Spruce Up Your Garage Floor and Walls with These Solutions
Want a Nicer Garage Floor and Walls?
Concrete Restoration Options
If your garage floor is concrete, it might not look great in its current condition, but there’s good news, concrete is easy to spruce up to give a fantastic look without extensive costs.
In fact, through the use of acids, dyes, and other decorative effects, concrete can be either made to look like natural rock or a very stylish and hip flooring.
Your old car parking space is now a fully integrated part of your domestic life, and kids of all ages (yes, including adults) love to hang out in this new environment.
Garages are actually (as any DIY enthusiast will tell you) a great place to ‘get away’ from the rest of the household and spend some time alone or chilling out with friends.
Natural Concrete, or Cover
If you enjoy both the smooth and natural feel of concrete, and the easy cleaning, it is well worth investing in a professional concrete finish. It is also possible to do it yourself, and there is a great deal of information available while spending a bit more on a professionally polished floor can have a stunning appearance and is the ultimate in look, wear, and use.
Acid Etching for Concrete Floors
For an artistic look that can help hide or accentuate repairs effectively, acid etching can be a great solution. Acid etching should be completed after filling, cleaning and lightly sanding or grinding floors. Although rough concrete once acid treated can look very stylish in an industrial way. It is all up to your tastes.
The acid etching effect has a sort of artistic, rustic, mottled effect, one that can enhance a cottage or naturally focused environment. This is where you can get very creative or if you are not creative minded, bring in an artist and go for it.
Concrete dyes can have a similar effect and are just as easy to apply it depends on the look you are interested in.
There are so many different looks and finishes are available, take a quick look on Google and let your imagination run wild.
A floor paint can be a very smooth, durable, and aesthetically pleasing look. We often think of painted concrete as a warehouse look, but with an unlimited range of colors available in floor paint, or even work with a pattern, this effect can look stunning, and is one of the lowest costs options while still providing a very durable and pleasing finish.
With a little extra effort, your ‘domestic’ garage could be the envy of the neighborhood.
Grind or Polish
Polishing is far more labor-intensive than grinding so will be a more expensive option for contracting.
Polishing applies a 1500 grit finish, which can actually be used with just a polishing compound and does not need a sealer.
While grinding may be done by DIY-ers, polishing has a little more risk if you’re not really experienced in working with power tools since as the finish becomes smoother, the sanding application needs to be far more evenly controlled.
If the converted garage is going to be used as a TV lounge, recreational area, or bedroom, or if you want to instill some warmth, carpet might be an option.
Or merely apply some stylish rugs over your sealed concrete.
For your comfort, remember that exposed concrete is like stone in the sense that is a cooling surface. For hot environments a concrete floor works well, and is rather soothing, in cooler climes, carpeting or rugs may be preferential.
Won’t somebody think of the cleaning?
Rough Concrete Walls
Tongue and groove wood panels also look stunning and are easy to instal.
Tongue and groove cladding is merely fixed over the wall joists with small panel pins, with each plank fitting neatly into the next. Once the wall cladding is complete there is no filling needed, except if there is any significant damage from wood knotting. Usually just a light sand, then apply a wood sealer.
The cheapest option for wood paneling is usually pine or oak. For ambiance, a stain or colored sealer may be used. A mahogany colored sealer will bring out a rich red color, while ebony provides a dark hardwood look.
For a lighter look, a white-wash look can be achieved by a wood sealer with white pigmentation. Some may choose to paint wooden panels, where the grain still looks stunning but provides a lighter boat-house feel.
As it is indoors, the sealer can be applied lighter than would be necessary for an outside wood installation.