Monday, July 29, 2013

Carpet AT LAST!!!

Last December we started the Renovation of the basement.  Here is the Lovely Mess it was before.  
Notice the flooring, it was painted cement with flex in it, very cold on the toes!

Here is the After:
My husband has claimed this area as his man cave, as to why there are wires hanging everywhere, they are waiting for surround sound!

When we first moved in this basement was in bad shape.  The walls were dinged up and the moldings had seen better days.   We were going to have someone come out and mud and tape the basement again, but that is oh so expensive.  Instead we textured the walls and hung bead board!   I love the texture on the walls, it adds a richness to the room and when my daughters ding it I can just touch it up with a bit of paint and you can't even tell!!  The bead board hid unwanted patched holes on the walls from moving electrical and speakers!

And I LOVE the Bead Board ceiling with the beams and crown molding!  I found a few pictures of us putting up the bead board!  I will have to make a tutorial for all those who want to attempt it.  It is one of those tasks where you are so happy you did it and you love the outcome but the thought of doing it again is kind of tiring!  We had holes in our ceiling as well, and if you have ever tired to patch a hole in the ceiling you know it is very hard to match textures so we decided to give the bead board ceiling an attempt.  The outcome was better than I expected, and the best part is our basement doesn't feel like a basement!

As you can see my daughter is thrilled to have carpet, I love the warmth carpet brings.  We decided to go with a Level 3 Polyester Blend carpet.  I searched and searched for carpet and decided on polyester because it is so soft and they say it is a 8 year carpet, I am sure I will be ready for a change by then.  Nylon carpet lasts longer but it isn't quite as soft and it is quite a bit more expensive.
I went with a level 3 because it is thicker but also holds up a little longer.  I wanted a carpet with a little bit of flex in it (different colors) to help hid crumbs.  Because, I must admit I don't get around to vacuuming everyday!
Right now going up my stairs to the 2nd floor I have a berber carpet (the short stuff) and we are not friends most days, I vacuum and with in hours it appears as though I never vacuumed, it shows everything and with 2 active girls trying to keep up is a full time job.  In  our previous home we had shag carpet and while it hid crumbs well, as soon as you started to walk on it the carpet would lay down which drives me crazy, so I found a carpet in between the 2 and so far I am very happy with it!  

I hope your MONDAY if off to a wonderful start!!



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