An unfinished basement, with its concrete floor and exposed joists, may seem dreary and cold. But in reality it is an enormous blank canvas just waiting for your inspired ideas and artistic vision. The fact is, you don't really need niceties like drywall and recessed lighting to create an inviting space.  Before you begin, do what you need to do to make sure the space is dry and clean. Fix any water issues and apply waterproofing if necessary. Unfinished concrete flooring will produce fine…

12 Finishing Touches for Your Unfinished Basement

How to clean up an unfinished basement to make it look nice. I hate/am terrified of my basement, so this is all good for me to know!

LOVE this easy idea. Great step by step. How to clean up an unfinished basement to make it look nice. I hate/am terrified of my basement, so this is all good for me to know!

7 Basement color scheme ideas

A Palette Guide To Basement Paint Colors

but with hard wood floors: 7 Basement color scheme ideas.going to use Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter for walls in basement with white trim

Basement Paint Color: Walls are Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter and the tray ceiling is Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal.

Basement Paint Color: Walls are Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter and the tray ceiling is Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal. Lighting is Quoizel.

Before and After. DIY Stairway Redesign. So easy. Step 1. Remove old carpet. (This is the hardest part, try not to get poked from the old tacks. Be careful!) Step 2. Paint steps. (You can do 1 color for easy, half the time painting, or alternate 2 colors on the rise and run. I alternated white and an espresso brown paint that matches my redone furniture. Regular interior paint will do as it's just the edges that aren't walked on.) Step 3. Staple on runners. (Shown is 3 runners from Target.)

(This is the hardest part, try not to get poked from the old tacks. (You can do 1 color for easy, half the time painting, or alternate 2 colors

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