Happily Better After

After a lot of work, distractions, and other family and life happenings, we finally put a cork on our basement project! We are super excited to share the outcome of the basement with you because it has certainly been a long time coming!


Let’s rewind a little bit, to just a little under a year ago when we started to DryLok the walls of the basement. Yes, this was easily the most terrible time consuming part of the whole process. It quite literally took us months to finish. Months. If you’ve ever painted with DryLok, you know it’s not fun. The consistency of the DryLok paint is more like cake batter than actual paint and the masonry block is porous, so it’s basically a double whammy in the painstaking painting process. I will admit that is was EXTREMELY hard to stay motivated to finish two coats of the DryLok, but once it’s done, you will thank your lucky stars that you don’t have to do it again… and the finished product is pretty darn snazzy too!


Somewhere between painting the basement walls and steel beams in the basement, Josh and I got married, aka, I moved all of my miscellaneous boxes and such into the basement. But let’s focus on the painting beams part. I like paint. We used a basic Behr black paint to cover up the ugly/dirty poles and beam that support the main floor. It was a quick paint job and again, we did two coats for nice even coverage. It was a small change, but it clearly made a difference in our opinion. It’s a little subtle in the photos, but then again, these photos were taken with a cell phone (long before joyosphere began…) when I didn’t know I would be sharing the photos with anyone other than my husband.

And then the basement sat. Collecting dust, as it has since it was built. Which, in all honesty is kind of what basements do. Collect dust. Until that fateful day where Josh wanted to go buy paint, and kick started this whole project! (You can read more about how we painted the basement floor in this post)

Since we really don’t have all that many before photos of the basement, we’ll get started on showing off the new basement! Yippee! Which is what you have all been waiting for, I’m sure. After several hours of heavy lifting, organizing, and just cleaning up the place (all while chasing Levi around the basement), we are ready to show you our new space!

storage 1

First things first, our storage area. Before, we kind of had it all shoved into one corner and to get to anything that you needed, you needed to climb over boxes and dig out the one that you needed. Not any more!

storage 2

We had a metal shelf from Target that we bought after my Bridal Shower to house all of my newly acquired small appliances. We really liked the look of them and the one we had proved to be very sturdy in the months we had it. So we bought two more of them and moved all of our bins onto them for easy access to all of our stuff. Sure, it looks a little jumbled at the moment, but it is far, far, better than what we started with.

basement 10

And, it defines the space as a storage area, which if you can remember, is what we are now planning to do with that area once we “finish” the basement completely.

utility area

Our utility area is also serving as a storage area now. For our Christmas tree. We currently have a 12 foot Christmas tree, with 9 foot ceilings. No, we don’t use the whole thing, call me a crazy hoarder lady, but I can’t seem to part with the half we don’t use in hopes of someday having a large foyer or living room that could justify us having a 12 foot Christmas tree… a girl can dream right? For right now, the tree fits easily in this space so we won’t worry about it too much.

home gym

With all of our boxes and bins neatly arranged on the shelves on the other side of the room, we made space for a nice little workout area! The area easily accommodates our elliptical and fitness ball, plus our TV that we have hooked up to our Roku to easily watch our shows while we work out! It’s a nice little set up, and I love that we have our own little “home gym” in the basement- it’s super convenient!


Last but not least, a work area and new headquarters for joyosphere! Yippee! I now have a place to work on all of my DIY projects and crafts! (Pssst! Check out the title over the “door”…. recognize it? It’s from my latest Pinterest Challenge!)

close up

Obviously, I still need to move in all of things, the shelves are looking a little bit bare, but I’m sure I will fill them to the brim in no time at all! I’m really stoked that I have my own little area to work on things that’s out of the way so I don’t have to scramble to clean it all up when I have to get dinner ready or we’re having company over or something!


We are so glad that we finally got our rears in gear and finished this space! We have so much more room for activities! And now I don’t have to worry about Levi getting into something he shouldn’t, because it’s all tucked neatly away! I know I keep looking at it saying, “Wow. Just wow!” It really makes a difference, to have the walls, beams, and floors all painted… it really does. Sure, most people wouldn’t get this worked up over a basement, but I am seriously in love with ours. Lord knows I like to have a nice clean space!

Here’s the breakdown for our basement project:

  • 4 5-gallon buckets of DryLok: $432.00
  • 1 1-gallon Behr Premium Black Paint: $30.00
  • 3 1-gallon Behr Premium Epoxy Concrete and Garage Floor Paint: $99.00
  • 3 metal shelves from Target: $120.00
  • Total: $681.00

For close to 600 square feet of extra usable space, you really can’t beat that price. Sure it takes a lot of hard work and patience, but the end result is completely worth the days where you can’t get the paint out of your hair.

Don’t get me wrong, the basement is far from what we have planned for it in the future, but it more than satisfies our needs right now. A few things that we have planned for the space in the near future are:

  • Paint the stairs and stairwell
  • Buy a rubber mat to place under the elliptical
  • Buy some sort of rug or carpet for the office area (no one likes cold toes!)
  • Add shelving to the office area
  • Hang some art!

So you see, we have plans for this space, and it will continue to change as our needs change down the road. I should just call the basement our “flex” space… seems appropriate, right? We’ll be sure to keep you updated on any changes we make to our new space, but for right now, I’m just going to bask in the feeling of a job well done.

Have you guys been renovating anything recently? I’d love to hear what you are up to out there in the world, so please, share your stories!

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10 thoughts on “Happily Better After

  1. Wonderful! So much space to work with! I love those shelves you used, I’ll have to be on the look out for them at Target! Can’t wait to see what you guys are up to next!

  2. Wow! What a difference a couple coats of paint can make! I’m sure you already have a lot of ideas for your new creative “flex” space!

  3. We just closed today but we will be renovating our bacement too for Bettes studio. Speaking of which if you need some art for the walls I know where you can get some cheap prints!

    • Aahh! First Congrats on the new house!! Let us now if there is anything we can do to help out! I love me some DIY projects! Secondly, heck yes, we need more Bette Dickinson originals in our house! They would be the perfect touch!

  4. Whoo hoo! I’m most excited about that Joyosphere station! What a wonderful space to call your own and bring your creative visions to fruition. Congrats on making so much headway with the basement project. The time, money, and DryLok was worth it!

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