Happy Monday friends! How was your weekend?
Ours was really nice, we went to dinner with my friend Rebecca and her husband Bernie to a restaurant that Guy Fieri had featured on his show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
It was the best meal we all had in a long while.
We are trying to go out to dinner once a month as a couple but our one rule is that we don’t go to chain restaurants, just local, regional or mom and pop restaurants.
It is so much fun and such a nice way to explore your area on a budget.
Also this weekend, I went running. No, I wasn’t being chased.
Rebecca and I decided that we need a better way to work out so we are trying running/jogging and we are using the Couch to 5 K method here.
So yesterday, Rebecca, Bernie, Mike and I started the plan and did really well. Of course, we went to IHOP for breakfast after so…
Here are the details from our recent basement renovation on a budget. This was no easy task for me because I hate spending any more money than I have to on home improvements especially since my home (likemany of yours) is not worth a hill of beans right now. But I am assured by many sources that making little improvements like these to my home does indeed make a big impact even in the worst of economies. Also, we live in our home and want to enjoy it to the fullest so I never really felt guilty making these improvements.
So let’s see what we did, how we did it and how much money we spent:
First of all the paint color is called Haystack by Martha Stewart. We did not buy Martha Stewart paint, however. It was $49.99 a gallon and we were informed by our local Home Depot associate that the MS line is going away. Hmmm, at $49.99 a gallon, I wonder why? We got Glidden for $21.99 a gallon. If I had it to do all over again, I would have paid the five dollars extra per gallon and bought the Behr. We ended up using four gallons of paint + primer for the entire basement and still have some touch up to do here and there.
We got the beadboard for our hallway/stairwell to the basement at Home Depot and they cut it down to size for us. The molding we had left in our garage from when the previous owners initially remodeled the basement. We also got what is called MDF (short for medium-density fibreboard) at Home Depot to make a shelf in that awful hallway and the associate cut that down to size for us as well. We didn’t use all of it though so we have lots of leftovers in the garage for future projects.
I can hear my husband sighing right about……now.
Bad hallway picture.
But you get the idea.
There is some touch up to be done above the MDF shelf but that is coming soon.
I am also going to re-paint the MDF and molding once this wall is settled.