Basement Details

Morning! Summer is in full swing around these parts. The weather is warm. Sundresses are a staple in my wardrobe. And I become a sun worshipper. Simply put, this season is a magical time in Portland. And I never want it to end!

Anyway, back to the basement chronicles. We are in the home stretch and it feels so good! The carpet was installed last week (which you’ll see in a few photos), and unfortunately, we hit a few snaffus. Either we have defective carpet or poor installers….that is yet to be determined. It’s one or the other, but the good news is that it’s on them, and not us. I guess that’s the beauty of hiring folks and not doing it yourself. When things go south, it’s not your fault. Again, more on that next week.

Because we are almost done with the basement build-out, I can start thinking about decor. Not that I ever really wasn’t thinkg about it…but it feels like I can actually make some headway in that arena. I inherited a sweet bed from my late Grandma, and although the polished brass isn’t my taste, I still love the frame and the story behind it. Since there’s very little a can of paint can’t fix, I was hoping Rustoleum’s oil rubbed bronze spray paint could help…and it did just that! The bed went from a polished brass finish, to an oil rubbed bronze finish in a matter of minutes. That stuff works magic. Pure magic.

Since the bed frame received a little makeover, I thought it was only fair that the linens got a little love as well. The downstairs bedroom will be our main guest bedroom, so I wanted to spend some time creating a room that felt approachable and cozy. I splurged on a few bedding statement pieces (linen throw pillows + John Robshaw euros – they were both on sale!) but then I saved money on the basics (white sheets from Target + tan coverlet from JCPenny). Even though the color pallette is fairly safe, I love the mix of patterns and textures. I’m anxious to dress the bed, but it will have to wait until we fix our carpet situation. Soon!

basement bed sheets basement bed sheets close up

Other basement happenings include measuring for our wood mantle, and hanging our first piece of art downstairs.

basement living room basement living room details

Now it’s just final details….and then we’ll be in business!

Cheers to a happy week, friends.

9 thoughts on “Basement Details

  1. Katie Said:

    Love! We are doing our basement, too, but it will be a little while before we can get to paint, carpet, and finishing. Just curious, what was the paint color you chose? I also love the look of the carpet – sorry you had issues!

    1. kirsten neiman Said:

      Hi Katie! We painted everything Benjamin Moore’s White dove – love the classic white look!

  2. Jenn @ HomeStyleReport Said:

    I hope everything with the carpet gets fixed with out too many issues! I can’t wait to see those built-ins styled! It’s looking so good!!!

  3. Kathy Said:

    It’s looking great! Can’t wait to see more!
    Ps. Love the “after” pic of the bed frame:)

  4. Marti Said:

    I have wanted to paint my brass bed forever, and always was afraid to tackle it. What did you do to prepare it before you painted?

  5. Laney Said:

    I love your style and the style of your writing too:)

  6. Karisa Said:

    I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog from Young House Love. Love you style and heart for renovating! Looks a lot like what’s going on over at our place. Looking forward to keeping up with your space :) Love love the basement. What type of carpet did you end up going with?

  7. Hilary @ My So-Called Home Said:

    Ahh the suspense is killing me! The bed frame is gorgeous, gotta love that ORB, miracle in a can really :) Cannot wait for more!


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