Garage Reno – Craigslist Warrior Edition

Today I would like to share a rather large-scale craft: a garage renovation I did in my own home!  I consider this to be a craft because I made almost everything myself and on a literally non-existent budget.  Really had to get the creative juices flowing here!  The garage is HUGE, it is really like two garages connected.  I only wanted to renovate one side of the garage which meant I had to put up a wall.  Here are some pretty scary before photos – look at that red paint!

The gap in the wall being hidden by a file cabinet

Drywall for patching up le gap

Kind of like a dungeon...

This garage needed everything.  In addition to a wall it needed paint, furniture and just some general TLC!  The thing that made this reno especially interesting was that I had NO money to spend on it.  I decided to take advantage of free Craigslist and see if I could really get enough supplies for a full scale renovation.  Free Craigslist often advertises leftover paint in various amounts and colors.  I spent about a month driving around the city collecting about 20 partially full cans of paint and then I laid them all out and tried to figure out how to mix them all together in order to make enough paint to cover the walls and create colors that would go well together.  This is the color combo I came up with:

After I gave the room a color make-over, I had to figure out how to furnish it!  I had a pre-existing table that I painted brown to use as a desk and for the rest I turned to Free Craigslist.  I got some great vintage fabric that I used to make curtains and I went with a generally minimalist decor.  I think the end result was really great – much homier than the dingy garage I started with!

I painted the floor the coral pink color in order to mask the cement. I was even able to find some cement sealant on free Craigslist to help keep the paint from chipping.

The painted door is my favorite part!

It’s still not the lap of luxury, but for a garage and a shoe-string budget I think it turned out just fine!  Enjoy :)

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