Garage Update: Paint!
Garage looked pretty raggedy when we bought the house. We started moving today, and cleaned/swept/blew out the garage in the process. After we got it clean I decided now was as good a time as ever to just paint the damn thing.
Before (it’s hard to see, but the walls are several variations of yellow, pink, and unfinished)
Big improvement in overall appearance and should make the garage way brighter.
frinesi2 last edited by
@bman76 looking good
WhoIsTheLeader last edited by
@bman76 A fresh coat of white makes it look so much more appealing. It's definitely a smart move to do it now rather than later before oodles of containers clog it up.
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pip bip last edited by
@bman76 missed a spot!
You did this in socks? Weirdos. Get some epoxy on the floor while you’re at it
pyroholtz last edited by
@bman76 nice. What paint did you use and did you put down primer first?
@notsomethingstructural part of the floor needs to be demoed and recast, so I’m not gonna put down any resinous flooring until after that.
@pyroholtz none. Bought the cheapest 5 gallon bucket of “high hide white” paint I could at Menards and knew it’d take a couple coats.
These pics are after 2 coats. I’ll probably hit it with 2 more sometime during the week.
MUSASHI66 last edited by
@bman76 I did the same in ours. It was a new build, but it wasn’t painted so it was just taped drywall. I went a step further and did the ceiling as well, in the same super light gray.
@bman76 is it really that bad or can you surface it out? Surfacing concrete is quite pricey but good stuff works miracles. Just clean clean clean.
@notsomethingstructural the house was built in 1957. The first 8' of the garage floor has big cracks all the way across and it's moved vertically in places, so it's uneven +/- 2" or so. It'll be easiest to just remove those two squares and re-pour it. It'd also let me add a 1" step at the door to help keep water out.
gmporschenut also a fan of hondas last edited by
@bman76 not done now, never will be.
was helping my older sister renovate her place and 4 years later the 3 differnt colors still drives everyone nuts. "hey do we want to paint?" ..."F that i'm not rearraging the shelves again"
@bman76 yeah if it’s that bad and it’s at the threshold I would probably just do it. A lot of people assume recurring cracks means it must be toast, but up to like 3/4” difference and like 1.5” wide I’d just grind it fill it and surface it. Especially with epoxy, you would barely notice the repair.
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Looks good so far.
The garage we are coming into is beige but it is in decent enough shape I’ll leave it for now. I’d like to go white with a character line of color, maybe gray below to help hide the inevitable ‘paw prints’.
Have you considered ‘mud jacking’ for the floor variances? Made a world of difference in one of my former homes. Went from 2” of variance to less than 1/4”. Was far cheaper than a demo and repour too, but I only had a couple cracks to get corrected.
When the time comes, epoxy flooring is quite nice. The commercial grad ones are far better than the home gamer kits, and well worth paying a professional to do. I had epoxy floors in a home before and loved it, went with the ‘full spectrum chip’, a beautiful finish for a parking garage: for work it was still great, until you dropped a fastener, then it was upwards of an hour of hell to find Waldo. I’d do it again but either go sparse on chips or with a color combination that didn’t hide bolts so well.
I’m considering tile as a possible ‘workspace’ alternative. It is common in commercial shops, easy to ‘spot repair’ when something goes wrong, and more durable than you’d ever think.
(Jack Olson’s 12ga Garage)