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Exposed Basement Ceiling

Exposed Basement Ceiling

Our exposed basement ceiling has officially been painted and our basement has finally been put back together…okay, almost, but we’re working on it.  The whole basement project started out over a year ago, and one of the steps that took the longest was these first 5 tips in preparation for painting an open beam ceiling.    Pin It
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Exposed Basement Ceiling

Nowadays, you can find a lot of videos on youtube showing how you can finish your basement ceiling. For example, in this video you’ll find plenty of useful ideas to plan your ceiling design and find ways around all the obstacles that are usually are in a basement. Btw, this channel is very useful for all things related to basement construction works.
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Exposed Basement Ceiling

Create an Industrial-Style Living Room – 1. Keep the ceiling exposed. This smart basement renovation reveals a key secret to enjoying a partially finished basement: Keep the ceiling open. We don’t all have the advantage of deep basements with high ceilings, and we need all the help we can get, height-wise.
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Exposed Basement Ceiling

Now that all of the ceiling parts match, and in our case the walls, too, the basement has taken on a fresh, clean and unified look.  It is much more tranquil to enter the basement without all the distraction from before.  It’s so much cleaner feeling.  The layers of paint have actually insulated the basement and have filled in all the nooks and crannies that were virtual welcome signs to insects and spiders.
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Exposed Basement Ceiling

In a basement it’s common to lower the ceiling and install recessed can lights. For a more modern touch, and to make the space feel airier, consider peeling back the ceiling in places and running track lights along the exposed joists.
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Exposed Basement Ceiling

With planning, you can get creative with soffits. For example, even if you only need to cover ductwork at one part of your ceiling, you can extend the soffit all the way around the perimeter of your basement to create a two-level ceiling, called a tray ceiling.
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Exposed Basement Ceiling

A typical basement ceiling is an unsightly maze of plumbing pipes, wires, ductwork, and structural bracing. But take heart: Hiding all those systems with a finish material will give your basement instant credibility as usable living space.
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Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel February 22, 2015 at 12:51 pm # Wow Amy! What a big job! Your basement ceiling looks a millions times better now. It’s amazing how painting it gives it that fun industrial kinda vibe, where before it had an unfinished basement kinda vibe. It really looks fabulous!!! Reply
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Ceiling joists. If it’s not in the budget to dig out your basement, but you’d really like to create the illusion of higher ceilings, then you may want to consider leaving the joists exposed and painting them instead of drywalling the ceilings. You can slot track lights between the joists to get the light you need.
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Paint is perhaps the easiest idea ever, just paint your ceiling or first cover it with some panels and then paint. Panels will also help your to add lights to the basement; you may create ay patterns and looks with paint. Such a ceiling is perfect for home offices, cinemas, gyms and many other spaces.
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Finishing a basement ceiling often involves some compromises. In places, ductwork or plumbing pipes are lower than the joists, making it impossible to have a nice, smooth, uninterrupted ceiling. We’ll give you some ideas for getting around those problems.
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Kevin July 23, 2015 at 3:55 pm # I am going to paint my basement ceiling very soon and in the midst of preping right now. Your post is very helpful in my prep, but the one thing I can not seem to find out information anywhere is about insulation. In between each floor joist that connect to an exterior wall has pink insulation in it to keep the heat in and cold out. Any blog that talks about painting the ceiling never talks about the insulation. Did you guys paint over any pink insulation or did you cover up that insulation or even take it out and put spray form in between the floor joists on outside walls? Reply
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On the first half of the basement, we used plastic tarps on the floor.  This did NOT work well.  The paint mist that landed on the floor made the plastic very slippery.  When we prepped for painting the second half of the basement, we used masking paper (36″ roll size, like this one).  We taped it down with masking tape rather than painters tape because the painters tape didn’t hold as well.
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My sister-in-law is a realtor and when she came over to see it, she said it could be listed as a finished basement. I really didnt’ do this update to get a better listing, I was just wanting the basement to be more cozy because we want to rent this townhouse and move closer to my sister.
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To clean the ceiling we used a good shop vacuum and several vacuum attachments and basically vacuumed into every hole, crevice and corner, along all the beams, and then along all the flat ceiling surfaces. We used the brush attachment to get above the duct work as best we could, and then used hot water and a vinegar solution (a gentle solution will work too) with rags to wipe down the tops of the duct work as best we could. There was a lot of dust and debris along the area where the ceiling meets the walls, so we made sure to go over that several times. If I remember correctly, we probably went over all surfaces about 3 times thoroughly.
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This is an easy idea that will give your basement a cool industrial feel, perfect for man caves, bathrooms, gyms, laundries and other functional spaces. Just take your steel sheets, age them or not, and cover the ceiling with them.
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There was concern about sealing over certain pipes, ducts, etc. I did research to find that many other people who used a paint sprayer on their basement ceiling painted over just about everything and years later, still had no regrets. What we did, however, was we tape off the furnace and hot water heater, and the pipes/ ducts that came directly off both of those units. We also taped off the Electical box and wires that fed directly out of the box to the first junction. We felt pretty comfortable that everything else would be fine with latex paint coverage.
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Hi Amy! First off, thanks for the detailed instructions and helpful tips. Your basement looks so welcoming now! I have a question about prep, which I didn’t see mentioned in your previous post. Given that most basements are a bit dusty and sometimes cobwebby, how did you tackle cleaning the ceiling before the rest of your painting prep? Does it need to be absolutely spotless before painting begins, or is the sprayer forgiving of a little residual dust on wood beams? It can be tough to get rough wood entirely clean.
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LA March 14, 2016 at 1:13 pm # Hi Amy! First off, thanks for the detailed instructions and helpful tips. Your basement looks so welcoming now! I have a question about prep, which I didn’t see mentioned in your previous post. Given that most basements are a bit dusty and sometimes cobwebby, how did you tackle cleaning the ceiling before the rest of your painting prep? Does it need to be absolutely spotless before painting begins, or is the sprayer forgiving of a little residual dust on wood beams? It can be tough to get rough wood entirely clean. Reply
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Hi Amy! First off, thanks for the detailed instructions and helpful tips. Your basement looks so welcoming now! I have a question about prep, which I didn’t see mentioned in your previous post. Given that most basements are a bit dusty and sometimes cobwebby, how did you tackle cleaning the ceiling before the rest of your painting prep? Does it need to be absolutely spotless before painting begins, or is the sprayer forgiving of a little residual dust on wood beams? It can be tough to get rough wood entirely clean. Reply
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I think black paint could be just as striking in the right setting. I’m no expert, but I’ve seen exposed ceilings in restaurants painted black and it does seem to make the ceiling go on and on. Thanks for stopping by, Carl!
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Amy May 9, 2016 at 8:57 pm # I think black paint could be just as striking in the right setting. I’m no expert, but I’ve seen exposed ceilings in restaurants painted black and it does seem to make the ceiling go on and on. Thanks for stopping by, Carl! Reply
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I think black paint could be just as striking in the right setting. I’m no expert, but I’ve seen exposed ceilings in restaurants painted black and it does seem to make the ceiling go on and on. Thanks for stopping by, Carl! Reply
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This is rather a budget-friendly and easy idea suitable for almost any space you want to create, just take reclaimed wood or some new and give it an aged or barn wood look and cover your ceiling. Such a ceiling will make your space warmer and cozier, whatever it is.

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