Industrial Look Basement Ceilings
Industrial Look Basement Ceilings - An
alternative to Drywall and Dropped Ceiling Tiles
By: Mark J. Donovan
If you are in the process of
planning a basement remodeling project then no doubt the question on what to
do with your basement ceiling has come up. Usually there are two trains of
thought when considering what to do with basement ceilings; either hang a
dropped ceiling, or apply furring strips to the first floor floor-joists and
There is another choice however
that is gaining popularity today. It is known as the industrial look
basement ceiling. The industrial look basement ceiling is a great
alternative for basement ceilings where there is limited ceiling height in
The industrial look basement ceiling
involves simply painting the basement ceiling as is, including the pipes, duct
work, floor joists, wiring and first floor subfloor.
The Industrial look basement ceiling
is ideal for the basement ceiling situation where there is limited ceiling
height and budget to install either a drywall basement ceiling or a dropped tile
The industrial look basement ceiling is frequently used in the
reclamation of older industrial buildings.
you will find office space and upscale restaurants in these old restored
buildings with industrial ceilings.
Before you move forward installing an
industrial look basement ceiling, it is important that you first check with a
home inspector, building inspector and/or your contractor. Certain items on the
basement ceiling may not be able to be painted or require certain types of
paints. For example, heated duct work may not be capable of being painted, or at
a minimum require a certain type of paint to prevent the paint from either
giving off odors or bubbling
Basement Ceiling – Site Preparation
Once you know what can and can not be
painted, it is important that you fully clean the basement ceiling before
spraying on paint. Note that it is important that anything that is to be painted
on the basement ceiling should be free of dust; or else the paint will not
Basement Ceiling – Priming and Painting
Once the as-is basement ceiling is
clean, spray on a primer to the basement ceiling.
Next, apply one or two coats of
finished paint to the basement ceiling and you are done. You now have an
industrial look basement ceiling.
Note that lighter colors will give
the room a brighter look and the perception that the ceiling height is higher
than it really is.
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