Goodbye Garage- Paint it White

Today, I am sharing our freshly painted white garage/multi use space..woohoo!!!!

Lets take it wayyyy back to the ‘before’ of how the garage looked for the last 2 years:

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And the trim post from last week to refresh your memory:

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And now for some prettyyyyy!!

I decided to go with one of my absolute favorite white paints by Benjamin Moore- White Dove for pretty much every surface except the ceilings are BM- Decorators White. We had these simple desks made and added the gorgeous pendant lighting over each. I love the punch that they add to the space!

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Another angle before paint:

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After paint:

I wanted the rail and ladder to contrast against the white so I went with a minimax stain in weathered oak and I love how it turned out. The sconces are a simple style in a muted brass.

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Another bunk shot, before the rail/ladder/cabinet door:

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After:

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Angle looking back towards laundry area before:

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After:

Door color- BM- Wrought Iron

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One more bunk shot before:

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After:

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I LOVE how it turned out and how fresh and clean it feels now! We said before we started this project that we probably will wonder how we lived without it and that is totally how we feel. It’s just so nice to have 500 extra useable square feet!

It may take a while to furnish the space because we need to start focusing our spending on baby girl’s nursery, but I am just so pleased with how it looks now freshly painted and clean!!

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,

O


Goodbye Garage- Trim it out

Hey guys!

Next up on the garage renovation…trim!!! I loveeeee rooms with added trim detail. It just gives that extra punch that takes a wall from basic to interesting.

There are many different trim styles you can incorporate in a room, but for our space I knew I wanted to do a classic board and batten. Board and batten can be done several ways…half way up a wall, horizontal, square & vertical. Here are a few inspiration photos:

Square-

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Horizontal-

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Vertical-

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I decided that vertical was the winner for the space. Now for some photos of the trim installed!!

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I just love the detail that it adds to the space. We could’ve just left the drywall and painted it, but I knew that adding the board and batten would really help finish it out and take away any remnant of it feeling like an old garage. Now all it needs is fresh paint!!! My motto for everything…paint it white! Ha.

Can’t wait to share photos of the paint and lighting installed. I’ll be sharing soon!

xoxo,

O


Goodbye Garage- Concrete Floors

Hey guys!

Today, I’m going to share the flooring situation in the garage. If you noticed in the pictures in my previous post they are just your typical concrete floors you would find in a garage.

Here’s a pic to refresh your memory:

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Our only two options for flooring were tile or refinishing the concrete. Well, we quickly decided to go with refinishing the concrete for budgeting purposes. Definitely the most cost effective and I actually really like the look of stained concrete floors.

Here are a few inspiration photos:

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I like the gray tone, matte finish and clean/modern look.

We hired a concrete company to come out and tell us our options.

Option 1- clean, pour an overlay of two coats of concrete to smooth out any imperfections, stain and seal. $$$$

Option 2- clean, no overlay, seal and stain. $$

We decided to go with option 2 because we need to save anywhere we can. I’ve got a nursery to do here…haha!!

The guys came in, cleaned & stained one day and came back the next day to seal. The floors had to cure for 2 days which meant no walking on them, but we were out of town so it didn’t matter. They actually got 4 days of no walking so they were extra cured. πŸ™‚

Because we opted out of the overlay to save money, you can still see imperfections in the concrete, but it doesn’t bother us and there will be rugs to cozy it up.

After:

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If money hadn’t been an issue we would’ve done the overlay or maybe even tile, but working within our budget, this was the best option and I’m pleased with the outcome! I like the gray tone of the stain and the clean/modern look.

Next up, TRIM!! In my next post, I will share the trim work I knew I wanted to add for that extra punch. πŸ™‚

Can’t wait to share more progress!!

xoxo,

O


Goodbye Garage

Today, I’m sharing our latest project on our house. The old garage is getting transformed into a “multi-functional creative space”…at least that’s what I like to call it. πŸ™‚

When we bought our house the garage was not a useable garage anymore. The previous owner had closed it off, leaving paneling on the exterior of the house.

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No bueno. Ha! We knew we were going to be getting the brick painted and wanted to remove the paneling and add a window so that once the house was painted, it would look like it was always part of the house and not an old garage.

Here’s how it looks now.

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The exterior was complete, but the inside of that previous garage was our laundry room and also straight up junk room.

This is the door inside the house that leads to the garage. We have plans to do a cool antique door here.

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Now entering the junk pit…haha! I cringed every time I opened the door to do laundry.

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This is how it looked for the 2 years that we’ve owned the house. It was the “close the door quick, out of sight out of mind” sort of thing.

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I had been dreaming of the day when we could get all of the crap cleaned out and turn this old garage into aΒ useableΒ space. Well, with our baby on the way and needing to free up a bedroom for the soon to be nursery, Stephen’s music room needed a new home, so now was the time to start on this project. Woohoo!! Thanks baby Carswell πŸ™‚

We hired someone to do the majority of the work, but the first step was cleaning out all of the junk that accumulated over the last 2 years. Once it was cleaned out, the old paneling was ripped out, the ceilings were sanded and new studs, insulation, electrical & drywall were added.

Ahhhh, finally starting to feel like a room!

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The wall to the right of the brick is where I knew I wanted some sort of custom built in bed. I threw around the idea of a murphy bed, but ended up going with built in bunk beds.

This is the area for the future bunk beds.

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I had a few bunk bed looks I really loved, but ended up landing on this photo for my main inspiration.

I love the simple & clean design, as well as the built in storage of these bunk beds.

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Bunk bed progress:

We decided to do a twin bed for the top bunk and a full bed for the bottom bunk for extra sleeping space.

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Stephen testing out the bunks. We also added a closet to the left of the brick for Stephen’s music gear.

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Looking more and more like bunk beds!! Yay! Can’t wait for these to get painted.

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For the wall where we added the window, I knew I wanted to do floating desks on either side of the window with pendants above each desk.Β The desks won’t be installed until after paint, but here is the window trimmed out and added lighting for the pendant fixtures.

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Here’s more of a room shot with the added railing to the bunks.

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The opposite side of the room is where the washer/dryer is set up. Now, I REALLY wanted to add a full bath, but the plumbing cost was insane so we had to nix that idea pretty quickly :(. Instead, we just framed out a laundry/storage room.

How it looked the last 2 years.

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We had that old framing knocked down, centered the washer/dryer under the window and added new insulation and drywall. We also had new stairs built leading back into the kitchen.

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Inside of the laundry/storage room. We plan to add some shelving on this wall to better utilize the space.

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Now the water heater is out of sight!! Yay!

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A few moreΒ angles.

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Can’t wait to continue to share the progress! It has come a long way, and still has a ways to go, but I am super excited about the progress so far.

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,

O