Silver Lining

Let’s be honest. Discovering that, oh, 100 gallons of water had been cruising through our living room into our basement thanks to The Great Aquarium Disaster of 2013 was horrible. Not only did Brian lose years of hard work, but our living room lost a beautiful piece of art. Like nature that was also art. We were both pretty bummed about it for the first few weeks. But now. Well, we’re trying to find the silver lining.

It turns out that the silver lining is realizing this is as good a time as any to start a basement renovation project. If we’re going to have crews taking over our home to redo hardwood floors and patch walls and ceilings and paint and replace carpet, well… we might as well bite the bullet and bring our late 80’s basement into the 21st century. 

Here’s what we’re working with: 

basementHello stairs. (And random foam roller and yoga strap.) The carpet is perpetually dirty, though you can’t really tell in this pic. We’re going to go with something low-pile that can hold up to lots of foot traffic. Because eventually this will become a combination of entertaining space, movie room, man cave and kid’s playroom. 

basement-2This is… the most boring bathroom in America. Also possibly the most beige. That shall be remedied. Don’t you worry. 

basement-3And that brings us to the main event. Beige everything. Oak everywhere. A TV that probably weighs more than a human. It’s currently a dumping ground (hence the randomly placed Rock Band instruments and other assorted household goods), but hopefully this will become one of our favorite places to hang out. 

basement-4And here’s the view from the other side of the room. More Rock Band instruments. The pool table that we negotiated into our home purchase. More beige, possibly made even worse because the walls have been sponge painted. SPONGE PAINTED. 

basement-8And now the wet bar. We definitely plan to have a wet bar in the basement, but this configuration doesn’t fit the space as well as it could. 

basement-7The other side of the wet bar. And a fridge that definitely does not keep anything at an appropriate temperature for food safety. I would like to keep that bottle opener, however. All of the hoses and equipment are part of the cause of The Great Aquarium Disaster of 2013. Good times.

basement-5Oh hi workout room. You can’t see it, but the carpet is either ruined or in need of a deep cleaning thanks to aquarium water. 

basement-6And this is why. 

While it may be difficult to picture this room as anything other than filled with oak built-ins and beige everything, we have some major changes in store. Think rustic meets modern meets cabin meets basement meets traditional. Or something. Wish us luck.