I'm looking for information about finishing my basement ceiling. I
plan to finish only 1/2 of the basement (an area 17' x 37' rectangle)
I only have one water pipe in that area that goes to the back
unfinished area. I also have a few heat ducts, but otherwise, the
joist pockets are clear of obstructions. I was considering painting or
staining the joists, then running a 2' border of drywall around the
perimeter (to simulate a coffered ceiling look). I'd also cover the 3
ducts that run between the joists with drywall. For the underside of
the plywood subfloor above, I was considering spraying it with joint
compound thru a compressor driven gun. Maybe a knockdown or popcorn
effect. My question is weather joint compound will stick well to the
plywood subfloor? Maybe even skip painting the joists and just hit
them with the compound too? Does anyone see anything the might make
While compound will stick to plywood, I don't think it's a good idea,
particularly in the way you are thinking. Compound is manufactured to use
on drywall so it will expand and contact at basically the same rate and
retain moisture (humidity) in a similar manner. Wood, including plywood
would behave much differently and that could cause you problems. Add to
that the fact the subfloor will have some flex to it as people and things
move around upstairs, you are likely to see the compound begin to crack and
Your basic idea sounds interesting, and with some complementary paint colors
I think it sounds like you could end up with an interesting effect that
would also give your ceiling the appearance of being higher than if you were
to drywall the entire thing. It would probably be more work, but to paint
the subfloor and stain the joists might look pretty nice. Or paint the
joists a different color.
Whatever you do, if you paint be sure to prime first!
A thin coat with a heavy texture like popcorn won't show many defects caused
by uneven expansion of the materials. If you were filling in deeper gaps
and such like is done when taping drywall you might have to do that in more
than one coat.
I think if you prime with PVA primer, the mud will stick.. This primer is
compatible with mud. It has a good chance of working
If the subfloor from the room above has any deflection, this may cause the
mud to chip off later.
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