We started finishing our basement last October, and I’m so thrilled that we completed it this week! We did a lot of the work ourselves, and so it’s taken us awhile to get it done, but now that it is, we absolutely love it. There’s a play room, game room, exercise room, movie theater, and bathroom–plus a large storage room and workshop that remain unfinished. One of the things we decided on was a painted basement ceiling, instead of finishing it with drywall, or adding a drop ceiling. We love love the way it turned out, and I thought I’d share all the reasons we did it with you!
Reasons we decided on a painted basement ceiling…
We did framing and electrical ourselves, but we hired out the drywall. Our quote for the ceiling alone was thousands of dollars. Neither a finished drywall ceiling nor a drop ceiling were in our overall budget for the basement. The cost of painting it instead was much, much smaller.
- Ceiling Height
Honestly, this was just as important of a reasons as the budget, perhaps even a little more. The ceilings in our basement are 8 feet, but the metal vents and beams hang down at least a foot. If we finished the ceiling, it would be way too low, and with a husband that’s 6 ft. 4 in., it just wasn’t a possibility. Now that it’s painted, we get the full 8 feet, plus it seems like it’s even more, because of the open beams to the first floor.
Granted, this did not play t a major role (or even a minor one) in our decision to have a painted basement ceiling, but if it was going to look terrible, it would have been hard. I love love the way it looks–so industrial, and it really matches the whole vibe of the basement. I’m so happy with the whole look, and the painted ceiling plays a big part in it.
I decided on white for our painted basement ceiling because there’s only one window down there, and I wanted it to be as light and open as possible. It’s not a true white, because it would show everything, so it’s tinted slightly gray. The movie theater ceiling is done in black, and the walls are a dark gray–it looks so cool!
I chose pendant light fixtures that would hang down, making sure the light was even distributed, rather than up higher in between the beams. We put in quite a few (10) lights, and all of that also helps keep the whole space really light and bright, which I love.
We saved a ton of money, the ceilings are higher, and it looks awesome–can’t beat that!
Someone asked me for a picture of that the junction boxes look like for the lighting, and I thought I’d post it here, in case anyone else was curious and looking for that same information.
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- Lighting (IKEA wasn’t shipping the 9 inch size, and we don’t live close to a store–plus we needed more than the stores stocked individually–so I ordered them here instead.)
- Black Striped Play Tent
- Barn Door Hardware
- Gray & White Buffalo Check Couch Slipcovers
- Walls: Simply White, Benjamin Moore
- Trim/Shelving/Doors: White, semi-gloss trim paint
- Ceiling: White ceiling paint with a bit of gray