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Time consuming yes, difficult...no!
Painting a basement floor is not difficult, it is a bit time consuming, but the hard work really pays off, and creates additional living space within your home!
For the purpose of this article, I will refer to Epoxy Shield Basement Floor Paint, because this is what we used and the results were beautiful. I chose this paint because it's decorative, durable, and you do not need to prime the floor or seal it afterwards. It is a "One" coat job. You can also opt for Behr Brand, but I wanted as few steps as possible. We did not choose Behr because of all the steps involved. The paint also includes speckle chips for an optional decorative look, and an additive you can buy separately to create non-slip zones (sand usually works just as well). Our home was built in 1969, and the floor prior to painting was simply a grey concrete cement floor. We did not fill the floor cracks in our prep work to perfection, but we were satisfied with the job and outcome of our efforts. We've since doubled our living space and created a rec/family room in our basement, as well as a laundry center, work-out area, and storage for tools and other projects.
This simple project turned our spooky old dingy basement into a ton of useful extra space, 1320 square feet to be exact, all in one weekend!
Unfinished basement floor
- Examine the floor for cracks, stains, leaks or water damage
- Repair leaks and water damage before painting
- Fill cracks with masonry cement crack filler, this is easy to do and you only will need a putty knife to apply. Apply it as smoothly as possible. One tube (same size as caulk, will run about $6), this type is used for cracks smaller than 1/2 inch in depth and width, basically surface cracks.
- When the floor is dry, clean up any loose debris or dirt.
- Do one more double check for blemishes you want to repair or hide, if there are more, repeat these steps.
Epoxy paint speckles
About the Paint
One package of Epoxy Shield Basement Floor Paint will cover roughly 250 sq. ft. Our floor coverage was approximately 1320 sq ft. We were able to cover this with 6 cans, it just made it, but we did it. The paint runs about $40-$60 a can, depending on where you buy it. Keep in mind this is primer, paint and sealer in one. That was one way I felt justified by the expense.
What you will need;
- Cement crack filler, if the surface needs repair before painting
- TSP-a powdery cleaning solution, wear gloves when using
- A scrub brush, and protective cleaning gloves
- Multiple foam paint brushes (this is epoxy paint, don't bother using brushes you need to wash), you will use the foam brushes for edge work only. I personally liked the 2-3 inch size.
- Cans of paint. The amount needed will depend on your surface area to cover
- Stir sticks, to stir the paint
- old sheet, or something to put the paint on while you work
- Multiple Paint rollers, I liked 1/4 inch nap disposable rollers (we used one roller per can)
- Decorative flakes included with paint (use if desired, we decided we wanted them)
- Nonslip additive (if desired, sold separate, sand also works) we did not use this. But it would be great around a washer dryer, or anywhere you feel more traction on the floor is needed
- Repair damage to floors with cement filler, allow that to completely dry
- clean up loose debris on the floor
- scrub the floor with TSP, wear gloves when using this
- Let floor dry
- The paint will take 1/2 hour to set up. You will have 2 cans, pour the epoxy into the paint, stir well and let it sit for 30 minutes before using. Before using, stir again.
- Begin painting from a corner out, working your way toward the room exit.
- Work in sections one can at a time (sprinkle decorative chips/flakes as you work) when you no longer are able to paint without stepping on where you just worked, call it a night and use another can the following day
- Rinse and repeat steps until finished
Finished basement floor
Enjoy your newly painted basement and added living space.
More DIY projects
- How to paint old tile and grout with Epoxy paint!
Give old tile and grout new life with Epoxy paint, skip the tear out! This is an easy DIY project that can rejuvenate yucky tile and an outdated space in no time flat!
- YOU can change an electrical outlet!
A very easy way to change the electrical outlets in your home. Also, you can be very helpful for friends and family once you learn this simple task!
© 2013 Rebecca
Rebecca (author) from USA on May 13, 2020:
Thanks. It held up really well for 10 years then we had a flooding issue, so now some is peeling in spots. Something to keep in mind, water damage is bad for this paint
Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on May 07, 2020:
Interesting and informative hub :) I have never seen this done in a basement yet, but I have seen it used on garage floors :) . What a wonderful transformation :) Have a wonderful day :)
SuperiorInteriors from San Diego, California on June 24, 2013:
This is very well detailed! This is an excellent way to get started on your mission to reclaim your basement! The article below has some really good ideas on what to do with all that extra space!
Maren Elizabeth Morgan from Pennsylvania on March 09, 2013:
Thank you for this detailed, step-by-step explanation. I am tucking this product into my head for sometime in the future!