Basement Ceiling

Old 09-30-03, 12:55 PM
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Basement Ceiling

We are putting a suite in the basement of our lake house and would like to leave the ceiling "open" (leave joists exposed), like in many restaurants, sports bars, etc.

But, we need some ideas on how to "dress up" the ducts and plumbing pipes.

Old 09-30-03, 05:48 PM
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Fastest and cheapest way is to spray paint everything flat black! Cover up all sensitive items like any exposed wire connections, shut off valves, etc.

This makes for a cool effect with the use of recessed lights or halogon lamps, which almost makes the ceiling hardware disappear!

Good Luck!
Old 10-01-03, 07:03 AM
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Yeah, we've noticed the "painted black" treatment in commercial uses, but were trying to avoid it because we felt it would darken the rooms and make them feel even more "closed in" than they already are, with the lower basement ceilings.

It would make for a pretty stark contrast to our antiqued, cream-color beadboard walls.
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When I was shopping for houses, I saw a home that didn't have the clearance for any basement ceiling, so the joists got painted white and a bit of a spray texture was used. I liked the way it looked, but didn't buy the house for other reasons.

What always seem to catch my eye in restaurants is the bland looking wood ceiling, with the ducts painted dark green.

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