DIY Basement Ideas

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Top Projects for Basements

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DIY Basement Videos

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How to Paint Upholstery, and Keep the Fabric Soft, Even Velvet!

I didn't think it was possible to paint upholstery, especially velvet with out changing the fabric texture. Find out how I transformed a $20 thrift store sofa into an Anthropologie like knock-off with one quart of paint and water! For best results use a soft chalk based paint. Paints that don't contain latex or acrylic work best... but this will work with almost any brand of paint.

Basement Concession Stand

While finishing our basement we decided it would be a good idea to add a little concession area to our entertainment zone. Makes for a good space to play games and grab a snack.

Kitchen Island Made From Old Dresser

I’m sure by now everyone has seen a dresser turned into a kitchen island—I’ve been seeing them online for a while and have been wanting to do one myself, but just haven’t found the perfect old dresser. Until now. I went into my local thrift store recently and found the perfect little diamond in the rough—I’m so happy with how it came out! We want to help you DIY, so some of the materials in this post are linked to sellers. Just so you know, Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. BEFORE: Here is a shot of the dresser when I first brought it home. I love the etched detail in the drawers, which is a big reason I decided to keep at least one of them for my finished island.

New Basement Projects

What's trending in the world of DIY basements? We have compiled it all here.

Browse Basement Projects
DIY Outdoor Pallet Table - (First Woodworking Attempt)
The Motorcycle Dining Room Table
Upcycled Chair Benches
DIY Couch/Wall Spacers
China Hutch Repurposed Into a Flat Screen TV Stand
From This to That - An Old Desk Gets a New Life as a Kitchen Island
Two Upcycled Projects From One Old Ladder
Personalize Any Project Using Freezer Paper!!
New Life For An Old Barn Door
50s Bike Turned Into a Priceless Credenza!
Two Pieces of Furniture From One, Do You Like It?
What Can You Make Out of Wire Spools...This and That!
How I Made a Cute Dog Bed From an Old Dresser Drawer
Elegant Bedroom Bunny Hutch From Dresser
Upcycled End Table From a Wooden Tray and Wire Basket
Repurposed Curtains Into Chair Cushions
Upcycled/Repurposed Crib into Toy Box Bench
A Coffee Bar From an Old Dresser
I Made a Sofa Out of a Fold-up Cot.
Cat Litter Bucket Re Use
Makeover A Basement Floor For Less Than $300
Up-cycling an Obsolete Entertainment Center
Painting A Stool With A Mackenzie-Childs Look
You want a fancy French daybed? Well, lets make one!
Queen Size Headboard Made Using a Tailgate From a 1930s Ford Truck
Leather Couch Makeover!
Repurposed Dresser to Bench
Steamer Trunk Handle Repair
Repurposed Piano with many options for functionality
Repurposed Dresser Into Patio Entertaining Island
Headboard Makeover
Board Game Wall Art- Accent Wall Gameroom
Brown Paper Floor Covering- Frugal and Fun
MenDen Basement Finish. All Re-purposed Materials.
Kitchen Cabinet Turned Roll-away Cart/Moveable Island
Livestock Water Trough Turned Coffee Table
Old Smelly Corner Sofa
1 Pallet + 1 4x4 Post = Coffee Table
Pallet Gun Cabinet
Fire pit Table Top
11 Amazing Basement Remodeling Ideas
Sofa "Baseboard" Hides Ugly Cords & Mechanics
Basement Concession Stand
Repurposing Vintage Milk Can to a Side Table
Walmart Bar Cart
Repurposing an Outdated Entertainment Unit.
Weekend Project – Installing New Stair Treads
DIY Litter Box Hider
How To Make a Piano Bar #octfabflippincontest
Exactly How to Build A Swing in About an Hour
How to Make an Old Couch New Again for $10
Repurposed Entertainment Center (for Slimy Critter Fanatics)
DIY Crate Stools for Toy Storage
Cable Spool Project
Old Door Headboard
Distressed Paris Grey Bar Stools
Peek-a-Boo Changing Table