Our basement is a respectable size and soaks up a decent amount of natural light considering it's below ground level. However, the basement is in dire need of a makeover. Here are some shots before we moved in.
Untouched knotty pine paneled walls + a few coats of paint = instant gratification
SO much brighter!
Just one coat of special wood primer brightened the space. Two coats of paint down and, fingers crossed, one to go. Please note, most of the paint application requires a brush which is very time consuming
The color is Benjamin Moore "White Heron." I apologize for the iPhone photos. Here is a professional image of a foyer painted "White Heron." The crisp, bright white, with gray undertone is exactly what I wanted.
via House Beautiful
As evident from my photos, the basement houses the majority of the kids' toys. A portion of the space is intended for a family/TV room use. Once the ceiling and lights are replaced, the carpet is installed, and there is some sense of order, I will take some after photos.
"The flowers that sleep by night, opened their gentle eyes and turned them to the day. The light, creation's mind, was everywhere, and all things owned its power."
~Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop