Painting an Unfinished Basement

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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.
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We recycled our old paint to create the wall color we were looking for.
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It turned out to be a tan color.  We mixed them into a 5 gal. tub.
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We use 2 old buckets for the project.
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We mixed them and poured them back and forth to get an even color.
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We used our tank sprayer and filled it with water and Shaklee Basic H.
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We applied it to the walls.
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We then hooked up a hose to the hot water heater for rinsing.
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We sprayed down the walls. Then we let it dry.
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We used a one 1 1/2 inch nap roller to get into the crevices.
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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.
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We used a broom to scrub the cement.
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After scrubbing, we rinsed off the entire floor.
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Then we squeegee the floor.
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And pushed the water down the drain and let the floors dry.
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For the floor, we bought a cement floor paint. We started painting the floor by trimming the edges.
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And around any poles and fixtures.
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Then we rolled the floors, working our way to the stairs.
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Here is one section of the basement finished.
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Here is another…
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…and another.
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We took the carpet from the family room directly above this area and trimmed it to fit this section.
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Look how nice this turned out.
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We added some exercise equipment to stage this section.
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Here is the before picture.
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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?
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24 comments:

  1. Wow, what a difference! Your basement looks amazing! I bet your family enjoys the new space. Great makeover!!!!

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  2. What an amazing family you have and such great tips on your blog!

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  3. Wow, that makes a huge difference! Looks great, nice job.

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  4. Huge difference! It came out great! I am thinking of painting a small basement room in the house we have for sale right now. I call it the nuclear fall-out room because I'm certain it will work in case of a nuclear fall-out. :) It has a shower in the room which is the shower I prefer to use -- I don't have to worry about keeping any walls clean. haha

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  5. Wow...Looking to do the same thing to my unfinished basement this summer.

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    1. Thanks for reading. I love the way it makes it look brighter, fresh, and clean. You will love it!

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  6. Hi! Did you do any prep to the walls before applying the paint? Has your paint peeled at all? (My basement looks like your before photo.)

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    1. We use a tank sprayer with water and Basic H on the walls, and then hosed them down with water. I show pictures and explain it farther up in this post. The house we showed in the picture was for a flip house, but we did the walls and floor in a storage room in our house 7 years ago and they are still in good condition.
      Sharon

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    2. I thought the finished products were fantastic, I am seeking some creative ideas of how to do my unfinished basement it has cement floors, grey and dingy looking, with wires showing.

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    3. Sheila,
      What are you thinking about doing to your basement?
      Sharon

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  7. How many coats of paint did you put on the floor and walls? Looks great, thanks so much.

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    1. Thank you! We needed to do two coats of paint on the walls and only one on the floor. It just seemed too thin with one coat and we were trying to sell the house. Our daughter recently bought a house and painted her basement. She also did two coats on the wall and one on the floor.

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  8. Such a huge improvement for an unfinished basement.

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  10. Late to the party but did you lay the carpet directly on the cement?

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    1. Monica,
      Never too late! Good question! We did lay the carpet right on the cement, no padding.
      Sharon

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    2. Monica,
      Never too late! Good question! We did lay the carpet right on the cement, no padding.
      Sharon

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  11. What did you use as a sealant to prevent chipping? Looks amazing!
    Sincerely,
    Mickie

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  12. What did you use as a sealant to prevent chipping? Looks amazing!
    Sincerely,
    Mickie

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    1. Thank you, Mickie!
      We did not use a sealant on the floor, but we did use a cement floor paint.
      Sharon

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  13. How much resale value did this add?

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    1. April,
      We are not sure how much value this added, but it definitely helped with the resale. It is a clean, bright, nice looking, usable basement instead of a dark dingy basement. We also replaced the light bulbs to brighten it up. I think we used 200 watt bulbs. That also makes a huge difference!
      Sharon

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  14. Did you use anything to keep the carpet grounded to the cement?

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    1. Hi Theresa, we did not use anything to ground the carpet to the cement. In our own house we used a double-sided sticky tape that is used for carpet. When we try to remove it it was almost impossible.

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