5 Tips for Revving Up Your Garage from Walls to Flooring

Gone are the days when garages were just for parking your car and storing your stuff. Now they’re not just trendy, but setting trends, says interior design expert Anitra Mecadon. Here are a few ways to rev up your garage.

Forget blah

Looks matter. Garages are no longer unfinished or covered with dingy white drywall with a bunch of holes in the walls, crumbling pegboard and gray concrete floors. Today they’re showplaces worth showing off.

Prepare to be floored

Red, metallic, acid-washed or epoxy flooring are just a few of the sights you’re likely to see in garages today. Garage floor paint? Concrete sealer? Specialty tile from the auto industry? You bet.

Reflect yourself

Even if you don’t have an official man (or woman) cave inside the house, the garage can be your place to hang out, an extension of yourself and a definite point of pride. Add a snack machine, fridge, vintage signs and swivel chairs so you can watch your big screen TV and bask in the glow.

Go all out

Love your car? Prove it with everything from a car lift system that makes it easier to change the oil to gorgeous garage organization systems with storage cabinets for absolutely everything.

Use drywall that can take a beating

There’s probably no space in the house that will be more susceptible to scratches, scuffs and accidental holes than the garage – so pick your walls accordingly. Look for Hi-Abuse® XP® Drywall — or even tougher Hi-Impact® XP® Drywall for extra wear and tear — to resist everything from car doors opened too close to the wall to hockey sticks swung a little too hard.

Want more garage organization and remodeling ideas? Follow the Lindlaus, our PURPLE-to-Perfect Contest winners, as they work with Anitra Mecadon to renovate their Dousman, Wis., garage.