If you have renovated your basement or have recently cleared it out so that you can use it, you will no doubt want to finish it off and make it look homely. This will especially be the case if you are going to be using the room for a purpose other than storage.
However, even if you are using the room for storage then you will need to paint it and there is more to that than simply getting the paintbrush out and opening a can of paint. In fact, painting the basement of your home can be a lot more involved than the majority of rooms in your home. The following is a quick guide to painting basement rooms from start to finish!
In order to prepare to paint your basement, you must make sure that walls have been waterproofed thoroughly, whether you have done it yourself or whether someone else has done it for you. The walls should be fully protected against damp and all of the necessary procedures should have been performed before painting can commence.
When this is all in place, you need to set aside a day to complete the basement painting. As a result of ventilation factors, which we will go into later, you should really complete the job in a day to prevent any problems such as cracking and blistering. As a result, you need to calculate just how much paint your need and purchase the right amount and have the right equipment on hand. You can use any of the following paint techniques to get the job done, but some are quicker than others!
- Spray-painting – This is the easiest of all of the techniques and the quickest. You can hire in spray-painting equipment quite cheaply and can have the entire room done in just a few hours. The coverage is extremely even as long as you adhere to spray-painting techniques, but there should be nothing else in the room because it will become paint damage, including any flooring you plan to lay.
Traditional painting – Using a paintbrush and roller is the most time consuming of al of the painting techniques but it is the most trusted because you control the amount of paint that goes on yourself. You can manually even out coverage if need be! You will, however, need the whole day to get the job done!
Sponge painting – This is a rarely used technique but it is extremely effective in getting even coverage on the walls. You simply use a decorator’s sponge and a paint tray to soak the sponge and rub it along the walls. The coverage is good and even because the sponge soaks up the excess so you do not have to worry about missed patches! However, it is time consuming and you will undoubtedly need several coats in order to achieve the desired results.
Ventilation And Drying
It is essential that you make time for regular breaks whilst painting basement rooms because they are often not very well ventilated and the fumes can cause illness. You may also want to wear a mask to help you. Although this may cause a problem when painting, it is not the most difficult problem you need to deal with. That is actually getting the paint dry afterwards!
After you have completed the basement paint job with your desired technique, the lack of ventilation may case the paint to become sticky rather than dry so you need to provide an artificial means to dry it.
There are fans and heaters that you can rent from the same companies that offer spray-painting equipment. You may need to use them overnight, depending on the size of your basement. These will dry the paint on the walls because they are temperature controlled and will provide the air needed to finish off the paint job nicely.