Diy ideas for drop ceilings
One of the fastest and most economical ways to finish a basement ceiling is topainteverything. A monochromatic ceiling disguises every the pipes and ductwork — it’s a technique often used in urban spaces that are converted to coffee houses and shops.
A paint sprayer is ideal because it’s simple to jacket every the various features from diverse angles. Rent a sprayer and DIY it for $/day plus paint; own a pro do it for $$ ( sq.
ft.), including paint.
Tips to remember:
- You can paint unusual surfaces, such as exposed fiberglass insulation and electrical wires, but prime metal ducts beforehand.
- Black and dark colors are more effective than light colors for masking components.
- Use paint with a flatsheen; glossier sheens attract attention.
- Clean off cobwebs and dirt before you spray.
How to Remove Strippable Wallpaper
1. Collect your Materials
Loosen the Corner and Pull
Use your putty knife to lift the corner of the paper. Use your hands to peel the paper from the wall, pulling as shut to the wall as you can to avoid tearing the paper. If the paper does rip, loosen another corner and start again. Repeat the process around the entire room.
3. Clean the Walls
Once every the paper has been removed, clean the walls with soap and water to remove any residue.
Permit the walls to dry completely before painting.
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Determine Your Wall and Wallpaper Type
You’ll desire to figure out whether your walls are plaster or drywall before you start peeling.
Drywall can be damaged if gets too wet, so be careful not to over soak. It’s also significant to determine what helpful of wallpaper you’re working with. Use a putty knife to loosen a corner of the paper and attempt to peel it off. If it comes correct off, then you own strippable wallpaper. (You fortunate thing, you!) If the wallpaper peels away but leaves a paper backing, then you’re dealing with peelable wallpaper. If the paper doesn’t budge, then you own a traditional wallpaper that will need to be removed with water and a chemical stripper.
(Sorry) Under, you'll discover instructions for how to remove each type of wallpaper.
Cut the Power
Shut off the electricity to the room and cover any outlets or light switches with painter’s tape.
How to Remove Traditional Wallpaper
1. Collect your Materials
- Putty knife
- Spray bottle, garden sprayer, or paint roller
- Wallpaper stripper
- Scoring tool (if necessary)
- Rubber gloves
2. Stir the Solution
Combine boiling water and wallpaper stripper according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Pour the solution into a spray bottle or garden sprayer.
3. Apply Solution
Use a spray bottle, garden sprayer, or paint roller to apply the solution to a little section of the wall, about 3’x3’. Let the solution sit and absorb for several minutes.
4. Scrape the Wallpaper Off
Use your putty knife to peel off the wallpaper, working your way up the wall. Be careful not to gouge the drywall as you scrape. Once the paper has been removed from the section, move on to the next area.
5. Score if Necessary
If the solution doesn’t absorb and the wallpaper is hard to scrape, you may need to score the wall before applying the solution.
Roll a scoring tool over the paper, making overlapping circles.
A typical basement ceiling is an unsightly maze of plumbing pipes, wires, ductwork, and structural bracing.
But take heart: Hiding every those systems with a finish material will give your basement instant credibility as usable living space.
Finishing a basement ceiling often involves some compromises. In places, ductwork or plumbing pipes are lower than the joists, making it impossible to own a nice, smooth, uninterrupted ceiling. We’ll give you some ideas for getting around those problems.
Clear and Prepare the Room for DIY Wallpaper Removal
Begin by removing items from the walls and moving furniture to the middle of the room, or out of the room if possible.
Cover floors and remaining furniture with drop cloths to protect them from getting wet.