A garage makes an ideal multi-purpose room. Apart from keeping the car safe and
dry, it can also serve as a games or playroom.
Step 1: Remove rubbish (don’t feel embarrassed – we all have the odd broken
chair and old bike that we’ll get around to) and old shelving. Brush-down the
walls with a stiff brush.
Step 2: Paint! We chose an outdoor paint because the garage walls are “single
skin” (one layer of bricks). This means that they will absorb moisture from
outside, so the paint must be able to handle it. The Taubmans Outdoor paint is
also self-priming, so we could paint the garage with a single coat. You can
simply slap it on with a big brush, or use a long-nap roller.
The concrete floor can be painted with paving paint, or even covered in vinyl,
or hard tiles. Go for finishes that are non-slip and sturdy enough to handle the
Step 3: Reinstall shelving and other furniture. Foldaway or wall-mounted
furnishings can give your space much more flexibility.
Note: Garages are not suitable as “habitable” rooms such as bedrooms or living
rooms because they may become moist, promoting and supporting moulds and fungi,
which are hazardous to your health.
Rather than “cut-in” with your paintbrush to form a
straight line of paint at the floor, use strips of thin plywood or hardboard to
give you quick and easy straight line – even on the roughest walls and floors.
Oh, and how does Faye paint without getting a drop on her? Trade secret.