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Basement Remodel : Week 8

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Whaddup? Long time no see, huh? I’ve been SO incredibly busy realizing this basement plan. The last two weeks have been nuts. I have basically abandoned my family and live in the basement surviving only on food people bring me and beers. Sorry in advance if my writing skills are not up to par, this body is still tired and the lack of social interaction is taking its toll.

Minus the sore back, it’s actually been really fun and satisfying to work on the basement. The worker dudes left me with a drywalled basement about 2 weeks ago. It is my responsibility to get it painted, wallpapered and decked out with new cabinetry before the guys come back to do the finishing touches.

There has been so much that has changed over the last two weeks. In week 7 it was a mad rush to get all the walls and ceiling primed and painted before the flooring guys came to install our new amazing floor – its vinyl, crazy, huh? Why vinyl, well it looks like wood, it’s waterproof, it can have cabinetry installed on top of it (unlike floating floor systems), and it can easily be replaced if damaged. It comes in 3″x 36″ strips so it doesn’t look like vinyl tiles, it really looks like wood – there is texture on the surface and an edge to it, just like a real wood floor. I love it.

Once the floor was installed it was time for cabinetry, and that my friends, is what I have been doing for 10 hours a day for the last 4 days. It looks great! We are only shy a few cabinet fronts – they should be in at Ikea later this week. I have a little more tweaking to do after the guys get done installing all the baseboard and trim, but I’m not expecting that to be too much work.

Anyway, it’s all coming together really quickly now, and I have my fingers and toes crossed that the fam and I will be having movie night in our new basement this weekend!

So here’s a few pretty pics of the progress:

Basement Remodel : Week 2 | Deuce Cities Henhouse

The wallpaper was hung the same week I was painting. I really love having the woods wallpaper up, I knew from the jump that this is what we would use. Jeff loves it too. I ran out of paper one strip short of finishing the project. I am working with the wallpaper distributor trying to find another roll of a similar looking batch (the inks are hand mixed so every batch is different). So stressful. Next time I will order more paper than I think I will need, and return what I don’t use.

Also, I installed the fridge under the window, now we just need electricity to get it up and running, oh yeah, there is no power yet :(


Basement Remodel : Week 2 | Deuce Cities Henhouse
There is something so insanely satisfying about seeing a plan come together. All the hard work that went into pre-planning in sketchup has paid off. The cabinets all fit like a glove, every measurement is spot on, and it all looks so thoughtful and intentional. I’m really happy that we took the time to plan and revise the basement before we even contacted a builder. Speaking of our builder, its been a pleasure to work with them and they’ve been great at helping me problem solve along the way.


Basement Remodel : Week 2 | Deuce Cities Henhouse
Well guys, I think I am going to have this be the final update until I’m able to share how it all comes together – cross your fingers for us, and lets hope it’s sooner than later.
Progress Report : Week 8
Walls and Ceiling Painted
Wallpaper Hung
Flooring Installed
Cabinets Built
Cabinets Installed
Radiator Installed

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  • Brooke August 3, 2015

    Will your reveal post have more information on the flooring? I need to change out the carpet in my basement and was thinking of doing laminate hardwood but I like everything you just said about the vinyl floor you put in and from the pics it looks pretty nice. Can you give me more details now? Pretty please? :)

    Also, everything looks great! That is a basement I for sure would love to hang out in. I’m trying to get my place to that level.

    • Scoops August 3, 2015

      Hey Brooke! Here is the exact flooring that we installed. It’s also known as Luxury Vinyl Tile or (LVT for short). If you google it, you will see tons of examples.

      If a piece of it ever needs to be replaced all we have to do is use a heat gun to release the glue and replace the slat. I’m really happy with it so far!

      • Brooke August 3, 2015

        Thank you for the speedy reply!

        I’m local, can you recommend the installer who did it for you? Also, I can’t remember if you (as a blogger) post with how much projects cost…can you give me an idea of how much it was for your basement? If you prefer to be vague, was it a more like a mortgage payment or an all expense paid trip to Australia? :) Thank you!!

        • Scoops August 3, 2015

          Here’s a link to the website: http://www.prosourcewholesale.com/ I can’t remember exactly because everything gets filtered through our general contractor but I think ti was about $5 a square foot – but they have flooring in all different price ranges.

  • Becky August 3, 2015

    Your basement looks great! It will be so nice to have more usable space, especially as your kids get older!

    • Scoops August 5, 2015

      I agree – I hope we can all use it equally. I want the kids to have space to enjoy wit their friends, but I also want it to be a place where the old man and I can take in a movie on the weekends.

  • Shanti August 3, 2015

    Looking amazing! My husband is so jealous of your vinyl/turn table area!

    • Scoops August 5, 2015

      Hey Shanti! I’m not sure if the turntable will be realized as soon as we move in to the basement, but I’m sure it will be coming sometime down the road.

  • Vanessa August 3, 2015

    Wow, the ceiling is so nice and shiny!

    • Scoops August 5, 2015

      I think the pictures make it looks shiny, it’s not really that way in real life. I normally don’t shoot with lighting on, but I was without my tripod so I had to illuminate the space ;/

  • Renee August 4, 2015

    Good job. Looks great. Can’t wait to see the final reveal. Hubby and I have been contemplating a basement remodel and your work is fabulous inspiration. How high are the ceilings in your space? And how do you like the recessed lights? I heard that the cans do a really good job of lighting the floor but that fixtures that wash the ceiling with light seem more like natural daylight. Would love to hear your experience in choosing lighting.

    • Scoops August 5, 2015

      Hey Renee! The ceilings are 86″ and I have no concrete feelings about the lighting yet. Once the basement is completed I will mess around with different temperatures of light bulbs in the recessed areas to see what looks best. The recessed lights will be on a dimmer and we will only have them on when we really need light down there. It is a basement after all and it’s not the brightest space in our home. I’ll let you guys know what I discover as I work the kinks out. Thanks!

  • Caroline August 6, 2015

    How exciting that it’s all coming together! We also live in the Midwest (Cleveland) and our basement, along with basically our entire county, flooded recently. We had to rip up the carpeting and we’re starting from scratch. Do you know anything about how well the vinyl tiles hold up to moisture and potential water damage?

  • Abby September 6, 2016

    Super late to the party here, but also looking at replacing some nasty basement carpet and am afraid our basement can be a little too moist to spend $$ on new carpet. However, the floor is uneven/slightly slopes in some areas. How even is your floor? Does the LVT seem like a product that could be installed on a slightly uneven floor?

  • Hanna July 28, 2020

    Can you share what type of cabinets you used?

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