This is where we began. Sort of a dumping ground for all of our excess furniture and such.
Painting Our Exposed Basement Ceiling
We recently renovated our basement into a game/living area. The ceilings were pretty low with the duct work and HVAC so we didn't want to drywall the ceiling making it even lower. We decided to simply paint them out which would give an open, industrial feel.
Our ceiling was basically plywood, beams, pipes and duct work. The ceiling is about 625 square feet and we knew we were going to have to use a sprayer to get the job done right. We started by talking to our local Sherwin-Williams dealer about what supplies we would need.
We prepped the area by using plastic sheeting to cover anything that might be exposed to over spray. We didn't have to worry about the floors because we were going to finish them. We then used Sherwin-Williams Premium wall and wood primer and sprayed 2 solid coats (it soaked up about 3.5 gallons).
The priming took most of the afternoon and we let it dry between coats. The next day we started on the actual painting.
We choose SW Urbane Bronze for the ceiling. It's a beautiful dark grey. A couple of tips when using the sprayer. Keep it clean! It slowed considerably when it was dirty. Use a consistent side to side motion to get a smooth finish (especially on the metal parts).
Even with 2 coats of primer the wood still soaked up a lot of paint. We went through another 4 gallons of paint for the ceiling.
We waited two hours between each coat so this step took us a couple of days.
We even painted the wrapped pipes. The end result was this was a LOT of painting but it turned out even better than we thought!
We went from a basement that was basically a dumping ground to a very comfortable space to entertain in!
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