acreage renovation: a basement play and rec room

This was a big renovation that we had no intentions of undertaking until a few years down the road. That is, until our basement flooded in December! Once it did, we were left with no other option but to renovate our entire basement- the majority of which is made up by this playroom and recreational room!

We began by having our old laminate flooring, trim, and bottom portion of the drywall removed. My goodness, was it dirty! The smell alone was that of rotten eggs, and there was just so. much. dust. Fans and heaters were set up to completely dry it out, and it was after a few days. Finally, we were able to start picking out new flooring and baseboards!

Initially I wanted to go with carpet so our basement would feel cozier. However, because of our cistern being located in our basement, there is always a threat of it flooding again. If it did, carpet is one of the hardest types of flooring to dry out- so I was advised against it. Laminate also gets instantly destroyed when wet, as we have discovered. Hardwood was not in our price point, so we ended up settling on a vinyl plank glue down floor. That way, if we do have another flood, we can lift up the flooring, dry it out, and glue it back down. How convenient is that?

We had the vinyl professionally installed as well as much larger baseboards. We also hung shiplap panelling on the one wall. We bought new door handles and switch plates. Then we painted, painted, painted. We painted all of the walls, the doors, shiplap, and stairs! It took a very long time, but eventually, we we were done.

I purchased climbing holds for a rock wall off of Amazon, and we spray painted and hung a makeshift ladder that came with my husband’s vanity on the wall. Now the kids have their own wall that they can just climb on!

We also bought pine shelving, a wood rod, and white brackets from Home Depot. This wall is dedicated for all of their toys, since I didn’t want any of them on the floor. The hangers for their costumes are from HomeSense, the wood crates are from Michaels, and the baskets are from JYSK.

One of the hardest items that I had a tough time settling on was a rug for the rec room. It took me months to find the perfect one. I actually purchased a much larger and greyer rug from Rugs USA, but after putting it under the couch, it just didn’t look how I wanted it to. Then a short time ago I went to HomeSense and was determined to come home with a rug that day. I found two that I liked, and so I FaceTimed my husband and we went over which one we thought would look best. It was between this one and a black and white one. I am soooo glad that we settled on the one that we did! It is just so cute and playful, I feel like it nicely ties in the colourful playroom with the more modern rec room.

I also now have a dedicated spot to get work done, and the kids have a crafting area.

That is our basement renovation in a nutshell!

Emory

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happy (belated) halloween

Happy Halloween, ghosts and ghouls!

Even though it looked and felt different this year, I hope that everyone was still able to fully enjoy this spooky holiday!!

Tell me what you did below!

Emory

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halloween!

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halloween is tomorrow, and i cannot wait!

what are you going to be dressed as? do you have any plans to celebrate? this year, we are going as our cute hello scarlett family and are going to stay in and watch some scary films.

so happy halloween!! please stay safe, have an amazing time, and eat loads of candy until your stomachs ache. :-) muah-ha-ha … 

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favorite fridays.

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our city’s first entertainment expo rolled into town this month. *g* and i were so excited! initially, we were going to the event just so that we could meet ‘smoking man’ from the x-files (see photo above). however, we came away with so many books, shirts, and collectibles that ‘smoking man’ ended up becoming a minor attraction. 

q: *e*, what would you say was the very best part of the whole event?

a: well friends, i will tell you! it was when we got to meet and hang out with kim coates from sons of anarchy!!!! ay caramba!!!

here are the photo highlights of that weekend …

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‘medieval guy’ people watching while eating a burger.

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a very groovy place to hang out in cosplay!

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this guy approached me and complimented me on my purse. awkward.

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indiana jones? or … ?

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*g* bid his life savings on a signed poster by the sons of anarchy cast.

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this happened.

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then this happened. ;-)

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in the end, you’re never too old for a casper the friendly ghost figurine!

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