And the 2017 projects continue…

For 3 years of living here we have lived with seeing unfinished wood steps as you walk into our front door. We tried to make them pretty for the time being by painting them gray. This year… we decided to give this first room of our basement a little more attention. Our house has a lot of tile and wood floors. We wanted a place for the kids to wrestle, tickle, roll around, and play. So the long awaited plans for carpet began!

Some before pics. Wood steps. No railing.

 

Definitely not kid friendly.

 

Here is an unfinished bathroom right when you walk down the basement. We tore this down to studs and plan to leave it unfinished for now. That will be another project in years to come. Possibly when we add another bedroom in the future??

 

We had painted the walls and added baseboards in previous years, so this is what it looked like when we started this year.

 

We wanted to add some character in this room since we do not plan to put any furniture in it for now. Just a space for the kids to run around, be crazy, and play. So we decided to add a wood wall. Here we are letting the kids color and write on the wall that will be covered in wood.

 

 

Added trim and a door to our crawl space opening.

Fun place for the kids to play while we work on the wall.

 

Wood wall is up

 

Added bigger trim around the doors since we had it leftover from our upstairs. One of those things we didn’t want to do at the time, but we knew it would have never gotten done if we didn’t do it now. Love the bigger trim.

 

We had to come up with a railing that would help protect kids as they came down the stairs but also not block furniture from being moved up and down the stairs. Came up with this last minute. 

 

Filling nail holes, sanding, priming and painting.

 

 

Upstairs we decided to change out our railing before carpet came. This post was wobbly, and we wanted a more industrial look.

Before

After

 

This is what it looked like in the the process..

 

 

Rods and old white railing top inserted into wood posts.

 

Cleaning the pipes with steel wool. Making them nice and shiny!

 

4 rods down. 2 more to go.

 

At this point we were getting closer to the carpet install. More to come!


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