My DIY Gym

Budget Basement Renovation Phase Two

This is the budget basement renovation phase two. I had the walls done as described in the previous video. They also painted them too!

Wall partitions began on Monday and then as that phase was nearing completion I started thinking about paint. I knew the contractor had his own commercial sprayer and decided to have him paint. This portion cost $1245 (so we have $30 + $4600 + $1245 + 2 rollers I already had for my gym floor paint prep).

I knew that if I painted I would rush the process or start seeing my flaws in the process. This could have been renting a sprayer, buying 15 gallons of paint 12 for walls and ceiling, and then priming the drywall (2 gallons).

I still need to have the electrical done to have the gym electrical separate from the common area. There will be 3 additional gym lights and 2 additional lights in the common area. There will also be a separate switch and light in the sump pump area. There will also be 4 additional outlets in the common area (price of materials and labor tbd as I have a friend who is an electrician).

Wednesday will be doing two coats of the Kilz 1-part Epoxy Acrylic. Then I’ll be moving in furniture and games. At a later date I’ll be installing vinyl floor in the common area. I’ll have to hand paint the walls and ceiling in the gym area due to all of the items being a large task to move out. Slow and steady wins the race. On to phase three, painting the floor!

Budget Basement Renovation Phase One

This is the budget basement renovation phase one. I needed to get my boards painted that serve as the dampening surface for noise. The next portion will be the wall partitions. Budget Basement Renovation Phase One This phase was basically a gallon of black paint that is a paint and primer ($30). I will end up using an old black sheet for the surface underneath my home gym workout machine. I wanted a surface that is somewhat thick but also breathable. I don’t want any sort of condensation issues. The wall partitions may limit some of the efforts of the dehumidifier so I want to know how that will work before changing it out. It also may serve as a…

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Budget Basement Renovation Layout

I have wanted to do something with my basement since we bought this house 5 years ago. This video is the start and it shows the budget basement renovation layout. I have been getting distracted during my workouts just planning the plan essentially. It is time to start taking action on this project.

Budget Basement Renovation Layout
Step 1. Move the wires up and out of the bottom of the joists.
Step 2. Clean the joists of dust and dirt with a broom and shop vac.
Step 3. Sand & use paint stripper to remove paint on the metal beams and support posts.
Step 4. Clean the walls, possibly with a power washer to strip loose paint and dirt.
Step 5. Move gym equipment out of the basement and remove any wall coverings (I am going to need a one week gym membership too).
Step 6. Possibly install can lights and if it’s can lights it’s best to do them now so they are painted at the same time as the ceiling.
Step 7. Paint the ceiling using a dryfall paint and cover floor so there is less prep needed for the future floor coating.
Step 8. Paint the walls and the walls leading up the basement stairs. I am hoping to complete this in the same day or weekend as I will likely be renting a sprayer.
Step 9. Using the Rocksolid Rust-o-leum basement floor Marble coating system (and following their steps in terms of prep and painting it on). I will likely use a grit material to limit slipping. The marble style of Rocksolid would not look good with fleck, so I won’t be using any additional material.
Step 10. Trim entry way of basement wall down to have that finished and drywall around the base of the steps.
Step 11. Paint that area (likely using a semi-gloss paint to limit smudges or rolling on any remaining dryfall paint). This will require less covering of the floor for any paint that may overrun.
Step 12. Frame around and drywall sump pump area to have that area enclosed for a better look (and possibly a future bathroom).
Step 13. Paint that area using the strategy from step 11.
Step 14. Frame around and drywall the furnace area which will again give a better overall look and possibly act as future storage.
Step 15. Paint that area using the strategy from step 11.
Step 16. Bring home gym items back into basement (aiming to cover them with moving blankets or old blankets to limit any wall damage).
Step 17. Enjoy!

That is the layout and as I acquire materials I will add those down below.