It’s week 45 in our second home renovation – and there’s been plenty of progress on our home. This week, we worked on cleaning up and painting the basement, installing living room built-ins and Waterloxing IKEA butcher block countertops.
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This week, Papa Bear really got to work. He really does work magic. He began putting together the built-in cabinet in the living room.
The area is framed by the heating and cooling ductwork and the laundry chute (WE HAVE A LAUNDRY CHUTE!). I’ve always wanted a built-in area with shelves for display and an area for our television, and now we’ll have it.
The doors were purchased at ReStore for $5. Steal of the decade because they are solid and fit perfectly.
The cabinet is backed with leftover beadboard paneling from the bathroom remodel.
I’ll paint everything white. (More painting! It’s going to do me in!)
Dad also got to work on a door for the kitchen pantry, which is fabulous. I’ll show you next week.
Ryan sanded the edges before I got to sealing.
It takes 24 hours for each coat to set, so it’s a bit of a process. After cleaning the wood from debris and dust really well, I began putting coats of sealer on the countertops. I am putting two coats on the back and four coats on the top. So, I hope they will be done sometime next week.
The Waterlox does seem to make the wood tones a little warmer, but I like it.
Really excited to get this done and install the countertops.
Finally – Ryan’s been working on the basement this week. I made the stipulation that I would not be moving in until the basement was cleaned out, painted and had storage.
I really hate basements. So, since I will actually have to go down there on a regular basis to do laundry, I need it to be brighter, cleaner and less scary than it was when we bought it.
It seriously makes me want to bathe in bleach. Just looking at this photo.
So, Ryan’s on it. It gets a little water down there, so Ryan sealed up all the cracks with hydraulic cement and cleaned all the walls and scraped old paint.
Even after that work, the basement looked like something out of a horror flick.
So, Ryan and I worked on painting the basement. We used paint by Zinsser that helps prevent mold and moisture. The combination of this, with the cracks filled and a dehumidifier should help the basement be less wet in the future. Woot!
It already looks lots better.
Still kind of a horror flick. But, not quite so bad.
It’s already a heckuva lot brighter down there, which is good because I’ll be down there relatively frequently. Ryan’s also going to set up the lights on motion sensors, which I’m pretty excited about.
Next step: Floors. We’ll be cleaning them and painting them. That will make a big difference. I chose a color similar to these at Brick City Love.
This may be a bit of a stretch for an inspiration picture, but the paint will definitely help the basement feel more finished and… clean.
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