I finally tackled the bar area in the basement, which had been piled with crap. Everything is put away, the bar is stocked, and the record albums are hung on the wall around the pool table.
Just a few things left to do down there. We’ll probably have to patch the former cat pee areas with solid drywall. We’ve tried Home Depot, Menards and Crafty Beaver, and of course none has the wainscot panels to match the existing. I don’t think it will look odd; one area is the stairway wall, so it isn’t continuous with the rest of the wainscoting, and the other area is at the bottom of the stairs before you enter the room. In any case, I’ll try Lowe’s, but I doubt they’ll have it either.
We’re also starting to think about putting the bathroom back together down there, but we decided to eliminate the shower and just make it a powder room. We really don’t think that anyone would be taking a shower in the basement, and we’d have the expense of properly venting it outside the house instead of into the rafters like the PO did. The space where the shower was can be turned into a storage closet instead, which we will definitely use.