Upstairs, downstairs

As part of our kitchen remodel, we’re also converting part of the basement into a wine cellar, and making it look a little more “finished” by adding drywall, flooring, paint, etc.  Out with the circa 1970’s wood paneling, and in with a more polished appearance.  The ideal hope is that we can turn my husband’s “man-cave” into a more distinguished, and less frat-boy look.   This will be the budget part of our remodel, because after all is said and done, the basement is really just a room beneath the house, so spending a suitcase full of dough on something that will always be “just a basement” doesn’t seem to be  well-advised.  But after owning the home for 9 years I have finally failed at keeping my hands off what was supposed to be Carl’s man-cave, dude-dwelling, rumpus room, male sanctuary – a room that is his to decorate, a home for his own TV, video games, Sony Wii drum-set, and his much-admired high school jacket.  So many times I wanted to gussy-up the place, and so often I was told “hands off”.  But now, as we found ourselves embarking on the journey to re-do the kitchen, it seemed the perfect opportunity to finally clean up the space a little.  So the “hand’s off” turned into “let’s not spend a lot of money”, and that’s where we are today.

A basement too scary for our dog.

A basement too scary for our dog.

The man-cave before remodel

The man-cave before remodel

The steep stairs to the basement.
The steep stairs to the basement.
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