I do. Check out these before and after shots. Project Basement Stage One complete.
The giant old-fashioned tube TV won't be in that awkward spot forever, but that is the best place for it now, since step 3 in Project Basement is to tear off the wallpaper behind the sofa.
Woot! And, yes, Steve is STILL hanging in there. What a guy.
Two before shots:
One after shot:
These are the Giant Black Bookcases that must be sold, preferably with the Giant Black Desk. The games stashed in the bookcase will be part of Project Basement Stage Two, the stage in which I build storage benches to go in the family room upstairs.
I love re-using these kitchen cabinets. This is the third (or fourth?) place where they've been used in our house. And, I have to say, my six and a half year old paint job on them looks as good as it did on day one. Thank you, oil-based paint. Oil-based paint really rocks, even if it is a pain in the rear to work with.
All of the books we decided to keep from the Giant Black Bookcases fit nicely into the old kitchen cabinets. We use our public library a lot, so we don't have much use for a private one at home. We've got Harry Potter, a ton of C.S. Lewis, the textbooks I use to teach, a few guidebooks and not much else.
Here's how things will go down during Project Basement Stage Two. First, I'll be posting the Giant Black Desk and Giant Black Bookcases on Craigslist. And crossing my fingers that they go quickly. In the meantime, I'll be building three benches similar to these base units, but using Ana White's plans, making an upholstered top (hopefully), and filling the drawers with our games. The benches will eventually be centered on this wall below our giant photo collage. They will take up around two-thirds to three-quarters of the total width of the wall.
For Project Basement Stage Three, I envision myself removing wallpaper and scraping the popcorn ceiling (which will include moving some light fixtures and switches). If we get too many more snowstorms, Stage Two might have to switch with Three. Stage Four might see me doing some re-construction in our utility room/gear closet to move the entry door from the main basement room into the hallway (since the eventual plan is to make the main part of the basement into a guest suite). There are about six more stages after that, but they all seem a looooong way off right now. Next up, storage benches.