*Disclaimer: Our house is a disaster. If you've ever moved cross-country with four small children that are experts at making a mess, you probably understand. Please send Xanax.
Whenever Charlie and I would talk about moving back to the east coast, we both agreed that ideally, our new house would have a big walk-out basement.
So when we saw that what would become our new home, actually had a big walk-out basement, it was just one more CHECK in the "why we must buy this house" box.
We really love our basement area and can see some great potential for a ping-pong table, an arts and crafts station, and an abundance of elbow room for Wii play-offs.
We also love that there is a big sliding glass door that walks out to the yard and a big bay window and huge fireplace (currently hidden behind lots of boxes). Additionally, we love that there is a nice sized bedroom AND bathroom on the lower level.
What we're not as crazy over is the orange shag carpeting and wood paneling.
Oh now, come on Henry! It's not THAT bad, is it?
Yes. It is.
The carpeting is old and musty and every time I walk down stairs, my eyes get itchy and I can't stop sneezing. And since we don't want to put in new carpet and then paint, we decided that it would be best to paint before the carpeting was replaced.
The orange shag carpet is easy enough to replace. The wood paneling, on the other hand, might be a bit more of a challenge because it would take a longer period of time and a larger chunk of money to rip it all out. And since saving time and saving money, are of the essence, we're painting. But since the wood paneling wraps around and ties in to the chair rail which ties in to the door jams and window sills we need to chose our paint color(s) very carefully.
We're thinking of painting the paneling white - with the top section something like sage.
Or ... I don't even know.
So, I present to you two questions.
Please, look closely ...
And then tell me:
One, what color would you paint the walls / paneling? I think I'd like the door frames and jams white (we'll soon be replacing the actual doors with a solid, white core.) Do you think it would be too much to paint the paneling white, too? Or, would it give it a cool wainscoting look?
Two, what color carpet would you select?
Elizabeth has suggested that we put in hot PINK carpeting.
But I'm not sure that we want to go for the Pepto look.