Thank You to All Contributors....
Hometalk advice in action. I wanted to keep the cement texture so I went bold with black and silver metallic from modern masters paint and finished my basement. Bids I had from 10-12,000 turned out to be too expensive for my income I decided to do it myself.
first: a few coats of Drylock paint on the floors and walls using a paint brush a real cheap one from Home Depot worked best.
secondly: consulting with paint shops. But Hometalk helpers made the recommendations I eventually used. You guys were awesome. I used black paint in 2.5 walls. And modern masters silver metallic on the remaining walls. i painted the walls near ceiling before ceiling was installed. I then had to have a handyman come do the ceiling.
Thirdly: Home advisors was used because I just wanted to borrow a hubby for a day or two. He finished early and had a daily rate (I bought all supplies from his shopping list) day two was to install Electric and wainscoting I purchased at lowes for $15 per panel.
Fourth: My basement is 26x19. the ceiling , lighting, electrical and wainscotting were done in 2 days. He also did the detailing cutting for the flooring. The flooring was purchased off amazon and is 2 foot squares and fits together like a puzzle. Rubber on bottom laminate wood on top. Awesome.300.00 cost.
We (Hometalk) did it for under 2,000 including rubber flooring to wainscoting And ceiling tiles.
BTW I am a single 60+ women who is recovering from a stroke that left me partially paralyzed on the left side. But this was mostly done by me with the detail cutting and Electric/ladder work by handiman.
i now have downsized and have a familyroom fit for my growing family including a soft floor for my grand babies. Oh to cover the ugly fue box and heater I used shutters as door which are easy to move or remove when needed. Hometalk was my lifeline so Love you!!!
- Modern masters paint, gym flooring, wainscotting (Amazon and Lowes,)
- Ceiling tile (Home depot)