Basement Remodel

Our basement was partially finished when we moved in.  The other half of the basement had a laundry area, a storage area, and a workshop.


Right after we moved in we pulled up the old carpet in the finished half of the basement and had laminate flooring put down. And then this spring we went on vacation and a pipe broke and we came home to a flooded basement.  All of the flooring had to be thrown out and the drywall had to be cut where it got wet.  After a week of some heavy-duty fans, the basement was dry.

We decided we were going to redo the entire basement and add some additional rooms.  I wanted a playroom for our son and since we have another baby on the way we need some extra room.  Currently my husband’s office is upstairs next to our bedroom.  I want to make that room the nursery for the new baby so we decided to add an office as well as a guest room in the basement.

So the plan for the basement was to add a playroom, office, guest bedroom, half bathroom, laundry room, and to keep the workshop as is.

In the playroom, we decided to take out the two poles in the middle of the room.  In order to do that, a steel beam had to be custom-made and installed since the poles were load bearing.  We also decided to add a walk-in closet to hopefully try to keep toys organized.  The other major thing we did in the playroom was move the stair case back.  Originally, you couldn’t make it down the stairs if you are tall without ducking.  The first time we looked at the house my husband hit his head going down the stairs.

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On the other side of the basement that was originally unfinished, we added three new rooms plus a laundry area.  An office, guest bedroom, and half bathroom were all added.


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Once all the rooms were framed and sheet rocked, we needed to choose paint colors.  I always find this to be difficult.  I usually know what color family I want for a room but once you start looking at all the samples it’s so hard to pick the exact color you like.  Is this too dark?  Is this too green?  Am I going to hate this once it’s on the wall?  You know how it goes.  These are the colors we finally decided on.  They are all Benjamin Moore.

Playroom – Bird’s Egg

Bathroom- Ocean Spray

Guest Bedroom – Sage Tint

Office – Ashen Tan

Hallway & Laundry Area – Sidewalk Gray

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For the floor in the bathroom we chose tiles that look like wood flooring and the other rooms were all done in a dark walnut laminate floor. We decided to carpet the stairs so it wouldn’t be so noisy when people were walking up and down.

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It took about 5 weeks but it’s finally finished!





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Laundry Area


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Now that construction is finished it’s time for my favorite part….Decorating!  Stay tuned for the final basement reveal.







Baby #2

We found out in October that we’re expecting baby #2!  This baby is due in June and Collin will be 20 months old when the baby gets here.  IMG_1840


We found out the gender of the baby the day before Christmas Eve and decided to share with our family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


We’re very excited to be adding a little girl to our family!



Nautical Nursery

This post is long overdue since my son is now 14 months old but I’d thought I’d share some photos of his nautical inspired nursery.  I love how it turned out and had so much fun making things and finding things that would be perfect for the room.

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As soon as we found out we were having a boy, I knew I wanted to do a nautical theme in his nursery.  Homegoods  had a ton of great nautical stuff that I found right before the summer.

I found the crib bedding on Etsy and the curtains are from Pottery Barn Kids.


I also did a bunch of DIY projects.  I had an old dresser that I bought from Ikea years ago and decided it would make a great changing table/dresser but needed a little make over.  I used Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint for this project. I painted the entire dresser using Paris Gray and then used painters tape to add the navy lines.


Another project was the mobile.  I decided to sew felt shapes to go along with the nautical theme.  I do not sew.  Ever. So anyone can do this project.  First, I printed out the shapes that I wanted and cut them out of felt.  Make sure you cut out two of each shape for each piece because you will be stuffing them with cotton. IMG_5172

After the shapes are cut out, I started sewing the shapes closed with needle point yarn.  I wanted to be able to see the stitches. And they are definitely not perfect but I like the way they turned out.  Before you stitch all the way around, stuff the shape with cotton batting. You can get the batting at any craft store.

I used fabric glue to glue on the detail pieces.


I then threaded the shapes along with some pom poms onto a long piece of yarn and attached each one onto a craft ring.

The next thing I made for the nursery were nautical flags that spell out Collin’s name.  I went to this website to see the nautical alphabet.  I then painted each wood block with the appropriate flag.


The decal over the crib is from Etsy.

I wanted to make a gallery wall over the dresser so I made a few pieces to add to the pieces I found at Homegoods.

Once all my pieces were complete, I traced each one on scrap paper and cut them out.  I used the paper to plan out my gallery wall before I hung anything.  It’s much easier to move paper taped to the wall and saves a lot of unnecessary holes in your wall.


These three pictures were done by my step-father who passed away 7 years ago.  He had Parkinson’s and still continued to paint until the end.  I found these when I was going through some of his painting and thought they would be perfect for the nursery.


I really love the personal touches and how everything came together.