NEW YORK (MainStreet)—
Unfinished basement is often the hardest area to renovate.
After all, no one is willing to spend time in a room with cement floors, dimly lit lights or moldy smells, and renovating the basement to reflect your living room is undoubtedly a big expense.
So we asked design professionals to think about it and offer some cheap DIY projects to decorate the basement.
From floor to paint to lighting, these items-
With weeks of work.
Will completely remodel your basement. 1.
The unfinished basement will determine how much paint work is needed in the area.
"The finished basement of drywall and carpet can be painted like any other room in the home," said Joe Kowalski, training manager at galgden . ".
However, for the unfinished basement of the cement floor and walls made of concrete or coal blocks, Kowalski offers the following advice: Use paint with eggshells or semi-eggshellsgloss finish.
No primer is required on the slag block or concrete wall. Apply two layers of paint to the walls that have been painted.
If the walls are bare, then thinning the first layer of paint can better penetrate into the walls.
Apply a second coating at full strength. As for brushes and rollers, use semi-coatinginch to three-quarters-Inch nap roller;
2 "-3" brush for cutting in2.
If the walls of the basement are made up of panels, this will make the work more complicated.
President, Mr. Robert parmaroza. Handyman,Tri-
The county in the New York City area offers the following advice: use high quality alcohol or oil
Base on primer and allow enough drying time. After the primer, but before painting, fill in all the seams. Use high quality paint and apply two layers.
Use matte or flat finish to repair the inevitable scratches later.
Matte is the middle area that remains clean enough while maintaining a seamless touch capability.
If you use shell or half
Gloss, you have to paint the whole wall or live with obvious touchups3.
The cheap quick way to install stripping and pasting tiles to solve the basement floor chaos is to install "stripping and pasting" tiles that can be purchased at home improvement stores.
Palmarozza provided these expert advice when accepting the project: check moisture by tying a piece of plastic to the floor.
In the event of condensation, the tiles may not stick • use a dedicated primer designed specifically for the installation of peel and stick tiles.
Make sure the bottom layer is flat, clean and dry before starting. Lay the floor in order to place the largest tiles in the most visible place and avoid installing less than one tile in pieces. Store the tiles in the room for a few days before starting as warm tiles are easier to use. Any loose tiles can be re-built
Installed with vinyl tile adhesive, it works like contact cement.
Use a thin layer to let the tile dry before sticking it back to the floor.
If you're looking for a more suitable floor
Installing the laminate floor is another way to lay the bare concrete floor in the basement.
Palmarozza adds these tips to the perfect laminate floor: Make sure to add a layer of 6mm plastic to the entire floor.
Overlap the seams for a few feet and then seal them with tape.
Also, turn the plastic up the wall a few inches and hide it behind the base plate. Use more padding under laminate to get a more comfortable floor
Weaken all door posts and decorative pieces.
Plan to Add shoe mold after installation.
Use transition t-
Put a note where needed and leave the appropriate room for expansion for the floor-
This extension is essential for a long lasting floor. Be extra careful and always remember your safety glasses.
Even if you replace the floor in the basement and do the perfect paint work, it will not be ready to use if the space has a typical basement smell. The solution?
A dehumidifier can be bought at a home improvement shop for about $200.
If you have a "sewage sink" in your basement, Palmarozza provides this tip in terms of dehumidifier: "install the unit on a shelf near the ramp sink, and extend the hose from the dehumidifier to the sink.
This will prevent you from emptying the dehumidifier for the built-in reservoir. "6.
Basement garden you may never have thought of having a garden in the basement, but in addition to fresh produce, it will bring a unique decoration to your newly renovated basement.
Nate Lipton, owner of the growers House at the garden supplies store, shared these simple tips for creating a water culture (
Plant without using soil)
Or traditional soil. based garden. . .
In your basement!
Depending on the size of the basement, find out how much vertical height you have and the size of your growth footprint, because growing tomatoes takes up more space than growing lettuce, for example, next, decide whether to plant plants in the soil or in the water culture system.
Since the soil needs little maintenance, it is more forgiving for new growers.
Water Culture systems can grow plants faster, but these systems are more in line with the route of scientific experiments, variables including pH and nutrient solutions in parts of a million (see below)
It must be monitored. Use the water culture system to decide whether to make or purchase the kit yourself.
You will also need to purchase liquid nutrients to add to the reservoir of the hydroponics system.
These will be the only supply of plant nutrition and have to monitor the correct pH of the water and the nutrient solution of a few parts per million, which will depend on the plant you plant.
Next, determine your light source.
If you have windows in your basement, please make good use of them.
Alternatively, there are three main lighting systems in gardening: high-intensity discharge (HID)
Fluorescent tubes, LEDs (LEDs).
Talk to the local nursery and ask them to help select the nursery that best suits your budget and your growing environment.
Next, it's time to start planting.
Note how close the light source is to your plant.
Too close, it will burn them;
Too far away, plants stretch out because of the light. 7.
If you have a bathroom in your basement, replacing the faucet is a cheap and impactful way to update the bathroom.
Building DIY expert Sean Murphy.
Com, reveals these steps to replace the basement faucet: before removing the original faucet, cut off the water on the water supply line, turn the faucet handle and release any pressure and/or water inside the pipe. Loosen the old water supply pipe with an adjustable wrench, then remove the handle and spout if your old bathroom faucet is not securely sealed between the spout and the deck, roll out a thin line of plumber putty on the spout base.
This creates a water-tight seal that prevents water from leaking under the sink, where it can cause damage silently.
Remove any excess putty when drying. Now that your mouth is in place, connect it using the brass nut and adjustable wrench provided to save time and trouble before placing the hot and cold hose in place, attach them to the corresponding handle (
Let's say, of course, that your new bathroom faucet has two handles. )
Connect the handle using your adjustable wrench. Apply a sealing tape on the supply line and tighten the hose to prevent leakage
Proof connection 8.
Especially if you have wall closet doors and multiple rooms in your basement, replacing the old door handle is undoubtedly a notable update.
Murphy shared these tips on changing the door handle: using a screwdriver to remove the existing door hardware.
This includes knobs or levers, as well as latches and impact plates. Your new impact plate should be in the same shape as your old one.
For example, if your old strike plate has a rounded or square edge, your new strike plate should be in the same shape to fit the space perfectly. Next, select the appropriate latch face
Also, make sure the slope of the latch is consistent with the way the door is closed-
Then tighten the latch.
Insert a new knob or lever through the latch and attach it to the internal handle.
Avoid common errors if your hardware includes keyholes and make sure the keyholes are outside the door.
Tighten in place. 9.
Install the dimmer switch instead of turning on and off the lights in the basement, and install the dimmer switch to create a more relaxed atmosphere.
While this is a project for more experienced DIYers, Paul Lobo, vice president of retail sales at Lutron Electronics, provides the following tips for installing dimmer switches: turn off the power of the circuit breaker or remove the fuse remove the wall panel and switch mounting screws from the wall box to add the dimmer, connect all the wires
Carefully remove the switch from the wall. Next, determine which type of circuit you have: Single-pole or 3-way circuit.
Below is the key identifier for each wall panel.
Single rod: insulated wire connected with two screws of the same color.
Replace with single-Pole dimmer. 3-
Wiring method: insulated wires connected by three screws.
One of the wires is attached to the other screw. color (not green)
Or put a "normal" label.
"You should mark or mark this line to recognize it when wiring.
Replace with 3-Way dimmer.
When disconnecting the wire from the switch, if the wall switch has two wires connected to the same screw, please tape the two wires together before disconnecting.
• Remove wall panels (If any)
From the switch.
Depending on the type of circuit you have, here are some wiring instructions for both: single bar: connect the green dimmer ground wire to the bare copper or green ground wire in the wallbox.
Connect a black dimmer wire to any wire removed from the switch.
Connect the remaining black dimmer wires to another wire removed from the switch. 3-
Wiring method: connect the green dimmer grounding wire with the bare copper or green grounding wire in the hanging box.
Connect the black dimmer wire to the different from-
Color screws on the switch (
Marked or marked wires)
As described in the previous step.
Remove the label from the wire.
Connect a red dimmer wire to one of the remaining wires removed from the switch.
Connect the remaining red dimmer wires to the remaining wires removed from the switch.
Finally, carefully form the wall box with the wire, install and align the dimmer--
Install wall panels, whenever you deal with a project involving wires, leave this to a professional electrician if you are not willing to take the challenge! 10.
There is enough furniture on the shelf to pay high fees with a credit card.
For creative furniture, we chose Christopher Lowell, the best-selling writer and Emmy Award.
Winning the lifestyle authority, he suggested the steps to build the bookshelf unit as follows: take three bookcases on one wall that are about 4 feet apart.
Then take two matching half bookcases (
Put them between the high bookcases. Next, take a solid flat hollow core door or 3/4 plywood (
From your local hardware store)
And connect it to the top of each half bookcase. Apply the top to complement the bookcase or the same color as the wall.
This will create a usable working surface that is overdone enough and can also be used as a table for a computer or TV.
The basement is often a nightmare area for the house, especially if it is not finished.
While you may need the help of a professional in some of the more intense basement renovations, some elbow grease and vision will translate the space into your dream basement, or in the least suitable place to live. --
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