First Step was to paint the darn thing. Our basement was a deep mustard-y yellow which was something that didn’t bother me too much until we started wanting to spend time down there. I went with the nothing fancy Extra White from Sherwin Williams. It took two coats to cover everything.
I thought about leaving the ceiling red, because I didn’t mind that as much as the yellow, but in the end I thought it would brighten the place up (which it did). It also helped that the ceiling was only 7’2″ so I could easily reach it on a chair.
I probably went a little beyond by painting the trim gray. However, I am also considering painting the upstairs of our house too, and wanted to test out this gray. It’s actually a little too dark for anything I would want in the kitchen but looks good in the basement here.
Cost of paint: $45 + $6 for a sample quart of gray. Our landlord reimburses white paint purchases, so the painting cost me $6 (and a sore back!).
Cost against budget: $6
Remaining budget: $994
Read the rest of the story below:
Post 2 – Flooring
Post 3 – CycleOps and Entertainment
Post 4 – Equipment Part 1
Post 5 – Equipment Part