June 20, 2013

Basement Update: Laundry Room Floor . . . Painted!

Nothing like a looming MLS listing to light a suitably sized fire under our butts when it comes to projects.  We prioritized our to-do list and because the rest of the house has been updated over the years and looks quite spiffy, we tackled the dragged-on-for-eighteen-months basement makeover first.  People have built houses in the time it has taken to paint and tidy our basement!  Our house is to be listed as a partially finished basement because about one third of it is taken up by a walled off, unfinished storage room with a door, but a "partially finished basement" doesn't mean we can literally leave our projects partially finished (darn).  We started on the floor right away, knowing it would take a week to fully cure.

We used Sherwin Williams Porch and Floor enamel in satin, which I bought un-tinted when the store had a sweet 50% off sale an embarrassingly long time ago.  After we narrowed down floor colours, I combed through my hoard of turquoise paint chips to find a shade that looked right in the window-less laundry room and Valspar's "Dive in"(CI 249) took the cake.  It's vibrant and not too green but not too blue - the perfect turquoise.  In the photos it looks pale, but in reality it's richer than even my turquoise chair makeover.  For the final "after" I promise some truer-to-life photos.



In terms of application, we first vacuumed and washed the poured concrete floor (the old carpet that was there wasn't glued down at all).  Then we moved the washer and dryer to the middle of the room and painted behind them.  The enamel cured quickly, so we pushed them back and then did the rest.  A paintbrush was needed for the edges, but then a roller made for concrete floors made light work of the rest of the room.  Although we walked on it later that day, we planned to wait a full week to return the laundry hampers and other stuff to the room.  A few days later though, I noticed one coat wasn't enough (some patches of the original grey peeked through) so we swept it quickly and applied another coat.  We had to start the clock again and wait another full week, so it was a good thing we started as soon as we bought the lake house!  This was a smelly job but only took an hour or so to apply the first application and only twenty minutes for the second coat.  So far, it still looks perfect!  This isn't meant for garage floors (shame) but it works well for our purposes.  The gallon we bought was twice what we needed, so I'm itching to paint something else this colour . . .


Handy Hubby was such a cutie during the painting process.  We painted the walls together but then he painted the floor while I worked on making the rest of the basement livable.  I tried to snag a few good photos of him, but he likes to remain as anonymous as possible.  He jumped out of most photos, or looked really, really pained.


The fruits of his labor are what you're here to see anyway!  With the walls freshly painted the same colour as the rest of the basement (including the stairwell), the new floors make a formerly grungy space look fresh and cheery.  We painted the simple trim to match the walls. 


The walls, floor and light fixtures are all looking sharp but let's be honest: our washing machine and dryer are work horses, not show ponies, and the paintbrush-rinsing-sink (it serves no other purpose), water heater and mess of plumbing and wires really seem to pop out now.  I asked Hubs to paint the rusty legs of the old sink and that was a super quick fix that made it look less sad, but there's a bigger, better, beautiful solution my Mom and I cooked up . . .


P.S. The colour chip reads "Dive in Plongeon" and I thought Plongeon was a place to dive into.  Like maybe beside the Baltic Sea?  Nope.  It's the French name for this colour.  This is not my first time confusing the French name/word for what I think is a longer, fancier sounding name or description in English.

26 comments:

  1. Wow - this looks seriously amazing!!

    Jenny
    Www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Jenny! I hope buyers think the same thing!! It was scary before.

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  2. Cute colour. I like your Finnish flag magnet too...

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    1. Thanks! We also had a pirate magnet up, lol. They will all come off later today to make a more neutral space. But I have to represent!

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  3. I would never have considered turquoise, looks gorgeous! Love how you guys painted the sink legs too.

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    1. Turquoise is my default colour, lol. Painting the sink legs really makes it look less noticeable. Once the floor was painting, the rusty legs really "popped" and they so are not a feature! It was a quick fix because a new sink just isn't in the budget (plus I'd wreck it in two minutes anyway, lol).

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  4. Looks great! We painted our basement floor of our new home just to keep dust away (kind of like 'sealing it') because concrete continusously makes dust. We put a tiny bit of vanilla in and it completely took away the smell :) ZERO smell! We painted a HUGE basement with it and you wouldn't tell walking into the house when we did it :)

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    1. SUCH a genius idea!! I wish I'd known that tip. Our basement was fowl smelling for a day or so. Just FOWL. The only thing is the dirty floor colour hid the dirt better. Now I feel compelled to sweep it every day because every little fluff of dust or lint shows so easily.

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    2. My husband is curious as to how much vanilla you used. I want to paint the basement floor this spring/summer and there is no ventilation. Thanks.

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    3. Hi Jennifer, I'm not sure how much Jazmyn used - it sounds like just a few drops. But you can probably contact her via google+ to find out. Happy painting!

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  5. Looks SO good! Way to go!
    Curious, how did you finish the walls down there? My basements walls look similar... and I'm curious how you hung the drywall? Thanks!
    PS. can't wait to see what you and your mom cooked up!

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    1. Thanks Amy! The walls were Hubby's job. He did the framing, the screwing in of drywall and then the taping. It was such a beast of a job but we muddled our way through it. I asked him to help me do a tutorial for the blog, but he said it's better to consult google or a pro because he just isn't equipped enough to provide a good tutorial. Darn.

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  6. I LOVE that you picked turquoise for the floor. What a fun choice. Painting the sink legs was a great idea and looks so cute.

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    1. Thanks! I took forever agonizing over the right shade, but I'm in love with the one I chose. So perfect with the greige walls (that read a lot more beige in the laundry room).

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  7. love love love that color! just a little paint goes suchhh a long way sprucing up a room!

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    1. I never tire of seeing makeovers where a can of paint made a world of difference!

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  8. You've really done a great job with the basement. Those before and after photos are pretty impressive.

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  9. This is inspiring! We have a scary laundry room that will never be one of those beautiful space you see in magazines, but you've shown me that some paint will go a long, long way to making it a much more enjoyable space. Good luck with the sale!

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    1. Thanks Amelia! I had the same issue: so many makeovers involve fancy tile, tearing down walls and new washing machines. It was hard for me to form a plan. Hopefully when the room is all done and I can share a full reveal, people with similarly awful laundry rooms and similarly tiny budgets will get some ideas!

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  10. Hi, we're about to paint our concrete slab floor with SW Porch & Floor Enamel, too. How was the smell? It's supposed to be low VOC, but we're VERY sensitive to paint smells. Just wondering about your experience...

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    1. Really, really smelly!! But it dried quickly and once it dried the smell was gone (a couple hours). But the space was very small with no windows. If we could have opened a window, I'm sure it wouldn't have been so bad. It wouldn't prevent us from using it again, although we're both only slightly sensitive to paint smells. Hope this helps. Happy painting!

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    2. So, the paint smell was totally gone after the couple-hour dry time? We have plenty of windows to open, etc.

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    3. I did not smell it after it dried (but there's a chance I got used to it). It does dry really, really fast. But when it's wet, super smelly.

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  11. I am totally going to do this in my house!!!

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    1. Awesome!!! I'd love to see photos when you're done :)

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