There’s some progress we’ve made on our house, but I haven’t shared it, because it’s not done or particularly photo-worthy! I’m really trying to get out of that everything-has-to-be-a-beauty-shot mindset, though. I’m working on it.
So, here are some pictures of updates we’ve made to the basement, just to show what’s happening on the home-front.
In January, I picked up a $25, round oak coffee table off of craigslist. It was the perfect size and just what I had been looking for.
I initially was looking for an ottoman, but we really needed a spot for drinks, snacks, board games, etc. and not just another place to prop our feet. The finish is not in bad shape at all, but the wood is a little orange. Once it warms up, I am going to take it outside, strip and sand the top. I’m planning to finish the top in a MMS Milk Paint wash, either in Trophy or Schloss (or maybe a mix) and paint the base in an opaque version of the same color.
Yikes! I just noticed you can see the dusty ghost of the Risk board that’s been occupying the table for the better part of a month! I supposed I could’ve run a microfiber cloth over it before taking the pictures!
Moving on, I still have a stack of pictures to hang in the basement.
I haven’t decided 100% how I want to decorate this room, but I know it will have a lot of grays and some black, and I want it to be a bit more masculine than the rest of the house. This is our hangout space. It’s where the boys and their friends go to play, where we watch movies, where we play games, and it’s the only space in the house with a TV. So, it needs to fit that and not be fussy or formal in any way.
The rug and pillows are a holdover from our last family room, so those will eventually be replaced, but they are comfortable and look nice, so there’s no urgency to replace them just yet.
If you follow my stories on Instagram, you also might have seen the progress my mom and I made in the playroom. Here’s how it looked before…
Again, I was going to wait until it was all cleaned up, but there is almost always a very intense battle happening on the floor and I am forbidden from interfering with it.
We’re still going to try to raise that light fixture and we’ll hang some things on the walls, etc, but it’s so much better than it was! I’ll share the paint colors and sources for this room when I do the final reveal.
And, talking about imperfect pictures, this is what I get half the time…
Sebastian doesn’t want to pose, but he also doesn’t want to be forgotten…