I would like to use an old tv entertainment center in our laundry room

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Would like to use the wooden entertainment center in our mud room / laundry room. To place our big appliances like crock pot electrical skillet. But my concern and question for advice is the vent doesn’t go outdoors so the room tends to be very moist when doing laundry. Is there a paint or finish I can use to protect the cabinet. Or should I look into doing something else

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  • Something is amiss here. Dryers are supposed to vent to the exterior of the home. I would look into having that updated to local building code. Using an entertainment system is a great idea! I would paint it to coordinate with the room.
  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 24, 2017
    You should route the vent outside. That is too much moisture for indoors. Then apply a few light coats of a good gloss paint.
  • 27524803 27524803 on Nov 24, 2017
    Address the moisture issue first... see if there is a way to vent your dryer to the outside...you may have to move it to an exterior wall..
    HomeAdvisor.com or AngiesList.com should be able to connect you with a reputable contractor or handyman that can help you with this.
    the entertainment center is a great idea for storage in a laundry room
  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Nov 24, 2017
    I have a shelving system in my laundry room that looks like it was a part of a kitchen as it has a Formica top on it and it has a hutch on top that was added. They took the doors off the lower part and left the entire system open. It was painted white and in the three years we have been in this house I haven't had a problem with the humidity affecting it. We have two fifty gallon garbage cans that we use an RO system to fill for our huge salt water fish tanks, so it stays a bit humid in the laundry room. Our furnace and water heater are also in there.
    • Theresa Dibble Theresa Dibble on Nov 24, 2017
      thanks Nancy. Good to know someone else has moisture problem. It’s a free item so if it’s a bust oh well. Nothing really lost. But hoping it will work. Does it look like a glossy paint.
  • Sharon Sharon on Nov 24, 2017
    I would figure out a way to vent, but temporarily you can use a dehumifier, paint with kitchen & bath semi-gloss paint and add a mildewcide to it. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=how+to+vent+a+dryer+without+a+vent+to+outside