Garage Redo Part One

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.image

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.