2020 has been intense so far. After staying home for months, I am finally back to work. We did well during the pandemic though. While Slav continued working from home, I accomplished a number of home improvement projects. From organizing the garage and creating more overhead storage to refinishing the bathroom door, from building patio planters, tidying up the veggie garden, building a new terrace garden, to automating the drip irrigation, I did not rest a single day! You can see the result of our projects in the recent garden tours here.
But the biggest ticket item Slav and I checked off during the stay-at-home period, is our basement utility room.
Installing flooring and the doors in the utility room marked a near completion of our basement renovation, which we started a year and half ago! Now the only task left in the basement was installing trims and baseboards.
With the momentum we decided to wrap up the basement reno before I had to go back to work. So during the last two weeks of my stay-at-home time, Slav joined me in the basement to work on trims.
The top trims were pieced together with 1″ x 2″ and 1″ x 6″ boards for a beefy look. The side trims were all 1″x 6″ boards.
Due to the height of the ceilings, we used simpler profile of trims on the closet doors and the bathroom pocket doors:
One area that was difficult to address is the space between the two bathroom doors. There was not enough room here for the whole width of 1″x 6″. So we opted for a corner bead.
We ran both door trims and the corner bead all the way to the floor for a clean look.
After finishing the door trims, we installed baseboards. The baseboard we chose has a simple profile with tall base and a fat bead on top.
The 5.5″ height hid all the imperfection on the bottom of drywall, and the 5/8″ thickness covered the 1/4″ gap between the flooring and the drywall well.
We installed the same baseboard throughout the basement for a cohesive look.
The media room
The master bedroom
And the newly finished utility room
There are a few places where the baseboards end on the face of the door trims. We used a return profile to finish the corner elegantly:
Similar return profiles, with a different angle, were used to terminate baseboards where they meet the master closets.
To make sure one pocket door closes tightly onto the wall, Slav installed baseboards up to the door from both side and did nice returns on both ends:
It might not look like much, but it took us three days to get all the trims and baseboards installed. Following installation, Slav caulked all the nail holes, seams, and gaps, and I painted all the trims, baseboards, and closet doors in the same color of our main floor trims.
This is the first time I tried this Valspar oil-enriched enamel paint. And it did not disappoint! It is almost self-leveling so there is not much brush marks. I chose satin finish, color matched to Behr ultra Pure White.
After the paint dried on the doors and baseboards, Slav installed handles and magnet door stoppers to protect the walls. All the hardware are in satin nickel which matches our door hinges.
After installing the trims and baseboards, I can finally get furniture for the media room! We only purchased a few pieces that are necessary for this room to function, including a new TV stand:
We put the TV and its stand in between the bedroom door and bath door. They fit perfectly into this spot.
Slav is on the mission of finding us a couch. At the mean time, the massage chair serves as a comfortable spot to watch TV from:
The small heater was now moved to the wall between the utility room opening and the bathroom. I like to turn it on just for faux log fire.
We also got a storage unit for Slav’s vinyl collection:
I moved all the records and the player down as soon as the storage unit was assembled, and Slav set up the speakers so they can get input from our phones, computers, or the record player.
I had painted the access panel to the water main to match the walls. Now with the record collection and speakers in front, you can hardly notice the access panel anymore.
Can you believe that we finally crossed the finish line on this basement renovation? This is particularly significant since today happens to be the three-year anniversary of us moving into this house.
Finally, Charlie can enjoy some peace and quiet in his favorite spot in the house:
Now when going down the stairs, we know that we would be entering a clean and relaxing space, without any work in sight. What an amazing feeling it is!
Many thanks to those of you following our basement renovation for such a long time – 18 months to be exact. Thanks for your encouragement and cheers along the way! Now let us hope the pandemic is over soon so we can host movie nights in our new media room again!