How to 'finish' stone walls
I can't seem to find much information on finishing the walls of a basement when they are old and built out of layered stone.
Can you paint them? Maybe with some sort of clear coat? (I actually think they are pretty - wierd, I know)
There is fuzzy stuff growing on some of them. Is this "Efflorescense?"
If you want to install a wallboard of some type, how do you anchor it to the stone wall?
These are just preliminary questions. Our plan is to clean it out over this winter, install gutter system to outside of house as soon as roof is free of snow, watch the basement through the wetness of spring to see how dry it is after gutters, then possible tackle the finishing part of the deal over the summer.
Thank you for any help in finishing this old basement!