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.