Any ideas for our Basement ceiling?

We are finishing the basement and instead of drywall on the ceiling want to do something different. We can't leave them open because all the little nails from the hardwood floors upstairs are sticking through. Any ideas?
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  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Mar 19, 2017
    How about pressed tin?

  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Mar 19, 2017
    Or Suspended-grid ceiling??

  • Touchedpainter Touchedpainter on Mar 19, 2017
    Check with your tax collector. Where I live if the ceiling is not finished the area is not taxable. I stapled fabric to the overhead floor joists & covered the staples with the 1 or 2 inch faux wood trim from Home Depot. The widest is 8' lengths for less than $6. You can get it in white or 3 tones of (real looking) wood grain, or pre-paint it your self any color you want. That is not considered a proper finishing material & the space is not finished so can not be taxed as a living space. But it looks fantastic.

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    • Touchedpainter Touchedpainter on Mar 21, 2017
      The harder the surface the more it reflexes sound, so heavy cloth on ceiling & wall papering with cloth or lightweight carpeting will absorb sound. I have wall paper glued burlap to a ceiling for a client. I was told it got a lot of delighted comments. Attaching cheep carpeting to the walls (can be done with screws for easy removal/replacement) The trick for gluing non prepasted textiles to ceiling or walls is to roll the wallpaper glue to the walls like rolling on paint. The wallpaper-glue will dissolve easily, just let the water do the work, can add small amount fabric softener to make the water wetter & dissolve the glue faster. For lighting cut a small hole at the lighting mounting receptacle just like you would do if it was drywall. Remember the wire ends need to be wire nutted with NO bare wire showing. If you are doing the lighting yourself, you should have a Licensed Electrician friend volunteer to check it out or pay a small fee to have a Licensed Electrician check & give you a paper receipt. Don't forget your local Fire Dept. will also check for you, there may or may not be a small fee, but they would rather check & prevent a fire, then go out to put out one.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 19, 2017
    I sent a vry interesting link .however i just noticed it did not go through. Pinterest has many ideas should you want to research it.

  • Ava16287555 Ava16287555 on Mar 20, 2017
    Paint it, wires, ductwork, rafters, everything. White or black looks best. Spraying is easiest, especially if you haven't done any of the other work yet. If you have, make sure everything is covered. Either buy or rent
    a good sprayer.

  • Mary Mary on Mar 21, 2017
    The sell a very thin 4' x 8' sheet of birch or another pretty wood that you could put up on the ceiling about $10.00 a sheet. Then take 1" x 2" strips and make squares on the ceiling, about 2 foot by 2 foot or what ever. You can paint that or leave it in the wood. It is a light color of wood. Take a look at Lowes or Home Depot or any large lumber yard,

  • Juli Capo Juli Capo on Mar 21, 2017
    We bought yards of burlap @ Walmart. No sewing, pull taught or leave billowing to cover pipes or duct work if necessary, we put it up with a staple gun in one yard wide panels the length of the room, tied panels together where needed with jute string, this can be adapted in many ways to fit your needs, so many compliments, it helped to sell the house. So cheap and we had so much burlap leftover to use in other projects!