Basement Make Over.

Tony Doornbos
by Tony Doornbos
4 Materials
3 Months
Remodeled basement from 70's paneling and suspended ceiling. Used 8 ft. furring 1"x2" stripes on the ceiling, new can lights. There was drywall behind the paneling and patched, sanded and repainted it. New MDF casing around doors, windows and baseboards. Saved carpet in half the room and used vinyl plank on the rest. Replaced slider with a new center swing door. In bedroom, put blocks on the ceiling and installed the backside of car siding, repainted and new MDF trim. Ran gas pipe across ceiling for future efficiency kitchen. Bathroom , backside of car siding on wall, replaced vanity and floor.
before and after
before and after
use 1 inch spacer , size of board.
cut boards to fit around can lights
ceiling nail gunned to floor joice.
main room
Suggested materials:
  • 1" x 2" furring strips   (Menards)
  • Standard center swing door   (Menards)
  • MDF trim   (Menards)
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  • Michelle Michelle on Jan 05, 2021

    Approximately how many square feet did you do?

  • Tom53560773 Tom53560773 on Oct 09, 2021

    What about insulation or something for sound? Looks great

  • Dan61072252 Dan61072252 on Mar 29, 2022

    You're inspiring me to follow same route on my low ceiling basement.

    What is or was your height from floor to joist base?

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  • Tony Doornbos Tony Doornbos on Oct 14, 2020

    Beige. To answer some other questions I didn’t see. Each strip is a $1. We used about 400 for whole basement. Not sure if cheaper then drywall. I guess if you did yourself it would be but I know to hire out would probably be more. 2.5” nails. I didn’t sand them, you could though for a cleaner finish.

  • Sandy Sandy on Mar 18, 2022

    Very practical and looks great !...I would have saved the intial drop down celing panels, cut them up to fit between the joists, to catch dust or hopefully sound proof, would have to find a way to keep them stuffed in place securely with staples or some other way as they are quite light in weight anyways.

    • Tony Doornbos Tony Doornbos on Mar 30, 2022

      Yes some sound proofing would have been good. One thing I do regret.