Build Decorative Pillars Around Studs

It’s Monday, and the weekend is over.  How was your weekend?  I went to orchestra rehearsal #nerdalert.  Then I helped my sister Gina mercury glass some vases for baby molly’s room.  And ate Second Sunday Supper #dinedlikekatemiddleton.

As promised, I have a basement update for you.

If you are new to the blog, let me give you the basement run down.  The goal was building a nook under the stairs.  It quickly turned into a wild room makeover.  The design inspiration has been industrial vintage.  Indiana Jones would punch nuns for a family room like ours.

This project was 100% Aaron.  Every time I’d look at what we were working with, I would have a mini melt down.  Usually I am the creative one, but I could not comprehend how to fix the problem.

He took all the initiative on this one, which I am extremely grateful for.  I know my limits, and when there are projects I can’t do.  This was one.  But I was really good at taking pictures.

The drywall complication:

Carpentry Detail on the Stairs

Aaron’s plan was to build a casing over the drywall.

Carpentry Detail on the Stairs

You can see how nicely it hides the imperfections underneath.  I can see Mary Kay making a product like this in the future.

Carpentry Detail on the Stairs

With the back piece on, the base is done.

Carpentry Detail on the Stairs

End of day 1.

Carpentry Detail on the Stairs

Day 2: cover the studs in beam columns.  And continue in a like manner.

Carpentry Detail on the Stairs

Carpentry Detail on the Stairs

Carpentry Detail on the Stairs

Day 3:  cut & install all inside pieces.

Carpentry Detail on the Stairs

Admire Aaron’s handy work.  In all seriousness, I am SO proud of Aaron.  He did such a good job.  I saw him unleash his inner Bob Vila, and it was good.

Carpentry Detail on the Stairs

I’ve got some wood filler and light sanding to do, then I get to play the stain game.  I gotta say, having the studs gone is the difference between not wearing make up and putting mascara on.  It’s just a really nice visual improvement to the face of the basement.

Carpentry Detail on the Stairs

In the mean time, the pieces of the sectional have been pushed together to create the couch bed.  You would not believe how comfortable it is.  We’ve been watching movies with it exactly like this.  It’s lounging at it’s finest.  There’s a high possibility that we will never put the couch together properly.  And I’m fine with that.  Viva le Super Couch.

Carpentry Detail on the Stairs

Next up: trim all the inner corners of the beadboard in the nook.  I’m about to get really familiar with a coping saw.

Carpentry Detail on the Stairs

Your turn.  What was your weekend like?  Tell me about your projects!

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  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    That looks so great! And you guys were so worried it would kill you. Looks easy peasy and it is like a wonder bra for your basement. Are you guys going to stain them?

    • Kenz

      I love a good wonder bra. Looks like the basement is about to get some hot dates. And yes, I’m going to stain it this week. Driftwood is my stain of choice.

  • it’s looking mighty fine down there… I’ll be over in 5 to nap on Super Couch.

    • Kenz

      You will not regret your decision to nap on Super Couch. Especially because the cushions are down-filled.

  • Kiersti Kinyon

    I love it – my instinct would’ve been to just wall the whole thing up, but what you guys have done is SO much better! It makes it not as basement-y. Oh, and we just re-tiled our fireplace this weekend. No biggy ;).

    • Kenz

      Walling in the whole thing was my last resort. But I really really wanted a unique design element. I’m glad Aaron figured out a way to do it. You retiled your fireplace! I want to see! Pictures!!!

  • [email protected]

    ooh, that looks great–very professional! Nice work, Aaron!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Gretchen! He done good.

  • Adorbs. I love the square columns. That’s some awesome carpentry, right there. Goes well with the barn doors!

    • Kenz

      Thank you! I’m excited to see how the stain looks on it. 🙂

  • Jodie

    Can you pleeeease tell me what color the walls are? All I have been able to find is your 50 Shades of Gray teaser.

    • Kenz

      Oh sorry!!! How rude of me. The wall color is Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams. And we LOVE it. It’s so warm.

      • Jodie

        Sweet, thanks!! 🙂

  • Wow I am so impressed with my nephew!!! What a stud!!! All of those BOB the builder cartoons on Saturday morning really helped out!!! Good job both of yoU!!!!

    • Kenz

      He definitely did a good job 🙂

  • Wow impressive! I’m jealous you even have a basement to begin with. Those things don’t really exist in my area…stupid Texas clay. Can’t wait to see you work the rest of your magic!

    • Kenz

      Hi Nick/Amber! Now sure which one of you wrote this 🙂 But I like you both! I love having a basement. It stays so cool in the summer time. It’s our favorite place to hang out when it’s 100+ degrees (hard to think about that now when it’s -2). What part of Texas do you guys live in? Aaron lived in Houston for awhile.

  • eranfaraway

    It looks great! I’m really impressed by this space! I love vintage industrial! Also, it makes me feel better to know that I am not the only one who has mini meltdowns when problems arise

    • Kenz

      Thanks Erin! I too love vintage industrial. I wish I could afford more things from Restoration Hardware. But it’s okay. It forces me to be creative. We might need to create a support group: Mini Meltdowns Annon. 🙂

      • eranfaraway

        The Restoration Hardware catalog may be sitting on my bookshelf right now, while the Odessy and Jane Austen are packaged in a box in storage 😛 Classical literature won’t satiate my furniture lust.

        • Kenz

          Girl, you and I come from the same mold. I love good classic books, but there’s something magical about receiving the RH catalog in the mail.

  • AnnNell

    What a vast improvement !! The wood work is great Aaron !!

    • Kenz

      Thanks AnnNell. I hope it looks even better when the wood gets stained!

  • Hi, Kenz
    Love what the hubby did, nice. Looking forward for the final reveal.

    Hugs,
    Vanessa

    • Kenz

      HI Vanessa! Thanks. I’m looking forward to the final reveal too lol. One of these days it’ll be reveal-ready.

  • Indiana Jones would totally be proud. I really like how this is turning out!!

    • Kenz

      I’m glad you think Dr Jones would approve too. And thank you. I’m quite pleased myself.

  • You guys, both so handy! We should’ve been more like you, than maybe we could get something done around here 😀

    • Kenz

      I don’t know if you should be more like me. We’ve been working on this project for over a year now! We are the worst at sticking to a timeline.

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    That looks really great. What a great solution you found here. I have been following your progress 🙂

    • Kenz

      Thanks Katja! I’m new to following your blog. But all my other blog friends do, and now I see why! I’m loving what I’ve seen so far. You’re super talented!

      • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

        Thanks so much! You are so sweet. And right back at ya :).

  • Debbie Thompson

    This is such a cute post! I found you over at If It’s Not Baroque. Your progress is is looking great so far. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

    Debbie

    • Kenz

      Hi Debbie! Thanks for stopping by! We’re having a great time working on the basement. I’m glad you’re following the progress. I’m going to be staining tomorrow.

  • Lauren

    Hey Kenz. Thanks for linking up to my party last week. Can’t wait to see more of what you have been up to. The stairs are looking good.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Lauren!

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