May 8, 2015

Project: Finishing the Basement - Part 2

I have a love/hate relationship with Spring.  On one hand I love that the weather is warming up.  I love being able to spend more time outside, spring clothes, and wearing flip flops again.  I do NOT like how busy things are.  With end of school testing and projects and spring sports things are totally NUTS at our house.  We have at least 2-3 things happening each and every evening and things are busy during the day too.  I am so ready for things to SLOW DOWN!

In addition to all the school projects and sports, we are also finishing our Playhouse Project and we put our HUGE garden in on Monday (posts to come).

But while things are crazy with our schedules, we are still making some major progress on the basement.  When we last saw the basement it looked like this.... a complete disaster!

All of our stuff was originally piled up in the middle of the room to make room around the edges for framing.  Now that we are done framing and ready to start drywalling the bedrooms and bathroom (the family room will be done later), it was time to move everything again.  Last week I spent a couple of days moving all of to the far end of the room in preparation for draping.

If you aren't familiar with the drywalling process, let me inform you how incredible dusty it is.  Drywall dust goes EVERYWHERE! And after they tape and mud and texture, they have to sand the walls which makes it go even more places.  So, all of our stuff had to be draped.

Kevin purchased a box of HDX Painters Plastic and a DeWalt Hammer Tacker to help me drape a wall to block out all the dust.  We know it won't be perfect, but it will be a whole lot better than nothing.

We wrapped the armoire and couches separately and used duct tape to secure it in place.

Using the Hammer Tacker, we stapled the plastic sheeting across the floor joists.  Where the two plastic sheets met (they slightly overlapped) we duct taped it together and also put blocks of wood on the floor.

We also draped off under the stairs as well as the storage room. 

But, we left a pathway back to the cold-storage.

They showed up to start sheetrocking on Monday morning this week and finished on Tuesday.  They came and taped yesterday and will start mudding and texturing next week.

I am thrilled with seeing space take shape.  The girls are beyond excited to see their rooms coming together.

I am getting bids right now for the tile floors.  As soon as the sheetrocking is done I will be spending MANY MANY hours painting ceilings, walls, and trim.  I've got a lot of work ahead of me.  But it will be worth it in the end.

Have you finished a basement before? Any tips and tricks for me?

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  1. This will be so nice to have done. I bet you are so excited! I wish we had basements in Albuquerque. Hardly anyone does.

  2. We are just starting our basement too! The framing is happening right now but we had to get ALL of our stuff out. Such a pain! We ended up just getting a POD and putting all of our stuff in there. And we still had to just have some stuff upstairs for now. Such a pain but can't wait until it's done! I'm excited to watch your basement come together as well!

  3. Finishing the basement is going to be great. We finished ours and now we have an extra bedroom, a theater room, a game room, and a workshop. I'm sure you'll make great use of yours.


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