Basement Remodel Progress: We Have Walls!

After our little near-explosion, the basement remodel has been progressing relatively safely.

Insulation went up without a hitch. Our contractor did that part.

Bar Wall Insulation

Then the drywall for the ceiling was hung. Jason doesn’t have a lot of experience with drywall, so we hired someone for that. They gave us a discount on labor since Jason worked along side them. Double benefit – we saved money, and he learned how to do it himself so next time we can handle it on our own.

Ceiling Goes In

I thought having the drywall on the ceiling would make the basement look much smaller, but it wasn’t until the walls went up that I really started seeing the change.

Wall Sheetrock Corner

It looks totally different to me now that there’s a real ceiling. And real walls.

Sheetrock Corner

Now that the drywall has all been hung, this week is all about mudding, taping, and sanding to fill in the gaps between the drywalls sheets and smooth everything out so it looks like a regular wall.

After that it’s time for paint, and we just decided on a theme – The Muppets!

I can’t wait to get to work on the fun stuff, and share what we come up with to decorate the space. If you see anything awesome that might help give me ideas, please feel free to share them.


  1. Great work so far – thanks for sharing! We’ll be doing some remodeling soon, so we’re learning from you 🙂

  2. darlene bohannon says:

    looks like you will have a nice place after you finish

  3. Kristin Gilbert says:

    I remember doing this at my old house- it is so rewarding and yours is looking fantastic!

  4. Cathie Shane says:

    Congrats on getting this far on your basement remodel. It looks really nice and your hubby and the contracters are doing a beautiful job.

  5. Danielle Williams says:

    Looks like it is coming along quite nicely!

  6. I love it, it is coming along really well 🙂 Great job!

  7. Stefanie McMullen says:

    It’s really coming along. Looks great so far 🙂

  8. The muppets is such an awesome idea for a theme! I can’t wait to see the finished product! 🙂

  9. I can’t wait to see it when it is all done! The Muppets rock!!

  10. Sara Campbell says:

    This is awesome. Great job!!! I can’t wait to see it when it is completely finished.

  11. Ashley S says:

    You’re making me feel like a bum! lol jk this looks awesome!

  12. Chelsea Saulpaugh says:

    Congrats on the progress. It sounds like a lot has been getting done! I cannot wait to see the final pictures. I love the idea of a muppet theme. Its so much fun!

  13. The muppets is a great idea! Can’t wait to see the finish product!

  14. Stephanie Hungerford says:

    I remember mudding and sanding with my father. he was a perfectionist. We had to redo the entire basement in my parents old house because a truck hit the walk out part of our basement. There would be no matching the old wood paneling hence the need to dry wall.

  15. Betsy Barnes says:

    Looks awesome and you will have a great space in your house 🙂

  16. My hubby does this kind of work. It’s amazing what an improvement something like this can make! Great job!

  17. Samantha says:

    Yay for walls!

  18. Kimberly McCullers says:

    There is nothing like having a finished basement. With the extreme heat we have had for the last month, its great to be in the always cool basement. Plus, as your kids become teens, they can keep the noise & friends down there. (Both my kids basically live in the basement now…of course, they are 18 & 19)

  19. hannah K says:

    coming along really well. Keep up the good work!

  20. Looks like it progressing well. Congrats!

  21. I admire anyone that takes on a project like this. I’m too inexperienced to visualize what a room can be!

  22. Nena Sinclair says:

    Your basement is coming together really well and it’s looking great! Aren’t renos always way more work than you anticipated? (but the end results make it so worthwhile!)

  23. What wonderful progress, I can’t wait to see the finished basement.

  24. My comment went MIA lol… or I’m blind. Either is possible.

    I can’t wait to see the finished project it’s going to be adorable!

  25. Jessica P. says:

    This reminds me that I need to get in gear and start our bathroom remodel!

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