Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The basement: Part 2 - the Walls

In keeping with the last post about the basement floors, we also have to repair our basement wall.  Last week, we began to replace the 17" of drywall that had been cut from the bottom of the wall.  It's not quite done, but almost! 

So the question becomes - "then what?"

We will have to paint the wall after all the work is done, and I'm not crazy about the idea of painting the entire TV room.  As it is, it's not in bad shape.  It's a big room, and painting it would just be a pain in the butt.  So I'm toying with doing a feature wall.  We have also talked about moving our office to this room at some point, by installing some storage cabinets, filing drawers, and a nice long desk. 

So we've decided that now is as good a time as any.  It will hide any of the flaws from our amateur drywalling experience, and will allow us to paint that one wall differently from the rest of the room.

Here is some inspiration I've gathered.... keeping in mind that our ceilings are just about 6' tall.... 

I love the wallpapered background of this one:

If only we had higher ceilings:

I like the way the desk wraps in front of the cabinetry at the left.

The bulletin board background of the next one is a great way to display current cards, photos, notes, and To-Do lists. 

I love the simplicity of the next two... but I think I need more cabinets and filing space...

The next few are divided into two workspaces, which I especially like.  They also have more storage, which is ideal. 

I think I prefer the way this next one is not stuck as two work spaces though.  If you want to spread out one big project, you can sit right in the middle.

The best part about this one though, is the hidden desk!!  How great is that!  Obviously the desk is too high to sit at when the top is closed over.  But it looks so much better when people come over if you can just bury all your papers and other clutter under cover!

Ikea has a similar system:  

I would consider using something like this, except I do want a long built-in look. 

Lots to think about!  I've explored some cabinet options at Ikea, but I'm worried I might have to consider custom built-ins.  I'm afraid to know how much that might run me.  I have to start taking some of this inspiration and turning it into plans though... stay tuned!

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