Have you ever fallen in love with a pair of shoes or an accessory item and have found yourself buying an entire outfit to go with that one small item? I have.
Only for me it’s a pillow or a jar or some accessory that leads to revamping an entire room to go with ‘said’ item. For the garage…..it was metal school lockers. I love mud Rooms and I really wanted to put lockers in my house for each kid. I just didn’t have the space in my laundry room unless I wanted to give up precious pantry space.
So the journey began to revamp the garage. Of course I did my research, looking at all the fabulous garages on Pinterest. I wasn’t a real fan of the glossy epoxy floors, racing stripes or neon colors. I wanted the garage to look like an extension of my home. So I thought I would do everything but the floor. Then I saw this faux tile floor and this faux brick floor. It was a hard decision but laziness and resell factors won out and I chose the tile.
To get the step by step details for the floor, click HERE
Honestly the hardest part of remodeling the garage is moving everything out and figuring out where to store it for a month. At first I worked around it. I started by texturing the walls and ceiling with joint compound. Huge mess even though I covered things with tarps. Joint compound is water soluable and fairly easy to clean up small droppings, however I had a bit more than small droppings to clean up. Then I primed with Kilz.
By then I was so sick of moving things out of my way that I decided to clear everything out of the garage. I should have done that to begin with. It made a huge difference to have an empty garage to work in.
Then it was time to paint. Originally I planned on doing something very neutral like in the white family. Something versatile that would go well with warm or cool colors or both. I was thinking of the person In the possible future who I would sell the house to. The garage is often the man’s domain so I didn’t want to deter a buyer with soft colors. I would add the bright and cute to the door or accents. But in the end, long story short, I went with a yellow. When wet this yellow looks like fresh butter….almost white. But when dry it was very different. I went with a cheaper paint – Walmart Glidden because I would be purchasing so much of it. I wouldn’t use Glidden again BTW. I used it once long ago and hated it but I couldn’t remember why so I thought I’d give it another try. Now I remember why. The colors are not rich and lack depth. Glidden also doesn’t clean well and the texture is a bit chalky and not in a good way.
After the paint and concrete stain, I trimmed it out with plain 1X5 and 1X4 boards. I spray painted them first with Rustoleum Painters Touch white semi gloss. Then I nailed them on with a brad gun. I filled in the nail holes with putty and touched up the paint a bit.
For pops of color I painted the doors and the bike rack that my dad had made out of metal pipes many years ago.
I added a work bench that I got from Harbor Freight for $79 and some shelving from Costco. The peg boards are one 4X8 sheet cut into two smaller pieces that I got from Home Depot for $20. My dad built a bench to put the lockers on. I ended buying the lockers from Walmart for $74 each. They were clearing out the blue ones so they were much cheaper. So I went with blue.