Saturday, April 2, 2011

Basement Boogie: Before and After

Watch as our basement goes from "Meh" to "Holy crap, get me the wet vac" to "I'll never make it out alive" to "Holy crap, it's perfect" in under four minutes:

Is the video a little nerdy? Yes.

Did three months spent underground give me liscence to post a highly dorky video on my blog? You betcha.

In case you can't view the video, here are a few stills to give you an idea of how far we've come.

The fireplace area when we first bought the house:
The fireplace after the basement got wet:
The fireplace area today:
The bar area when we first moved in:

The bar area when things got soggy:

The bar today:

 The stair room when we first bought the house:

The stair room today:

 You like?


Having poured blood, sweat and tears into this little hideaway, we're pretty pleased with the results. There are a few finishing touches we need to add, but for now - we're happy to kick back by the fire and toast our amazing new basement.

Linked: Mad Skills Monday, Between Naps on the Porch, The DIY Showoff, Made by You Mondays, Amaze Me Mondays


  1. Holy amazeballs! This looks SO good! I cant wait to see/drink in person!

  2. Whoa!!!!! This super cool Iowa cave rocks!!!

    Very, Vert nicely done!!!!


    Capt'n Raplh and Miss Mary

  3. SO AMAZING!! I still am reeling from the fact that you guys did all of that yourselves! We are hoping to join in the party fun...just have some schedule rearranging to do. Now...go sleep in or something so the rest of us schmucks can feel better about ourselves, would ya?!?

  4. Toooooootally awesome! Holy crap. I LOVE your wood/concrete bar. This whole this is some serious DIY awesomeness. Well done!

  5. I think the most brilliant part is the built in shelves and adding molding to the ledge under the window. Defines the space very well!

  6. Wow, what a it!

  7. You did a really great job! Thank you for linking to Masterpiece Monday. Have a great week, Mary :O)

  8. Looks great! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  9. Like it? I LOVE it!! I love the colour on the walls. How lush is that? It looks so cosy and lovely.

    I'm beyond impressed. Well done you!


  10. Stunning redo. Love the color on the walls its so soft and calming. Very cozy and inviting.
    It's nice to meet you.

  11. The renovation is successful. I can see it in all the pictures that you share. It really makes that whole basement look so new. I like the new look of the basement bar.


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