This post is in partnership with Wagner SprayTech.
Our three day weekend meant that, in between One Tail shopping and list making, we had an extra day to knock off another to-do on the garage list! (I’m sort of joking, and to be fair, we did take off an entire day to relax, brunch and celebrate the 4th with friends!)
This was a big one, and you guys, it changed everything. We knew we wanted to paint the entire interior of the garage, and although we really, really wanted to go pure white, we also knew it wouldn’t be the best decision in an area that – let’s face it – is just plain dirty. So although we didn’t go bright white, we did go pale (pale!) gray. We landed on Zen Pebble by Valspar in an exterior satin finish, and we had it mixed it to 75% strength to take down the intensity a notch.
The job called for a heavy duty paint sprayer, and being no stranger to these tools, we were happy to have the opportunity to partner with Wagner SprayTech again! We shared several photos of our work-in-progress garage with the Wagner team, and they recommended the powerful FLEXiO 990 for the job:
We prepped the garage by moving large items into the yard, pulling any exposed nails or hooks from the walls, vacuuming dust, vacuuming more dust, and vacuuming some more. We also taped off electrical outlets, the garage tracks and overhead lighting, and we covered the entire floor with plastic sheeting. I used painters tape to get as close to the base of the walls as possible, and we were careful to lift our feet when we walked as to not pull the plastic away from the perimeter. The prep alone took one full day, but it was so necessary to do the job well!
The FLEXiO 990 attached directly to our paint bucket, and one end of the hose feeds into the paint. The hose can reach up to a 2-story height, making it a more flexible tool for us to maneuver around the garage as we sprayed. Although this could have been a one person job, Scott and I worked together like this: He sprayed, and I held the hose high above any obstacles (we gathered smaller items into the middle of the garage) and moved the paint bucket along the way.
For the most part, using the sprayer was simple, although the job itself was very large. We may have been covered head to toe in paint by the end. (Worth it though. Totally worth it.) We ran into a couple of issues with the trigger, which was mostly remedied by increasing the air pressure and lowering the volume of paint. There were times when we would get sputtering paint with the initial pull of the trigger, and a call to the Wagner support team provided us with alternate ways to remedy the issue. It was good to know that there’s live customer support 6 days a week for any issues you may encounter! Side note: This job required a disposable jumpsuit, eye wear and respirator masks. Safety first!
We had estimated 5 gallons of paint for the job, which, silly us! There was a quick run to the store to pick up another 5 gallon bucket mid-job, and in the end, we used the better part of 9 gallons for one coat overall – plus a few areas of touch-up. While we had initially took a good guess for the surface area of the plywood, we had crossed our fingers that the exposed studs wouldn’t add too much additional paint, but, lesson learned. (Still worth it.)
As if anyone needs more proof that paint is the most powerful tool in your DIY arsenal, let’s look back at where we began:
And here’s where we are today! (Never mind the window trim; that’ll get done by hand.)
I know what you’re thinking; it looks white, right? In context with the concrete pad, it really does! Zen Pebble is a soft gray to begin with, and by having it mixed to 75% strength, it lightened things up immensely. Maybe we could have gone with bright white after all, but in person, the walls look warm rather than stark, and the overall vibe feels incredibly inviting – you know, being a garage and all.
In the last week, we’ve been able to cross more than a few things off of the garage list! We painted. We caulked. We picked up a mean slab of butcher block, bought a new exterior door and painted the cabinets, too!
Fix the leaky roof
• Bike Storage – got it!
• Open metal shelving for bins + occasional use items – got it!
Wall treatment for cabinet wall (close up exposed studs)
Paint everything – no more bare plywood!
• Reconfigure and
• Install a countertop – purchased!
Epoxy/paint the unlevel/cracked garage floor – not this year, womp.
• Wall of hooks/hanging storage
• New side door – purchased!
• Paint exterior trim
Re-caulk exterior siding
• Repair/new garage door
• Replace lighting with LEDs
We could not have completed this job without the help of a Wagner sprayer, and the FLEXiO 990 came through like a champion! The team at Wagner wants you to have the tools to knock out your big painting to-dos, and so together with Wagner, we’ll be giving away one FLEXiO 990 sprayer (a $249 value)! Using the Rafflecopter widget below, enter as many ways as you’d like. This giveaway is eligible for those located in the United States or Canada and runs through Friday, July 10th until 5pm CST. The winner will be announced within this post and contacted directly. Good luck and happy entering!