Monday, October 18, 2010

Basement Boogie: Color Us Classy

This weekend, Hubs and I spent far too much time pondering shades of blue and orange. Sure, we don't have the walls framed, let alone drywalled yet, but we need to have some direction and a vision for what our basement will be.

So, we set off to Lowe's and came home with this:
We grabbed every pale gray-blue and spicy orange we could get out hands on. After much, much discussion, we knew we wanted a paler color for the main basement walls so the rooms wouldn't feel tiny and a bold punch of something warm on the fireplace wall. 

The problem is that most orange paints are like, really super disgusting. None of the colors worked for us. But then, after broadening our horizons and looking at yellow, we found our colors.

Our plan is this: we want a space that is warm, casual and ready to play host to our many fabulous parties (snort). We'll be using Olympic's No-VOC paint in Blue Shamrock for most of the walls and Gold Bluff for the fireplace, whose bricks and mantle will be painted white. 

That little wood chip is Allure's light teak - a flexible floating floor that is made for basements. (It is a snap to install and water resistant. Plus, we liked that it comes in planks so that if we ever do have another water problem, we can just replace the wet planks.)

The darkest color we chose was Olympic's Pickle Barrel. We'll paid the front of our new bar with that and are currently hunting cheap granite tiles to lay over the bar top.

The red pencil represents the accent colors, we'll have red pillows and accessories to jazz the whole thing up a bit.

So, there is is, the most ghetto sneak peak/mood board of all time, ever.

What big decisions did you make this weekend?


  1. I'm curious - did you buy or build your bar? We want to add one to our basement and were wondering how hard it would be to just build our own!

  2. The old bar came with our house and we're currently debating fixing that one up or building a new one that will fit our kegerator better. The old one was definitely somebody's DIY project, so we're sure we could handle it, too.
    Plus, it just sounds like a fun project!

  3. Bars are easy to build, I'm sure you can find plans and project narratives online. They are basically framing lumber and plywood screwed together and finished with panelling, tile or upholstery. I have removed a lot of them from basements in the last fifteen years doing remodels. My take is that they seldom get used, but people leave them intact because they must be broken down to be removed.


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