Our Garage Reno – Epoxy Floors and Stenciling

Our house was built in 1950 and we bought it in its original state (read: it needed A LOT of help).  So, for the past six years we have mainly focused on fixing up the interior of our home.  Finally, about a month ago, I decided it was time to move on to the dreaded garage.  See what I mean?

Garage Before
And this was the prettier view because we had just moved all our stuff out.  Yikes!

Epoxy Floors

So the goal of our garage reno was to just make it less gross.  We didn’t want to spend the money on cabinets for concealed storage, we just wanted this space to be less yucky.  We used this Epoxy Floor Kit on the floors which included a concrete etch to wash the floors prior to application.  In a lot of the reviews, it suggested buying extra (for instance, if you have a one car garage buy the 2.5 car garage floor kit because you don’t want to run out of the epoxy while applying since it has a pretty quick dry time).  Our garage is about 370 sq. ft. and we bought the kit that said it covered 450-500 sq ft and that was sufficient.

The kit came with color chips but personally I didn’t like the blue/black/white color combo, so I searched for chips that could mimic the look of stone.  I ended up buying 7 lbs of these stone-like flakes in the color Schist (1/4″).  I wanted a full coverage of flakes and I probably could have purchased an extra bag for our 370 sq. ft. garage.

I HIGHLY recommend buying the clear coat and buying two boxes.  I bought the one box because it said it covered 450-500 sq. ft on coated concrete, and we barely had enough.  I actually had to go out and buy another box after the job was “done” because there were some spots that were missed and those bare spots felt rough and were not as easy to clean as the coated parts of the floor.  (After the epoxy and flakes, wait the appropriate amount of time to dry and then sweep/scrape off excess flakes before applying the clear coat.)

We hired a contractor to do the garage reno since some of the walls were buckling and electrical needed to be updated.  So, they did the epoxy and flakes.  I’m not even sure if they had much epoxy experience, but here is what it looked like after it was put down.  You can definitely see some lines but overall I was satisfied with it.  I fancy myself somewhat of a painter (I painted our staircase!) and, not to toot my own horn, but I think I could have done a better job.  So, I would say an epoxy DIY is very doable!

Garage After Floors

Stenciling

As I mentioned, we weren’t going to do any fancy in here.  We bought 6 open storage racks from Costco (I can’t find them online but they are by Whalen) and lined them up on either side of the garage.  Things were looking so neat and organized compared to what it looked like before, that I was inspired to do something a little extra in the laundry corner of our garage.

Before Stencil
I really need to get better with taking “before” photos but this was the laundry nook before I decided to stencil.

We had awkward pipes running behind the machines so I thought stenciling a tile around them (as opposed to wallpaper or putting up cabinets that would be hard to reach) would be a nice touch.

I bought this hex tile stencil and decided to use gray paint (Valspar Urban Sunrise).  I also purchased their stencil essentials kit which included a foam roller, clip on leveler (which was SUPER helpful in ensuring the stencil was straight on the wall) and a stencil brush (which I used to stencil on the words).  I watched some videos on how to stencil and some recommended using blue painters tape to keep the stencil in place while you rolled the paint.  However, I just used this repositionable adhesive spray every other time I rolled and it worked like a charm.

Collage
Used painter’s tape to layout the letters.  Someone suggested dry erase marker which I thought was a good idea too. TIP:  Less is more.  Do not overload your roller or stencil brush otherwise it might bleed.

To get around the pipes, I ended up cutting my large stencil up into smaller pieces.  RIP, Stencil, you were great!  The stencil came with a handy dandy smaller one that I used for edges and lettering.

Shop the Look

Full Front
Gray Paint is Valspar Urban Sunrise and white paint is BM (Super White), only because that is the white paint I had on hand.

Sources:

Rug (and its indoor/outdoor)

Mirror is from HomeGoods but I found its twin here or a look for less version here and you can paint it

Sink (and I just swapped out the hardware for this)

Basket is from IKEA

Shelves were soooo cheap and also from IKEA

Towel rail is from IKEA

Turkish hand towel

First Aid Kit is a DIY using this IKEA can and buying cross wall decals from Amazon

I am so happy I decided to do something special in here even though it isn’t my dream laundry room.  The “hex tile” has made our garage feel a part of our home (instead of the forsaken dungeon it was that I threatened to lock my kids in when they misbehaved).  We enjoy being in here so much more and it truly has added square footage to our home!

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