I still don't have a good idea of what the basement is going to look like but things are starting to come together. I don't like diving into a project this big when I don't have some sort of "vision" so I am a little uneasy about things. I also still get annoyed when I have to talk or think about the project. I think I am still to exhausted from the flood coming on the heals of the pergola and bathroom renovation. I thought I'd be relaxing and enjoying the summer at this point. To push ahead, I need to try and find the bright side of things. One of them is that the flood did force us to get rid of a ton of clutter. The new space can be cleaner and seem larger. The second thing is that we do have somewhat of a clean slate and a little insurance money to update some furnishings and finishes. We want to keep the orange color, the lights and obviously the ceiling and trim but otherwise, the rest will be "new".
We already purchased a new sectional couch. We didn't go with a sofa bed and guests will now have to use an aero bed instead. We got this in a charcoal color. It is comfy and our daughter loves the L-shape. I think she has commented on it about a thousand times since we went to the store.
We are taking a new approach with the furnishings and finishes this time around. Solid surfaces and getting things off the floor are the strategies. We are choosing pieces that have legs so that when there is another water problem, none of the upholstery or other items will be damaged. We'll need to find bookcases, entertainment center, and other items that are all "up". This should make cleaning down there a bit easier as well.
For the flooring, we'd like to do an epoxy flooring but are still unsure of the color/direction. We have been playing with the color tool on the epoxy supplier's website and are mixing tans, browns, oranges and grays. The guys that did the leveling of our basement floor several years ago will be coming out to look at patching and will let me know if the epoxy will adhere to the current topping. Hopefully it will.
We have an old coffee table that has been in storage and we think will be perfect for the new room. It was my wife's mom's table. One of the debates we are having is whether or not I should sand the entire thing down to clean up the scuffs, watermarks and uneven finish and then put a new finish on it. My wife would like to leave it as is. She likes the "character". If it weren't such a sleek piece, I might agree with her. I'd like to clean it up and try to restore it. The decision of which way to go still hasn't been made.