finished basement

how to create built ins using IKEA Hemnes…

The biggest feature in our finished basement is the wall of built-ins using the IKEA Hemnes line. It is the most Pinned about, Tweeted about, and commented on item in my home. It was featured on Houzz when I was interviewed on my basement. I also wrote an ideabook for Houzz with a step by…

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the new sump pump…

  While we were in the last stages of refinishing our basement we had what felt like three weeks of rain. The floor had not been placed down yet which was a great thing since one afternoon I came home to this…       The culprit was this corner of the basement and totally…

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a pretty site… the finished basement…

Isn’t this the prettiest site ever…     After almost six months of floods, water damage, mold, asbestos removal and countless other thrilling items (I’m not even including dealing with insurance!) we are done! I’ll have lots more information to come about how we brought it all back. It looks exactly the same for the…

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and now it's done…

I’ve posted many pictures showing the progress of my built ins. First they were a concept, they then started to go up, then they were up and paper was added to the back. Then they were styled and now the finishing touch has been added… I don’t like to say that the television makes the…

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the all finished basement..

So today is the day for the final reveal. The people are gone, the tools are gone, the dust has settled and been vacuumed up. Here’s is a little before and after to see how far this place has come. We’ve gone from darn, dingy and dismal…. ….to this. I’d add more adjectives but I’ll…

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what a difference a floor makes…

So the flooring is officially going down. I love it. I wasn’t too excited that I was forced to change to another style of flooring but it actually really works well in that space. The difference is incredible. Everything else has been done for a little while, but once the floor went in it all…

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i have a door…

A barn door at that. I’ve let the secret out that I have a barn door obsession. My hope was to have it be the large door that would slide open for access to the storage/utility room. This didn’t happen mainly because there were baseboards for the heat on either side of the door so…

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my house smells like paint

That is a good thing, actually a great thing. After this comes the floor, some minor finish work like door knobs, handles, and my personal favorite, the barn door. Little happy dance going on for that one! Then we are done on that floor. Finished, finit, terminado, teliomeno, finito.  The board and batten pattern, doors and all…

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the built-ins {part one}

When designing the family room section of the basement I knew I wanted a wall of bookcases, storage and media storage. We decided that at some point we were going to bite the bullet and purchase a wall mounted television so I made space for that as well. I wanted built-ins, I just didn’t want…

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my scientific method for picking paint color

The time has come to pick paint colors for the basement family room as well as the laundry room. It should come as no surprise that I’m going with a neutral in the family room. Since the walls are mostly covered by the board and batten there will be just a small section of the…

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