Welcome to the 703rd Metamorphosis Monday!
My home was built around 1982-83 so it’s 40 years old now. I’ve lived here for 32 of those 40 years. Many, many years ago, sometime around the 2001-2002 time frame, I painted the walls of the garage. I don’t remember now why I did that, I guess I thought they needed it.
In 2008, I turned my son’s childhood bedroom into a home office. At that time, I moved all of his bedroom furniture down to the garage.
It was a big job, getting all that heavy furniture all the way down the stairs by myself, so I decided to not go as far as taking it all the way down to the basement.
I’m glad I only took it down as far as the garage because just a few short years later, it was needed again. I loaded the two beds into my SUV and drove it up to Ohio where it was once again employed in a dinosaur-themed bedroom makeover my daughter-in-love and I created for my two grandsons. Over the next two years, during every trip to Ohio, I would take another piece–like the chest of drawers, another smaller chest that was also a cabinet for holding a TV, a desk, hutch, and the desk chair. It was a journey getting it all there. The only thing I haven’t been able to take is the huge bookcase that was a part of the bedroom set. It just won’t fit into my SUV. One day, I’ll get it there, but currently, there’s no room for it and it’s not really needed, so there’s no rush.
With all of that furniture finally out of the garage, I could see just how badly the garage needed to be painted again. Once I got that idea into my head, it was “Katie, bar the door!” The wheels started turning and this “paint -the-walls-project” has now morphed into a full-blown garage makeover.
I’ve always wished for better lighting in the garage. These two small, builder-grade lights were all that I had here, other than the light in the garage door opener.
While waiting for the painters to be available (they will be here in two days!) I had new lighting installed. I LOVE this lighting! It is a million times brighter than the old lighting–definitely recommend it if you are in need of new lighting for a kitchen, garage, laundry room, or wherever.
This lighting is designed with three settings: Soft White, Bright White, or Daylight–3000K/4000K/5000K. I went with the middle setting. The highest setting looked grayish white and the lowest setting had a yellow tinge/glow. The middle setting was perfect and really beautiful. It doesn’t really come across in photos but it is a beautiful pure white light that is just perfect for the garage. I would totally use it in a laundry room or kitchen, as well. (This light is available here: Flush Mount LED Lighting.)
One of the things I wanted to have done before the painting took place was to have this wire that goes from the ceiling outlet to the sprinkler system, re-run along the wall and along the beam down the center of the garage so it would be much less noticeable. My sprinkler guy can’t get here until next week, so he said to have the painters remove the tacks that are holding it up and let it droop down for painting the ceiling. He will be out next week to replace and reroute it with a new one that will be a lot less noticeable.
During this makeover, I’ve decided to only have 5 cabinets down this wall of the garage. All of the cabinets have stayed so nice and clean inside over the past 4 years, all except for the one on the far left near the garage door. Being so close to the door, it collects dust so I’ll be moving it to the front wall of the garage and adding a couple of more cabinets to go with it.
One of my favorite parts of this makeover will be finally getting this wooden garage door painted. I have no idea why it wasn’t painted when the home was first built since it was painted on the exterior.
I’ve been second-guessing my choice for the new epoxy flooring. I’ve seen a few photos of this particular color installed and I think it looks a bit too white. The flooring guy will be back out tomorrow so I can take a look at the samples once again. They have me down on their schedule for an early August install.
So that’s a summary of where we are with the garage makeover. The painting is next and should take place this Wednesday and Thursday. Hopefully, it will only be a 2-day project. Things should be looking a whole lot better by the end of this week! Can’t wait to share how things look once that is done. What projects are you currently working on in your home? I would to hear!
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