A few months ago I shared our house project for this year. We had just started to tackle Refinishing our Basement. What was I thinking?? What started out as us simply moving our laundry from the basement to the third floor has turned into a HUGE undertaking!! Folks, when you work on older homes they come with “cans of worms”. Not a typical can of worms no..no..no they come with cans because when you start a project fifty others start to show their evil heads. Happy to say though we are on the home stretch and I can finally see the vision or light at the end of the tunnel if you will. The picture above is where I started..
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Little man has been such a good sport during this time. I mean he has given up many weekends for this project. Honestly, I think he is just excited about the end result but whatever the case I appreciate the encouragement he provides after long work hours.
Since the walls are all sealed we needed to start working on the flooring. I had some exercise mats down there underneath my laundry machines. They were dirty and needed a good clean before I even considered using them again. Like I said in my first post, we had a lot of black mold in the basement. It spread all over and really I wish I had started this project many years prior! Because of this I have used a lot of the Mean Greens Mildew & Mold Cleaning spray!
It is easy to apply and works like magic on many surfaces!
We just sprayed it on and washed it back off.
My son had fun with the hose that day for this. In the beginning we didn’t let him in the basement because of all the mold. Now that it has been all removed we give him little projects here and there. I still made him wear a mask because chemicals are chemicals!
Eventually I want to use these mats on the floor. Some of the floors were cement but most were dirt when I bought the house. I regret that decision and if I EVER buy another home I will never buy one with a dirt basement!!
We have already poured the cement and sealed it. Which by the way was also a CHORE! Nothing about finishing a basement has been easy. I say this as I am about to dig french drains to help detour water away from the foundation. Trust me this project has consumed our lives. I honestly wouldn’t wish it on anyone!
The end result though… is well…worth it. Yes, it has been a pain. Yes, I wish never to do it again but I am glad I did. I learned so much and now appreciate this space. We have made a 2 bedroom, spare room and living room area out of literally rubble. In a few months it will be filled with two teenage boys. Though this project was tiring, long and down right frustrating it was well worth it in the end.
The best advice I can give you on DIY projects:
#1 Use Quality products,
#2 Take your time,Take breaks
#3 Never give up just ask for Help if needed!
Have you ever had mold in your house?? How did you get rid of it??
What House projects are you tackling??