{one room challenge} Garage Makeover Week 2: A Prettier Blank Slate

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Welcome to Week 2 of the One Room Challenge. It has been really busy around here! Last week I showed what a disaster our garage was, but we have now cleared it out and transformed the raw studs and bare concrete to create a much prettier blank slate. The organization and colorful elements will be coming into the space in another week or two, but let me show you what what we've accomplished thus far!

Garage makeover moodboard
In order to fully appreciate the progress we've made, let me remind you where we started. Keep in mind that this was the "cleaned up" version of the garage. I'll leave the scarier photos back in Week 1 because I can't bear to see them again.


Around the time that I started contemplating this garage makeover, I was contacted by my friends at Rust-Oleum asking if I'd like to partner with them by using their metallic garage floor product to create our own DIY retreat. The answer was a definite YES! But the more I looked at our unfinished garage, I couldn't yet envision it as a retreat. I worried that adding a shiny, pretty floor would look really mismatched against the unfinished walls.

Since drywalling the entire garage wasn't in the budget or the timeline, I hired a friend with a professional-grade sprayer to give the walls a quick coat of what paint. 

Painting unfinished garage studs white

We had to move everything to the center of the floor so that the walls could be painted, but even with that disorganized mess in the middle, isn't it amazing how much fresher and cleaner the garage looks with the white paint?

Once the walls were painted, we were ready to start finishing the floor. Well, almost... First we had to completely empty the garage. I've talked many times about the benefits of completely emptying a space before you begin reorganizing, but I'm typically talking about a pantry, a drawer, or a closet. Completely emptying the garage is a whole different ballpark {especially when you have enough c#@p to fill a ballpark}. 

We took truckloads of the less frequently used items to the basement of a willing family member, and then rented a small {5'x15'} storage until just a few blocks from our house for the items that we will  more likely need access to during the course of the ORC.


Coming home to the empty garage after loading up our storage unit was a bit surreal. It looks so big and clean that I almost hated to think of filling it back up again! But that feeling passed quickly when two hours later I needed something that was in storage.


The garage floor might look pretty clean, but don't be deceived it took nearly seven hours of cleaning and preparation, and half a day of dry time before we were finally ready to apply the Rust-Oleum RockSolid metallic garage floor coating. I'll share all the details about this floor on Monday, along with the full tutorial, but I just had to give you a couple of sneak peeks. {Spoiler alert: It's a sea of shiny gorgeousness!} 


So that's where we are at. We have bright white walls, a gunmetal metallic floor, and a whole lot of empty space. 

But it won't be empty much longer. I've been working on the organizational plans for the garage, and I've come up with solutions that will help us maximize the amount of storage we can pack into this space while still allowing us to park two cars in here {a novel concept, I know}. 

Garage makeover plan mock up

The location of the workshop will stay the same as before {in the front, left corner of the garage}, but we are replacing the old plastic cabinets with two new, much more functional workbenches. One will be stationary, with an open bottom shelf for our large tools. The other workbench will be on wheels with an adjustable height work surface

Since the workbenches aren't in place just yet, I thought I'd create a little mock up to show you what they'll look like in the front corner of the garage {reflections and all}. I am still deciding what color to paint the pegboard, but right now I'm leaning toward a light aqua blue.

Garage makeover mockup of new workbenches

Thanks for stopping by to see our garage progress! Next on the list: getting the electrical run for the new fridge and freezer {which are scheduled for deliver next week}; installing ceiling shop lighting to brighten up the work space; and painting the workbench pegboard. Now that I have the organizational plan drawn up, I'm also hoping to start shopping for the shelves and drawers for the storage wall.

Be sure to stop by Calling it Home to see what all of the other One Room Challenge participants have been up to this week. I was so impressed by everyone's plans last week, and I can't wait to see how the rooms come together!



35 comments :

  1. Oh my gosh, you've given me the oomph to want to actually go out and clean up my garage! This is going to look great!

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  2. WOW, this will be amazing. Just painting the walls makes such a difference but that floor is fantastic. ~Sonya

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  3. Girl, this floor color is amazing!! And the painted walls make such a difference. One of the first things I did when we moved in to our house is paint the garage, and it made SUCH a difference!

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  4. That floor is great! So glad you decided to give the walls a coat of white. Looks great!

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  5. You are so cute working hard in that garage. Gosh, I know that must've been a ton of work but the floors and walls already look fantastic! Great job on the second week!

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  6. LOVE Rock Solid flooring! We just did it in our garage-turned-media room and we're obsessed with it. Can't wait to see yours on Monday!

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  7. The floors and the walls look great! I have a feeling my husband is going to be very jealous of this makeover!

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  8. I love that you're doing your garage! This transformation is going to be so dramatic and I can't wait to watch all the progress over the next few weeks!

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  9. I think paint has magical powers, and that floor paint even more so. It looks BEAUTIFUL!!!

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  10. The powers of paint!! Your garage looks so much brighter...and THAT FLOOR!!!!! <3 <3

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  11. Angela, I love your solution of painting without drywall! My husband would kill for that floor- I can't show this to him or the awesome things you have coming up! HAHA. Can't wait to continue to see the progress!

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  12. What a cool product!!! That floor is so fun :)

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  13. You have so much space in that garage to work with! So much storage space. Love the plans and can't wait to see the room finished! Not that I'm rushing. Only 4 more weeks - yikes!

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  14. Wow! The garage is looking great. We love that floor too!

    Vicki and Jenn
    2 Bees in a Pod

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  15. Love that Rust-Oleum RockSolid, told them they should make it in white and I would totally use it inside my house too!

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  16. That floor is AMAZING! I'm so excited to see all the organization come together, too. The adjustable height workbench looks dreamy.

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  17. I'm dying over the floors!! Can't wait to see what you do next week!

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  18. Angela this is going to be amazing!!! You made so much progress! The floor is perfection!

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  19. The workbench reflections were not lost on me! I'm high-fiving, fist-bumping, and raising the roof over here! (Where are emojis when you need them?)

    It's crazy what a little (okay – a lot!) of paint will do to a space! It's totally unrecognizable with the light walls! And those floors! I don't know what I'm more shocked about – that it took SEVEN HOURS (?!) to clean them or how amazing they turned out!

    Your garage just may look better than the majority of my house, once you're through with it!

    XO, Oksana

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  20. You garage is going to be a thing of beauty I love those floors, plus I love a clean garage its my dream.
    Maria

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  21. It is amazing to see what a coat of paint will do. It totally transformed the space. Question - I see the walls are not insulated, will it be okay to put a refrigerator/freezer in there or do you have a heat source???

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    1. I had the same concern about the fridge and freezer, be we talked to half a dozen experts who all said it would be fine (including my husband's grandather who worked for Whirlpool most of his career). We've been told that the life span of the fridge and freezer might be reduced by a year or two as a result, and we are going in with that understanding, and we actually are going to be insulating the one wall behind the fridge/freezer to help counteract that.

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  22. Your garage floor is surreal! Love it and excited to see the tutorial. My husband wants to do something like this for his ugly garage floor.

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  23. Oh wow what a difference some paint makes! The floor sneak peak looks great, too. It will be so nice to have an organized garage!

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  24. Looking good! Great progress so far!

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  25. That floor looks amazing! You guys have made some great progress.

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  26. Looking forward to the tutorial of the gorgeous garage floor....what a stunning difference paint can make!
    Loving the plan for all the storage.
    http://lakbirdesign.blogspot.com/2016/10/one-room-challenge-remodeling-kitchen.html

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  27. Wow...metallic floors. Just lovely...you may just decide to have your Thanksgiving dinner in that lovely space! :} Anyway, know you are pleased with your progress! Well done.

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  28. That was so clever to paint the walls- it made such a difference! Our workshop walls are studs as well, and I was kind of dreading drywalling all of that. We just may steal this idea ;)

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  29. Angela the floor! It looks so cool! And having the walls sprayed white was a game changer - that alone will go so far to making the space feel new! Can't wait to see more.

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  30. Oh my goodness! I am so envious of this garage makeover!!!! I can't wait to see the end result. Going to be sooooooo good!

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  31. Looking good Angela! Love the color you chose for the floor.

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  32. Wow! What a transformation!! I definitely need to do that in our garage!

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  33. I am drooling over all the storage you are adding to your garage!! The painted walls make it look so much bigger!

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