This basement makeover is proving trickier than I first anticipated. It all started off well with the peel and stick (faux) hardwood floor and the beadboard walls and a lick of paint kept me heading in the right direction. The next phase was to figure out how to hide all the pipes, the hot water heater as well as the monstrosity that is the oil tank.
If money and skill level were not an issue, this would have been a great place to tackle some drywalling. I tried to persuade Hubby, but he wasn’t having it. I debated buying several large Ikea Expedits to cover both the water heater and oil tank but it just seemed like a waste of money. I really wanted something that acted like a wall or a divider….
BINGO. A wall divider. After a bit of Googling, I found these guys on Amazon:
I did some quick measurements in the basement and decided to order two of the 6 panel versions (6 feet). They weren’t cheap at $138.00 a piece, but I knew they would arrive completely assembled. If we went down the drywall route, we would have had to invest in new tools and it probably would have taken forever.
Once they arrived, I had them out of the box and in-situ in 2 minutes flat:
The hot water heater is hidden behind the panel on the left. The oil tank is behind the panel on the right.
Because of the way the pipes behind the dryer and washer are hooked up, not a whole lot can be done back there. So, I’m half way through painting that all white so that it somewhat blends into the background.
I also need to attach baseboard the entire way around the room. And add some fancy baskets to the Expedit. And attach some laundry baskets to the wall. And hang up the ironing board. AND paint everything in the ceiling white. Oh, AAAAND paint that support pole.
I’ll get there…some day.