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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Partial Basement Reveal and Liar Liar Pants on Fire

I am happy to report that the remediation of the mold issue in the basement is complete!  
The pretty part has begun.  
The walls and ceiling are painted a different color than before, giving the room a lighter and brighter feeling.  We also replaced all of the overhead lighting with brighter LED lights.
I will do a post about that soon.  It makes a HUGE difference.
Here is a different view of the room.

We changed up a few things.  
For starters we moved the Ikea Expedit from behind the couch.  There was just way too much going on visually before.  This gives the room a much lighter look.  We also spread out the trophies.  Before the media unit was filled with all of my kids trophies.
I scaled down the trophies for the wall unit...

 and added some books for a little interest.
The rest of the trophies got moved to the Expedit unit.
Notice anything missing from the window?
Remember the drapes that I had to have dry cleaned because of the remediation?
Remember how they shrunk 7" at the dry cleaner and the dry cleaner said that he has been in business for 25 years and nothing like this has ever happened before?  Remember how the dry cleaner kept swearing that he dry cleaned the drapes even though I continually asked if he had washed them?  You can click here for that full story.  By day three the dry cleaner's wife said she would iron the drapes to try and stretch them.  When I got them home after the dry cleaner stretched them, they looked like an old worn out t-shirt...really like a rag. It was at that point that the dry cleaner finally admitted that they had washed the drapes.  100% linen...and they washed them.  Seriously??? They reimbursed me for the cost of the fabric and the cost of the dry cleaning.  
However, before I go and order the same fabric, I figure I should use this as an opportunity to see if I can do something a bit better.  I always loved those drapes, but maybe they were a bit too bold and competed with the focal wall.  So, thanks to PicMonkey, I am trying out some other options.  The first option is a ready made drape.  They actually cost less that the cost of new fabric and will save me plenty of time.  They are also made of linen so they have that great texture.  They are are much more subtle than the previous drapes.
If I decide to make drapes, my fabric options are endless.  I love the idea of an Ikat pattern.  This one seems to have all of the colors I have in the room, but hard to tell.  I also found some other Ikat options that may work as well.  I'm probably going to stop by Calico Corners today and order some swatches before making any final decisions.

So what do you think of the newly renovated basement so far?  

Know of any great Ikat patterns I should be considering?

Make sure you stop back tomorrow when I will revealing my craft/sewing closet.  It's pretty awesome!



-Judy
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22 comments:

Maria Elena said...

Judy what a great space! It looks fabulous! You have done an amazing job with the paint and decor. Just beautiful!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It looks great, Judy! Nice and bright. I definitely want to hear about the LED lights/bulbs. I could definitely use some brightening up in my kitchen since I have no windows on that side of the condo. I hate that it is so dark in there. Looking forward to seeing the craft/sewing area.

Calypso In The Country said...

I love how it turned out! We have LED Christmas tree lights and they are so much brighter than our previous lights. I would like to try the bulbs too!
-Shelley

Irma Baker @ The Ordinary Beautiful said...

Beautiful space! I love the focal wallpaper wall:)

Luisa Chandler said...

Wow...I can't believe the dry cleaners lied to you!! I mean...everyone makes mistakes but they should have been up front with you. Grr...hope you have other cleaners to choose from for the next time!!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your room is totally awesome. Love the colors. I can't wait to see the closet. Hugs, marty

Much Ado About Somethin said...

I like the way you opened up and brightened the room! Looks great. I can't believe the dry cleaner liked to you about what happened to the drapes at first. Thank goodness they finally fessed up...and now you get something new!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

The room looks beautiful Judy!! I know you are thrilled it's all back together. I love the new drapery you chose for the windows!

Kathy@DandelionsandDustBunnies said...

Looks great Judy - you have been working hard!!

priscilla said...

Beautifully done! Love that fabric for the drapes :)

Ches said...

Your basement is looking great. I just purchased new curtains for my kitchen from World Market. On sale they were still 80 bucks for just two panels, I'm so frugal I dont event know if that is a good deal or not.

Tatiana said...

how lovely! it all looks so well-lit and well-coordinated :)

Annesphamily said...

Nicely done! Love your new look! Appreciate you sharing your story with us. Enjoy your weekend!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Beautiful, beautiful room...I so love the changes you made!!

Cynthia said...

The room turned out beautiful, I love the changes and I am happy that this is getting done for you. I want to see the closet. Can't wait.

Cynthia

Sandra Tyler said...

oh gosh wish our basement looked like that!

Traci said...

It looks great!!! I really like the ready made drapes!

Scudds Harrison said...

Wow! That is a lovely place to be. You've done really well x HUgs

Sarah K said...

Omgoodness..love your basement refresh. The wallpaper is beautiful!

Peggy Hale said...

Gorgeous! Fabulous job.
Peggy~PJH Designs

Pamela said...

WOW!! Your basement turned out beyond amazing!! Thanx for sharing it at THT!

Jenny said...

Wow. This is totally outstanding!

I love your sofa, too!

And although the draperies must have been a huge pain, it looks like good things came from that mishap!

Thanks for linking.

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