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Fabulous Basement Remodel Tour

08 August 2011

Basement Tour By Amanda!

Hey y'all!  I'm Amanda from Dixie Delights and I'm just *delighted* to do my very first guest post over here at Remodelaholic!  Honey (as my mister is affectionately called) and I just wrapped up an extensive renovation on our basement. 
Here's the story that's a year in the making...

Two years ago when we purchased our forty year old home that boasted a "finished basement" clearly they were using the term "finished" lightly.  The space was loaded with navy blue carpeting, dark painted paneling, water stained ceilings, various mirrored walls and various other unmentionables.  I refused to step foot in it, much less take a picture of it.  Hence, I have only a couple of pictures to document the before.  


This in progress picture already has the new walls, floors, ceilings, light and drapes.  But, as you can see, it was just one big empty room.

We had originally planned to have a professional re-do the space once both littles made it to school.  A mold problem in the basement moved that timeline up by a few years, yet we didn't have the cash to bring in a contractor.  When Honey, who boasts no construction experience or training, proclaimed that he could "just finish the basement" I had my doubts.  But time and again he made my jaw drop time and again with his impressively industrious ability to take something I lickety-split sketched on paper (with a crayon no doubt) and bring it to life. 

Having two littles that will one day be teenage boys and a husband that desperately wants a man space, we had the following goals for the basement:
- Make the space look nice, but remain kid, husband and budget friendly.  So, when the floors get dented or the walls get scratched I am neither fainting nor screaming.
- A cozy tv area that will comfortably seat four and still allow room for the boys to play the wii.
- A bar area with a sink and dishwasher.  We didn't have the dishwasher in our old basement and I hated carting everything up and down the stairs to wash after a party.
- A buffet area for entertaining.
- Plenty of storage for toys and games.
- Space for the pool table begrudgingly brought from our old house.
- Area for dining, crafting, school work, game playing, etc.
- Banquette for seating (and just because I really, really, really want a banquette and have nowhere else to put one.)

And we crossed every. single. one. off the list!  Here's the after:

The stairway gallery
TV Room
The Bar
Buffet and Dining/Crafting/Gaming Area
Pool Table / Toy Storage


Should you want to peruse the unabridged edition of ALL the titillating details for this entire basement project, look here for the vision,  for an eight month update, for the bar reveal,  for the finally finished banquette, for the buffet, for the stairway, the bath and here for the den.

I think we'll take the rest of the year off :-)

This project was contributed by one of our fabulous readers! We love to share your projects with this great blogging community. So, if you have projects from kitchen renovation ideas to small bathroom remodels, overhauled and repurposed furniture, spray paint updates you name it please send it in! Thanks for reading Remodelaholic!

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Cerise August 8, 2011 at 7:08 AM  

What a gorgeous transformation! I love the gallery walls leading down to the basement, and the colors and the bathroom. Heck, I would move in! Truely beautiful!

Megan August 8, 2011 at 8:02 AM  

Love everything about it. I am so jealous! What are your ceilings? Every little detail: from the ruffled sink skirt, the chevron wall, the polk-a-dot rug, the gallery of frames, to the farmhouse sink is to die for!

Connie @ Sensible-Redesign August 8, 2011 at 8:25 AM  

WOW what an amazing transformation!! You guys did a wonderful job. I can't believe all the special touches you added. I love every bit of it!

Rachel August 8, 2011 at 8:53 AM  

Just awesome! This is a truly 'livable' space. They did such a great job!

Stephanie August 8, 2011 at 9:19 AM  

Oh my goodness, it's so beautiful! The yellows make my heart smile! You did such a fantastic job...I can't believe how big and livable it is. Gorgeous.

modern jane August 8, 2011 at 10:03 AM  

This is incredible!! I can't believe how great it is! Thanks for sharing. Love love love.

CalypsoInTheCountry August 8, 2011 at 1:59 PM  

Great to see you doing a guest post! Your basement is amazing!
Cheers to you guys! -Shelley

Pink Daisys Blog Spot August 8, 2011 at 3:13 PM  

Holly Cow! This the BEST basement I have ever seen! LOVE it! This needs to be on Pinterest! You just gave me some inspiration for my basement.. WOW, can't say it enough, LOVE IT!

Dixie Delights August 8, 2011 at 5:54 PM  

I am seriously blushing at all the sweet comments! Megan - (comment #2) - the ceilings are a standard suspended ceiling with tiles from ceilume.com. Here is a link: http://www.ceilume.com/ceilingtile_detail.cfm/productID.464
Amanda :-)

Lil' Luna August 8, 2011 at 6:26 PM  

Love it!!
Need to know where they found the black and white polka dots rugs - WANT them! :)

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