What can I do to make my basement ceiling look better?

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Can it be painted? And how? Or is there a better way to make it look good?
q what can i do to make my basement ceiling look better
There's water pipes and furnace pipes there can I paint them? And the boards?
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  • Deb K Deb K on Mar 02, 2018
    You could put in a suspended ceiling. If you don't want to spend that much, then get some white or grey pain and paint the wood, use conduit cover for exposed wires, it will brighten and clean it up.
  • Janice Janice on Mar 02, 2018
    I had a painter come in and spray the ceiling with white paint. He had the appropriate equipment and sprayed the joists and the wood on the ceiling which was the backside of the floor above. It totally changed the look of the basement. Lightened it up so very much. It was not very expensive to have it done.
  • Dysko7710 Dysko7710 on Mar 02, 2018
    Pinterest has some good ideas, like string lights and painting everything white to brighten it up:
  • 2dogal 2dogal on Mar 02, 2018
    Get a paint sprayer and paint everything dark brown. Looks great and the pipes seem to disappear.
  • Cynthia Cynthia on Mar 02, 2018
    how valuable is your time? Painting it all white as suggested would really brighten the area, but you might instead look into drywalling it all, which will cover all those ceiling joists, pipes, wiring, etc.
  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Mar 02, 2018
    I would put up studs, sheetrock and lighting fixtures. Then paint a very light color
  • Emily Emily on Mar 02, 2018
    We had dark insulation in the front of our basement and it really was dreary. We also have big pipes for our radiators going over the basement ceiling and these are covered with asbestos. We hired a man to put up fake white beadboard and then my husband and I covered all the grungy looking heat pipes with lengths of white shower curtain liners, which we cut into four pieces length wise. We fastened these with white duct tape. Looks neat, bright and clean. Your ceiling just looks dark but it is not possible to tell what that darkness is.
  • Mtm31495093 Mtm31495093 on Mar 05, 2018
    We screwed brown lattice fencing up. It is pieced together, covers wiring and around piping. Comoflagimg and shadows all the ugly mess.
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