Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Garage Makeover: PAINT! - p. 4

If you've been keeping tabs on our garage revamp then this is the post you've been waiting for. Because really, as much as you've enjoyed part 1, part 2, and part 3, I know that you just want to see the before and after already.....

Let me rewind a tad and talk you through what we did since power washing.

Paint was the biggie. Primer, if you will, because technically, the only thing we applied to the walls is Kilz (my fave, my hero). We originally had the idea of using the paint sprayer but quickly realized that that was not the best option for the thirsty, bare cinder block parts. By rolling we were able to apply it thicker and quicker. We did, however, spray the window trim and doors bits to spare ourselves from the horror of cutting.

Once we got the paint on the walls it felt so bright and big we might have done a bit of frolicking. Toaster just laid in front of the fan looking unimpressed with our moves.

Now let's talk about the floor. 
Originally, we wanted to put epoxy down. In a perfect world we would have but here is how the situation went...
We bought the generic, boring grey even though we had a pretty color picked out because the size kit we thought we needed was not customizable. Then we got home and realized that our garage was about 100ft bigger than we thought. Crazy what you learn when you take the time to measure, right? Because 100ft is a decent number we decided that maybe we should up-size the kit. At this point I got excited because that meant we could get a COLOR! That night, instead of rolling epoxy, I read a few more forums so that I would be extra prepared for the next days rolling. But after reading the forums (the best place for advice, amirite?) I realized that our cracked and chipped concrete floor was really not in the best shape to paint. We were being overly optimistic. In fact, it probably would have looked worse had we painted, since it would have not held long term because of moisture and flaking issues.
Thank God we had a returnable grey kit and had not just spent $200 on colored floor epoxy.

I will say that I am glad we had planned on laying epoxy because it motivated us to degrease the floor. The grime was quite thick in a several spots. The floor needed a good soaking AND a date with the scraper to get it back to a respectable state. If you are wondering about our choice of degreaser, we selected Green Envy because it had a rebate. Happily, it worked.

The best part about finishing all of this? My kitchen is no longer housing the garage contents. This makes me sooo happy.


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