Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Playroom with a Hot Tin Roof!

We have been busy at work on a playroom space in the basement for what seems like an eternity!  I have gotten very overwhelmed with the amount of toys that are floating around the main level of our house, and I am counting the days down until the room is complete and move-in ready!  We started this project way over a year ago, right after Christmas 2012!  It definitely has been a work in progress with a little done here and there as we have time after the kids go to bed. 

I am in love with the ceiling that we put in the space.  I am not a fan of drop ceilings – I like the look of a plastered ceiling.  However, there was no way that was going to fly with Bill, as he wanted to be able to completely access all of the wiring, plumbing, vents, etc. that run along the floor joists.  So, I had to settle for something besides plaster.  Initially, we were going to do a wooden ceiling that had a tray effect to it.  However, after thinking it over, we scrapped the idea because it would have involved so much work cutting the wood.  I mean, it had already taken us way over a year to get to a half-finished state – we didn’t think a bunch of tedious cutting would speed the process along! 

So we started looking at drop ceiling grid.  Boo.  I was not super thrilled.  I looked at various ceiling tiles, but all the ones that I liked were so expensive.  We started talking about using weathered corrugated tin.  There was a huge pile of this available to us over in the barn for FREE.  It would also have to be cut down to size, but it would definitely be quicker than the wood route we were initially thinking about.  We decided to go for it!  Bill and his Dad put up the aluminum grid, which I painted brown.  I felt like the brown would blend in a little better with the rusty sections of the tin.  Bill cut the tin, and then we slid it into place, alternating the pattern.  It looked great!
As an added bonus, when Bill was rummaging around the barn for the tin, he found these super cool light fixtures, which kind of have an industrial type feel to them.  And they were in great shape!  They looked really neat next to the ceiling grid, so we decided to go for it and use them as the light fixtures in the room.  We made sure to put shatterproof light bulbs in them, once they were hung up.  I mean, I’m SURE there is NO WAY that any child of mine would EVER think of throwing something up into one of them, but better safe than sorry, right? ;)

I would love to know what others have done with basement ceilings.  Am I the only one who has a husband who doesn’t like them plastered over?

Linking to House of Rose, City of Creative Dreams, IHeartOrganizing, Thoughts From Alice link party.


Christina @ Operation Home said...

I LOVE this! So creative and it adds so much character! Well Done!!! :)

Brenda Young said...

Simply awesome alternative to a otherwise ho hum no thrills boring drop ceiling. I love it, Great job you guys!

Alison Agnew said...

What a fun finish for your ceiling! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


Alice Wingerden said...

Love this so much! I am going to be featuring you over at Sundays at Home later today! Thanks for sharing :)

Kristin said...

Thanks everyone!

Revi said...

Very cool!

Creative Dream said...

Wow. Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream's City of Links on Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)