The Basement Project: Series 2

I just realized that it’s been two months since my last basement update!  If you didn’t get a chance to read it before, long story short, we had water in our basement, fixed the foundation and now we are renovating it all on our own! Of course most the credit can be due to my wonderful handyman husband, I’m just his little helper. Series 1 documented our progress from July 2009 – January 2010 and here is what we’ve done in the past two months… slowly but surely we are getting things done! 🙂

February 2010

Ceiling painted white – wee!

March 2010 – April 2010

Walls finally have COLOR (Valspar – Churchill Hotel Maple)!

In terms of design and decor, we haven’t gotten really far at all… but we’re thinking maple, brown, turquoise, olive green for the color theme.

I bought these fabrics from Joann’s in the hopes of making pillow covers out of them.   I’m also thinking of pairing some solid olive and maple colored pillows with these as well.  I think the top left picture represents all of the colors I want for the basement the best.  Like I said before, I’m not the best at interior decorating so if anybody has any other suggestions of colors/patterns that would go well with these, please let me know! 🙂

Basement Bathroom

This is the current state…

…and this is what I WANT the after to look like – grey walls with yellow accents! I’ll probably end up painting our sink cabinet a mocha or black color because those go pretty well with grey too.

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What do we have left on our to-do list?

– Finish painting and put up trim
-Install new light fixtures
-(Re)Paint sink cabinet
-Install new flooring (we’re thinking carpet for main basement area and vinyl planks for the basement bathroom)
-And finally my favorite part… DESIGNING AND DECORATING!


  1. April 15, 2010 / 8:46 am

    SO NEAT!! we are finishing our basement at the exact same time!!! mine is just cement and wood right now though! LOL. oh, the plans i have. i LOVE decorating!!!

  2. Nancy
    April 15, 2010 / 8:50 am

    love the color scheme!!! LOVE the gray walls!

  3. April 15, 2010 / 8:53 am

    Looking good Sandy! 🙂 Isn’t it incredible what a different a coat of paint makes? Ceilings always “look” white but they usually aren’t! 🙂 I like the bathroom gray too…we went with “Revere Pewter” from Benjamin Moore in our bedroom. Not THAT gray but I really like it. Keep it up Sandy!

  4. April 15, 2010 / 8:54 am

    I love reading home improvement projects! I love the colors you have chosen thus far I cannot wait to see more updates.

  5. April 15, 2010 / 9:57 am

    Good for you for doing all this yourself! That inspiration bathroom is gorgeous and I love the fabrics you’ve chosen. Now I’ll be seeing gray and turquoise wherever I go and thinking of things for you! Have fun! xo – g

  6. April 15, 2010 / 10:30 am

    Sandy, we are kindred spirits. Our blog is the same color, we love the same things and now we will have the same pillow fabric. I have the same one (top left) from JoAnn’s. Can’t wait to see the finished product. Love that bathroom inspiration. Gorgeous!

    • April 15, 2010 / 10:33 am

      @Small Burst OMG we are like bloggy twins!!! We like soo many of the same things!! Great minds think alike! 😉

  7. April 15, 2010 / 12:59 pm

    I know it’s hard work and lots of money, but I love things like this so it seems fun to me >.< love the example bathroom!

  8. April 15, 2010 / 1:19 pm

    i love your fabric selections and great color scheme! the gray walls will be so cool and sleek and the yellow will add just the perfect amount of pizazz. can hardly wait to see it finished!

  9. April 15, 2010 / 2:13 pm

    how fun! can’t wait to see how it turns out 🙂

  10. April 15, 2010 / 11:23 pm

    i’m loving your color scheme. oh, and the bathroom that is your inspiration is just lovely! can’t wait to see yours. : )

  11. April 16, 2010 / 9:04 am

    ooo, i love the colors and fabric you chose, good luck with everything!

  12. April 16, 2010 / 9:24 am

    Fabulous Colors!! Love it 🙂

  13. Sean G
    April 16, 2010 / 11:02 pm

    I like it!

  14. April 18, 2010 / 4:04 am

    sandy this looks great. i love the fabrics for your pillows. very fresh. wishing you fun finalizing this project. sounds like fun!

  15. April 18, 2010 / 8:57 am

    that is going to look so super cute! i love the colors of the fabrics! i can’t wait to see the after shots!

  16. gfds
    September 14, 2019 / 10:31 pm

    I really liked your use of subway tile in your bathroom remodel! My husband and I are looking to redo our master bathroom and we’re currently looking at what tile to use. Seeing how your’s turned out has really motivated us to get going on our own!painter Calgary

  17. emma
    October 20, 2019 / 1:30 pm

    When I went home, I wore a jogging suit and a maternity top. I finally stopped wearing my maternity jeans a few weeks later and broke down and bought a pair of jeans in my post-partum size, but I probably would have lived in yoga pants longer if we didn’t move across the country when my son was 3 weeks old. (I know, it was CRAZY!!Hillion Mall Shopping Mall

  18. February 16, 2023 / 11:33 pm

    Helpful tips and ideas that home owners can follow . Thanks for it.

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