The garage is often the first space to welcome you home and the last to see you part – don’t overlook it! Watch as we transform this space and tackle our Garage Studio Makeover, starting with painting the garage walls.
I just made the announcement that we have moved into a rental home, listed our home of 5 years for sale and are looking towards buying property and building the home of our dreams . . . eventually. I also mentioned how this change has left me feeling like an artist without a canvas in a rental home that is dark, brown, and far from my style.
But, I shall not despair! Rather, my husband and I put our heads together and figured out a way that I can still create, film, photo and share projects on this here blog.
The answer to our problem was the garage! Here is how it looked when we moved in and after we just dumped things we had no where else to put.
I’m really excited about the potential of this space and the ideas are brewing in my head. Because it is Summer and the kids are home, this may take us the whole Summer to wrap up, but having a project to work on helps me not feel discouraged. A creator must create!
I feel a bit like a garage band, trying to make their start in a humble garage. Maybe I’ll call myself “The Garage Blogger”. 😉
Please take a minute to watch this video. I explain the plans for the space and give you a glimpse of the painting process we took for painting the garage walls. Then I’ll be sure to leave you some tips down below so you can also explore the idea of making your garage a space you love.
(P.S. I know, my painting outfit is EPIC. I mean . . . socks with sandals, ya’ll).
Can you believe what a fresh coat of white paint did for this garage?!
While the owners of the home don’t want us to make changes inside the house, they didn’t have any objections to us painting the garage. In fact, they probably thought we were crazy for wanting to do it, without understanding my needs.
So like I mentioned in the video, half the garage will function as my studio where I will create, film and photo, and we will need the other half to store garage essentials.
Through this process, I’m hoping to inspire you with garage organization hacks and ideas, as well as some cool studio solutions I have up my sleeves.
It’s not as beautiful as our old home, by any stretch of the imagination, but I think I can make it work for the time being. Our plan is to only include things that we can take with us when the time comes to move, and instantly have a well organized garage in the next home as well.
As far as the studio is concerned, I’ve always found garage directional lighting to be excellent for photography. I have the bonus of having some side windows to let in even more light.
TIPS FOR PAINTING THE GARAGE WALLS
We learned a few things while researching how to paint this semi-outdoor space, as well as working through the process. I’d like to share them with you here.
SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED
- I read conflicting info on whether to use interior or exterior latex paint. Exterior paint is best to hold up to temperature changes, moisture and heat. On the down side, it has harsher chemicals than interior paints, that would be best in non-enclosed spaces. After reading and seeking help at the Home Depot paint desk, we decided to go with Exterior Latex Paint so the homeowners would not run into problems in the future. But many advise interior paints would be fine because you are not likely to get too much moisture inside the garage. Also, priming the walls before hand is a really good idea.
- We bought a 5 gallon bucket and used it all, plus had to have about a gallon and a half more for better coverage. This was for a 2 car garage.
- If you have a professional sprayer, this would be less labor intensive. We didn’t want to spend more than necessary so opted to roll. Extension poles were a must to get the ceiling and high parts.
- Floor protector
- You can use paper rolls, plastic sheets, or dropcloths. But you don’t want to risk paint splatter all over the concrete floor.
- Be sure to remove all outlet covers and hardware, if there are any.
- If your sheetrock walls have holes and seams that are not mudded and sanded down, you’ll need to do this first.
- Paint from top down. If you are doing the ceiling, work on that first.
- Paint with the door open for ventilation whenever possible.
- Expect to do 3 coats. 1 of primer and 2 of paint, or 3 coats of paint if you don’t use primer. This also may differ based on the quality of your paint. As far as paint goes, I’ve found that you pay for what you get.
- Get help! It’s a big project!
- Let cure overnight before moving anything back into the space.
I’m not sure if you see what I see, but a blank white canvas get’s me giddy excited! So much potential!
I’d love to hear about the current situation of your garage right now. Is it pretty scary, like our garage has always been? Can you find the things you are looking for in there? Can you even park the car where it is intended? I’ve been thinking really hard on what we often use the garage for and how to maximize on the space.
I know for many of us, the garage is to store tools, recreational products, seasonal outdoor items and possibly the only place we have to store interior items as well. What challenges do you face in your garage that you would like help with? I’d love to hear all this so I can keep it in mind as I come up with garage organization solutions.
Here is to hoping I can pull this off and create a space that makes us all feel like twirling in the sunlight 😉
What do you think of my first project in the rental home? I was filled with such gratitude for all the kind comments on our moving post, and can’t wait to challenge myself to continue to share home inspiration no matter the situation we find ourselves in. Thank you all for being so wonderful!