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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!

Vanessa Beland

Painting Walls and Ceiling


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

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.

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.

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
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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