The Power of Paint

Giving the basement a face lift without investing to much in a rental and breaking the bank.

Basement Before…not bright and blah…

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My goal was to make this space as bright and clean as possible with nothing more than paint!  The fastest and least expensive way to make an impact on a space is to paint.  You will cover a large surface area and see fast results.

We picked out Behr brand basement and masonry waterproofing paint in white at Home Depot.  This was a masonry paint because the walls are cement not drywall.  Next, we set aside a Saturday to freshen up and organize the left side of the room.  We started by vacuuming all the dust off of the walls and floor, then we rolled two coats of white paint all over including the partial ceiling, and it instantly made everything look bright and clean.

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Both girls joined in on the painting, and we got it done pretty fast.  I used some gray paint that I had on hand for the stairs.  I must say that painting the stairs was a pain.  I ended up painting every other step…letting them dry…and then I went back and finished the last steps.  I did find these treads from Home Depot for the stairs.  They provide some traction for the kids going up and down the stairs and some peace of mind for me.

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Last, we painted the floor with a gray cement paint.  Lucas rolled this out pretty fast.  He had to roll two coats and then leave for 24 hours before we put anything furniture down on it. It is so easy to sweep up the floor now because of the satin finish!


I wanted the kids to have a fun place to play and store their toys, and also a spot to store my home goods (paper towels, toilet paper, diapers, wipes, extra cleaning supplies and seasonal decorations).  We have an area now set aside specifically for both!  The kids love to play down there and we are very happy with the results.  Now to tackle organizing the other side of the basement!

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2 Responses to The Power of Paint

  1. Chloe June 9, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

    I love this post! My new basement is in need of some serious help! lol Just wondering, how far did that 5 gal bucket of the paint for the walls get you? Was just buying 1 bucket enough to do all the walls with some paint left over? 🙂

  2. Jolene June 10, 2015 at 12:02 am #

    Hi Chloe,
    We painted one long wall that was 26 feet, and two 18.5 foot walls and half of the ceiling (the rest is insulation). We used two coats on all of it and we have just about half of a gallon left out of that 5 gallon bucket. Hope that helps! 🙂

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