I'm so excited to show you the progress on the finished basement. Here's what we started with just a few weeks ago. Sorry for the blurry pictures. This is what you would see when you walked down the stairs:
And here's what that same view looks like now!
It's an actual room! No decor, furniture, or paint yet, but we have walls, floors, and a ceiling! The door on the left leads to the electrical panel and cable box. The opening on the right (still waiting for the door to arrive...) is a storage closet.
Now here's a before and after looking back towards the stairs:
Same vantage point now:
The opening on the right leads to the stairs. Same direction now looking more to the left:
Did you notice another detail?
Yes, that's a fireplace. I was inspired (who wouldn't be?) by Sarah's (aka Thrifty Decor Chick) awesome finished basement which included an electric fireplace (http://www.thriftydecorchick.com/2016/12/finished-stacked-stone-fireplace-in.html). Genius. So it gave me the idea to add this electric fireplace that would not only give the room a focal point, but also heat this space.
Now obviously, it doesn't look like much at the moment, but remember a few weeks ago I mentioned finding this vintage mantel at a salvage yard? It's pretty rough right now and needs work, but I think it's going to make that electric fireplace look pretty sweet when it's all done.