Our basement has taken a back seat to makeovers and updates for the past few years, but this year I decided that would change. I wanted to make it more comfortable, livable, and more my style. So, at the beginning of the year I came up with a makeover plan! I hadn’t originally incorporating putting in new floors, but when Mannington Floors reached out to me and asked me if I would like to partner with them, I couldn’t say no! They sponsored the new floors in my entire basement and I am so thrilled with how they turned out!
Mannington Floors have been around for 100 years and they are known for their high quality products in the flooring industry. It was funny because about a month before I was contacted by Mannington I was asked by a design client to recommend some flooring for her living, entry, dining and kitchen areas (she wanted one type for nearly the whole main floor). She was leaning toward tile but wanted to know some other options.
Well, my brother has been a professional flooring installer in Juneau, Alaska for the past 15+ years (Charlie Chenoweth with Install-It-All if you are in Southeast Alaska– I guarantee you there is no one better!) and I wanted to know what his favorites were. So I called him up and asked him what his top picks were. Guess what is #1 favorite was? Mannington’s Adura Max luxury vinyl plank. No joke! He loves the simple, mess-free install, the quality, finish, durability, and the fact it is 100% waterproof. Vinyl floors have come a long way from what they used to be 20-30 years ago!
Here are some befores:
And the after:
For the main living areas, I chose
Mannington Floors are only sold through independent flooring retailers, and they recommend that a professional install their floors. So, I had my brother fly in and do the job. He was tons faster than the local estimates I got too– he did the whole basement in 1 day! I will say from people I have talked to– there is a learning curve and my brother is so fast because he’s been doing it for years. He admitted to me it took him a lot longer in the beginning.
Here is a clip from the Instagram stories I did on the install a couple months ago:
I chose this color because it matched very closely to the dark walnut stain I used on my oak stair treads. (I still haven’t finished them as you can see from the risers). The plan is to put in a door at the bottom of the steps to create a little more privacy and a sound barrier to the shenanigans that happen in the basement.
This little spot against the stairs was all open from when we were repairing the steps a couple years ago, and I finally put some drywall up. I still have to finish taping, mudding, and paint it, but I am building a toy storage unit for this area.
I created this plan in Sketchup for what I want it to look like:
I also plan on building a little art/craft station in this corner:
Still left on the list to do, is put in some can lights to replace the fluorescent lighting, install drywall on ceiling and paint, replace door into laundry area, install board and batten to the ceiling, and of course furnish the space.
I have my eye set on a awesome slipcovered sectional for the TV area, and a skinny long table and chairs behind it for games.
The media cabinet is one that I built last year and the plans are found here.
Seriously though, aren’t these floors awesome? I mentioned some of these details/advantages in the video, but here are my favorite features of
-100% waterproof (both underside and topside)
-Quiet underfoot (the built-in thick padding on the back of each plank makes it virtually noise-proof)
-Simple click install (no glue!) that ‘floats’ on top of any flat surface
-Thicker and more rigid than typical vinyl plank
-Realistic wood finish with wood grain texture
-Stain and scratch resistant finish (SO thankful for this since it’s the main place the kids play)
I would have shared this progress sooner, but I needed to paint the walls and install new baseboard trim and that took a bit of time and extra money to get it done. I went with a taller baseboard (6″) and I love how it looks! Don’t look too closely because I still haven’t caulked. Haha!
Here is a little panorama collage I quickly put together so you can get an idea of what a HUGE difference new floors and freshly painted white walls make!
I can’t WAIT to get the ceiling done so I can start to properly furnish the space.
A little side-by-side before and after:
Also, coming soon is the basement bathroom makeover! Mannington Floors partnered with me for the floors in there and the theme is vintage modern. I’m making over the current vanity, painting walls, installing new faucet and hardware, new mirror and sconce lights! Stay tuned– it’s gonna be good!!