Certain upgrades are best completed before you move into your new house, specifically your floors and ceilings. Refinishing floors or adding texture to a ceiling becomes a lot harder when your furniture gets in the way. Lowe's How-To library can help you with your pre-move improvements from top to bottom.
Install Carpeting. It's a rare occurrence when a buyer is completely satisfied with a seller's choice in carpeting. If a rigorous cleaning can't improve the situation, you might need to install fresh carpets in some areas. Like most flooring renovations, installation is pretty difficult work, and is probably best handled by professional carpet installers. But you'll still have to do the shopping. Make sure you know how much carpeting you need.
Refinish Hardwood. Hardwood floors can be one of the most beautiful features of a new home. Refinishing hardwood floors to a pristine condition requires a lot of work, and this project isn't for the DIY novice. You'll be working with heavy sanding tools, so prepare for the dust to fly. The process can also test your patience, but the effort will be worth it as soon as you see your “new” floors.
If your floors are beyond refinishing, check out Lowe's hardwood installation services.
Faux Finishing. If you're refinishing, you could spice up a room by faux finishing your floors. Use the same finishing techniques as you would with walls, but use specialized floor paints, stains and sealers. Challenge your interior decorating skills by adding intricate patterns. The possibilities are limitless.
Install Tile. For kitchens, baths and other heavily trafficked rooms of your house, tiling is a great flooring choice. Whether the material is ceramic, slate, marble or granite, tiling is a durable and appealing addition to your new home. Usually, tile installation follows set rules regardless of the material. But make sure you have the right tools and you've carefully estimated the tiling you need before beginning.
Ceiling Fan and Fixtures. Installing a ceiling fan or hanging a decorative light fixture is a fast way to add distinction to an otherwise drab ceiling. A fan also adds energy efficiency to a room by helping control heat and airflow. If you just want to break up the monotony of your ceiling, you can also install a medallion to add a touch of design. These home improvements are also the most accessible to a beginner.
Suspended Ceiling. If you're planning on turning your basement into a playroom, a suspended ceiling can hide the wiring and plumbing that is usually left exposed. Using a frame of metal beams and ceiling tiles, this ceiling drops from pre-existing joists. Let Lowe's show you how to install a suspended ceiling.
Texture Your Ceiling. Adding texture to a room isn't reserved for walls. And like the possibilities for wall surfaces, your texture isn't limited to applying a popcorn ceiling. Pick up some drywall compound. Make sure you have enough for your entire ceiling. Edge the ceiling with your compound, and then apply a thin coat to the ceiling's surface with a putty knife or trowel.
Create your own unique texture with whatever applicator suits your design: rollers, paint brushes, putty knives, etc. You can even use pre-made stencils. Get creative. Just make sure you add your texture before the compound starts to dry.
Note: Don't texture over wallpaper. Compound can cause wallpaper to lose its adhesion.
Go Beyond Drywall. Don't let your floors get all the fun. Try installing ceiling panels, wood planks, acoustic tiles or beadboard to add some spark to a room. Beadboard and plank paneling tend to be the most popular choices for this endeavor. This project will be the most time-consuming DIY ceiling renovation, since it requires cutting around fixtures, and sometimes fitting tricky angles. But the results will be worth it. Don't forget to add decorative moulding for a finishing touch.
Try your hand at some other pre-move upgrades to complement your refurbished floors and ceilings.
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