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Down & Dirty (and Dingy too)

Hi Everyone,

I am so, so happy to tell you about our low cost basement/rec room
update which we are just about finished with.
This project was one of the items on my Home Goals 2012 post
way back in January.

Here's a little peek but I don't want to show you 
everything until I have the decorating and a few
little projects completed.

Below are some before pictures which I'm almost
 embarrassed to show you but this was reality.
A random mess of mismatched furniture,
stained carpet, and dirty walls.  

The room was like this (only not quite as dirty)
 when we moved here 5 years ago.
It has been very much used and abused by two
 children and their friends since then.

It has been way past due for a makeover but we were waiting until
we thought the kids would be a little more responsible and careful 
about taking care of things ~ we'll see how that goes!  : }

Hubby and I worked really hard on this over the summer
 and I am beyond thrilled to have this done.

The walls have been painted Country Beige by Behr.
We used the eggshell finish for ease of cleaning.

And one very, very hot Saturday in July, we made
 the 2 hour trip to Ikea and purchased 2 of these loveseats . . .

. . . and one of these tv stands.

My ever faithful 12 year old SUV brought home the 2 loveseats
 stuffed inside and the tv stand strapped to the top. 

We also cleaned the carpet, scrubbed the baseboards and
did a lot of organizing and rearranging.

Did I say how happy I am to be completing this project?
Just in case I didn't,  I am ~ HAPPY, HAPPY,  SO VERY VERY HAPPY!!!

I promise to be back soon with the after photos.

I hope you are all having a wonderful week!


  1. I am looking forward to the results!!

    Susan and Bentley

  2. I can't wait to see, you tease you!

  3. any project with a trip to IKEA is a fun one! looking forward to your reveal!

  4. Oh shoot! I was hoping this was the got me all excited! haha Can't wait to see it done!

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  6. OMG! I can't wait to see the finished room!

    Lori : )

  7. I can't wait to see the room! Love the peek. :-)

  8. Hurry, hurry. We can't wait to see!


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