The Basement is Drywalled, Mudded, Sanded, and Painted!

Monday, April 21, 2014

It's been a long time coming. But finally, after years n' years (and a few more years) our basement family room area is drywalled, mudded, sanded, and painted!

Alex (husband extraordinaire) went all wild and crazy and painted the whole basement. He primed the ceilings and walls, painted two coats of basic white on the ceilings, painted two coats of the top wall colour, and one coat of the bottom wall colour (because we're doing some wainscoting). He pretty much deserves a medal but I gave him a chocolate Easter bunny instead. 
After an unhealthy amount of deliberation I chose Silver Satin by Benjamin Moore for the walls.
Silver Satin - Benjamin Moore
I LOVE how the colour looks in Natalie's basement. Check out the photos from her blog, Beach House in the City.
Source: Beach House in the City

Source: Beach House in the City
Here's the funny part about the wall colour. I purchased a test pot and painted a few sections of wall. I almost didn't go with Silver Satin because it looked really, really light. Fast forward to two coats later and the wall colour is WAY darker than expected! {Don't worry, honey. I won't pick another colour and make you repaint just yet, hee hee.} Even though it is a bit darker than I thought it still looks really good. Really, really good to be exact.

I was going to wait to share some pictures until we had a chance to tidy up some tools (and, um, beer bottles) but I'm just too excited to wait. The top half of the walls are Silver Satin by Benjamin Moore in a flat finish (I wanted to hide any imperfections and no-one will really be touching the top half of the walls). The bottom half of the walls are painted in Simply White by Benjamin Moore in a semi-gloss finish. Our goal this week is to figure out what combinations of trim we are going to use to create the board and batten look on the bottom half of the walls.

Just for comparison's sake, here is the last picture I shared of the basement. The drywall was up but it still needed to be taped, mudded, and sanded.

Here are the current progress pictures. They are pictures of the other side of the room.

This is the main living area where the couches and TV will eventually go.

This is the little nook that used to be a storage closet. We are planning on a built-in desk area along the back wall.

So, that's how things are looking as of this morning. There is still lots to do but it's coming along. I can already visualize white picture frames and giant, rattan storage baskets on the floor filled with cozy blankets and pillows. Yeah, I think I'm getting ahead of myself a little bit. ;)

P.S. Cooper loves chocolate Easter eggs. He cried when he came downstairs this morning and there were none hiding for him.

But then I showed him the little trucks from his Easter basket (minus the eggs).

Then he was happy again.

That's his 'smile' face. He's not scared, I promise.

P.S.S. See those cushions in the background? Grey pinstripes. Love, love, love, love, love.

P.S.S.S. Giant thank you post filled with butterflies, rainbows, and sprinkle cupcakes to follow.


  1. I'm so jealous of how nice your basement is going to be, and I'm sorry but that so funny he cried about no eggs today, cute cute cute

  2. Thank you so much for sharing the basement idea pictures and pictures of your basement progress! We're looking into finishing our basement and these were some great inspiration pictures! P.S. - I LOVE your blog and have been following for a couple years now. :)

  3. What a cute little face!

  4. I love how you have decided on the baskets/blankets etc before it is even done. That's me as well. Can never wait to get to the decorating part. Your basement is going to be lovely. The board and batten sounds perfect! The colors that you picked out make it nice, bright and crisp!
    Cooper is so big and so adorable already. Where does the time go?

  5. I would much rather see sporadic, original content about real homes and real lives than daily posts that are merely a roundup of other people's content. You're doing a great job and when I get an email notification that you have a new post, I am honestly excited to see what you're up to. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  7. Your blog is awesome and I love your style. Don't change a thing. Your basement looks really good. Can't wait to see the end results.:)

  8. Lovely basement... looks bright and cheery!

  9. Where did you find the grey striped pillows? They are gorgeous! Mudding sheetrock gives me a brainache. Your husband did an amazing job!

    1. Hi Joni,

      The striped pillows were purchased from Muskoka Living Interiors but I've seen the same fabric on - I think they are called Charcoal Stripe Something-Or-Other. You should be able to find it if you type in grey stripe or charcoal stripe.


  10. Hi Sarah, the basement is beautiful. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  11. Beautiful progress, Sarah! I love the wall color you chose. Little Cooper is not so little anymore. He's getting so big. Such a joy he must be to you and your hubby!

  12. I love how this turned out! It's the opposite of what you think when you hear the word "basement" and those accent colors give me inspiration for my living room. Long time follower, first time commenter. :)

  13. Your basement looks awesome! I bet it will be nice to have so much extra living space!

  14. Looking forward to seeing the finished project. The color is gorgeous! I love the basement inspiration you posted too. Beer always makes painting easier! :)

  15. what a cozy basement, I very like it, with a fireplace at the basement you can design a retro interior design. I will follow your project to find out more


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