Before we started, this section of the basement was totally unfinished, which wasn't a big deal except that (1) it was super ugly and (2) you have to walk through the laundry room to access the guest room. So we were basically inviting people to stay with us and then making them venture through the ugly bowels of the house to reach their guest quarters.
By "unfinished and ugly," I mean concrete floors and dreary, beige and green walls (not exactly what I'd call a winning combination). Our plan was simple: cover the ugly walls with beadboard, give them a cheery coat of paint, slap some adhesive vinyl tiles down on that concrete floor, and add some glossy white trim to make it all look finished. Or at least as finished as a basement laundry room room with the furnace and water heater in the middle of it can look.
So here are the BEFORE pictures. As you walk in to unfinished part from the finished basement, you face the washer and dryer.
|Doesn't the green accent wall just really add something special to the space? This picture also best captures the oppressive BEIGE that was all over the basement.|
|Looking back toward the entrance to the finished part of the basement. This is Cooper's eating nook. That gray wall on the left leads to the guest room.|
|Fridge and freezer pulled away from the wall to allow access to hang the beadboard.|
|Zuzu and baby playing with wires in the space where the craft desk normally sits. Safety first!|
First, David and my dad built a plywood platform for the washer and dryer. This served two purposes: it leveled out the base so they weren't off balance (the washer had a tendency to wander a bit in the spin cycle before), and it raised them so there's not so much bending over to transfer laundry from the washer to the dryer (much like the expensive drawer bases you can buy at the store). It is a little bit tall for a folding station, but I rarely fold laundry in the laundry room anyway (it's one of those chores I like to do in front of the TV--especially if it's a little more time consuming, like stuffing diapers). But it is a nice surface for folding/stacking when necessary.
|You can kind of see the platform and cabinet that David built around the washer and dryer. Or you could if Cooper, Zuzu, and David weren't all blocking it. You can imagine what an enormous help Zuzu was with the painting.|
|Tidewater is on the large swatch on the bottom right. It's second from the top.|
|Going on the beadboard! Also pictured: laundry on a drying rack.|
Considering our budget and the basic needs of the room, we decided to go with peel and stick vinyl tiles. We chose a medium gray that contrasted nicely with the pale aqua walls but felt so much fresher and cleaner than the dingy old concrete. I thought I wanted the larger 18" tiles, but they weren't available in the pattern I wanted, so we ended up going with the standard 12" square, which worked just fine.
|We ended up going with the bottom tile even though it was dark because it had the most texture and felt the most substantial of the two grays.|
I started tiling on the plywood platform, which was perfectly level and pretty square, so it was a good place to practice, especially since the tile would all be covered up by the washing machine and dryer.
|Bare concrete. But a clear shot of the platform and the cabinet. A utility sink is on our shopping list and will go in the space next to the washing machine.|
|There was a method to my madness.|
|Washing machine, dryer, unmatching rug.|
|Cooper's hungry. As usual. That weird green thing is his food dish--it forces him to eat slowly because he has to work around all those green nubs to get at his kibble. Keeps him from scarfing his food down in .5 seconds. He's not impressed.|
|View from the desk/refrigerator area.|
|Here's the view of the furnace smack-dab in the middle of the room. This is why the room will never really feel "finished," but as you can see, we could definitely improve the functionality (and cuteness) of the space.|
The desk area is going to be fixed up to create a little crafting/wrapping station, which will be really nice when it's all finished, but will take some planning on my part. I also think I'd like to refinish the desk, but that project seems a bit daunting. Maybe this summer?
|freezer, fridge, part of the desk, and wild Zuzu.|
|Keeping it real with the lack of organization so far. I need to get some pegs for my pegboard!|
|Zuzu is crying because I closed the closet doors for this photo. #reasonsmytoddleriscrying You can also see David's weight machine is hanging out down here. We think that it may get relocated eventually, but we'll see.|
|Evidently, Zuzu really wanted the closet doors open so you could see this. Yes, I tiled the entire storage area, too. And yes, it is crammed it full of stuff. Most of these bins are full of outgrown baby clothes and baby stuff (not kidding).|
|If you're wondering what's through this door...|
|It's our St. Louis Cardinals-themed guest room! Don't you want to come visit?|
|Putting baby in the swing.|
|And starting it up.|
|She looks pretty comfy here. And poor Big Baby was flopped unceremoniously on the floor--you can see her feet in the bottom corner of the photo.|