Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Basement Revamp


I know this is a fitness blog, but please humor me today. Will you? My parents came to visit us this weekend and HM and I have been working hard to get the house in order. We have been working really hard to get our basement redecorated so it is looking good for the 'rents. It started a few months ago when we ordered a couch from Crate & Barrel. We were given a 10 week lead time. That sucks, but it did give us plenty of time to get some painting done.
Can't say I will miss the green couch!

In a stunt that took WAAAYY to many hours, I stenciled one wall. I used the same color in gloss and eggshell to create the subtle look I wanted. It was tough, but the effect was so worth it.

We purchased a TV stand from Ikea and gave it some extra oommph by adding colorful knobs from Anthropologie. I am not usually a big fan of Ikea furniture, but I think the set up looks great.

Eventually our couch arrived. The sucker is HUGE. I might have to become a couch potato! I think the couch is 103 inches long. Hooo Ahhh.

Last weekend we finished up some of the to-dos in order to get the basement (somewhat) finished for my parents. We hung some cactus pictures I took when visiting the MIL in Tucson behind the couch. We framed them in Crate and Barrel brushed nickle frames. I would say they look very happy.

In a return visit to Ikea, we purchased enough frames to complete our two picture walls. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.

In case you are interested in how to complete a project like this, let me give you some tips. The first place to start is to cut out butcher paper in the shapes of your frames. In my case, I wildly bought Ikea Ribba frames the first time. Then I cut out enough templates. I hung them up on the wall until I found a layout I was happy with. Then I nailed through the paper and pulled it off when I hung the frame.
See my cool stencil?!?!?
Little loser didn't help at all, just guarded his toys
The second wall I planned a little more closely. I used all the templates I had from wall one and created another layout. Then I went to Ikea and strategically bought the remaining frames I needed. 

A photo of my niece (after a little photo-shopping)

I think the 'rents liked it and we had a great weekend. My apologies for the radio silence over the last couple of days.  I am back in action now.


  1. Looks super nice! I like the stencil wall.

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