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Basement Makeover

Often during renovations, you end up with an empty room ready to be personalized. With a little creativity, you can easily bring new life to your basement. Here are several projects, from floor to ceiling, that will transform your room!

1

Painting Walls and Ceiling

2

Painting Fireplace Bricks

  • 2.1 - Clean bricks with soapy water. Let dry completely.
  • 2.2 - Apply 1 to 2 coats of matte finish paint in the colour of your choice
3

Paint Fireplace Tiles

  • 3.1 - Lightly sand ceramic tiles using a sander and 400 grit paper.
  • 3.2 - Clean ceramic tiles with soapy water to remove any dust or dirt.
  • 3.3 - Apply a coat of stain-blocking primer with a foam roller. Allow to dry for the time recommended by the supplier.
  • 3.4 - Apply one coat of floor paint with a foam roller, using the base colour of its pattern. Allow to dry. Apply a second coat if necessary. Allow to dry for the time recommended by the supplier.
  • 3.5 - Paint desired pattern on the tile using a stencil, stencil sponge and the second colour of floor paint. Allow to dry for time recommended by the supplier.
  • 3.6 - Touch up tile joints and paint smudges using a mini brush and the base colour.
  • 3.7 - When dry, apply 2 to 3 coats of matte finish water-base varnish.
4

Create an Accent Wall

  • 4.1 - Cut all mouldings to the length of your choice, using a miter saw and sand the ends with sandpaper. For this project, the mouldings are 31 inches long.
  • 4.2 - Determine the location of the mouldings, using a level and tape measure. For this project, the mouldings are 7 inches from the ground and there are 6 inches between each moulding.
  • 4.3 - Fix the mouldings, using a finishing nail gun. Start by nailing the one in the center of the wall, then add the others around it.
  • 4.4 - Plug nail holes with spackling paste and once it is completely dry, sand excess with 400 grit sandpaper.
  • 4.5 - Paint mouldings in same colour as the wall.
Before
After
Before
After
5

Change Fireplace Shelf and Decorate

  • 5.1 - Cut a 2" x 8" x 8' white pine board to desired length and install it above the fireplace.
  • 5.2 - Decorate it and voila!
Vanessa Beland
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On her blog and Instagram account Fleur maison, Vanessa presents modern decoration projects to create a home to your liking. She also shares bits and pieces of her daily life to help you discover new tricks and see the beauty in your home.

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