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. This isn't meant for garage floors (shame) but it works well for our purposes. 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.
So we thought hard about which furnishings would give us the most bang for our buck and landed on the idea of bringing in two armoires for concealed storage along with a book case for more boxes and bins plus a worktable (so we can sort through all those boxes without having to crouch down on the floor).
For the full floor planing monty, check out John’s hands in the starring role of “graph paper method explainer” (watch it below on Vimeo or check it out on You Tube): Grand total: We actually came in at $344.
The secret is in the right supplies: We used Sherwin Williams Porch and Floor enamel in satin, which I bought un-tinted during a sweet 50% off sale.
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.
How to apply porch and floor enamel: First we vacuumed and washed the poured concrete floor (the old carpet that was there wasn't glued down at all - whew). 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.
We also grabbed a lamp shade from Target (which was meant for a basic table lamp) and inverted it to create a super affordable and polished looking linen shade that’s a whole lot prettier than the cold and industrial bare bulb that used to reside on the ceiling.
It was a simple as unscrewing the ceiling bulb, passing the base of the bulb through the loop of the lamp, and rescrewing the bulb into the ceiling fixture (so it effortlessly holds the lamp shade in place).
I tried to snag a few good photos of him, but he likes to remain as anonymous as possible.