||12-27-2012 12:05 PM
Adding texture to a basement concrete wall
Hello Everyone! Thank you for starting this informative forum! This is the first forum I've ever posted on, so please bear with me as I muddle through. My husband and I are currently remodeling and updating a Craftsman home that had a basement, back porch and master bedroom added in 1950. The basement and back porch are concrete, while the bedroom is not since it is above the basement and at ground level. Our current project is trying to remodel the 21'x19', cave-like basement into a family friendly room for our expanding family. The walls are concrete, and have had an attempt of texture added to them throughout the years. Needless to say, the texture is not consistent throughout the room, and it is rough and prickly. We would really like to cover the walls with a new thick texture, but we are not certain if this is possible being that the walls are concrete. We have asked a stucco specialist to come and evaluate the room and see if they could apply stucco over the concrete. It has been a month, and we have not heard anything from him, so being the impatient, pregnant mother-to-be that I am, I'm ready to tackle the job with my husband. We live in a very dry climate, and for the two years that we have lived in the house, moisture has never been an issue in the basement, or anywhere else in the home. We currently do not have a permanent heating or cooling source in the room (other than space heaters and a window unit), but are planning on having either a LG or Mitsubishi Mr. Slim type of unit installed this summer. My question to all of you experts and fellow DIYers is-can the walls be textured? And if so, with what and is it possible for us to do it ourselves? If it is not possible, what ideas do you have to make this room comfortable, attractive and aesthetically pleasing to become our family room, media room and play room? We are trying to stay within a VERY reasonable budget, since we are expecting our third child this summer and I'm determined to have this beautiful, old house baby friendly-which means we have floors to redo, heating and cooling to add, a fireplace to make functionally safe, and a kitchen to finish. We aren't afraid of the hard work, as this is our second house to remodel-but some items of the current and upcoming projects are new to us. Any input/ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!