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.

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Old Metal File Cabinet Makeover
Walmart Bar Cart
How to Easily Turn a Bookshelf Into a Bar Cart
From Sewing Machine Cabinet to Charming Vanity
A Coffee Bar From an Old Dresser
Old Door Headboard
How to Make a Tree Stump Side Table With DIY Legs
Repurposed Dresser Into Patio Entertaining Island
How To Make a Piano Bar #octfabflippincontest
Repurposed TV Hutch Top Now a Gorgeous Farmhouse Style Cabinet
Basement Concession Stand
DIY Crate Stools for Toy Storage
Upcycled End Table From a Wooden Tray and Wire Basket
Repurposed Dresser to Bench
Sofa "Baseboard" Hides Ugly Cords & Mechanics
Weekend Project – Installing New Stair Treads
Free DIY Train Table
Faux Mantel From an Old China Hutch
Exactly How to Build A Swing in About an Hour
Old Desk... Home Bar!
Amazing Dresser to Shelf Conversion DIY Upcycle Project
Brown Paper Floor Covering- Frugal and Fun
DIY Epoxy Bar Top Using Reclaimed Wood That GLOWS
A "Tie-Dye for" Set of Barstools!
How to Build a Shiplap Headboard
DIY Weathered Barn Wood Stain
Bar Build & Garage Storage- Part 1
Repurposed Piano with many options for functionality
Steamer Trunk Handle Repair
Free Pallets in Augusta Georgia!
Upcycled Door & Beams Turned Irish Pub Style Bar!
Distressed Paris Grey Bar Stools
Repurposing Vintage Milk Can to a Side Table
Painting A Stool With A Mackenzie-Childs Look
How I Made a Cute Dog Bed From an Old Dresser Drawer
Fainting Couch Revival
An Almost Free Cinder Block Porch Bench
The Hardest Button to Button: A DIY Tufted Storage Ottoman.
Old Smelly Corner Sofa
Barn Door using a closet track
Kitchen Cabinet Turned Roll-away Cart/Moveable Island
50s Bike Turned Into a Priceless Credenza!
Headboard Makeover
DIY Shutter Headboard
Abandoned Hutch Top Turned Curio
Queen Size Headboard Made Using a Tailgate From a 1930s Ford Truck
Turn a Vintage Milk Can Into a Stylish Stool
Vintage Couch Renovation!
Garage Bar Build - Abbreviated Post
How to Paint a Couch
From This to That - An Old Desk Gets a New Life as a Kitchen Island
Leather Couch Makeover!
I Made a Sofa Out of a Fold-up Cot.
Miniature Dollhouse Leather Couch Tutorial
Repurposing Old Drawers
Upcycled/Repurposed Crib into Toy Box Bench
Turn an Inexpensive Wire Basket Into a Gorgeous DIY Table
Upcycled Chair Benches