I am so excited! Tim is finished with the basement! Now it is my turn; I need to spend the next week or so staining and finishing the wood. It's vaguely tempting to just varnish the wood so it would be lighter, but then it wouldn't blend with the rest of the house as well. And I definitely like to have everything be matchy matchy.
I'm really looking forward to being able to move into the space, it's actually nicer than I was originally anticipating. Our goal was for the space to be comfortable and have good light. We definitely have achieved that.
I hope I can do a decent job on the staining. I want to get started this weekend but I need to take a look around first and see how much sanding I'll need to do first. I hope not too much.
Thank you so much for posting about your wonderful basement remodel and everything else you share! I am very curious about your wainscoting. I want to do something very similar in our dining room in our 1910 4 Square. All the trim is mixed grain Fir. I am trying to match that in the wainscoting panels. I have looked for something like 1/4" plywood, but always find that it has been patched with the oval patches. What did you use for your panels??? I am in your debt. I would love to know more about the stain you use as well. Trying to somewhat match 100 year old stained Fir. Thanks! Congratulations. PS I live in Olympia, so could likely use some of the sources you access.ReplyDelete
Well, in the basement we used fir plywood. I'm guessing our contractor probably spent quite a while sorting through sheets so he could find some without patches because I didn't see any. I can ask him more specifically if you'd like. Upstairs in the dining room, we actually replaced a couple pieces of damaged wood and we used regular flat grain lumber, the super expensive wide stuff. (At the time prices weren't so insane.) I will do a post on the staining for you.Delete
From my contractor: "There are different grades of plywood. The stuff with patching is a lower grade. You can buy plywood without patching at pretty much any lumber yard. In a bunch of different species. It’s AC grade."Delete
If you put in a Murphy Bed, you can make the room multi purpose. The heat is only part of the time and only during a few months of the year.ReplyDelete
That was the original plan, I even bought the hardware kit, but then Jeff decided he's rather move the master bedroom down there and give me the master for the long arm.Delete