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Bringing the Inside-Out (to the Garage!)

Posted: July 13th, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions |

I think I was born and raised to love garages. Yes, you read me right. Garages. You see, since I can remember, my dad loved to be out in the garage, sweeping and organizing the day away. We would come home from church on a Saturday night to find him in the garage - holding his broom surrounded by big piles of dirt, smiling and sweating from ear to ear but with a complete sense of accomplishment in his eyes.

I really never knew the feeling until we owned our first house and slowly the desire to clean and organize the garage became stronger and stronger. My garage mud room infatuation might make a little more sense to you now. That brings me to sharing one of the best projects we have done in a long time!

{If you have no desire or just think I’m completely nuts to even care about a garage - feel free to stop now because it is going to get pretty disgustingly awesome.}

My husband and I have been talking about wanting to epoxy or finish the garage floor but the perfect weekend had just never come up until the last one.

Now let me state a couple of important details first before I go into the slideshow of pictures.

1. Our garage floor was D.I.R.T.Y - always and still was even after I swept it at least once a week. We had some awful stains which you will see.

2. We were blessed with amazing shelving in the back of the garage which came in handy when moving all the things out of the garage and keeping it off the floor.

3. If you have ever just thought it would be a nice thing – You HAVE to do it!!!


But after power washing it…





Storage shelving (and a plugged in tv because he didn’t want to miss the game!)




Lots of brands out there but we used Behr in tan from Home Depot -$75.00 for a one car garage (but we got out about 1 and 1/2 worth with one tub)




In the process 

First coat - My job was to cut in with the hand brush, David was painting with the roller and then I threw the flakes





One HUGE stain





Where is the stain now?





A surprise addition using 2×4’s for $20.00





Added trim to cover the ugliness of where the dry wall and concrete lip met. 





We love the finished but natural look!






Very little skill, a lot of sweat and a custom looking garage floor that you actually look forward to walking barefoot on. In my opinion, the best money ever spent!


And a final before and after, just because I love it so much!

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♥ Katie

I’ve linked this post up to Susan’s Met Monday Party and Nester’s Price My Space Party. (I realize this is going to be a little unconventional for these sites and their beautiful decor but I taking a shot!)

18 Comments on “Bringing the Inside-Out (to the Garage!)”

  1. 1 ButterYum said at 7:36 am on July 13th, 2009:

    I have to show this post to my hubby… I’ve been bugging him for a few years to do something with our garage… this is exactly what I had in mind!

  2. 2 Sarah said at 7:45 am on July 13th, 2009:

    What a pretty garage! I’m always organizing mine and re-organizing mine in pursuit of perfection. You have done a great job with yours!

  3. 3 Christi at A Southern Life said at 8:33 am on July 13th, 2009:

    I would love to have you come and clean my garage. Love how are so organized.


  4. 4 Colleen P. said at 12:41 pm on July 13th, 2009:

    OMG it’s gorgeous! I was hoping someone would do a garage because it’s one of the biggest impact projects for the least amount of money you can do!

    I still think I’m the only person with a faux fireplace, mantel included, in my garage! Smug I am about that, I can tell you! I’m pretty sure it used to be a family room…I hope so anyway.

  5. 5 sabrina said at 2:44 pm on July 13th, 2009:

    oh, thank you so much for posting. This is just what I needed to see. I have been wanting to finish off our garage for some time. Now I have a vision of what it could look like. Thanks again.

  6. 6 ldh said at 6:15 pm on July 13th, 2009:

    This is amazing! I have thought about painting the floor of the garage many times ~ your pictures sure look good. So happy you posted!
    Kindly, ldh

  7. 7 Infarrantly Creative said at 6:32 pm on July 13th, 2009:

    I think you are talking me into this…although I spray paint in my garage too much…hubby might think it was a waste.

  8. 8 Kammy said at 8:10 pm on July 13th, 2009:

    Looks like a million bucks ! Great job your hubby and you !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  9. 9 Emily said at 6:12 am on July 14th, 2009:

    It looks amazing! This is on my H’s list of things to do, but the people at Home Depot told us not to bother because our floor was dirty (from two years of parking on it) and that power washing it wouldn’t help. It’s hard to believe, but any truth to that?!

  10. 10 Janice said at 8:04 am on July 14th, 2009:

    Nice job on the most neglected room of the house! Our floor has cracks in it from settling over the years, but it probably wouldn’t be that hard to cover them. Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. 11 Mrs. Q said at 10:02 am on July 14th, 2009:

    Oh I so want to do this in our garage….the previous owners must have chopped wood in it because the floor has all kinds of dents and crevasses. Love the new floor! Have to put this on my home improvement wishlist :)

  12. 12 Sandy McAllister said at 4:46 pm on July 14th, 2009:

    That is a wonderful transformation. I love organization of any kind. Kudos

  13. 13 Cheri Peoples said at 4:52 am on July 15th, 2009:

    LOVE it-What a great post. As soon as we get moved and settled I think this will be a :must do” on our list.

    come visit me-July GIVE AWAY all month

  14. 14 Kim said at 8:12 am on July 15th, 2009:

    My hubby wants to do this to our garage floor. The only thing stopping us is the pile of crap we need to go through first to get to the garage floor. Your floor turned out great.

  15. 15 Katie said at 8:05 am on July 16th, 2009:

    That is strange because at our Home Depot we got the exact opposite reaction. They told us that some people who have new homes have problems because the concrete has not settled long enough. There was a solution that we used before painting to soften any existing hard spots but it all worked great on our garage floor and it is 20 years old! Maybe another opinion from HD or check Behrs website for responses to using the product? I hope it all works for you - it really is amazing!

  16. 16 Marie said at 9:32 pm on July 16th, 2009:

    Love what you did with the floor! My husband’s office is in the garage and we are slowing transforming into less of a “garage” and more of a work space for him. Thank you for sharing this great inspiration!


  17. 17 Sarah @ Thriftydecorchick said at 8:13 pm on July 17th, 2009:

    LOVE IT!!! I just finished ours yesterday but am going to do a couple little projects to finish it up. I’ve always wanted to do this — how long did it take start to finish?

  18. 18 Kelly said at 5:47 am on July 24th, 2009:

    I’m going to do this for my husband for his birthday. I think it will make the floor easier to clean too.

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