Progress and Pandora's Box

Well, our basement renovation is moving along and while there are no finishing touches yet, there's already a world of difference.

Here's a reminder of where we were about a month ago.
  clearing out
 oh, that light fixture

And here we are today. Ready for paint, carpet and finishing touches.

let there be light!
As rough as it still is, I am thrilled at the difference the recessed lighting has made already.

Here's a shot of the behemoth that is mocking me. I've been trying to get rid of this monster for years but she didn't fit through the basement door. It's the one thing I wanted out of the space more than anything, yet here she sits. Big, fat and smug. The English teacher in me appreciates the irony.

And here's a shot of the can of worms we opened by having a contractor in our house. 
 "While you're here, we may as well fix the bathroom ceiling, install a fan...
 replace the low end vanity and light fixture, paint 
and get rid of the blue hallway that's been driving me batty for a year.

It's all been far smoother than I expected and I'm looking forward to seeing how it all comes together.

Any projects on your plate lately?


  1. looks awesome.. do you want to head over to our house???? too many projects but one important one is our master bath... Steve demo'd half the shower 2 months ago... plastic drape covering it and that's about as far as he has gotten!

  2. I don't know if my last post got through so I'll try to remember what I wrote... My roommate, God bless her, chainsawed our ginormous couch in half before she moved out of our apartment. She said it was the only way to get it out... The. Only. Way. Of course, I suggested she dissolve it with acid but she worried about our cat.


    1. Thanks for the laugh Maura. We actually took the saws-all to a hideous old 1980's sleeper sofa that was in our upstairs guest room. It was huge. Over my dead body was it staying in the soon-to-be nursery. At 7 1/2 months pregnant I was helping my husband tear that sucker apart and throw it out the window. I'm not above doing that with the pleather chair ;)

      Thanks for the comment! Have a great day.

  3. Hooray for progress! The basement looks awesome! Recessed lighting makes a world of difference (as we found out in our kitchen). And way to get on the rest of the projects too - can't wait to see more.

  4. i'm green with envy. i would love to get my basement project going. i'm itching to get ALL the kids toys out of sight! good luck with your projects... can't wait to see some "after" shots!