So, it’s Thanksgiving and we’ve got some big plans for the basement. The waterproofing and tuckpointing are all now done and the “fun” (meaning: all the work we can do ourselves) can now begin. In anticipation of this, we sent Busby to stay with my parents for the whole holiday weekend and have blocked out a general plan to get the whole rec room area deep-cleaned and painted. Very exciting.
Even more exciting, I got a virtual flyer from Home Depot this morning about their Black Friday sale, which started online today. One of the items on sale was the resilient vinyl plank flooring that we’d been eyeing for the basement rec room. We’ve been really happy with it after using it in our kitchen and with its basement/dampness rating and easy installation over existing flooring (it locks together and floats), it seemed like the perfect solution to put over the nasty asbestos tiles down there.
The sale price was $0.99 a square foot (half the regular price), which is super-cool. Since the budget for this project is extremely tight, we’d been looking at other flooring options in that price range (carpet, carpet tiles, sheet vinyl), but I kinda loathed them all. So we’re excited to actually get what we wanted for the price we wanted. Admittedly, the only one that was on sale at this price was the cherry-wood-look, not the oak-look I’d been favoring, but for half the price, I can live with (and even really, really like) cherry. Here’s what it looks like in the product photo:Not bad, eh? The customer photos look pretty similar. I think this is really going to warm up the basement and go a long way toward making it feel more cozy. Long term, I’m going for a cabin-like feel down there. Warm woods, plaid fabrics, a little rustic/camp-like. Basically, I want it to feel like Rock Hudson’s mill house in All That Heaven Allows, a movie and set I’ve been obsessed with for years. Not over-the-top theme-y, of course, but to at least have a little hint of that in the decor.
Longterm, the plan is to put up drywall, but that’s a ways a way right now. In the meantime, we’re painting the existing brick/concrete foundation walls. Had the brick never been painted, I would have totally gone natural for that nice rustic touch, but unfortunately they’re covered in layers of old paint and sanding that down is not in the cards. So paint it is. And for now it’s going to be a really bright, basic white. Eventually I think I want the walls to be something warmer, like beige or taupe, but we’re using waterproofing paint for the first go-around and your color selections with that are limited to white or pastels. So white it is.
Here’s a couple images from pinterest that show what we’re going for with this first pass. Picture with the flooring shown above. Click photos below for sources:
So, not exactly cabin-cosy and Rock Hudson-y, but clean and bright and white. Add the warm tones of a faux-cherry wood floor and I think suddenly we’re a lot closer to where I want to be. Some furniture and a rug or two (or a few) and I think we’re on the train to Cosy Town, even if it might be a really long train ride.
Also, an electric fireplace. My parents’ gift to us this Christmas is going to be a new electric fireplace to help warm up the new/old rec room. We just need to actually pick one out. I’ve yet to find one I’m in love with, though. Will keep the world updated on that front, have no fear. In the meantime, as we prepare to get down and dirty with some cleaning supplies and paint, have a little inspiration for what I hope will ultimately be the vibe of our little basement rec room: