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pigtownprincess 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!

stadry 12-28-2012 07:08 AM

block filler paint applied by roller then brushed/sponged would be about the least costly - the next step up would be trowel-applied joint compound far's i'm concerned - as w/all coatings/coverings, prep is the MOST IMPORTANT step in the process :yes:

stoner529 12-28-2012 08:15 PM

hmmm. this is a pain i think. honestly i say leave them alone. decorate the wall with pictures to take the focus away from it. You will probably not be looking to much at the walls all the time. concrete is a could probably try wetting the concrete in an inconspicuous spot to see if the texture can be scraped off after it has allowed to soak through. another option is to fur the wall with furring strips and hang drywall. then texture or leave as is.

joecaption 12-28-2012 09:46 PM

Textured anything is near imposable to clean, a pain to paint,

stoner529 12-29-2012 07:48 PM


Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1081608)
Textured anything is near imposable to clean, a pain to paint,

I will have to just totally disagree......the only time you have to clean texture is if you are dirty and constantly touch the walls..a nice satin will do a fine job cleaning. semi gloss is even better but is a bit bright. Painting texture isnt that hard, if it were that big a pain, it wouldnt be considered a normal part of home building in certain areas. It comes with the house and isnt an add on..

Guywithskills 01-04-2013 09:20 PM

I would use a Elastomeric (as in roof coating) with sand added. Use a sponge float to apply. Goes on easy, will stick to everything as you will find out. Leaves a nice finish and fills imperfections like it was meant to. Elastomeric is normally for roofs, but it has all the right additives for water proofing, mold resist, adhesion etc. Get a course and fine sand and add until it kind of gets putty consistency. Practice on a small area and perfect the consistency and develop your application skills.... then on with it. Accepts paint well (they are both latex). when you break, cover with a lid so it doesn't get crusties... Be sure to vent (and heat if necessary) the area to move the moisture out of the room. You can do this in 2 applications if needed. After the base, a courser texture can be applied, or just leave a sand finish. If you are looking for a similar "lace texture" as you see, this is with course sand and a steel trowel and rather on the thin side. If I wanted a really nice job, I would get it to the texture point, go find a stucco dude on a job site and pay him to apply your lace texture. For the texture, Phoenix portland cement can be added, be aware that when you do this, it now will set up. so the clock is ticking. The cement has the effect of making it set up quicker and being harder. We used to use this on exterior signs because it was more durable than cement stucco.

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