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How To Paint A Basement Floor

Basement, Home Maintenance
By on Oct 8, 2016
How To Paint A Basement Floor

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A basement is a space of the home that shouldn’t go unused. For storage, relaxing or other functions, the livable square footage of this space can’t be beat. If you’re looking to make your basement livable, a fresh coat of paint is a great place to start.

Painting your basement floor is a simple DIY project that’s great for beginners and will only take a day or two to complete. Gather your paint supplies and get to work on painting your basement floor.

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Rustic Basement Floor

Basement Floor Paint

Outside of the actual painting process, choosing the right basement floor paint is extremely important. You’ll want to choose a paint specifically for concrete, like epoxy paint. Epoxy paint comes in a variety of colors, so you can find one that matches your style.

A green or beige color can really warm up a basement. If you plan on using your basement for storage and laundry, a soft ivory can give your basement a nice clean feel. If you are wondering how much paint you’ll need for your project, our paint calculator will help.

Cautions Before Painting

Painting your basement floor may seem like an easy fix to brightening up the space, however you’ll want to be aware of a few things before jumping into your painting project. Moisture and cracks should be taken care of before you begin, as it can cause the paint to not adhere properly to the floor but is also signs of damage to your basement or foundation. Contact a pro to get any issues fixed right away.

You’ll also need to be sure to have proper ventilation while working on the project, as many paints have fumes that are dangerous in a small, enclosed space.

Gray Basement Floor

Materials Needed

  • Epoxy Paint
  • Epoxy Paint Primer
  • Degreasing Solution
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Masking Tape
  • Concrete Patching Compound
  • Paint Roller
  • Paint Brush
  • Mop
  • Bucket

Examine Your Concrete

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Before you begin painting, you must know if your concrete floor can be painted. First, make sure all areas of your bathroom floor are smooth. Use sandpaper to smooth rough patches you may find. Second, you’ll need to check for dampness in your floor. Tape a 2’ by 2’ square of plastic wrap down. Be sure to tape all sides. Let it sit for 24 hours and remove. If there is any moisture left behind, your concrete cannot be painted. Make any repairs needed before continuing with the project.

Prep Your Basement

Once you’ve tested and ensured your concrete is in great shape for a new coat of paint, you can now begin your project. As with any paint project, the final product is only as good as how you’ve prepared for it.

Remove Items & Clean

Take all items off the ground before beginning. If you use your basement for storage, this task might force you rethink your current organization strategy. Sweep up any dirt. Wash the floor with the degreasing solution to ensure a thorough clean.


Next, repair any cracks or holes in the concrete with a concrete patching compound. Let this dry thoroughly before putting any paint on top.


While your concrete patching compound is drying, now is a great time to tape the bottom of your wall and any supports you don’t want to get paint on.

Speckled Basement Floor

Prime Your Floor

Just like your walls, its best to prime your floors before applying your final color. Start opposite the basement’s entrance. With a paintbrush, carefully paint around the edges of the room and any supports. Then using the paint roller, paint the floor. Make sure the coat is even and let it dry completely before applying your top coat.

Apply Your Paint

Once the primer has dried completely, you can begin applying your epoxy floor paint starting opposite the basement’s entrance. Begin by painting your edges and around any supports. You’ll want to make sure this is even around the room. Next, using a paint roller, apply the paint evenly across the room. It’s very important to keep your strokes in the same direction. Let this coat dry and then repeat for a second coat.

When you are done, step back and admire your work! It’s advised to let your paint dry for at least a week before walking on or placing anything on it.


Painting your basement floor is a budget-friendly and quick update to make. You can easily transform the look of your basement with a quick paint job to start enjoying all the benefits it brings!

Want to make the most of your DIY paint project? Read DIY House Painting Guide: Step-By-Step for more tips.

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