Rather then put up a drop ceiling we are painting the floor joist flat black (basement ceiling). The ceiling is about 7 feet high.
Here is the start of the project
I did get a price on having the area painted a local guy said $250 with materials and two coats which I don't think it will need. It was $175 per day to rent a sprayer from Home depot plus the paint, so the painter was a good price.
I chose to paint it by hand( with my son), I would rather put the money into things I can't do.