Most folks focus on boosting their home’s curb appeal or renovating the kitchen when it’s time for improvements.
But what about the garage?
This space serves multiple purposes — it’s where you park your car, hang bikes and store tools — but it often receives the least attention.
It’s time for that to change!
Here’s a five-step plan to spruce up the garage to make it functional and stylish.
1. Patch Cracks
A garage floor cracks for all kinds of reasons. Shifting soil beneath the concrete slab, a too-thin slab without rebar reinforcement, or damage caused by lawn equipment and tools could all be responsible.
Only a professional can inspect the area and determine how serious the crack is, but if it’s just a hairline there’s a quick way to revive the slab and extend its life.
Applying Quikrete’s FastSet Concrete Crack Repair is an affordable alternative to tearing out and replacing the slab.
Best of all? You’ll get a superior bond that cures fast and can even be used after an hour.
2. Lay New Flooring
A concrete slab is a beautiful, durable floor for your garage on its own. But if you want to try a different look, you can treat that slab as a subfloor and lay interlocking, PVC floor tiles on top.
PVC tiles are slip-resistant, tough and comfortable underfoot. The interlocking design makes them easy to install — just tap them in place with a rubber mallet. And any necessary cuts can be made with a utility knife.
Best of all, they’re eco-friendly, with some products made from 100% recycled materials.
Tiles are a nice addition, but if you really want to add a ‘wow’ factor to your garage, consider Quikrete’s 2-Part Epoxy Floor Coating Kit
This kit provides a showroom high-gloss finish to your concrete floor, and you can drive on it just three days after application.
Another bonus? You’ll have the nicest garage floor on the block!
3. Install Locker-Style Storage
The garage tends to become a storage room for everyday items and things you use often enough and don’t want to store in the attic.
That also makes it a breeding ground for disorganized chaos.
Fortunately, there’s a way to organize all those things that eventually end up on the floor or jammed in a corner somewhere.
Installing locker-style storage — with cubby holes of varying sizes — gives everything a proper place.
4. Pegboard for tools
Tools can save the day — and save you money — when emergency repairs are needed, and they help you tackle any home improvement project at the moment of inspiration.
That’s why it’s good to have a dedicated area where tools are visible and accessible. Plus, it’s just nice to see your collection in one place!
Tip: Hang pegboard to hold paint rollers, caulk guns, hammers, levels and whatever else you want.
But add a 1-by-12 shelf underneath it to maximize storage for items that you can’t hang.
5. Paint Your Garage Door
Most folks know to paint their home’s entry doors, molding and even brick exterior for a pop of color, but the garage door is often neglected during home improvements.
That’s unfortunate, too, because steel garage doors are durable, but they also look industrial — and identical!
Applying a faux wood-grain finish can give your garage door character and enhance your home’s exterior.