Last January I wrote a post about a home improvement project I had started in our basement – a place I usually referred to as The Dungeon. This finished room – our workout place – was a dark, scary mess of accumulated clutter.
It needed a major makeover.
After months of frantic activity, followed by doing nothing, and then more frantic activity, my project has finally reached a point where it is now ready for its great reveal.
The work began in October 2013 with a major cleanup of all the stuff that had accumulated. Over time, things had been abandoned in this room to be dealt with at a later date. It had reached the point where all this ‘stuff’ seemed to take on a life of its own. Admit it – you have one of these rooms too.
There were car loads of things given away and thrown away. To cover the dark green walls, I needed to apply 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint. Only after I had finished painting the ceiling and walls, did we finally pull up the old carpeting.
That turned out to be a mistake because I had also spent days – not an exaggeration – painting the baseboards which were now all ripped out and about to be replaced. Sigh.
There is always at least one major glitch that occurs in any renovation. On this one we discovered that the basement floor of our 40-year-old house was seriously uneven. Our new floor options were either wall-to-wall carpeting again (nay, wasn’t going to happen) or having the floor levelled.
What an unhappy mess that job turned out to be. Now there were dirty hand prints and slops of cement on my newly painted walls which were going to need cleaning and – in some places – paint touch-up.
The new floor was finally installed and I had to break out the paint brush again to paint the new baseboards. By this time, I was starting to seriously dislike painting.
A new storage area was created against the back wall hidden behind sliding doors and a new refridgerator was purchased to replace 2 mini-bar fridges left behind from our sons’ university days. My need for clean, organized storage had finally been satisfied.
So, to all the people who ask me how I spend my time since I retired, for the past year this has been one of my projects … and I’m very happy it’s finally done – give or take a few outstanding details.
I can’t take credit for all the work … a professional installer did the floor and Gilles handled the shelving and doors … but the vision and a major amount of elbow grease was all mine!
I’m already planning my next project …. but shhhh, don’t tell Gilles yet. He’s still recovering from this one.