Laundry Room, Week 5 – One Room Challenge Fall 2020

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OK! We have made progress on the laundry room this week. I have painted and stenciled the floor.

And you know? It looks pretty good!

I would have liked to continue the white stain into the laundry room but we had an unfortunate laundry detergent spill on the raw concrete. As in the Costco size dispenser bottle fell right off the dryer, broke the cap, and spilled all over the floor. And cleaning up laundry detergent is just awful, it leaves a terrible film all over and soaked right into our prepped concrete surface. So, that eliminated the stain since the stain needs to be able to penetrate into the concrete.

Next option! I just decided to paint it. But because I always have to be extra, I also stenciled it. I used the onward allover stencil from Royal Design Studio, and Sherwin Williams’ porch and floor enamel in Dill and a color matched to Behr’s Dove (because it matches the trim color).

Laundry room with primed concrete floor

Step 1: Clean, prep, and prime
Last week I cleaned and prepped the floor. In fact, it took several days. Ugh.
Then we primed. I used two coats of Zinsser BIN shellac because the reputation of that stuff is that it covers EVERYTHING. Which is great because I was really worried that the detergent residue would mess with the bond.

Green paint on laundry room floor

Step 2: Base coat
Now, the stencil website indicates that you can use any wall paint and then just slap a polycrylic over it. That may work, but most polycrylics aren’t rated for floors (the can says so) and I just don’t feel like I get lucky with that kind of stuff. I’m the person that will fail on. Now, disclaimer, they do make water-based polys for floors, but they only come in gallon cans and cost, like, $60. Eh. I’ve spent enough on this room already. I bought quarts of Sherwin Williams porch and floor enamel on sale. First, three coats of this in “Dill”.

Step 3: Stencil
After 24 hours, it was stencil time. Using a foam roller, I loaded up with more porch and floor enamel, this time in a color matched to Behr’s Dove, which I what I use for trim. Then I took off all the excess paint by rolling over a paper towel. After, it was as easy as rolling over the stencil a bunch of times, seriously! The trickiest bits are near the walls. I positioned the stencil best I could and bent it up the wall.

Finished painted and stencilled floors

Step 4: Cleanup, detail, and corners
Now the trickiest bit. I am not using any quarter round, so I needed to hand paint the rest of the way to the wall. I also used small detail brushes to clean up the pattern in a few places.

What do you think? I think it’s pretty nice.

If you’re thinking of stenciling a floor, my number 1 tip is to not stress out if its a little messy or there’s a bit of bleed. Stand up first, see if it’s still visible at full height. It’s kind of amazing how clean the stencil was from a proper distance even if it was kind of fuzzy on the floor!

My number 2 tip is to have a workflow. I put my paper towel in a tray, I used tons of plastic bags to store brushes, rollers, trays, and generally keep things neat. It is way too easy to get sloppy and track paint all over your floor.

Next week we finish up! I’ll be finishing up the paint, swapping out electricals, hanging cabinets, and just generally bringing the whole thing back together. Yay!

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