Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mudroom: Stage 2

Stage 1 can be found here. 

I will be honest guys, I am a little bummed by our progress in here.  I wanted to have more done today, but the weather is not cooperating.  It is just a case of me being impatient, but we have made a LITTLE progress in the mudroom. 

Last time you saw it, it looked like this...
...which was a vast improvement, but there was still a lot that we wanted to do to make this into a more welcoming entry as well as a functioning mudroom.  Last night after the boys went to bed, Matt had practice (he plays bass) so I got to work in the mudroom. 

I swept it all out twice, and then I vacuumed...
...and then I hosed it all down with a garden hose and used this degreaser/etcher by Valspar to prep the concrete. 
I would love to have been able to have pictures of this step, but I was working on my own, so...sorry about that! Basically you put the cleaner in a plastic watering can, and sweep it back and forth to cover small sections of the concrete.  If the cleaner DOES NOT fizz when it hits the floor - it isn't working.  I then scrubbed each section.  Next up, you just hose it all down, and let it dry overnight. I also scrubbed down all the cinderblocks and the window sills. 

And this is where Mother Nature is not working with me.  It rained last night, so the air is super humid here, and it just does not want to dry.  I really wanted to get the first coat on the floor while the boys were napping, but if your concrete is not totally dry, you really cannot paint it and expect your paint to last!
Half painted.
I did manage to get a coat on the half-wall though, and man! It is already so much brighter in there! A coat of paint really can make a huge difference!
So there you go.  Some underwhelming real time progress!

     A disappointed DIY-er


  1. It's going to be great and it really does make a difference! It's always a bummer when you don't get as far as you hoped but just think of the amazing progress you have made already!!

    1. Thanks Christine!! I did the silly thing where I put a deadline in my own head - and when I didn't meet it I was disappointed! When I look at how far we have come (moldy carpet anyone?) I do feel like we have made a lot of progress!

  2. It is going to look amazing! Dry you darn concrete floor!

  3. MAJOR progress, I think! But thanks for keeping it real; progress may not always be smooth, but you'll get there. This totally inspired me today. Loving your blog!

    1. Thanks!! And its very true - we all want the "after" to be right away, but we gotta put in the time and work!

      Thanks for stopping by!!

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