Basement Makeover Then Destruction...FML

Yikes. I think these are the only two "before" pictures of the basement that I actually saved. Total bummer because it actually looked so much worse than this. 

I painted over the paneling with Behr's "Day Spa" to brighten up the place a bit. I used about three coats to get an even finish. 

I painted over the paneling with Behr's "Day Spa" to brighten up the place a bit. I used about three coats to get an even finish. 

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Now for the devastating news...After we had lived in the house for a year and got pretty good use out of our little game room, there was a bit of a plumbing incident. Did you know that tampons are not supposed to be flushed down the toilet in older houses? Crazy. Crazy expensive. Crazy gross. Crazy flooding. 

I might even post pictures of how this room looked after my husband and I had to pull up the carpet. This room became like my hoarder's paradise. I had so much crap piled in here, from baby stuff we were no longer using to a plethora of arts & crafts projects that were retired or died a very unnatural death. 

Over this past Christmas, my husband bought me a lot of organizational stuff so that I could get the storage room and this room under control. I am not joking when I say that it took me like 4 nights of working from 6-1 am to get it all in order. We plan to redo the den this spring to make it into a playroom suitable for our little Snug.