It’s been a wild week here La Casa Striped. Every year, when the temps get back to normal, I get all excited to do a bunch of projects and always over commit myself! If you drove past my house any time during the last 5 days, you probably thought to yourself “whaaat is going on there?” My front yard is half dug up in preparation for all new landscaping coming on Thursday (yay!), and I cleaned out my garage, so I could paint the walls. So my driveway was covered with river rock, tools, yard supplies and tons of other things I didn’t even know I had in my garage.
If you are new to The Striped House, welcome! I’m participating in this fall’s One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda at Calling it Home. You can read all about my plans to make over my garage in my week 1 update.
My goal for Week 2 was to get my garage cleaned out and walls painted. Sorry for the chalky looking picture. I’ll explain below…
Remember the “before”?
In my garage, I have two walls that are cinder blocks, the other is drywall. There is a built in tool bench along two thirds of the back wall. My goal was to go bright white!
WHAT I USED
- 4 gallons of this paint made for concrete, masonry, and stucco
- paint sprayer
- this fantastic rubber paint gallon lid topper
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE?
It took me 1.5 hours to do each coat of paint. The sprayer is pretty easy to use. You put the paint in the paint cup on the sprayer and go at it. No paint thinning required.
DID THE PAINT COVER WELL?
Honestly? After two coats, I was expecting better coverage. I thought the paint would have a more primer-paint effect. Stepping back, I can already tell that I’ll need to do a third coat with a roller. *groan* I’m sure once I move things back in, no one would ever notice, but I want it to be done correctly and not have to think about the thinner spots later. The walls look dirty (“chalky” in photos”), and it’s because the paint isn’t thick enough. It’s hard to say if it was because of the texture of the cinder blocks, or the sprayer or the paint. So by the time I write the post for next week, I’ll have 6 gallons of paint on the walls, just over $150 worth of paint. Uufta.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW IF YOU DO THIS IN YOUR OWN GARAGE
Plan Accordingly: It took me about 3 hours to clean out my garage. Be prepared to throw out a lot of stuff and donate a lot of things. You’ll find things you don’t want to put back in your pretty new garage.
Nice Looking Walls Will Make Everything Else Look Old: We’ve all had this happen to us. Once you put one nice thing in a room, the whole rest of the room needs to rise to meet those standards. Snowball effect of decorating.
Timing is Everything: I had to move everything out and back into my garage three times. Start super early in the morning. Clean it out, spray the first coat and see if you can get the second coat on by the end of the day. Sprayers don’t put on thick coats. If I hadn’t started getting sick, I would have done it that way. This applies only to those who don’t want to leave their items on their driveway over night.
Concrete-Masonry-Stucco Paint Does Not Work Well on Wood: I’ll need to go back to a standard primer and paint for the work bench. Hence the reason it looks dirty in the pictures.
I’m curious to hear about other’s experiences painting their own garage. How many coats of paint did you have to paint? What kind of sprayer did they use? What kind of paint?
Lots more to do. I had better get a move on it 😉