I can hardly believe it, but it’s almost been one year since we moved to Ohio. (You can read about that here, here, and here.)This time last year, we were under contract for this house. We knew the house would need a lot of cosmetic updates, but some things we never anticipated getting to. Such as the basement. Half is finished, half is not. The way the finished half was finished wasn’t our particular style, but we didn’t plan on changing it at all. We decided to focus on the main level and upstairs since those are the spaces we live in and are most visible. As usual, the Lord had other plans for us.
On January 7th we woke up at 5am to an odd sound…gushing water. Nathan rushed down to the basement to find a waterfall pouring out of the ceiling. Turned out to only be that a water pipe popped open and Nathan was able to repair that without calling a plumber. But then began the long process of insurance claims, removing the damage, drying out the basement, waiting for estimates….basically the entire process of getting the basement back to normal was almost 2 months long. Oh and by the way, the day of the great basement flood is also the day we found out we were expecting our second set of twins (you can read about that here). That was quite a day. I was ready for it to end by, oh, 5pm. In Matthew when Jesus says “don’t worry about tomorrow, for each day has enough trouble of it’s own”…I totally felt that. I’m so glad He only gives us enough for one day and He gave me what I needed for that day. But that’s another blog post 🙂
At first I was frustrated that this happened. It was very inconvenient. That’s where the kids go to get out some energy when it’s too cold to play outside. We have one TV and that’s where we watch movies. My craft area is down there. But I knew that frustration wasn’t the right attitude to approach this situation…because in reality, there were a lot of positives to this whole “inconvenience”: nothing irreplaceable was ruined, the water fall was only about 3 ft from our TV/sound system but was completely spared from any damage, only the basement was effected and not any space that we “live” in, and this was the one space we didn’t care for but had no intention of redoing…and now we have the opportunity to start from scratch and make it what we wanted! After that heart change, I was actually glad the Lord allowed this to happen. On top of that, our current guest room would need to soon be converted into a nursery…that meant the spare room in our basement would need to become the guest room. And now…it can be just that. (Because before, it was our “I-don’t-know-where-to-put-this-so-we-will-put-it-in-here” room.)
Anywho that’s a little background on our basement and from now on I’ll shut up and just let the pictures do the talking 🙂
Our deconstructed, post waterfall basement drying out:
Trying to sleep with those fans on was…no bueno. Like jet taking off in the basement 24hrs for 4 days. After that stage we waited a few weeks for estimates and such before we could move ahead with drywall. My handy man hubby decided while we waited to add more lighting, built-in shelving, and took off the rest of the wood paneling and acoustic ceiling.
Finally the drywall went up…
And then the painting and trim work began…
Sherwin Williams Repose Gray in the family room and Butter Up in the guest room.
After that the flooring was next…but not before we drew on the concrete slab 🙂
And then just like that…the space was done!
The stairway leading down to our new family room, craft space, and guest room!
The pipe hand rail is from Lowes. The sconce is from IKEA.
I could not be more happy with this space. We love to be down her now. As you can see, we had to leave a little wood paneling on the staircase, under the soffit, and behind the TV/gas fireplace. It was just easier to leave it alone in those places. I’m ok with that limited amount…adds a little visual interest and texture to the space 🙂 Let me show you some of my favorite things about this space…
First off, the built-ins. I heart them. I heart my husband for making them.
I also love our game board gallery wall. I found those boards at an antique store a few weeks before the flood. I love how they add color, interest, and fun all at once.
The organized toy corner. The bins/system are from IKEA. And we love our magnet board, AKA, oil drip pan from Wal*Mart 🙂 There’s also space on the wall to add kids artwork and pictures of the kiddos down the road.
And the start of another gallery wall with room to grow…as well as our new sleeper couch from the Pottery Barn outlet.
Family picture taken by Jessica Greenfield, String Art made by my talented friend Victoria!, and the monogram piece made by my sweet mom 🙂 Maybe I should call this the wall of love 😉
And a few pictures of the space actually being put to good use 🙂
Guess Who? is A&H’s new favorite game. And they’re pretty good too!
Onto the rest of the basement!
Looking into the craft area and guest room…
The craft room floor was in the upstairs guest room. Since it’s turning into a nursery, we used the flooring here and will have carpet put into that bedroom. Win win.
This space isn’t dramatically different, but I do like the maple colored floors better than the oak that was there…and one gray wall is better then all wood paneling 🙂
And finally the guest room:
The sconces (from Menards) turned out to be like twice as big as we thought they were going to be, that’s why they are a little on the high side…but it still works. Doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful, amen?
This room has no HVAC venting which means no heat. So we added an electric heater/fireplace to solve that problem. Someday we will get a small screen TV so our guests can truly relax in this space.
I’m so glad we got this wall closet system from IKEA. It saves space and is functional for guests to have a place to put their clothing. (And when I say guests I mean family…mostly grandparents. But still, available to whoever wants/needs to stay in our home!)
Having trouble remembering what the basement looked like pre-flood days? You can check out my post with pictures of our home right after we moved in…or here’s some before & afters for you!
Guest room…or as it used to be the “I-don’t-know-where-to-put-it-so-I’ll-put-it-in-this-room” room (trust me…there was a lot of boxes in there):
The craft area:
And finally, the family room:
Like I said, we had no intention of ever getting to this space to make it what we wanted. That flood was a huge blessing and we thank God for allowing us to have this super awesome space to spend time as a family and with friends. I think one of my favorite things about the new basement is the game board wall. And the new couch. And the smooth non-wood walls. And the carpet. And the relaxing guest room. Ok I can’t choose one thing 🙂
So that’s what we’ve been busy doing lately! Have you ever had a flood in your home? Or tackled a basement reno? I’d love to see your basement!
I’m linking up with the ladies at Motivational Monday link party. Check it out! As well as the June edition of Thrifty Decor Chick’s Before & After Link-up!