Well, we've made it to the final room. And we definitely saved the best (or worst-depending on how you look at it) for last. This is the house's large basement. It's probably about 450 square feet and has a large bar, plus separate sink area.
Originally it had indoor/outdoor carpet on the floor that was curling up on all the sides and had no padding underneath. The walls were painted fire engine red and the ceiling wa black. All the trim was black also. And the doors were red. The room had no baseboards or trim and the bar was tiled with 12 inch black and white tiles on the top. There was also a ton of mold and dirt on the walls and it smelled horrible.
Here are some before pictures to remind you of just how horrible this room was.
During our last trip we (my dad) painted the ceiling and walls. It now has a white ceiling and light green walls. Much. Better. We also painted all the trim and doors white. We've removed the carpet and will be installing maple laminate wood floors next weekend and new baseboards. This weekend we tackled the countertops. I painted the bar a green like the walls instead of the natural wood paneling. We decided to use a the Rustoleum countertop transformation (java stone) on the counters. These cost about $250 at Lowes or Home Depot. We used this on the kitchen counters upstairs and liked the result so we did it again. It was also the easiest thing we could think of in this situation since we didn't want to remove the counters and tiles completely.
So, here are a few pictures so far. Remember we still need to put in the floor and decorate...but for $100 in paint and $250 for the countertops....I feel like this is quite the transformation!