As a sketch artist, I love traveling around the world, sketching different scenes, people, products etc. The greatest thing about traveling, is to feel your surroundings, even smelling them and taking in the culture and essence of where you are at that point in time and then putting it down on paper. Once you return home, you can look at your sketch, and remember what everything felt like. Because traveling is quite expensive and I still need to learn a lot when it comes to skill, I have decided to stay at home for a while and take in my own surroundings.
Building A Studio
Because of my traveling, I never actually gave attention to building or creating my own studio. As I looked at my house, I could see that there was no room for the studio I had in mind. That is when it hit me, why not remodel my basement. It never gets used as I only store my art supplies there, so what better space to use than my basement for my art studio. I then started doing some research and quickly came up with the most amazing studio ideas. There was one thing that I wasn’t too sure about though, and that was which flooring to use in the basement/studio. Seeing as it was just raw concrete, what would be inexpensive but perfect for a studio. Obviously it should be something that can clean easily seeing as it is an art studio and who knows what art I would be doing in there in the future. So I decided on floor paint.
Choosing Floor Paint For Your Basement
Choosing the right floor paint may seem like a very simple, unimportant decision. However, there are many things to take into consideration when making your selection. You will generally be dealing with concrete, which can be a rather depressing thing to look at. You will be quite amazed at how this can really transform the area into a space you want to spend as much time in as possible, in my case, my studio. Painting can be highly therapeutic, and one of the most enjoyable DIY tasks to attempt. The importance of color is absolutely vital in taking a mediocre room into the realm of the extraordinary. Think very carefully about the color that you think will suit the intended purpose of the room. If it is going to be used as your children’s play area, home theathre, for example, opting for bold bright colors will be a fun choice. You can also get highly creative with patterns, transforming it into a unique piece of art that will make you feel fulfilled and satisfied. If you are going to be using the space as a place of meditation and relaxation, it may be a good idea to combine white and green, as these colors help to bring the mind to a state of tranquillity. Whatever choice you make, putting a bit of thought into your floor paint will be time well spent.
Waterproofing Before Painting
Before getting going on this task, there are important things that you have to consider. The first of these is to ensure that there is no water seeping through the ground. This can not only damage all your hard work, but can bring with it mould and mildew. This can bring about musty, unpleasant smells, so no matter how beautiful your painting looks, it will be difficult to enjoy. Also, it can put your family at risk, in terms of bringing with it horrible diseases. There are different methods to waterproofing basements. Research and then find the one that best suits your budget and needs.
Preparing The Floor For Painting
Once you are happy that there is no moisture seeping through, it is time to prepare the surface for the next phase. This generally involves a cleaning process, to make sure there is nothing sticky or messy in the way. Once you have cleaned, make sure that you allow enough time for the floor to dry. When you begin the painting part of the process, make sure that lay down a coat of primer. When you get to the final coat, it is a good idea to use a product with a satin finish as this will make it more resistant to dirt and horrible stains. That way, it will maintain its perfect just-painted look for longer, and you will not have to get down on your knees for a while.
This can be an incredibly rewarding DIY task that you will be reminded of whenever you look to the ground. If you make the correct floor paint choice, you will find that the entire room seems brighter, more vibrant and will give you that extra bit of inspiration to sketch a master piece.