Today I’m going to share the back side of our house, a spot that’s never been seen here in blog land, and all you have to do is scroll down to the next picture to see why it’s not been seen.
For some reason we’ve never finished off our exterior concrete basement wall. While mowing out there I said to myself I’m so sick of looking at this ugly mess that I’m going to do something about it. (Below are a few photo-shopped ideas I came up with).
Hubby and I had planned on him doing all the stonework on the wall; he was a stonemason for a period of time and hates the prefab stuff that you can buy in the big box stores theses days. I’ve waited for him to have the time to do it the way he wanted and I was no longer being patient (we have been in the cabin 8 years BTW). He agreed to the prefab stuff, but said I’d have to do it myself he just didn’t have the time.
I was fine with that, I love manual labor and knew I’d enjoy doing the work. Off to the stone company we went only to find out it would be $6,500 for the stone and that still didn’t include the mortar. I looked at hubby and said no way are we going to pay that much for stone (especially when I knew we could get all the stone we wanted for free, if hubby did all the cutting himself), so I was on to plan “B”…..
I grabbed my handy dandy paint swatch bundle from Sherwin Williams and picked a paint color for the basement walls. I said I’d live with a painted basement over spending that kind of money any day.
I ended up using 2 gallons of Sherwin Williams Emerald paint in the color “Felted Wool”. I did the walkout basement side, the side porch entrance side (which is a small one foot strip the length of the house) and under the deck on the other side of the house. (Nothing on the front side because there’s a full length porch and it can’t be seen anyway). With our discount I ended up having only $75 in paint. I also painted trim and had hubby add it around the windows and French door. It was already starting to look better.
I wanted a little color contrast so I painted the door green but I’m going to change that to black, it just doesn’t stay clean with hubby and two grubby boys coming in and out of it. Why fight trying to keep it clean I’ll just go with a dark color and eliminate the problem.
I then planted two large pots with perennials and was going to call it good. Anything had to look better than it did before, and I was happy just getting the junk cleared out. But wait while I was gone hubby started hauling pea stone and digging. What the heck was he doing? All my hard work was turning into a mess again.
Stay tuned to what see what we did, you’re going to love it……it’s so much better than a painted wall…..