Painting the basement ceiling dark and moody- Week Four One Room Challenge

Hello! Thank you for stopping by this week. This is officially week four of the Fall 2020 One Week Challenge. This week it was announced that the final week would be extended (thank god!). The final posting dates will be November 12th-29th, and I am very relieved! This week was all about painting the ceiling dark in the basement, and I’m not going to lie, it was TIME-CONSUMING! Before we get to the nitty-gritty, you can follow our progress here.

WEEK 1 / WEEK 2 / WEEK 3

I want to thank Sherwin Williams, who sponsored the paint for this project (all opinions are my own), and we were gifted a Wagner Paint Sprayer (this model). I am fairly certain if we had not used a sprayer, we would have abandoned this project days ago. But here we are today for week four, ta-da!

Reveal of Basement Ceiling.

Reveal of Basement Ceiling.

Basement renovation with exposed ceiling painted Urbane Bronze

Basement renovation with exposed ceiling painted Urbane Bronze.

Pros and Cons….

Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams

Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams

This is a 650 square feet ceiling, and it took several coats of primer and paint. We had been warned that the plywood would soak up quite a bit of paint, but OMG!

5 gallons of primer and 4 gallons of paint later.

5 gallons of primer and 4 gallons of paint later.

We wanted to spray the ceiling’s dark to maintain the height, which it did. What we really love is the industrial feel. We had debated painting them white, but once we primed them I knew dark and moody was the feel I was going for.

We had lots of nooks and crannies as well as wires to spray. We also had exposed insulation in the rafters that we covered with Thermo Pan, which we cut to fit and them painted (it’s the shiny silver stuff next to the duct below). The sprayer gave a very smooth finish, especially on the metal ducts.

Unfinished basement ceiling

My local Sherwin Williams gals (whom I love!) steered me toward the type of primer I needed, and we used their Emerald line in a satin finish in Sherwin Williams color of 2021 Urbane Bronze. I love how it is dark and moody and feels like it’s picking up some green tones in the basement.

Primer done painting started

Primer done painting started.

Trust me on this…you seriously need to spray a ceiling. We would never be done if we had tried to brush this job.

Wagner Spray Painter

Wagner Spray Painter

That’s it for the week four update (sorry about the I-phone pics). I’ll post a better angle soon.

Thank you to my One Room Challenge Sponsors! Without them, this would not be possible.


And please check in with the very talented Featured Designers and my fellow Guest participants who are killing it this round!!

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Updated with Final pics of the painted exposed ceiling.

Updated with Final pics of the painted exposed ceiling.

Dark and Moody

Dark and Moody

Until next time,



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  1. Jewel says:

    So Cool Libbie. I wouldn’t have thought to do this, but I see how paint vs drywall would make the ceilings feel taller.

  2. Sarah Boyd says:

    Where did you get the table !?

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