It’s Alright, ”cause I’m Saved by the Bell

I watched endless episodes of Saved by the Bell when I was in elementary school and the basement wallpaper reminded me of the Saved by the Bell intro. Despite the wallpaper & faux wood paneling, the basement was a nice selling point of the house.  The main room is 15′ x 29′ with sliding doors that come out under the screen porch.  There were some great aluminum blinds on the windows and verticals on the sliding doors.  The room has a big closet w/ bifold doors and double doors to the unfinished storage area.  There is also a full bath and bedroom that we are using as a gym and a large cedar closet.

Before (from real estate listing photos):

To Do:

  • Remove wallpaper
  • Remove or paint faux wood paneling
  • Paint walls & trim
  • Furnish room
  • Replace brass knobs on bifold doors with brushed nickle
  • Replace vertical blinds with curtains
  • Replace aluminum blinds with faux wood blinds
  • Replace outlet & switch covers
  • Replace off white outlets & switches with white
  • Replace sliding doors with french doors (or better sliding ones?)
  • Hang stuff on the walls

Around June-July some family moved out of state to a smaller house and gave us a great deal on their basement furniture that they would not be moving to the new house so we jumped on the offer since we had an empty basement.  The bathroom wallpaper came off so easily that I decided to see if I could remove the wallpaper in this room myself.  It didn’t work.  Some of it came off dry in large strips but most just peeled off and left a weird grey backing.  We tried several things to get that backing off and I spent more hours than I care to admit peeling small pieces of it off by hand.

Then we called in the pros, Greenwave Solutions, that we used for the upstairs removal of wallpaper in the family room and the dining room.  They helped us figure out that the faux wood paneling was installed OVER drywall and could be removed and the dry wall painted for less than painting the paneling would cost.  They did the job (along with the basement bathroom & upstairs playroom) in about 3 days and got it schedule & finished in less than 2 weeks so that it would be complete before we had a big party at our house for friends that were moving to Florida.

We are using the basement several times a week now that its so much more pleasant to be in with the new paint & furniture!  Liam loves going down there to play since it has the bigger play toys like cars & slides.   We have a couple things left on the list to tackle in this room to finish it but it is very close to being done (for now).

To Do:

  • Remove wallpaper
  • Remove or paint faux wood paneling
  • Paint walls & trim
  • Furnish room
  • Replace brass knobs on bifold doors with brushed nickle
  • Replace vertical blinds with curtains
  • Replace aluminum blinds with faux wood blinds (sitting in the boxes)
  • Replace outlet & switch covers
  • Replace off white outlets & switches with white
  • Replace sliding doors with french doors (or better sliding ones?)
  • Hang stuff on the walls

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