This post has been over 2 years in the making.
Sometimes you watch Extreme Makeover Home Edition and wonder how the crap they build a house in a week, when it takes over two years to finish taking out a wall.
When we moved into our house, this is what the basement family room looked like. It was so kind of the Salvation Army to leave their furniture. (We literally bought our house from The Salvation Army.)
This was our first DIY project in our whole house, ripping down this wall. I had lofty dreams of exposed stairs and a cozy reading nook under them.
The wall was load-bearing, so we put a beam into place to allow for the nook. During framing we planned out storage for Christmas decorations, storage for blankets and movies, a built-in for the media, wiring for sconces, surround sound, and a projector.
This was the first time I learned to drywall, mud and tape. And now I know what is the WORST DIY.
I made a no-sew cushion.
But I’m excited to tell you, over 2 years later, it’s finally finished. We finally finished the bead board, trim, paint.
Pictures don’t do the nook justice. It’s HUGE. Bigger than a twin sized mattress.
I sanded the pillars down and re-stained them. It wasn’t worth its own post, but just know I did
I love this room as a whole. This one wall has gone through a complete transformation. It’s the most lounge-y family room you have been in. With the couch and the nook, SO many people can fit in there. It’s perfect for all sorts of movie parties.
Even though this project was full of more frustration and re-do’s than I care to admit, I’m really grateful for the lessons learned along the way. It just goes to show that a person with no real DIY experience CAN have a vision and end up with a beautiful result as long as giving up is not an option.