The Basement Project: Series 3

So I’ve been a little negligent in writing posts for my Nest Designs category, shame on me.  My current CSN Store Giveaway that I have running basically reminded me that I needed to update you all on my basement!  Well, wouldn’t you know we’ve definitely made some progress on the basement in the past few months.  In case you missed it before, check out Series 1 and Series 2 to see how far we’ve come!  Basically, we’ve fixed the foundation so no agua seeps in, put up drywall, taped, mudded, sanded, primed, painted and changed some fixtures in the past… 10 months.  Yea, we’re kind of slow but we don’t have a deadline so we just do what we can without being overwhelmed!  And here’s what we’ve done in the past two months (with a lot of invaluable help from my Dad).

May 2010 – June 2010

Basement Bathroom

– Repainted the bathroom vanity and mirror from wood to a clean white (Thanks Dad!)

– Put in Traffic Master Allure vinyl plank tiles (joint effort by Marvin and Dad)

– Painted the bathroom walls Gray Ash (Behr paint) and installed the new light fixture

and here we have one side of the bathroom finished  (this last picture taken without flash, it’s hard to take a picture of the whole bathroom because the area is pretty small)

Main Basement Area

– We’re currently in the process of putting up the white baseboard trim (Marvin’s doing this one)  🙂  Once done, we’ll have to repaint it to cover up the nails

– And we’ve gotten multiple bids for carpet but just have to decide which one to go with.  This is the one thing we’re going to hire someone else to install!  Picking out a color has been quite the feat, we want a neutral color carpet but don’t want it to be too close to the wall color since that’s pretty neutral as well!  I think we’re going to go with a lighter, creamy, ivory type color.

And that’s it, after the carpet is put in we’ll be DONE in terms of renovations and on to decorating we’ll go!  We’ve really come a long way since wood paneling and stained yellow ceilings!


  1. June 23, 2010 / 6:44 am

    It looks great!!

    I understand that you don’t know to decide which color use.. they’re similar between them, all pretty. You could use a carpet with more colors instead of just one.. maybe there’s some with colors like those that you like. If your decision is only a color, I’ll pick a creamy too.


  2. June 23, 2010 / 8:28 am

    Updating a basement is quite a job! When we bought our house, the basement was completely unfinished. It took a lot of time and a lot of work, but now it’s done. Your progress looks great! And, if I can chime in on a carpet opinion, I love either of the two middle choices. I love the lighter color next to your wall color.

    xo – Terri

  3. June 23, 2010 / 8:57 am

    It is looking awesome lady!! Nicely done!

  4. June 23, 2010 / 9:27 am

    I love that grey! Can you share the paint brand & color?

  5. June 23, 2010 / 9:39 am

    I love the gray! looks so lovely. I feel like we always have project to do around here so I’m jealous at how done you are. Happy decorating. Share pics soon! I have a topiary challenge for you on my blog. Check it out.

  6. June 23, 2010 / 9:51 am

    Home ownership is still a few years away for us but I cannot wait to one day have a finished basement! It seems like the ultimate American dream or something. (Clearly, I have low standards.) Your progress looks great!

  7. June 23, 2010 / 9:52 am

    Neat update. I’d go lighter with the carpet – the walls are GORGEOUS!

  8. June 23, 2010 / 10:18 am

    How fun and what a tremendous difference, too. We’re going to start tackling ours soon, we just need the motivation!

  9. June 23, 2010 / 10:41 am

    Great job! I love the grey wall color. What’s the name and brand of it? Gotta love house projects!

  10. June 23, 2010 / 12:53 pm

    Pretty bathroom!! I wish Florida had basements! Thats what I love about my families houses in Ohio. My boyfriend moves into his new house the end of this month and I have plans to paint the bathroom grey! <333

  11. June 23, 2010 / 12:57 pm

    ps- Totally like the MIDDLE sample pieces of rug on both rows.

  12. sooae
    June 23, 2010 / 2:36 pm

    jeeze woman! What CAN”T you do??? I bet the basement is going to look amazing!!!!!

  13. Megan Lane
    June 23, 2010 / 4:18 pm

    good for you for tackling this project on your own!! i don’t think we could do it all. great progress!

    p.s. i just finally started following your blog. i don’t know what took me so long!!

  14. June 23, 2010 / 4:21 pm

    oooohh looking goooood!!

  15. June 23, 2010 / 5:22 pm

    Oooh it’s coming along so nicely!!! Love it.

    Thank you for the sweet comment. 🙂

  16. June 23, 2010 / 6:09 pm

    I think light, ivory type color you have in mind is the way to go for the carpet. Everything looks great!

    I can’t wait until we find a place of our own so I can get my hands on some home improvement projects.

  17. June 23, 2010 / 7:08 pm

    impressive! can’t wait to have my home to do fun stuff like this. 🙂

  18. jennifer young
    June 23, 2010 / 7:26 pm

    looks great! love the clean and simple look!

  19. June 23, 2010 / 8:13 pm

    Looks good! So nice to have a usable basement space. I want a finished basement if we ever move again! hehe

  20. June 23, 2010 / 8:38 pm

    congrats on the great progress and hope to see the final images real soon!

  21. June 23, 2010 / 9:31 pm

    Wow, good for you! I feel like basement bathrooms often get neglected — at my parents’ house, they’ve left theirs unfinished for over 30 years.

  22. June 23, 2010 / 10:08 pm

    Yipee, your basement looks amazing!! It’s so wonderful to have a sneak peek at your work in progress! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

  23. June 23, 2010 / 11:11 pm

    Thank you SO MUCH for your sweet, encouraging comment! It just made my night! Bravo on your renovation… it looks awesome!

  24. Sam
    June 24, 2010 / 12:32 am

    Looking good so far…! = )

  25. June 24, 2010 / 6:43 am

    wow this is looking great!!
    DIY projects are always so much fun!!

  26. June 24, 2010 / 10:00 am

    lookin good!! love the gray walls!

  27. June 24, 2010 / 10:44 am

    I am seriously in love with that Gray Ash paint color!

  28. Valerie
    June 24, 2010 / 10:46 am

    It looks amazing! I love the color of the walls.


  29. June 24, 2010 / 2:12 pm

    Still love that paint color in the bathroom…if you really want to cover up those baseboard nail marks, you can spackle them too…lol but that’s patient work (not my style). What lighting are you putting in the main room?


  30. June 24, 2010 / 4:23 pm

    It’s really coming along!! I love the Gray Ash paint — it’s so soothing. As for the carpet, I’m a bit overwhelmed and lost there, but I love your ideas.

  31. June 24, 2010 / 5:04 pm


    looking good sandy and marvin (and dad!)

  32. June 24, 2010 / 5:38 pm

    it’s great how well everything is coming along! 🙂 i love the gray and white. i know you’re going to have a BLAST with decorating! woohoo! 😉

  33. June 24, 2010 / 6:10 pm

    love love love the bathroom color and the light fixture!

    Was it hard to repaint the bathroom cabinets? Were they wood or some kind of laminated wood fibre type cabinet? Ours is the latter and I’m dying to redo it (without forking out for a new cabinet) but don’t know if it’s possible to just paint over that laminate crap. Don’t even know where to start researching 🙂

    You’re quite inspiring with all that you’ve done to reno your basemet!

  34. June 24, 2010 / 9:23 pm

    How exciting! The bathroom is just beautiful. I love that light fixture. Seeing how much work goes into renovating makes me still want to decorate and paint.

    You’ve inspired me to paint a room though 🙂 Picking colours are never easy. x

  35. June 24, 2010 / 11:02 pm

    oh wow! what a fun new project for you. i CAN’T wait to see how you decorate ^_^ i’m sure it’s going to be lovely (and i’m sure you absolutely can’t wait to do it)

  36. June 27, 2010 / 6:33 pm

    it’s looking really good!

  37. steph
    June 27, 2010 / 7:12 pm

    awesome work!! i’d go with the brown carpet!

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