Finishing a basement ceiling leaves the basement complete. There are several ways you can go about finishing a basement ceiling, all of which will work well. The choice is yours. Whatever you decide to do, follow these tips to make the job go much more quickly and smoothly.
Know the building codes in your municipality. They affect what you can do in terms of refinishing the basement ceiling. There might well be regulations covering how high the ceiling must be or what amount of pipe access needs to be allowed. There might also be limits on the type of materials you can use on the ceiling.
If you decide that spray painting is the best way to finish your basement ceiling, make good preparations. Remove everything from the basement. Cover the walls and floor with drop cloths. Wear a mask and safety goggles, as well as a cap and long a sleeved shirt. Protective gear will keep the paint away from your body.
Begin with a light coat of primer and give it time to dry. Use latex paint. Apply it in two light coats, allowing the first to dry before spraying on the second. Finishing the basement ceiling this way will give good paint coverage.
If you’re going to hang drywall for finishing the basement ceiling, or if you’re going to put up ceiling tiles, you’ll first need to install furring strips. They should hang from the joists and across the joists. Be sure they’re completely level by using a carpenter’s level every 3-feet. If they’re a little low, insert a small shim under the furring strips. Once you have them in place, you’re ready to attach the drywall or the ceiling tiles.
When you’re applying ceiling tiles, begin by applying adhesive to the furring strips. The tiles will stick to this and also be held in place by nails and staples driven into the furring strips. Be aware that you’ll need to have some tiles that can be easily removed to allow access to pipes and plumbing if necessary.
If you’re putting up drywall, you need to leave access to pipes, just as you would with ceiling tiles. Doing so can make the installation a great deal harder and will require more planning. For installing the drywall on the ceiling, begin in one corner and attach it to the furring strips with drywall screws. Complete one row of drywall. The drywall panels should be staggered on the remaining rows. To gives the strongest fit, tape all the seams once the drywall is in place.
Once the drywall has been secured and taped, you should texture it to finish it properly. Approach this task just as you would spray painting the ceiling. Thin the drywall mud a little so it can flow easily from the sprayer. Experiment on an old a scrap piece to achieve the right mix.