This is the second part of our new garage finishing project.
Just like when we worked on our previous garage, right after insulating and drywalling this new garage, our next step was to prime and paint all the walls and the ceiling. You all should know by now that I can’t stand an unfinished garage. Well, I can’t stand an unpainted garage either.
As I’ve mentioned before, a coat of paint is an easy and inexpensive way to transform any room, in this case, our usually neglected garages, into a more comfortable and pleasant place to be or work in.
I definitely recommend everyone to finish and paint their garages, believe me, you will not be disappointed.
As you learned in our previous post, to complete this new garage project we followed the exact same steps from our old garage:
- Insulating and Drywalling the garage walls (luckily not the ceiling this time)
- Priming and Painting the garage walls and ceiling
- Installing a nice garage flooring (a secret for now)
- Installing Garage Storage Cabinets
Once the first step was completed, we moved on to the next one, priming and painting our new garage walls and ceiling.
HOW WE PRIMED OUR NEW GARAGE
As I’ve done before, I started by applying a coat of primer with the roller. I started with the ceiling because it is more uncomfortable and takes longer to paint, then I moved on to the walls. Later on, when I had covered most of the area, I used a brush to paint all the edges.
As of now, we haven’t had any issues using regular primer, I believe it is absolutely unnecessary to spend more than you need to on a fancy one. This time we used the Zinsser Primecoat2 we’ve used before.
HOW WE PAINTED OUR NEW GARAGE
The next day, making sure the coat of primer was completely dry, I started painting the ceiling. Using the same method (a roller and a brush on the edges) and a flat white paint I had left over from our last garage project.
Last but not least, I started painting the walls. This time, I also used the same paint I used in the last garage. For two reasons, I really liked the color and the fact that we also had some left over. We had to get an extra couple of gallons for this bigger garage, though, and I made a mistake. Last time, I mentioned that if I ever had to do it again, I would use satin paint. Well, I forgot about it and ended up getting the exact same flat one.
ONE SMALL CHANGE FROM THE PREVIOUS GARAGES
One thing we did differently this time was the garage foundation. In our first garage, I didn’t paint it, just to realize it didn’t look that good.
In our second garage, I painted it the same color of the rest of the walls. I didn’t look bad, but we thought we could do better than that.
This time, as you can see in the last few photos, we decided to leave it white. We believe it looks way better as it contrasts with the rest of the walls and acts as some kind of baseboard.
Readers, have you finished and painted your garage yet? What do you think of our new one? Should we have used a different color?
Wanting to prime and paint your garage walls as part of your latest garage improvement project? This is what you need:
- Masking tape
- Primer & paint (your favorite color)
- Paint rollers (with extension pole), paint roller tray, and brushes
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