There is a lot of this going on around here lately. We have been tackling the daunting (but exciting) task of finishing our basement. Our basement is enormous, so we decided to attempt just one room first to see how that goes before deciding if we're going to do the rest of it or not.
Neither of us has done this before, so we pretty much have no idea what we're doing. Thankfully this little thing called YouTube exists and is full of framing tutorials and tips.
The builders already framed the top half of the basement walls and insulated everything, but the bottom half consists of insulation on top of concrete. Meaning that we need to build NEW walls in front of all of it instead of just being able to stick drywall to the existing ones. This is kind of annoying, but needs to be done.
The room we chose to work on is also probably the toughest because it has some weird octagonal angles. You seriously should have seen me trying to do math and calculate angles of cuts... I swear one angle took an hour. This is why I stick to design instead of mathematical work. There are also vents in the way so we're working on framing them out too. We have one wall done, and it's not too shabby, really! I'm most excited about decorating this new room, and you can bet I'll be blogging about it!
I also had some time to read some of this book this weekend. I'll be giving a copy away as well soon, so stay tuned!
My mom visited yesterday and brought Dustin some birthday gifts for his big day on Wednesday. No, that's not a real guitar... it's a bank! It's mini and cute and even has a little stand.
I also made up a bunch of new stamps using my Stampmaker. I'll be doing a Christmas project with them shortly for you guys!
Finally, I couldn't help myself and started getting into the Christmas spirit. I hung a wreath, decorated the railing in our entryway, and set up some of my favourite little decorations. Still so much to do, but I couldn't wait to start!
How did you spend your weekend? Have you ever done a major home renovation with your own two hands before?