Our Basement Renovation: Our Stunning Reveal

installed shiplap ceiling and vinyl plank flooring diy home improvement project

It took us a few months but we have finally finished our basement renovation project. We are thrilled with the result! Our hope it that you will be inspired by our basement renovation project to tackle a DIY home improvement project at your house.

Throughout this post, there are several links to more detailed descriptions of each phase of our basement makeover. Check it out and let us know what you think by commenting below.


Our basement consists of two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a long hallway, a half bath, and a living room area. The living room area and half bath are part of the original house; we built an addition (adding the two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and hallway) in 2013. It was a very livable space before our basement renovation but it never felt fully finished. Our basement was where our adult children would stay when they visited.

When Covid stuck, we decided it was the right time to tackle this project and we are thrilled with the results.

Before Basement Picture — oh my!

The bedrooms and bathrooms all had drywall ceilings but we painted this ceiling black when we originally renovated in 2013. It worked as an extra living space for our children; however, it was dark and dusty. However, we saw the potential.

After Our Basement Renovation – YES!

Our basement renovation was well worth the investment and we saved money because we did ALL the work ourselves!

First, we installed a drop ceiling grid system in preparation for the installation of the shiplap ceiling. 

Installing a drop ceiling grid system was the precursor to installing our wood plank (shiplap) ceiling. It was time-consuming but was actually easier than we thought it would be.

To read a more detailed blog post about how to install a drop grid ceiling system, click HERE.

Next, we installed a shiplap ceiling, which REALLY transformed the entire space!

Installing this wood plank ceiling by Armstrong TOTALLY transformed the room! We also refer to this as a shiplap ceiling. This part of the project has the most impact on our basement renovation project which motivated us to keep going!

Before installing the wood planks, the exposed HVAC and electrical wires were exposed. It gave this room a more finished look. We are so pleased with the result!

To read a more detailed blog post about how to install a wood plank (shiplap) ceiling, click HERE.

Then, we installed LED canned lights. 

We like the look and atmosphere canned lights provide. For this part of the project, we have to cut holes in the wood plank ceiling and do electrical work.

To read a more detailed blog post about how to install LED canned lights, click HERE.

Next, we installed crown molding.

We have installed crown moulding in several homes we have renovated. Installing crown moulding can be challenging so we took our time. Crown moulding gives the room a finished look.

To learn more about how to install crown moulding, click HERE.

We painted the room.

We love this Titanium color which lightened the room even more. As a result, we used this color throughout the basement and now in several bedrooms on our main level. It goes with everything.

To learn more about how to paint a room, click HERE.

It took some time to think through this gallery wall — balancing size, color, shape, and texture. I measured out the space on the floor and moved items around until I achieved the right balance. Then, I transferred each item to the wall.

To learn more about how I created this gallery wall, click HERE

I made hooks from picture frames and vintage doorknobs, which are perfect for hanging our lake towels.

This was my creation. To date, I have not seen anyone do this except me. I wanted something that was rustic, yet served a purpose. I already had all the frames and a box of antique doorknobs. Neal helped me through this how to do this. I am thrilled with the results! We use these to hang towels after swimming in the lake.

To read a detailed blog post about how to make hooks from picture frames and vintage door knobs, click HERE.

We installed vinyl plank flooring.

Our basement consists of two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a long hallway, a half bath, and a living room area. Because of the square footage and having to remove toilets and vanities, this was a lot of work for us middle-aged folks, but it was so worth it! It took us 6 full days to complete this flooring project. This flooring really warms the space so we are very pleased with the result!

To learn more about how to install vinyl plank flooring, click HERE.

And the final step of our basement renovation was chalk painting the entertainment center.

I have an obsession with primitive chalk paint. It is neutral and goes with everything so it was the perfect color for the entertainment center.

To learn more about how I chalked painted this entertainment center, click HERE.

If you are already familiar with our blog, you know Neal and I are DIYers. We work hard to make our dollar stretch farther and thus have a bigger impact. It was a lot of work, but it was worth it because we love the final result!

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Let us know what you think about our basement renovation or if you have any questions by commenting below.


  1. Lauren on 04/03/2020 at 10:30 AM

    Holy moly that is amazing!!!!

    • Suzanne on 04/03/2020 at 6:32 PM


      Thanks so much! We are thrilled with the result!


  2. Monica on 04/03/2020 at 10:50 AM

    WOW!!!! ?

    • Suzanne on 04/03/2020 at 6:33 PM


      Thanks so much!


  3. Carol on 04/03/2020 at 12:14 PM

    The difference is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!

    • Suzanne on 04/03/2020 at 6:33 PM


      Thanks, we are pleased with how it turned out.


  4. Sabrina Cameron on 04/03/2020 at 2:48 PM

    Come to my house and help me!!! ?

    • Suzanne on 04/03/2020 at 6:29 PM


      I will send Neal right over. ?

      Thanks for reading our blog!


  5. Angie on 04/06/2020 at 7:24 PM

    Can you use this shiplap on a wall?

    • Suzanne on 04/06/2020 at 7:28 PM

      Hey Angie,

      Yes, you can use this shiplap on a wall. You will need to use the clips that come with the shiplap. It should look great! Please share your project with me if you do it.

      We are considering using it on a wall too. If we do, you can be assured I will share it in a blog post.

      Thanks for reading our blog!


  6. […] recently updated our basement living room area and I decided it would be a nice touch to create a gallery wall over the […]

  7. Councial on 07/31/2020 at 6:48 PM

    How did you install the ship lap on the grid?

    • Suzanne on 07/31/2020 at 7:46 PM

      There are clips that snap on the grid and then you hold the shiplap in place. This part is very easy. Check out this blog post for more details about that process.

  8. […] This entertainment center belonged to my in-laws.  It is the final piece of the puzzle in our basement renovation project. […]

  9. Mariah on 02/16/2021 at 4:26 PM

    What is the paint color you used? I love it!

    • Suzanne on 02/16/2021 at 6:59 PM


      The paint color is Titanium (sort of a beige/light gray). This is actually the Sherwin Williams paint color we used in our previous home, but we used Behr paint from Home Depot and had them color match the paint. We love the color too!

      Thanks for visiting my blog.


  10. Kris on 11/23/2021 at 8:38 AM

    This transformation is amazing I love it.

    • Suzanne on 11/23/2021 at 8:02 PM

      Thank you so much! We are so pleased with how this turned out.
      Thanks for visiting my blog!

      • Devin on 01/31/2022 at 2:15 AM

        Hey Suzanne,

        What color paint did you use on your walls?

        • Suzanne on 01/31/2022 at 6:24 AM

          Titanium and we love it!

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