I cleaned out the basement yesterday - 6 hours and 4 large construction bags later, we are almost all cleaned out. I still have to make a donation of some old items and we have to drag some old sheet rock and doors to the curb.
I don't anticipate ever having a completely "finished" basement. We're looking for a cheap and quick update. We're both schkeeved every time we walk downstairs, and I hate feeling that way.
So we're thinking of having someone paint the space - ceiling, walls, and floor.
The basement is now used for:
- working out - we have a treadmill and weight bench
- laundry - right now we set it and forget it
- storage - the back corner is walled-off and we use it to store hardware, paint, etc
Ideally we would add the following function:
- Storage shelving for larger excess kitchen items, Christmas decoration, etc
- Storage area for toys and excess baby items
- Empty area for kids to play
The main goal is to keep it neat and simple, but it would be awesome to add some rugs and have cohesive shelving to prevent things from looking sloppy.
This shelving from IKEA might work out nicely:
I would also like to add some nicer track lighting. We currently have those flourescent tubes that are really harsh.
Below are some examples of unfinished basements that have been painted - I would love a white ceiling, but I fear that it might take more coats of paint and get expensive, so I'm thinking a medium grey color.
Crazy how the ceiling paint immediately pulls it together:
I like the curtain the installed to the left of this photo, something like that might come in handy:
All white - looks nice, but might be too "neat" for the basement anyway?
Hopefully we can get this thing painted within the next few months - have to call up some people for estimates!