie…. Thought you might all be interested in this little “link party” its great inspiration and fun, and Im sure all of you and Katie, absaloutely, will have lots of fabulous older blogs posts they could add full of inspiration and ideas for other people to check out…
Also a great way to get your blog some more followers…. Hopefully everyone will comment on eachothers blogs and maybe eve try out some of the projects they find!!!! BlogLove! 🙂
Katie, you pretty much could link up every blog post hahaha
Amazing transformation. It feels like such a zen space now, not to mention it’s probably as large as my whole condo!
Katie, you’re kind of magical. I would feel completely overwhelmed by the place, but you just keep surprising us with your incredible resourcefulness and creativity. I’m loving watching the transformation (and gorgeous pics of your family in between).
This is beautiful!!! I know it’s “only painting”, but what a difference paint can make. Perfect for a wedding 🙂
Ashley Terronez says
Oh I really love that paint color! Now who in their right mind puts down tile made to look like wood? I didn’t know there was such a thing!
great oden’s raven!
Yup – that is why we had to remud…the feathering was WAY too small the first two times. But we called up our drywall guy and he said that wet sanding on our ceiling (where it had already been painted was going to be not as effective at getting smooth as the sander) – maybe he was wrong, I don’t know, but I followed his instructions because he is a mudguy – and part of that dust was also because we had to redo the back wall (the one painted that has the windows and the door) because it had serious damage and the wood and the drywall all had to be redone. It just didn’t make the blog because I had very few photos 🙂
xo – kb
I have heard of the scrape-while-partially-wet rule (courtesy of Holmes on Homes) but not sponging….I did ask our mudguy if we could wet sand but he said that drysanding over painted drywall was the only way to get it really smooth…maybe he was fibbing?
xo – kb
Just freehand…probably why it took so long 🙂
xo – kb
Maggie @ Cheneyhome says
Between the Kardashians and their leopard rompers and hairy Italian man pits…I almost choked on my soda. So true, though. Paint color looks great too. 🙂
Jessica G says
LOVE the “Anchorman” reference. I literally laughed out loud. love the ER too, it looks awesome and we’ll be praying for all of a wonderful day for your sister’s wedding. 🙂
Hey girl! LOVING the new basement colors. Just wanted to let you know I put a link to your BPB on my “favorite blogs” page. (You know, common courtesy!) 🙂
xo – kb
No priming – just used the True Value paint and primer in one…and we used eggshell.
xo – kb
Aww thanks girl! Much love right back atcha 🙂
xo – kb
I wish I could ‘like’ this 🙂
The basement looks great!!! I just finished a paint job on a nightstand, and I can’t even imagine taking on a full basement right now!!!
Amanda @geekdetails says
It’s amazing what the color change has done for that room. It looks so big and open and inviting now. It also makes me wonder if my darkly painted rooms would look better light. hmm.
I absolutely, 100% love it! Your sister is so lucky to be having her wedding in such a gorgeous space 🙂
You stay classy 😉
Now I feel incredibly lazy that I haven’t finished painting our approx. 6×7 bathroom ceiling…But kudos to you! That looks beyond fab!
Beautiful, just like everything else you do- including babies! 🙂 And you always make me smile.
You all did a great job!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!
kristen f davis says
SO much better, Katie! Wow. The faux finishes that those previous owners punished your house with put my line of work to shame. GROSS! But also funny.
Umm, I’m planning mine and my hubby’s vow renewal in the Atlanta area (Marietta) – can I borrow your basement? GORGEOUS, girl! 🙂
Your sister’s wedding is going to be amazing!
That’s really pretty. Great job! Our basement just had water damage and we need to re-do so I’m picking a paint color now. I just looked at the MSL211 and it looks more khaki than green. Is that the right color? I thought your color looked silver-green. Should I get a tester?
I was wondering where you got those fans. Are they from True Value? Thanks!
House on Pender says
AAAAAA-mazing what a little paint can do!!!! It looks great!
The fans are from Home Depot (I think) and were part of their lighting event recently which is why they were marked down!
xo – kb
I picked the swatch too because I thought it looked more khaki but in our space it turned a different color. Definitely worth getting a sample in your space!
xo – kb
haha…GROSS fo’ shizzle. I have so many stories for you…whenever we meet up, you can hear all about some other crazy paint finish stories in this neighborhood 🙂
xo – kb
[email protected] says
This is your BASEMENT??? I thought basements were supposed to be dark and scary – a place for monsters and psychopaths to hide out. This room is simply stunning, and after seeing your floorplan in the previous post, I’m in awe at how big the space is. When I think back to how much you paid for your house, I just about want to die. You got soooo much for your money. You’d probably pay $1.5 million for that same house up here in the Boston, MA area. Le sigh…
Wow! SO much better! That burgundy made it look like a cave and now it’s so crisp, bright and open! Love it!
ANCHORMAN! Love it one of my favorite movies of all time. I’m Ron Burgundy?
House basement says
enjoyable and interesting post.