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Updating a Laundry Room

This DIY Basic will provide tips on updating a laundry room.

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Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Update the Ceiling and Walls

Make laundry easier and more efficient with an updated laundry room.

Start by cleaning and painting ceiling and walls

Semi-gloss paint is easier to clean than flat finish.

Light colors reflect light and make it easier to see laundry.

Step 3: Add Storage

Install a fold-down shelf for sorting and folding laundry.

Install dowel rods between shelves for hanging clothes.

Install wall hooks to hold hangers and clothes.

Step 4: Upgrade the Appliances

Upgrade to appliances with new technology

Tip: Cold water wash features can save 60% energy costs over washing with hot water.

Remove allergens from clothing with steam washer.

Speed cycles can save time spent washing clothes.

Large capacity washers can save time and energy costs.

Step 5: Paint the Floor

Seal concrete floor with epoxy paint. You’ll need epoxy paint, primer, paint rollers with lint-free, water- and solvent-resistant covers, nylon paintbrushes, concrete etcher (if needed), concrete patch, stiff-bristle brush, pressure washer, safety goggles, rubber gloves, mask, ventilation fans.

Tip: Epoxy paint emits harmful fumes; make sure work area is well-ventilated with fans; wear safety goggles, mask, and gloves.

Clean and rinse floor thoroughly.

Etching concrete will make paint adhere better. To see if floor needs etching, sprinkle it with water; if water is not absorbed quickly, floor needs etching. Floor should dry overnight after etching. Properly etched concrete has texture of medium-grit sandpaper.

When applying epoxy paint, use only nylon brushes and lint-free, all-purpose, solvent- and water-resistant roller covers. Apply epoxy paint only when room temperature is between 50 and 90 degrees F.

Apply primer and let dry for at least 8 hours.

Apply two thin coats of epoxy paint 24 hours apart.

Sprinkle color chips into paint before it dries.

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