My Home Renovation: Hello Lovely Basement Makeover (7)

It doesn’t look like it,

but we’re actually down

the home stretch as far

as this project is concerned!

The flooring is almost complete.

And when I say ‘we’ that means

my husband. Painting is about all

I can be trusted with.

this is an area of the studio where the piano will be located

A few months ago, we had this:

the space worked for skateboarding & storage

To read about our plans

back in February,

click here.

I painted most of the walls white

but decided to let some of the

wood walls breathe without any

treatment at all.

So no paint on the walls of our

college son’s new room–he cannot

wait to visit home and check it out.

I’m leaving the closet walls

‘sauna like’ for fun.

I can always change my mind.

The bathroom has since been painted,

but this gives you an idea of where it is

headed and how the venetino marble mosaic

floor looks (the shower is the same

stone in basic squares–I wanted

very very simple and low cost).

Not sure if this is pre-grout or not cuz

we opted for a grey grout.

I sealed everything a couple times.

I couldn’t believe how many options

there were for body spray installation.

In the end, my husband and sons

just decided on what made sense

to them (they are all the same height).

Door on right is pocket door.

Even my childhood piano which I have played

(badly) for as long as my memory goes back

got an update–layers of paint then a soap treatment finish.

I’ll share more photos soon as we pull the suite

of rooms together, and I bet you will be surprised

at how much the feel of the space changes

with dark rich flooring.

800 square feet down, just 800 more on the

other side to finish.

Thanks for following!


DIY  is highly overrated.

We used to go to movies.

And cook on the weekends.

Feelin me?

Peace to you right where you are.




  1. November 3, 2011 / 10:57 pm

    Oh wow, this is looking AMAZING!! It's like a totally different space and I love that you left some of the wood untreated for that scandi-style rustic vibe 🙂

    And yeah, I do get it! Why do you think it's taken so long for us to complete our kitchen 😉 Because on the occasional weekend we have to just give ourselves time to LIVE a bit.

    Can't wait to see how this finishes up but it's honestly looking fab already! xxx

  2. November 4, 2011 / 12:13 am

    It looks fantastic so far! Love all of your choices. Can't wait to see it when it's finished!

  3. November 4, 2011 / 2:35 am

    Wow, Michele… what a beautiful basement! I would love to have something like that. Love the planked walls and the marble in the bath. Just gorgeous!

  4. November 4, 2011 / 2:46 am

    Amazing. Really, can't wait to see the final product. What a difference. 🙂

    PS I agree completely about DIY being overated. We just bought a house and I am feeling the same way right now. I am project and painted out. 😉

  5. November 4, 2011 / 3:44 am

    Your final "product" will be included in my Knock-Knock series! I already know it! (:



  6. November 4, 2011 / 4:50 am

    It's coming along real well Michele. I say leave the wood panels as it is. It's giving the entire space a very zen like calming effect.

    And btw,yes. I'm also starting to thing similarly. This weekend I shall heed to my gastronomic life. 🙂

  7. November 4, 2011 / 10:41 am

    Looking goooooood!! Loving the simplicity of the style yet it's so chic. Love the bathroom tiles! Can't wait to see more!

    Meera xx

  8. November 4, 2011 / 11:21 am

    The space looks amazing Michele and I love that you laid the boards on their sides. I was so laughing at your DYI being overrated but just look at what was accomplished it's fabulous!

  9. November 4, 2011 / 11:44 am

    Looks really good…is that a sauna or a closet, either way I love how you chose the wood paneling for the walls!

  10. November 4, 2011 / 2:09 pm

    For the Love of "Love"! What a transformation!!! I'm soooo impressed! I love the plank walls. They're so great, Michele.

    I can't wait for you guys to enjoy this space!!!

    Have a blessed weekend.


    Luciane at

  11. November 5, 2011 / 2:43 am

    Ooh, I LOVE a
    project! And this
    is a good-y! Can't
    wait to see how it
    all comes together.
    I really like the look
    of the unpainted and
    painted walls together.

    xx Suzanne

  12. November 5, 2011 / 1:36 pm

    don't tease us with these photos — I want to see MORE! Those tiles in the bathroom are amazing!

  13. November 6, 2011 / 8:30 pm

    Oh my gosh it looks gorgeous!! I LOVE the walls and the tile! What a great place that will be to hang out and relax with your family!

  14. November 7, 2011 / 2:54 pm

    what a great space, and you deserve the time to relax it sounds like!!! enjoy it!!

  15. November 7, 2011 / 8:49 pm

    What a great project! I like the wood walls, nice work.

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