I guess this is turning out to be basement week. Yesterday I showed ya our massive junk problem that we solved and today I wanted to start to show you how I prepped this back hallway to be a usable space for both us and for our friends that are staying in our basement.
So in the basement, running almost the full length of our house is a hallway. We call it the storage hallway because duh, it is where we put storage. It’s a little over five feet wide and is L shaped. There are two entrances to this hall – one in the living space of the basement and one in the biggest bedroom. This is how it looks if you enter from the living space….
Once you turn the corner, it runs almost the full length of the house and has a little bump-out where the basement furnace lives.
This area is weird to us. There used to be a ‘window’ to the kitchen on the other side of this wall. We don’t know exactly what the previous owners were doing back here but there is a plug for a stove/range (????????), a couple standard outlets, and a gas line. Yeah. Our best guess is that they were cooking back here and then passing it through the window to the bar area in the kitchen? Maybe they had a grill? A barbecue? We have no idea but in our minds, it all tasted delicious.
In our future, we don’t see hotdogs roasting back here. Right past the drywall is where we want to put up a partition. On this side (let’s call it the L side), we will put washer and dryer hookups for a basement laundry nook and keep this side empty for anybody who is staying with us that may have storage needs.
Past the dry wall is the bump outs. It is nothing really special. The bump out area and the rest of the hall will be our storage for holiday bins.
In the past we had not utilized this space to the full potential but with storage shelves, we can fit our Christmas stuff (that’s the vast majority), other holiday decorations and our emergency stash.
Ok now if you get to the end, you can turn around and see the whole hall….
Now the worst part about this entire space was the floor. It was just plain nasty. If I was doing laundry down here and dropped a sock on the floor, I would seriously consider rewashing it just because the floor looked so bad. And the real kick-me-in-the-pants is that these photos were taken after it was cleaned. That’s right…all those red marks and dark marks are just stains. That’s when I started thinking about painting it.
A lot of bloggers have talked about how to paint concrete floors and I read about six accounts of how-to’s and in depth tutorials. When it came down to it….it’s really very simple. First you mop….or you get your husband to mop for you….
Let me just say that I could stand behind this man and watch him mop all day. Especially in those shorts.
It’s like those commercials of men ironing….god bless household chores.
After your floor is really clean and your every female fantasy is fulfilled….time to break out the paint. I went with Sherwin Williams Floor and Porch Enamel. A lot of people recommended this one and I liked that you can color match it in the store. Just make sure you buy it with a coupon and during a sale because dude, it can be really expensive especially if you need more than one can…which I did.
I went with Peppercorn which is a Sherwin Williams color….it’s nice and dark gray….perfect for a window-less basement space. My best tip was to hold the color swatch under those lights that shows natural light, fluorescent, and tungsten, because if your area is like mine with no natural light, it really does affect the color.
All you do is cut in around the edges and then pour out a couple cups of paint and then use a roller to push it around.
It’s UBER easy….way easier than painting a room.
Pretty soon the entire space was covered. Then came the waiting game. You have to let this stuff cure for at least 24 hours.
I did two coats and it got great coverage.
Here she is after all was said and done….
And a gif so that you can feel like you can paint a floor at warp speed! Super painter!
I could have stopped here and been perfectly fine but I decided that I would go ahead and seal it completely just so that we could have a more finished look and if we ever had a spill, it would be easy to clean up. The sealer I used was H&C’s concrete sealer wet look…..and let me tell ya….it really does make it look very wet.
I applied it the same way I did the paint….cutting in around the edges and corners and applying a generous layer in the middle with a roller.
And then after at least 72 hours, we could walk on it. Seriously…the waiting almost killed me. I was so ready to start organizing this space but thankfully we had cleaned it out and had all this done and DRY before our friends brought over the first load and started filling up their half.
My mom asked me why I didn’t do the walls but honestly….I just can’t see us doing those right now…it just doesn’t justify the cost. The floor I can explain because I would be a person who does laundry barefoot or would want to come down and get our Easter bins out without thinking about shoes….but the walls aren’t as functional. Is that weird? I mean, the floor cost about $37 a can…plus the cost of rollers….so a little over $100 total and we have enough leftover to do another small space (maybe our old workroom that holds all the furniture?)…but I imagine that the walls would have cost more than that. What would you have done?
So another thing checked off the get-ready list….and I can not wait to show ya our storage down there. It is great. So organized and functional. And just because I know exactly where every thing is….it totally makes me want to celebrate every holiday early. Basically my basement storage has turned me into Hobby Lobby 🙂 Bring on Halloween!