Install a Tongue and Groove Ceiling
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Whether you’re covering up an ugly textured ceiling or simply interested in adding character, a tongue and groove ceiling is a relatively easy, budget-friendly home upgrade. Spruce tongue and groove is the most common type found at home centers, typically sold in widths of 4, 6, or 8 inches. No matter the type of wood or size, you’ll want to finish the boards before installation, since tongue and groove boards tend to expand and contract with temperature and humidity changes, which could reveal potentially unfinished parts of wood. For best results, screw battens directly into the framing first, over the existing ceiling drywall, so you have a solid surface to nail the tongue and groove boards to. Read the whole step-by-step here. Here are some other suggestions for a luxurious ceiling.
DIY a Mudroom
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If you would love to have a mudroom but just don’t have the space, this compact bench and shoe shelf may be exactly what you need. Mount it near the garage service door and you’ll have a convenient spot to remove and store your shoes or boots before going inside. This home upgrade doesn’t even require you to haul massive sheets of plywood—all of the parts are cut from standard pine boards. Check out our step-by-step guide here. Here’s how you can clean every shoe in your closet.