So, the basement is DONE! In case you forgot how scary it was before, I will post a couple pics.
The cracks are patched, the walls are painted, the floor is finished, the post is replaced, and the crawl space is sealed. I am so very happy with my laundry in the basement, and moving the freezer near the stairs had made use more frequent. Chet and I both agree that trips to the basement are no longer dreaded, and we actually like the space. It was a year in the making, but I am more than pleased with the outcome! Plus the color scheme was just retro fun! Now on to the next project!