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Lake House Basement Project – Update Nine

The calendar rolled over to March as we worked on our lake house basement project last weekend.

Working every weekend gets tiresome but it will be worth it when warm weather arrives and we are free to sit on the dock and enjoy the lake.

Boathouse at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia

If you are new here, we are transforming our basement into a family room, bathroom, and bedroom. These posts chronicle the work that we’ve accomplished so far:

Let’s see what was accomplished last weekend!

Adding Quarter Round to the Baseboard

The first project of the weekend was adding quarter round to the baseboards.

We added quarter round to the family room, small hall, closet, bathroom, and bedroom.

Basement with walls Painted with Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Rock Garden and floor installation with Mohawk Crest Loft in Prairie Oak

Work in the Bathroom

In the bathroom, we started our work by installing the toilet.

Our work took longer than it should have because we experimented with using a “Better than Wax” toilet seal instead of the standard wax ring typically used when installing a toilet.

We couldn’t get the toilet level with the floor using this seal and had to switch to a typical wax seal.

All was well until we discovered that we had used the wrong sized bolts to attach the toilet to the floor and had to pull the toilet off the seal to add the correct length bolts.

This ruined the wax seal which meant a trip to the Moneta Farm Store for a new seal. We also needed a screw for another project, so it wasn’t a wasted trip.

Once back home we got the toilet installed and then encountered another toilet problem. The toilet we purchased came with a plastic seat, so we purchased a much nicer seat to replace it.

When we opened the box to attach the seat to the toilet, one of the screws had no threads. Another roadblock! We’ll return that seat this week and exchange it for one with two working screws.

After the toilet headache, we moved on to installing the vanity.

The vanity was screwed to the wall and then the sink was glued to the vanity top.

A few plumbing parts are needed before the vanity installation will be complete.

Toilet and Vanity installed in a bathroom painted with Sherwin Williams Charcoal Blue

Since last summer, I have had a suspicion that the vanity light was not in the correct place.

After the vanity was in place, I realized that the light is indeed too far to the left.

At this point, I can’t bear to think about going through the work to correct this, so sadly I will just have to live with the light not being perfect.

Toilet and Vanity installed in a bathroom painted with Sherwin Williams Charcoal Blue

The bathroom is a compact space and looks even more so now that the vanity and toilet are installed. That is fine with me because a small bathroom is easier to clean than a large one.

Basement with walls Painted with Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Rock Garden and floor installation with Mohawk Crest Loft in Prairie Oak

Work in the Bedroom

The bedroom’s baseboard got quarter round added to it and the closet trim work was completed.

The most exciting project of the weekend for me was the addition of a chandelier in the bedroom.

Installing a light in a bedroom

Before the chandelier was installed, we glued a medallion to the ceiling.

After Mr. SP did the wiring for the chandelier, I had the fun task of adding the crystals.

Home Decorators Collection Calisitti 3-Light Polished Chrome Mini-Chandelier with K9 Hanging Crystals in a bedroom painted with Sherwin Williams Cultured Pearl

The chandelier is from Home Depot and I adore how it looks in the room.

Home Decorators Collection Calisitti 3-Light Polished Chrome Mini-Chandelier with K9 Hanging Crystals

A long time ago, one of my students looked at me and said, “Mrs. Skulina like the bling.” He is right! Give me the bling!

Home Decorators Collection Calisitti 3-Light Polished Chrome Mini-Chandelier with K9 Hanging Crystals

The quality of light is so much better in this room now that this chandelier is in place.

Home Decorators Collection Calisitti 3-Light Polished Chrome Mini-Chandelier with K9 Hanging Crystals in a bedroom painted with Sherwin Williams Cultured Pearl

Why is there Frog Tape on the Floor?

I spotted a 1930’s office desk for sale on Facebook that is similar to the vintage teacher’s desk that I use in our office at home.

I taped off the desk’s measurements on the floor to think about how it might look in this space.

Basement with walls Painted with Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Rock Garden and floor installation with Mohawk Crest Loft in Prairie Oak

We should soon have Internet available at our lake house and when we do, Mr. SP can use an office space to work.

This corner is the perfect spot for a desk. We plan to add shelves over the desk where Mr. SP can display some of his books.

Sunday night we went to look at the desk and it came home with us. It needs a bit of work, but I know that we can make it look great.

1930s Vintage Office Desk
(Picture from Facebook post)

The desk needs refinishing, a small bit of repair work, and Mr. SP will need to make a handle to replace the one that is missing.

A long time ago I bought an office chair that will be perfect to use with this desk. You can see the chair here. It’s been in my basement since I purchased it in 2014 just waiting to be used. I’m very glad that I saved it!

Sherman Enjoying the Weekend

Sherman is our constant companion and many of you love it when I share pictures of him.

As we work, he is never far away.

Working with a lake view

Here he is walking on a trail in Smith Mountain Lake State Park. One of the highlights of our lake weekends is a hike in the park on Saturday and Sunday.

Sherman Skulina walking at Smith Mountain Lake State Park

This island, seen from one of the state park trails, is for sale. I’ve been told that it belongs to Sissy Spacek.

Island owned by Sissy Spacek at Smith Mountain Lake

What’s Next?

Next weekend we plan to work on the plumbing in the bathroom, install a newell post, and if time allows, work on framing the windows.

Mr. SP started to frame one window last weekend but realized that he needs a table saw to do the job correctly.

Our table saw at home is too large and heavy to transport, so he plans to buy this portable table saw from Home Depot to complete this job.

Basement with walls Painted with Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Rock Garden and floor installation with Mohawk Crest Loft in Prairie Oak
Lake House Basement Project Update Nine

24 Comments

  1. That chandelier….GORGEOUS!!! Love the reflections off those crystals….beautiful choice! I really like the rich green color you used in the family room…just says “come on in”!!

    1. Thank you, Karolyn! Looking forward to getting more accomplished in the space this weekend.

      Paula

    1. We have been working hard! It is slow going since we only work two days a week, but we are getting there.

      Paula

    1. Thank you, Rita! We get over one set of bumps and then another set appears. We are well on our way to being finshed and I can’t wait!

      The state park at the lake is wonderful. There are so many trails to enjoy and they are a nice combination of being lakeside and being in the woods. They also are hilly in some spots, so they are a nice workout.

      Paula

  2. I love the color & with you doing the chandelier my now I want that done in our bedroom, thank you for the inspiration.

    1. I really love this chandelier. It makes really pretty light patterns on the wall and it gives off a nice amount of light.

      Paula

  3. That chandelier is gorgeous and gives the space just the right amount of bling! It’s nice you all make time for a walk in the forest, too. It can’t be all work on the weekend!

    1. We walk Sherman both Saturday and Sunday at the state park and we enjoy it as much as he does. You are right, you can’t work all day all weekend. Or at least we can’t!

      Paula

  4. Enjoyed seeing the progress, the chandelier, Mr. SP, and Sherman! Progress is always slower building a house than you think it is gonna be (and costs more than you planned, too!). When we drive by huge, fancy houses, I curb my covetedness by remembering that they probably have 4 bathrooms to muck out–not my favorite job either!

    1. That is a good way to think about envy over a large home. I always think that I wouldn’t want to dust or vacuum it.

      We are getting there with the basement project. One of these days we’ll be finished and then won’t know what to do with ourselves!

      Paula

  5. Mrs. Paula @SweetPea I am new to your Blog. I found you on Pinterest this evening. Everything looks so pretty!! AND, oh goodness gracious that chandelier is so beautiful!! Especially with the Medallion that y’all placed above!!

    1. Thank you, Lesa! I am thrilled that you found me and I hope that you’ll keep visiting. The chandelier makes really neat light patterns on the wall. I am very pleased with it and it was very affordable.

      Paula

  6. That chandie is gorgeous! Sounds like you had a lot of quarter round to do! 😉 Thanks for sharing your adventure of the makeover!

    1. We are chipping away at the projects each weekend and getting closer and closer to being finished. I appreciate you following along with our process.

      Paula

  7. Looking so good ! You have the most beautiful house in one of the most beautiful, peaceful locations I’ve ever been to.

    1. We are looking forward to your next visit and by then the basement will be ready to be enjoyed.

      Paula

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