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Under the Stairs Storage: Under Cover

We finally reached the phase in our basement update where we could use our under the stairs area as a storage space again, but the challenge was how to cover the view of the storage space that was keeping all of those household items that just don’t look pretty in plain sight.   The items […]

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Goldilocks and the Over the Couch Shelf

Once upon a time, there was a girl who was trying to put the final touches on her basement.  She came across an over the couch shelf on Houzz.com and wanted to do something like that over her couch.   Not the big storage cabinet type of shelf, which is very cool and spacious, but […]

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No Slip, No Kidding! Painted Vinyl Basement Floor

There was almost no bigger argument in our home than when it came to what to do with our vinyl basement floor that was in really, REALLY bad shape.  I want to thank, My Repurposed Life for her tutorial on a painted vinyl floor, because that is what it took to convince Ken, that this […]

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17 Creative Ways to Un-Carpet Your Stairs with Paint

To pull up the carpet on your stairs and try something new and different or not to, is often the question when people are remodeling the area in their home that involves a staircase.  It was certainly a question for us when updating our basement. Having a cat, I was pretty sure I didn’t want […]

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15 Tips for Painting an Exposed Basement Ceiling

Our exposed basement ceiling has officially been painted and our basement has finally been put back together…okay, almost, but we’re working on it.  The whole basement project started out over a year ago, and one of the steps that took the longest was these first 5 tips in preparation for painting an open beam ceiling.   […]

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How to Paint Stairs and Walk Up Them When Your Done!

As we were painting the basement ceiling and the basement floor, we naturally wanted to paint the basement stairs, too.  Painting my way up the stairs seemed awkward and painting my way down the stairs would mean that I would be trapped downstairs until the paint dries.  Uhhh, no!  Didn’t have time for that.   […]

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Basement Progress Sneak Peak

While suffering from paint brush wrist, paint roller elbow, Do-it-yourself-basement-floor knees and a multitude of other aches and pains, I’m happy, ohhhh so happy, to say that progress is the basement is being made. Main objective (for the moment) is to have basement completed enough that we can clear out the guest room, so when […]

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Announcing Faux and TellU and a Basement Update

As I’ve been looking through my posts recently, I’ve noticed that I like a lot of faux. For example there’s the faux weathered twigs, faux hammered copper, a faux cowhide lampshade… and then there’s the faux leather storage boxes and the faux tin ceiling storage boxes. See what I mean? Does that make me a […]

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Spray Painted Laundry Tub {and a Basement Ceiling Sneak Peak}

We have finally made it to the painting phase on our basement update and I’m pinching myself to make sure it’s really happening because it has felt like FOREVER since we started tackling the basement last October. While we progress along on the basement, things around here may be a medley of posts, shares and […]

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Basement Update and a Washi Tape Beach Hat

I took a few days off from work, to try and get some stuff done around the house, and as I mentioned the other day, to take our annual trip to the dunes.  The trip went off as planned, no surprises.  We had a wonderful time and the water was positively perfect!  This year, I […]

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Townhouse Rehab #tbt

I”m going to take you on a walk down rehab memory lane for throwback Thursday and show the before and after photos of my townhouse from one of our first renovations. Ken and I weren’t married when I first moved in, we weren’t even dating, so at that time, my brother was going to help […]

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Eye on the Bonus: Basement Update Inspiration

Last weekend, the walls finally started coming down in the basement.  I hadn’t pushed or pressured Ken to get this phase started, honestly.  But after all the cleaning, de-cluttering and yard work we accomplished over the three day holiday weekend, Ken must have felt up to the task because the next thing I knew, he […]

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5 tips on How to Prepare an Open Beam Ceiling for Painting

Unfinished basements can be dark and dingy.  They usually come with an exposed or open beam ceiling that reveals all the pipes, vents and wiring that are the inner workings for the basic functions of your house.  Remodeling the entire basement as you might the rest of your house can be expensive, but there are […]

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Blue Jean Hanging Travel Organizer

If you have ever used one of those over-the-door hanging shoe organizers, then you already know how handy they can be to keep your shoes organized.  Elena from ‘A Casarella suggested in her travel tips, that you bring one with when you travel. Isn’t that a clever idea? You hang it over the door in […]

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Knock Down Texture for a Stone Look on Basement Walls

This past weekend, my wonderful sister helped me add a knock down texture to our cement basement walls with a product call Homax Roll-On Texture.  I can honestly say this was a delightful product to work with from the ease of application to the  low mess and easy clean-up. I was aiming for the “feel” […]

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