Yoga mats, dumbbells and
exercise bikes. My wife's growing interest in physical fitness had transformed
our living room into a gymnasium. And my suggestions to work out downstairs
were always met with, "I'm not working out down in that gloomy, cluttered
basement!" So, it was either enjoy my morning paper and cup of coffee in my
neighbor's living room, or create a non-gloomy space for the Mrs.'s exercise
equipment in the basement. After being turned away by my neighbors, I got to
of our basement was fully finished and occupied by teenagers; the other,
unfinished half we used as storage. I decided to clean up, organize and
partition off a section of the storage room and convert it into a workout wonderland.
It was either that or evict one of the teenagers, but the wife resisted on that
front. I couldn't afford to fully finish the walls and ceiling; instead, I
decided to brighten up the space with plenty of lighting and some fresh paint
on the walls.
block wall I chose to paint occasionally got damp if there were heavy spring rain
showers, so I decided to use DRYLOK EXTREME Masonry Waterproofer. This product
is designed to stop water seepage and keep the interior of the wall dry. Regular
paint would have started to peel after the first wet season. I painted during a
dry stretch in the fall but ran a dehumidifier in the room for a couple days
just to make sure the wall had a low moisture content.
last time I painted a block wall, the only colors available were white and
black. Black isn't much of a motivator, and I was afraid straight-up white
would create an "insane asylum" effect. So I was thrilled to find out that
DRYLOK EXTREME can be tinted to any of nine colors. I decided to go with a two-tone/wainscot
look and chose platinum for the upper half and gray for the lower.
After sweeping the wall thoroughly with a broom, I
snapped a chalk line 32 in. up and ran masking tape to the bottom of the line. Another
option is to run the paint on the first section a little long and then snap a
line, but sometimes the chalk makes a mess on the finished surface and is hard
to clean up. I started with the top half so any drips on the lower half
wouldn't matter. Once the top half was dry, I pulled off the existing tape and
used the painted line as a guide. I installed the second line of tape so there
was about 1/8 in. of platinum paint extending beyond the tape. This ensured a
small overlap and eliminated the chance of voids between the two colors.
I laid down a heavy first coat with a 3/4-in.-nap roller,
and then went back with a brush and pushed the wet paint into all the mortar
joints and minor recesses in the block (larger recesses should be filled with
hydraulic cement first). I then made another pass with the roller just to
smooth out the texture. It's important that all the holes be completely filled.
Even tiny pinholes can allow moisture through. I applied the second coat with
the roller only.
Once the painting was complete, I threw down some snap-together
rubber mats and moved the contentious equipment into the new workout room. My
wife was thrilled with her bright, new space, and I was happy because it was a
cheap and easy solution. The kids are a little disgruntled however—now that their mother is making more frequent trips downstairs, their dirty rooms are getting a lot more noticed. For more information on DRYLOK EXTREME or to see the brochure with
color options, go to: http://www.drylok.com/formulas/drylok-extreme/
— Mark Petersen, Contributing