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Transform Your Garage into a Man Cave

Transform Your Garage into a Man Cave

If your garage has turned into a “storage room” for things you haven’t used in years, you’re probably tired of the eyesore. Whether for yourself or a special man in your life, transforming your garage into a “man cave” can give you, your family, and your guests a place to relax and unwind, whatever the weather.

But a garage remodel requires some prep and planning. Here are some steps to take to set up your man cave for success once you have a budget and timeline in mind for your project.

  1. Clear the Area

The garage will need to be cleared of everything before any remodel projects can begin. Taking the time to declutter the space of what you don’t need and store what you want to keep will provide a blank slate for you to imagine the possibilities for your transformed space. It will also allow for plenty of room to do the often messy work of remodeling without risking damage to your belongings.

  1. Inspect Your Garage Floors

Chances are, your garage flooring is concrete. If it’s not properly sealed, you could be looking at much bigger problems that may affect your home’s foundation. Check for dusting, cracks, moisture damage, and discoloration in the concrete. If you’ve noticed your garage flooring has deteriorated, concrete sealers will need to be reapplied before moving anything on to your garage flooring.

  1. Strip and Clean Walls and Ceilings

Once you’re done decluttering, it’s time for a deep clean. Cleaning garage floors, walls, and ceilings to the best of your ability will get those surfaces ready for any painting or wood staining you’re planning to do. Removing any old paint does more than prep the room for its new look, it’s also a sure way to rid the garage of any smells, dirt, and debris that have settled themselves into the walls and ceilings over the years.

You’ll also want to remove wallpaper and wallcoverings as completely as possible. This is another necessary step when preparing the surface for repainting, And it’s also the only way you can truly know the condition of the underlying surface you’re planning to refresh.

Depending on when your home was built, your garage may have acoustic ceilings. Removing popcorn ceilings is a great idea if you want your repurposed room to look less dated, sleeker, and cleaner. Not to mention the “popcorn” texture is likely trapping dirt or hiding damage you’d need to address.

  1. Give Trim and Baseboards TLC

In any room, baseboards and trim are subject to lots of wear and tear. In your garage, which likely has had furniture, toolboxes, benches, and heavy equipment up against the wall, your baseboards are more susceptible to damage.

Likewise, garage trim will need some extra TLC, since most garages are not cleaned as deeply or as regularly as other home interior rooms. Baseboard, trim, and molding repair will be necessary before painting them if you find significant cracking, splitting, or other damage below the surface.

  1. Repair the Drywall

As with your baseboards and trim, the drywall in your garage has likely taken a beating from years of use. If you’ve noticed cracks, bubbling, nail popping, or holes in the drywall as you move furnishings and belongings out of your garage, planning for drywall repair is a necessity. The stronger, smoother, and sturdier your drywall panels, the more seamless and durable your man cave paint finish will be.

  1. Check for Rotting Wood

If your garage has any wooden beams, it’s important to check for rotted wood so your remodeled and refreshed garage starts out structurally strong.

  • Do you see any white growths or spore dust?
  • Do you smell a musty or damp smell even though you can’t see or hear any water dripping?
  • Are your beams cracking and crumbling?

If any of these things is the case, wood rot repair and replacement is necessary to remediate any damage to get it ready for painting. It’s important to address it as soon as possible, even if you’re not planning to paint right away, since wood rot can spread throughout structures and cause additional, costly damage.

If your garage doors have wood planks or panels, applying a deep, rich stain can add beauty and sophistication to the exterior of your new man cave. If you have an existing stain, it should be fully removed and reapplied to refinish garage doors effectively with beautiful results.

  1. Apply New Primer and Paint

Once the surface is cleaned, prepped, and smoothed, it’s time to prime and paint. Here are some things to remember whenever you’re painting walls and ceilings:

  • Protect surfaces: Anywhere you don’t plan to paint needs to be covered by drop cloths and other protective coverings.
  • Don’t apply too much paint or primer: Overloading brushes and rollers means it may not dry completely, which is going to affect your finishes.
  • You will need multiple coats: Depending on the surface type, some coats will need more than others. Be sure to plan accordingly when budgeting project time and costs.

Choosing a garage paint color depends on a few factors. Here’s what we ask clients when helping them consider when recommending paint colors and finishes:

  • Lighting: The lighting in your garage will reflect off whatever paint and finish you choose. Lighter colors can make a space look more open with the right lighting, while darker colors are going to make a bold statement.
  • Hiding Imperfections; Some colors will camouflage dirt and debris better than others. This may be important to think about, depending on what activities you’re planning to do in your man cave and how often it will be cleaned.
  • Specialty Looks or Techniques: If you want metallic finishes, or to utilize specialty techniques like sponging or wall texturing, there are a variety of specialty finishes available to choose from, in just about any color you can imagine.

Depending on how you plan to furnish and outfit your mancave, you might want to color-coordinate to complement your favorite pieces. If your furnishings will be new, but you haven’t made final selections, there are a wide range of neutral colors that will look great no matter what you put in the room.

  1. Let the Pros Handle It

Hiring professional painters to transform your garage into a man cave is a great call if you want a stress-free, efficient project. Because it’s really multiple projects in one, all of which require specialized techniques and professional-grade products to get the results that will last for years to come and add value to your property.

The good news is, when you hire Trico Painting, we can help you cross everything off your list so you can enjoy your man cave that much sooner. Our exterior and interior painting services protect, repair, and refresh all the surfaces in your garage. We offer wall and ceiling painting, garage door painting, drywall repair, and wood refinishing services. We can remove popcorn ceilings and repair damaged drywall, so your remodeled garage is stronger than it’s ever been. We provide an array of specialty finishes, and can help you select the perfect colors for maximum impact.

If you want a garage that’s the envy of the neighborhood, we’re ready to make that happen. Call Trico Painting for your interior painting estimate today.