I have partnered with Maytag to sponsor this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I’m still working hard on my basement laundry area. Who knew painting the basement floor in the laundry area would make such a difference in the space! Last month I showed you how I painted the little corner of the basement where I do laundry. My new Maytag washer and dryer are finally getting a space they deserve!
Let’s see how this rough space is coming together.
New appliances spar updates
I was only going to paint the small corner of the walls. You can see on the right where my plastic ended on the original paint job. While getting ready to paint the floor I decided to do that space to the right as well.
Cleaning is essential before painting
Paint’s worst enemy is dirt and dust. The very first step before painting the basement floor is cleaning! I had swept it twice, but because the floor is so rough it just wasn’t working. I brought out the vacuum to make sure the entire area was free of dust and debris. Mopping would also be a good option, but I didn’t want to wait for the concrete to dry.
Roller with extension handle
I rolled on two coats of primer all around the floor. You can also see that I’m working on the area to the right of the dryer.
You will notice I moved the dryer over to the right so I could get to the area in between the washer and dryer. To get the paint around the edges of the appliances I used a tiny roller.
Store paint roller in plastic bag
Do you wrap your rollers in plastic grocery bags? It really works so well and cuts down on wasting paint by washing the cover in between coats. This roller was wet with primer for over a month waiting for me to finish this job. I suppose it helps that it is very cold in the basement. I know some people actually store their covers in the freezer in between coats. TIP: I didn’t use a paint tray, I simply poured the paint on the floor as I went.
Semi-gloss paint for the basement floor
After two light coats of the primer, I applied one nice coat of the same semi-gloss paint I used when I painted the wood trim and baseboard. You can see how much better the semi-gloss paint looks against the background of the primer. I also did coats around the dreaded sump pump. More about that in a future post.
This project took several days because I wanted to make sure I let the paint dry thoroughly between coats.
Now that the floor looks so good with the semi-gloss it shows how sad the walls look. In any case, the space is so much brighter and I’m so happy with how it’s all coming together.
New and improved basement laundry space
When I say I really LOVE doing laundry now—I mean I’m actually giddy about it. But the space is still a work in progress with more updates to come.
I also stenciled a new “rug” for the space and built a handy laundry cart that I love!
Over the years, I’ve done a lot of loads of laundry. My best tip for you is something I learned years ago. Don’t be tempted to just throw your wet laundry from the washing machine to the dryer. I find that the clothes dry faster and better if you separate the clothes/sheets so that they aren’t tangled in a big ball. I move the laundry and sort of shake it out as I put it in the dryer.
With that said, I love my Maytag dryer’s PowerDry cycle – it gets the job done and gets my largest loads evenly dried. I also use the timed dry function and rarely have to set the dial higher than 30 minutes.
I love having a fresh, clean space to use my Maytag appliances – it makes doing a dreaded chore enjoyable!
It’s a new year with a new space, it’s all about then and now.
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.