Ok, we finally finished one project– THE GARAGE. It is the garage so it will never be totally done but we had decided that one car in the garage would be great progress. It was our first painting job and was planned to be done before our stuff all showed up. Well my tennis elbow stopped that from happening. Here are some notes, lessons and the before and after shots.The plan — I did a good job laying out the plan and we’ve executed almost to the plan. Critical was recognizing that the garage is also the laundry room, storage room and scuba storage all of which were separate areas in our old house. Then of course we have the normal garage things like bikes, sporting gear, cars, tools, ladders and gardening stuff. While complaining about not having a laundry room, I realized that many laundry rooms in Hawaii are outside. There is one area of the plan that is not complete and that is a workbench. This is due to fact that we still have many boxes that must be unpacked and therefore needed additional storage space. Hopefully workbench will go in within a year.
Here are the before shots right after Peter moved in.
One premise for the garage was that I wanted to finish it. Our house in California also had an “almost finished” garage but I realized that unfinished drywall is a pain to clean and always looks like crap. Peter would ask why I care in a garage? When we are doing laundry and storing scuba equipment, it is important to have some ability to clean. Besides, how hard can painting be?
It was more than painting. First we had to add another layer of joint compound. Although we never attempted to make it perfectly smooth, I must say each area done got better. The ceilings were a pain in the butt. Do you know that the temperature difference 3 feet up is about 5 degrees hotter. Not fun on a warm afternoon! Second was the priming and then 2 coats of paint.
Since we had lots of stuff that needed storing in the garage, we had to split the garage into quartiles and do each one separately. Original plan (without all our stuff) was a 7 day estimate and suddenly it turned into 12-15 but we had no other options. With each move things started looking better. We had purchased a couple bin organizers at Costco which have been great for storing everything! Then we bought a couple hyloft hangers (also at Costco) which really added lots of storage for Christmas stuff and luggage.
Here are the after shots… I walk in the garage now and it is so much better. And after getting rid of a few more boxes…almost zen-like (for a garage!). Note that the Prius is in the garage!