Yep. 5.5 as in “five and a half”. Because that’s where we are. There are plenty of updates to share, but we aren’t sliding into home yet like I thought we might be by now.
For those who missed it, poor Pager tore an ACL a couple weeks ago on a ski trip in Colorado. So needless to say, progress has slowed, and will slow even further when he goes into surgery and recovery mode in the coming weeks. In the meantime, I’m doing smaller things like touching up the majority of the trim that IS installed, painting the inside of the exterior door, putting the hardware on the bar cabinets, hauling out the garbage and the tools we no longer need down here at this point, and of course, shopping for some accessories. 🙂
While he is still slow but mobile, he may try to finish cutting the last bits of trim for the bathroom and bar, and then I can install/paint them. Otherwise, I have a feeling that the rest (shelving in the media wall, hanging the wall cabinets in the bar, and installing the bath vanity) will wait until later this spring. But in the meantime, let’s get up to speed, because there’s still plenty to update on!
When we last left off, the carpet had just gone in and I was busy doing happy dances and all but rolling around on it. It made such a huge difference in making this level seem suddenly much closer to done!
It was at this point that Page was cashing in some well-deserved time off from this project and had a couple of ski trips planned (yes, cue the foreshadowing). In other words, it was my turn to put in some blood, sweat, and tears. Okay, just sweat. And maybe some swear words.
Page had installed the floor cabinets for the bar area, and I worked on picking up the supplies to make a plank-style counter. This whole project cashed in at under 100 Washingtons – a much more friendly amount than the slabs of granite and stainless steel options we looked at. Plus, I like having a wood element in here and the fact that it will lend itself to my visions of going a little more industrial down here with the decor.
I’ll do a more in-depth play-by-play of creating our bar from start to finish, but for now, here are a couple pics of the progress before the wall cabinets go up! The painted end pieces will be cut to fit exactly and then the final pieces of floor trim will hide the seam between these and where they meet the tile. A beverage fridge will go in the open space below.
And here you can see the other half of the cabinets, waiting to be hung. The two taller cabinets will come down so low you’ll never see the underside, but with the one higher cabinet, I’m thinking of doing something funky on the underside – like a pattern or a pop of the chartreuse color…we’ll see what happens!
We also had the joy of our loungey couches showing up. I admit, I had to get on board with the slouchier style, but in the name of holy comfort, batman, I was quickly swayed. We refer to them lovingly as Chandler and Joey. The color is exactly what I was picturing, and recliner paradise was what Page was seeking. A win-win for the marriage.
Sadly, we had to cover them up so I could do a coat of touch-up paint (dark navy walls definitely showed any dust and nicks from the steps since the painters came).
Still very much a work zone down here, but at least you can see the finished tile and carpet in this shot…
Since our last post, Page installed the toilet and with just some quarter round trim to go, the bathroom is nearly ready for the vanity to go in, have some accessories hung, and call it done!
And yes, I’ve been doing what heavy lifting (read: mouse-clicking/online shopping) I can, without Page to help me. Progress takes many shapes and forms. 🙂 Here’s one of my retail conquests I’m particularly excited about…
Two of these navy and white lovelies showed up this week, courtesy of a birthday gift certificate from my friend, Micole! (photo by CottageRuffles).
I’ve also been finding lots of the chartreuse yellow/green color in accents from Target and West Elm and they are ready and waiting to be decorated with. Bare with us, it may be a few weeks more than we planned, but you KNOW we’ll be shouting from the rooftops when this project finally wraps! 🙂
[You can read more about finishing the basement in the posts listed here.]