DIY Painting the Basement Floor to Ceiling
Hey y’all! Remember how our basement looked when we moved in? The words dark and dingy come to mind for sure. Well I’m excited to say it looks like this no more!
At first we just cleaned it up so that it was at least useable.
After living with it like this for a really long time we FINALLY got around to making it a priority and we went a little paint crazy! The biggest challenge here was the ceiling. It isn’t really high enough to finish out in any way but it made it so dark down there.
I knew painting the ceiling white would make a dramatic difference. My main questions of concern were how much paint is this going to take as well as how is this really old wood going to accept that paint? I did research online to see if I could find where other people had attempted this and didn’t come up with much. So as usual we just winged it 😛 We moved everything that’s in the basement to one side of it and hung plastic to protect it. This way we were able to paint 2/3s of the basement first and then that last 1/3 later. Then we covered all outlets and light fixtures, and removed all nails that protruded from the ceiling. We covered the floor with contractor’s paper, but then later decided to paint the floor anyway ha!
The paint we decided to use is Valspar’s commercial ceiling paint from Lowe’s. It costs about $70 for a 5 gallon bucket and it did end up taking us 2 of them to complete this project. We covered the floor with contractor’s paper which costs around $10. I do recommend this because there was over spray and dripping. We also wore paint suits, protective glasses, and respirators, and the handkerchiefs for our hair. The prep work was definitely the most time-consuming part of this job.
It took us around 3 hours to get ready to paint and 30 minutes to finish actually painting the first portion of the basement. Crazy right?! This included the walls too! We decided while everything was prepped we might as well put a fresh coat on them as well 😉 We used the same paint sprayer as we did for the outside of the house. By holding the sprayer about 12-18 inches away from the area we were painting we gave the walls a nice thick coat and the ceiling 2 coats because some yellowing did come through the first coat. But after the second everything was the bright white we wanted.
Check out the time lapse video below!
After the first section of the basement was done and dry I painted the floor with leftover paint we had from the outside of the house. I rolled it on using my broom handle attached to a roller. The light brown was a perfect complement to the white and really warmed up the space.
I gave the floor 2 coats and after it was completely dry we moved everything back to this side of the basement. The following weekend we finished prepping and painting the remaining portion of the basement. I added some curtains to block the view of the heater and water heater as well as adding some below the counter top to hide the storage totes stacked under there. It’s amazing how adding a few textiles can really make a space feel more cozy and more like home.
The transformation was pretty dramatic! It now feels clean and welcoming for a total cost of around $200. As you can see we use our basement as a gym, laundry room, and a place for creative project overspill, as well as general storage. So as much as the basement is used, it’s nice that it finally feels like part of our home 🙂 It’s far from being completely done. We plan on replacing all the windows, changing out the lighting, and sprucing up the laundry area, but don’t worry I’ll be sure to share everything as it gets done!
Here’s a side by side of one part just to compare the before and after. DIY painting the basement floor to ceiling = success!
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