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Our progress - Phase 3

basement design tipsSelecting a paint color, buying the primer and paint were the first steps of this part of the basement remodeling project. Buying the home theater equipment and setting the whole thing up was the most exciting phase of the project for me. Buying furniture, cabinets, carpet, and flooring, and seeing it all come together were the finishing touches!

Phase 3: Priming, painting, and finishing touches Cabinet installation

Priming walls - Now that the messy work is done, it was time for the home stretch! Priming the walls kicked off the 3rd and final phase of my basement remodeling project.

Deciding on a paint color - Choosing a paint color can be very difficult. Using Better Homes and Gardens Interior Designer made the job of selecting a basement paint color much easier!

Buying home theater systems - Finally it was time for the most exciting part of my basement remodeling project- buying home theater components!


Painting the basement walls - Time to add some color to the room! Things went much faster with the Wagner Power Painter!

Insulating the ceiling - Fiberglass insulation will help keep the heat and sound where it belongs.

Installing the drop ceiling grid - Installing the grid for the acoustic tiles in the drop and we're on the home stretch now!

Drop ceiling tile selection - I was initially considering several acoustic tile designs from Owens Corning, see the Certainteed Celotex Cashmere tile I went with instead!

Drop ceiling tile installation - Installing whole tiles is easy, it's the cuts that will get you. Measure twice, cut once!

Finishing the electrical - Connecting all the loose wires, and installing the recessed lighting. Let there be light!

Home theater wiring - Next it was time to run the cabling that would bring together the showcase of my basement- the home theater!

Laminate flooring

Buying carpeting - Mohawk & Shaw were two name brands we considered when picking our carpeting. See what we ended up with!

Buying laminate flooring - When looking for basement flooing, be sure it's approved for use below grade. In the basement, you can choose between laminates or some engineered hardwoods if you're looking for the 'hardwood' look.

Installing laminate flooring - Although I had it done by a professional, after it was complete I think I should have done it myself. Find out why!

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