The basement is a source of extra space in homes fortunate enough to have one, but if you have a wet basement, this could damper your ability to utilize it.
Like us on Facebook for more how-to projects. Working on different houses, we found that even painting a basement can make a huge difference. This is what this basement looked like when we started, grey and dingy. We recycled our old paint to create the wall color we were looking for. It turned out to be a tan color. We mixed them into a 5 gal. tub. We use 2 old buckets for the project. We mixed them and poured them back and forth to get an even color. We used our tank sprayer and filled it with water and Shaklee Basic H. We applied it to the walls. We then hooked up a hose to the hot water heater for rinsing. We sprayed down the walls. Then we let it dry. We used a one 1 1/2 inch nap roller to get into the crevices. We then applied a citrus cleaner to the floor because we thought there was a sealer on the floor and we’re afraid the paint wouldn’t stick to the floor. We used a broom to scrub the cement. After scrubbing, we rinsed off the entire floor. Then we squeegee the floor. And pushed the water down the drain and let the floors dry. For the floor, we bought a cement floor paint. We started painting the floor by trimming the edges. And around any poles and fixtures. Then we rolled the floors, working our way to the stairs. Here is one section of the basement finished. Here is another… …and another. We took the carpet from the family room directly above this area and trimmed it to fit this section. Look how nice this turned out. We added some exercise equipment to stage this section. Here is the before picture. We did this entire basement but we have also done this in other houses one section at a time or even just one section. Do you think it makes a huge difference? Have you ever tried painting a basement? How did it turn out? Parents of a Dozen Subscribe to our blog, follow us, or like us on Facebook now to receive our latest posts so you won’t miss any DIY projects, home décor ideas, how to’s, organization ideas, recipes of all kinds, cleaning tips, and health and wellness information. Enter your email address:
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