|Our garage before|
In this episode of Finishing Our Garage...let's talk walls!
Here is a picture of what we started with. As you can see it was a...well...a garage. There was nothing wrong with it, we just wanted to have a little fun with the space!
To start, we had to decide if we wanted to DIY the mudding (application of joint compound) or find someone who would tackle that for us. This can be a very messy process, but can totally be a DIY. Ultimately, our decision was to find a handy man who could do this with his eyes closed, as opposed to us taking all weekend just to figure it out. If you decided to DIY, make sure you have adequate ventilation and something to capture all the dust, because there will be lots of sanding in this project.
We found our guys (it was a team of four) and they began work early in the morning and finished early evening.
Without being too boring, our process was as follows:
- Application of joint compound (not the premixed, although it can be used for this task)
- Painting the walls
- Painting the ceiling
They applied 2-3 coats of the joint compound, allowing it to dry then sanding between every coat. The main thing is to make sure the walls appear uniform. There is an additional step called skim coating (which we did not do). Applying the skim coat will ensure that your wall surface is very smooth and ultra uniform. You remember in my first post where I mentioned turning my eye to some things? Yep, this is one. This was one step we thought we could skip because we would be covering the walls with some sort of storage solution. So...who would see our oh-so-perfect walls? No one...not even us! I have a picture below that will show you the imperfections. I should also note that adding the skim coat would have been an additional charge, but not sure how much so be sure to ask for full pricing if you are hiring a crew.
It was an all day job, and to complete the process, we just had to let it dry. We left the garage up for a few extra hours to allow this to happen and the finished product was just what we wanted!
|Imperfection on walls|
Overall, we loved how it turned out and we were happy we decided to let the pros do it. They are always so appreciative and we appreciate them as well!
Next up, we added a pop of color to the garage door! I am really proud of it because I actually did it! #BabySteps
|Our garage after|
|Before and After|