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I didn’t make my end of February deadline but I did finally finish my project.  🙂

Here is the last section. Here  is the first wall, drylocked and painted, and the second wall drylocked.  I thought the second wall one was funny because you can see everything pulled away from the wall, it looks like my basement  exploded 🙂

Next, the area completed with everything moved back into place.  If you notice from the original post I have rearranged my torch area, including moving the vent to take out the 90 degree bend.

The bookshelf in the above picture is right next to the table in the picture next to it.  The fish tank contains a female El Rosario rosy boa.

As well as painting the walls I painted the glass rack.  I painted it using four different shades of blue, then drybrushed metallic silver over it and glued on rhinestones for sparkle.

I think it turned out cute.  It certainly looks much better than the plain particle board and plywood that it was before.

Needless to say, I am tired.  🙂

Well, I’ve been sadly neglecting my blog due to the basement taking over my life 🙂 It sort of feels like this past month when I wasn’t in the basement making beads I was in the basement working on the remodel. So I have a lot to catch you up on. The first two areas are completely done. Here are the finished pictures of the first section I had shown you.

What a difference a little color makes 🙂

Next, I worked on my box room. Here it is with the drylock, then the paint.

And now, here it is all done and reloaded.

Another dramatic difference 🙂 This was all done two weeks ago. Then I paused because I have a big bead show in April and I wanted to take some time to get things made for it.

This past week up to today I managed to get my glass rack painted and decorated, the last two walls drylocked and painted, and the ventilation for my torch moved. I finished the last of the painting an hour ago so this afternoon I will move the furntiture back to where it belongs and start organizing. In a day or two you will see my finished project. I can’t wait to see it myself. 🙂

My original plans to get paint and paint the basement on Wednesday were cancelled by the nearly 20″ of snow we got.  So I got my paint today and got it up on the walls.  IT’S ORANGE!!!!  Tuesday I had picked up a bunch of paint chips and brought them home to show my husband.  The orange chip I picked was mostly a joke.  I really like the color but I honestly thought my hubby would look at that chip and give me a “OMG WTF” look.  When I handed him the chips he looked thru them and put them in the order that he liked with the orange chip on top.  Needless to say, after he told me he was serious about liking the orange the best I was stunned.

I did get over my shock and this morning I headed to Home Depot to get the paint.  We had decided not to do complete coverage at first but to use a short napped roller and let the white of the drywall show thru wherever the roller didn’t reach.  After getting the paint on the wall I am really glad we decided to let the white show thru in the shallow spots.  The orange is really pretty but it is also REALLY bright and might be sort of scary if we went with complete coverage.

So, without further adue, here is the section of basement I have painted – the color is called Apricot Flower but I really think it looks more like an orange dreamsicle.

Isn’t it pretty?  Now to go thru what had been in that section, toss what we don’t want and organize the things we do want.

I continued my basement cleanup this weekend by starting work on the section of our basement by the water meter.  To remind you of what it looked like before, here are the pictures.

My husband and I started my moving EVERYTHING.  Then I swept while he vacuumed up what I was sweeping.   Then while he mixed up the drylock I wiped the dust off of the walls.  I had hoped that I would be able to get everything moved, cleaned, and drylocked on Saturday but I severly underestimated how long moving and cleaning would take.  I ended up only getting the wall in the second picture drylocked.  Sunday I managed to get the rest of the area drylocked.

Here are the pictures of the drylocked walls. The piece of plumbing in my picture is the water meter.


The whole area looks so much brighter and cleaner now.  For those of you who haven’t had the misfortune to use drylock let me tell you a bit about it.  Drylock is a masonry water proofer.  It is about the consistency of plaster of paris mixed with sand and has the delightful aroma of latex paint mixed with rubber cement.  It is very heavy and has to be worked into all of the nooks and crannies in the wall.  To make things more difficult, my walls are not the typical flat, mostly smooth poured concrete.  My builder decided to be fancy so poured our concrete walls into molds that made it look like the wall was made out of brick which added lots of low spots to work the drylock into.

My next step is to choose a paint color and paint this section.  My husband and I decided that instead of full coverage on the walls I am going to use a short napped roller so that only the high spots get color on them and some of the white shows thru.  If we don’t like it I can always ad another coat for full coverage.  However, doing everything I did yesterday was to much and my right hand is very sore and swollen and I can’t straighten it out fully so today I am taking the day off.  Tomorrow while running errands I will get some paint chips so that Wednesday I can get the paint and work on that.  I am hoping that by this next weekend I can go thru everything that goes in the area and finish this section of my basement.

Wish me Luck!

About a week and a half ago I went to visit a friend in Michigan to help her work on her studio.  We had a blast and got tons more done that we had thought we would.  She had the room drywalled and primed so we painted our fannies off, cleaned, and reorganized a ton.  This gave me the bug to spruce up the basement where I work.

Here are pictures of what my basement looked like before.  The first three pictures are of my box room where we store stuff we aren’t using at the time.

These next images are of the rest of the basement. (Ignore the propane tank, that’s only there when I work, and had taken the pics just before sitting down at the torch.)

Ok, so now you can see what I have to work with. UGH!  A huge task.

Well my husband and I hustled our butts this weekend and made what I thought was good progress.  Thursday I took the huge pile of crap (in front of the paint cans) to St. Vincent.  Then on Saturday Brian and I went thru the box room.  We ended up breaking down a reptile rack I had and between that and other stuff we went thru ended up with 7 boxes and 3 bags of trash, plus we filled our normal trash can.  We ended up breaking down enough cardboard boxes to fill 9 bags for recycling.  We also ended up starting another box of stuff to be donated.

After getting all the junk out of the box room we ended up being able to move our patio furniture and christmas decorations into the room because we made so much room.   Here are the after pictures.

Huge difference eh?

Now that we got that section done it will be much easier to work on other areas of the basement because the Christmas stuff and patio furniture are no longer in the way.  After I go thru everything and toss/donate what we no longer want or need I am going to drylock the basement and use some of that vast collection of paint to cheer up the dark gray concrete walls.

Be sure to check back for future progress reports. 🙂


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