I had a preliminary basement plan wast winter that I listed here.
Since then I did make some slight changes, but never actually reworked the plan. Then, despite having the summer off, I did not touch a single part of the basement. In my defense, it was a very busy summer! We went to Disney, I moved to a new school building, celebrated my 20th high school reunion, and my husband and I both had professional development opportunities that took us away from home for several days each.
My first brilliant idea was to work around all of this. Cover a few things, paint, move stuff, repeat. What was I thinking? That was taking forever. And paint in the spray gun? It goes EVERYWHERE. This is the corner where it all began with the Zinsser Oil base primer. Which I abandon after about 2 hours because the basement does not have good ventilation. I switched to the latex version.
Then I used plastic to cover all of the areas I wasn't going to need to paint. That worked a lot better.
Don't worry, the water issue around that window has been fixed.
Then the issue was what color do we go with. I really wanted white. Our ceilings are a mere 7'2" so it's fairly dark down there. But, when I switched to the latex, I just wasn't getting the tannins in the wood to cover. The pipes were bright white and then the wood parts of the ceiling were a yellowed white. So I gave up my dreams of a bright, white ceiling.
The flat black went on so smoothly and masked or covered every little issue that existed in the ceiling.
I finished the black last weekend. I spent several weekends like this, so it was good to be done with the spray gun. The gun I was using was a Wagner Flexio. I bought it last summer to use on my cabinets, but I didn't like the spray pattern I was getting and retired it in favor of a brush and roller. I was thankful I had it for this project though!
Of course, I've noticed a few areas since then that I missed. So, chances are I'm going to have to buy another gallon and do some touch ups. That's unfortunate. I thought I was done with pepper colored freckles and having black boogers. Ew but true.
Next up...the walls.
I started with waterproofing the walls last weekend as well. First I washed them down with muriatic acid and then I let them dry. Afterwards I covered them with a coat of Behr Waterproofing. I went through lots of reviews before settling on this one. It hasn't rained since so I do not know how it will work, plus, most of our issues were from that window mentioned above.
While we were at Home Depot, I picked up a bunch of 2x4s to start the interior framing for the various closets. I don't exactly know what I calculated though because I bought almost exactly half of what I needed. Oops! I bought a framing nailer to make the job go faster, but I knew it wouldn't be here by the weekend.
As (bad) luck would have it, my four year old ended up with a virus taking her out of school for 3 days this week. I've been home with her the last two, and my nail gun made it here. That sucker is big and a bit intimidating! Framing the wall was really easy though!
That brings me to today. I ordered the product we are going to use on the walls today. For a few hours yesterday I priced whether or not to go with stud walls or the product I ended up ordering. For various reasons, time being one of them, I opted to go with InSoFast for our walls. In about one to two weeks, I will have a basement update.
- Installing the InSoFast system
- Window finishing
- Prime and paint the bottom of the heating vent
- Finish framing in the closet to the electric box
- Finish framing the closet to the water pump
- Finish framing the furnace/water heater room
- Add additional wiring to far end of the basement and exercise area
- move light fixtures
- hang light fixtures
- create 2 sliding barn doors (custom)
- Install dry bar
- Install floor
- Build entertainment area
Goal: finish by Christmas! Yikes!
Budget: $3000 (up from my original estimate of $1800)
It's going to be TIGHT to get it done for this especially if I buy new furniture.
- Cost so far: $1300 (primer, ceiling paint, lumber, waterproofing & InSoFast system)