I have been working my butt off recently on my mini basement renovation. So far, so good, but like many projects there are more moving pieces than I had included in my initial budget-and-agenda list. I suspect I may end up over my budgetary goal of $4,000, but I’m feeling confident that everything (so far, at least!) is worth it and that I’m making the most of my pennies.
The biggest ticket item is much-needed new carpet. I went the high end route from Home Depot — just under $2,000 including installation and removal of the old narsty stuff — and it should be here next week. What the duck, you can’t schedule installation until the carpet arrives at the installer warehouse, even when you know there’s a scheduled date, so who knows when it will actually be in, but hopefully soon.
I have to move out all furniture and wall decorations for the installation, so it’s a bit like a giant game of tetris. I’m trying to buy furnishings on Craigslist as I find good deals (and I’ve got some good ones!), but I can’t acquire too much because it all has to fit in the non-carpeted kitchen while the work gets done. I’m trying to balance that with the goal of getting it totally done as soon as possible after the carpet install, with a hoped-for-but-unlikely move-in date of October 1. Last-minute moving is going to be a physical and intellectual challenge!
In terms of the heavy-lifting work, I’ve been doing a lot of painting. A LOT of painting. So much I’m starting to think the t is superfluous and it should just be called paining. . . . Even the walls and ceilings I thought were OK start to look dingier the more time I spend staring at them (a lot, apparently) and I’ve created various blemishes of my own as I do things like removing ugly-butt track lighting from 1996, or buying $5 chairs on Craigslist that need 14 coats of spray paint. (Also, turns out I don’t know how to spray paint — hooray for learning new skills the hard way?) I keep reassuring my back, neck, and wrists that it’s going to be OK. It’s going to be OK, right?
Next up is some minor electrical work (repairing a loose outlet box, replacing the one hard-wired light fixture in an awkward “window” between the kitchen and living room), prayers for no major plumbing needs, making art for the walls, and almost-final furnishing acquisitions.
I’ve also put out some short-term lease feelers on Craigslist, but since I don’t know a certain ready date or budget, I’m wary to commit to too much. I’ve gotten several responses to my first ad a couple of weeks ago, so I’m thinking I’ll start again soon with a new posting, but it’s hard to motivate without final pictures . . . it turns out I seem to be most excited about final pictures! Here are some in-progress gems:
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