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Recently I shared with you that I’m working on making over my work bench in my garage.
I’m embarrassed to admit this entire garage project has been in the works for the past 3 years.
I’ve had this intense desire to transform my garage into a pretty little workshop for me, but it’s overwhelming!
Typically, when I’m doing a room or space makeover, I love to move everything out and start with a bare room.
But in this case, that’s nearly impossible. Where would everything go? Where would I wheel the lawn mowers to?
That’s why I’d decided to start with this: a simple corner upon which progress can be made. LOL
If you remember, this is what it looked like prior to getting started. YIKES!
When I look at this “before” picture, I start dry-heaving…or experience something akin to claustrophobia, as if the walls of the garage are closing in on me.
Nothing about this “before” photo inspires creativity! When I’m working in the space, everything is a hodge-podge of tools and materials everywhere.
As you saw in the last post, the first step was to remove everything in impromptu little piles in order to expose (and clean!) the dirty work bench.
I had thoroughly cleaned the work bench with Spray Nine, which is a heavy-duty degreaser that worked amazingly well at cleaning up the work bench!
Spray Nine is tough on dirt and grease in your garage but also works well in your bathrooms, your car, your grill–seriously–anything that’s nasty and needs a good cleaning.
It surprised me that this heavy-duty cleaner and disinfectant worked so well removing as much dirt and gunk on the bench. My dirt is “deep down” dirt in a 1973 home, so I need something that really works! LOL
But after it was all clean, I was able to get to Part 2 of the project (LOL, I can see lots of “parts” in this project, so stayed tuned for Part 3!).
I realized that I had to get done the bench before I could move on to cleaning and painting the garage floor.
Once it was all clean, it was time to lightly sand it, prime, and paint it.
I generally don’t prime things before painting, since I use furniture paints that don’t require priming.
But this work bench sits in a hot, musty garage, so I wanted to use an outdoor paint that could withstand the humid conditions in the garage.
A little bit of sanding and priming were in order, along with 2 coats of outdoor paint in a bright white.
If you recall, this is what the pegboard looked like last week:
The Spray Nine got it super clean and ready for paint!
You can clearly see how much a fresh coat was needed!
The next step was to clean the floor, which looks nastier than what it is!
With all that discoloration and stains, it was badly in need of some garage floor paint!
Before painting garage floors, you should use a degreaser in order to make sure it’s ready for paint.
I used the Spray Nine with a bit of water on the floor. A bristled scrub mop was helpful in breaking up the dirt and to remove any grease.
Afterward, I wiped out the dirt from the cracks and crevices along the baseboards with an old towel.
I started with applying some of the pretty sky-blue garage floor paint along the baseboard. You can get garage floor paint at your local hardware store.
This picture really captures the essence of the color. Isn’t it gorgeous?!
Then I filled it in with a roller made for semi-smooth to semi-rough surfaces.
You can see here how dramatic the difference is between “painted” and “not-painted”!
Huge improvement, right??
It’s really hard to appreciate how dramatic a difference it is already until you compare it to the “before”!
Let’s have another look!
BEFORE: DIRTY CHAOS
IN PROGRESS: BRIGHT, FRESH, and CLEANER!
The lighting in the garage isn’t the best, so it’s hard to capture how beautiful it’s turning out to be, especially with that gorgeous soft blue garage floor paint!
I really thought this project was going to be harder than what it was, but with the right cleaning products like Spray Nine, and the determination to get it done, section by section, I’m actually seeing my dream of having a clean and pretty workshop coming to fruition!
Still working on getting everything up and in a proper place, but it’s coming along!!
I’ll likely do 2 coats of paint, but I’ll let this paint dry for 24 hours first!
For the other sections, I’ll likely use an etching solution right after cleaning with Spray Nine to use to ensure that the paint will adhere.
But I figure, even if the paint chips, it will still look better than the “before,” right? LOL
Think you have some dirty areas in your house that need some heavy-duty help? See what Spray Nine Heavy Duty can do for you.