Garage Makeover

Are there parts of your house you wish you could makeover somehow. They seem to make the rest of your house look oh so daggy, dated and just plain messy? Could it be your garage? I know it was in our house. It was a junk collecting, bad storage, dirty and ugly place to be. Hubby was constantly frustrated with the dirt and grime in the garage and I was frustrated with how outdated and ugly the whole place looked. 

We decided that over the Christmas break we would (well hubby actually) makeover the garage while he was on holidays. A few weeks previous to the Christmas break he had painted the inside of the garage walls so that would be one less job to do later on. 

Our house is a classic late 70’s dark brown brick home – not something I am in love with but it is only a cosmetic problem which can be fixed with rendering which is on our “one” day list of things to do. However on the inside of the garage hubby simply undercoated and painted the walls in a neutral colour in which the interior of our home is also painted in “Dulux Hogs bristle”. Painting the walls really changed the feel of the garage immediately and I couldn’t wait to see the finished look once the floor was painted.

Walls Painted

For the floors we decided to use the Rust-Oleum Epoxy Shield GarageFloor Paint Kit. This is an epoxy based paint kit specially designed to be used on concrete floors. It will not flake, peel or rub off if done correctly. It comes in a number of different sizes depending on the amount of square meterage that you need to paint. We needed a 2 ½ Garage kit plus a 1 Garage Kit for our garage which would paint 500 sq feet.We decided upon the Tan Gloss paint colour to match in with the beige coloured walls.

Materials Required:
Rust-Oleum Degreaser
Hydrochloric Acid *We only used this as our floor already had a coating on it, the kit includes a concrete etch to use if you have a bare concrete floor*
Protective Gear, glasses, gloves, face mask (To apply etch)
Rust-Oleum Epoxy Shield 2 ½ Garage Paint Kit (Tan Gloss) (In specific size for your area)
Rust-Oleum Epoxy Shield 1 Garage Floor Paint Kit
Rust-Oleum Epoxy Premium Clear Coat Kit  * Gives a show room finish
Stiff Bristle Broom
Edging Paint Brush
8-10mm Nap Roller
Extension Paint Pole
Paint Tray

Application Process:
  • Remove all items from the garage
  • Give the floor a good sweep with a stiff brush.
  • Degrease any oil areas from the floor. We used the Rust-Oleum heavy duty degreaser.
a.       Apply a generous amount of the degreaser over the oil stain then with a stiff broom scrub the floor thoroughly. Hose and sweep the whole area to completely remove all of the degreaser from the floor. 

  • Acid wash/Etch the floor:     
(DANGER: always wear protective clothing, gloves and a mask and follow the instructions on    the bottle)
a.       Due to the paint and sealer previously used on our floor it was necessary to clean the garage floor with a hydrochloric acid wash to lift any stubborn stains and remove the current clear coat and to prepare the surface for the new paint. 
b.      Make sure the floor is slightly damp with a hose before adding the acid wash.
c.       Mix the hydrochloric acid wash 10 parts water 1 part acid wash in a plastic watering can. Evenly spread the acid over the entire floor. For our garage I made 3 mixes to cover the whole area. Let the acid react (foam) then give the floor a good wash out with a hose and stiff bristle broom.  Leave the floor to dry completely.
Epoxy Shield Garage Paint Kit - Tan Gloss
  •        Painting the floor: (Best results are achieved with 2 people)
a.       Mix the Epoxy Shield Garage Paint Kit part A with part B and mix for 3 minutes to combined the two together
b.      Once the paint is well mixed, one person can start cutting in around the edges of the floor with the edging paint brush while the other person begins to roll the paint behind the first person. Once an area of approx 2 sq m has been rolled the person doing the edging can apply the paint chip. To apply the paint chips simply take a small handful of the chips and toss them in the air above the wet paint. Allow the chips to fall down on the paint and stick. Repeat the process with a smaller amount of chips if necessary to fill some gaps.

c.       Keep this process going until the entire floor in painted and coated with the paint chips.

*Note: You have a limited amount of time to apply this paint before it is no longer usable – approximately 90 minutes. So it is important to be completely prepared before mixing the paint together.
d.      Leave the floor to dry for 24hrs before light foot traffic and 4 days for vehicle traffic.

  • Clear coat : (24 hrs after applying the paint the floor is ready for the clear coat)
a.       Combined part A and part B of the Epoxy clear coat and pour in the non slip glass beads included in the pack. Stir until well combined.
b.      Once again paint around the edges of the garage floor and then roll the clear coat over the entire floor working in approximately 2m wide swathes until the entire floor is covered.

*Note: As with the floor paint the clear paint has a limited application time as well.
c.       Leave the floor to dry for 24hrs before light foot traffic and 4 days for vehicle traffic.

Hubby painted the floor so he has given his detailed instructions above on how he did it and any tips or tricks he used when applying it. The transformation of the garage is now complete and I cannot be happier with the result. The floor looks outstanding and came up a real treat. 





If you are thinking about transforming your garage why not consider the Rust- Oleum Epoxy Shield Garage Floor Kit for your next project. We were extremely happy with the result and Bevan was impressed with how easy it was to apply.

  • The Epoxy Shield paint and clear coat was straight forward and easy to apply 
  • Thorough instructions are included if you have any worries with the process
  • Everything is included in the kit even down to the stirring stick which shows the quality of the product.
  • Make sure you get the Clear Coat Kit. We are glad we finished the floor off with the clear coat as it gave the floor that extra sparkle and showroom finish.
  •    Make sure the paint is evenly and the roller is properly coated when rolling onto the floor.
  •  Limited painting time. This paint has to be applied in a limited amount of time approximately 90 minutes. 

I didn't stop there with the makeover. It was time to spruce up the storage benches located in the garage. They were not used to there full potential and when filled up looked messy and untidy. So what's a girl to do.... COVER IT UP! Yes that's what I did. I constructed some curtains out of some leftover canvas drop cloth that I used to make my Wingback Chair Covers. This is a sturdy but neutral material that blended in so well with the floor and wall colour.

I decided to make two curtains to allow easy entry into the under bench storage area. I hung the curtains up with some stretchy curtain wire and hooks. I think they covered up the storage area underneath quite nicely.

You would think we would dust our hands off and say job well done let's have a rest now. Errr not exactly! We have already started planning our next project - our grossly out dated laundry area. This poor part of the house really needs a serious makeover as did our Kitchen but thankfully that has been rectified. I have grand plans for this little space and I am REALLY excited to share with you the details of our plans in future posts!

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