In the Summer of 2014 we moved from a 3 bedroom, 1,300 sq ft. cape cod to our current 4 bedroom, 2,100 sq ft. colonial. During the first few weeks in the new house we thought, “Wow, there’s so much more room! How will we ever fill it up?” Silly us. It was almost too easy to fill up every nook and cranny. Especially after our daughter’s first birthday and Christmas. Where do we put all the toys?!
My husband and I talked it over and thought that turning our basement into a playroom would be the best option. It was large, you could shut the door on all the toys, and the best part was that it was already finished! Well… it was finished – probably close to 40 years ago. The walls were paneled and the floor was covered in faux wood linoleum. We went back and forth on whether or not to dry wall. I was in the leave the paneling camp. It was in good condition and the room is intended for the use and abuse of children, so why go through all the trouble of installing something new that might just get ruined? Husband said, “Well, let’s paint it then because it’s ugly”. But after showing him some of the online horror stories of others who spent way too much time and energy painting over paneling again and again because it kept bleeding through, he changed his mind.
After weeks of discussion we decided to only carpet the room – for now. Who knows if we’ll decide to paint or drywall in the future? But for right now the game plan was, quick, easy, and affordable.
We went with Lowes Stainmaster Baxter IV in Buster. It was dark enough to not show any potential dirt and light enough that dog hair wouldn’t show as quickly. The real kicker was that purchase came with free installation.
The installers came while I worked from home one afternoon and they did an amazing job. They were quick and the install looks perfect.
See how great the paneling still looks? Maybe it will make a comeback ::crosses fingers::
This is the only space in our house with wall-to-wall carpeting, so of course we all rolled around on it for longer than I’ll admit.
Here I am contemplating whether or not to actually make this a playroom for my daughter, or a nap room for me. 😛
My husband and I both agree that this was one of the best decisions we’ve made for the house so far.
The next step (and in my opinion the most fun) is filling it up with toys!