Thursday, April 25, 2013

Back to the basement

by Julie


Here we go... the final shots of the basement project.

After numerous trips to Goodwill, many hours spent cleaning, rearranging, cleaning again, we finally have our basement!

I'm thrilled with the way it turned out. Absolutely ecstatic.


Here are a bunch of before, during, and after photos.





















We haven't decorated it yet - No pictures on the walls, no knick-knacks on the tables (though, truth be told, I'm not much of a knick-knack fan), but it's just about done.

I'd like to put some sort of window covering up, but haven't quite decided on that yet.










This somewhat long, very empty wall --->
(note all the pictures we've yet to hang) will feature family artwork. And we hope to get a ping pong table to fill the space very soon.







This smaller area is the first part you see at the bottom of the stairs. There's no natural light in this section, unfortunately. But we had to have storage, which is hidden behind that door.



And, of course, we built more bookshelves! Not nearly enough, of course. But coupled with the ones we have upstairs, I think we'll be safe for another month at least.





Check out the coffee table. We found it at an antique store. Love it! So 60s. We call it the gaudy table and it doesn't match style-wise with anything else in the house, but we couldn't pass it up.





Anyway, there's the finished basement.
What do you think?


15 comments:

Linda Mc said...

It's awesome! What a great space you have now. I don't live in an area where there are any basements at all, and they seem kind of scary to me...I guess because like in movies they always seem scary. But, this looks like a wonderful space to hang out. Congrats!

Melissa Bo said...

Sounds like a wonderful space to relax! =)
Job well done!

Aurian said...

Wow Julie, you could totally rent that out to someone. Or you could make it your writing cave :) You can really live in there. Now you need a small fridge so you don't have to go upstairs to get something to snack on.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

Your basement is lovely. You will get so much enjoyment from it. I'm sure you will find something nice for the windows. I just moved from a house with the family room in the basement. I do miss it even though I'm the only one in the house.

Carol N Wong said...

I love it, especially the built in bookshelves!

Julie Hyzy said...

Thanks, Linda. I've always had a basement, and the one in the house where I grew up was sometimes scary, especially at night when I'd have to go down there alone. This basement is so different and I really love it.

Julie Hyzy said...

Thanks, Melissa, it really is!

Julie Hyzy said...

There's actually a spare fridge in the storage part of the basement. A microwave, too, so we're covered! It's a good place for guests when we have a full house.

Julie Hyzy said...

Thanks, Diane. I plan to give myself some time for the window treatment. I'm not sure what I want, but I have a feeling I'll know it when I see it.

Julie Hyzy said...

We used to have stuff crammed into those spaces. I'm absolutely thrilled with the bookshelves because the space upstairs was becoming over-booked.

ANNETTE said...

You have a treasure - a comfy place to enjoy and relax., You should be proud...your time and effort have been well spent.

Julie Hyzy said...

Thanks, Annette! You're right. It's so nice to have a little haven where it's quiet and where we can just relax.

StitchenTigger said...

Love it - and you can never have too many bookshelves! Looks sooo comfortable!

Barbara said...

Very nice relaxing space. I don't like knickknacks either - I hate to dust things. :D Valances are good curtains for those small high windows. And of course I love the bookshelves; always need more, don't we?

Heather said...

Very nice! Looks like a comfy and cozy place to hang out.