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Turning an Unused Garage Into an Entertaining Space: A 7-Step Guide

A garage is a place where you put your car, and that's about it. Right? Well, not anymore. With just a little bit of work on your part, your unused garage can be transformed into an entertaining space for parties or movie nights! Give these steps a try to ensure success in transforming your own garage into the perfect party space!

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  1. Come Up With An Idea
  2. So, before you even think about picking up that paintbrush, it's important to have a good idea of what kind of space you want your garage to become. Will this be an outdoor movie theater? A game room? Or will it be a simple hangout spot where you can all relax after a hard day at work? Having a customized garage space that will fit your needs is a lot better than having a blank space that you aren't sure what to do with.
  1. Gather Supplies
  2. You'll need quite a few supplies in order to transform your garage into an entertaining space, so make sure you have a list or a plan before going shopping. You'll need paint, obviously, as well as paintbrushes, rollers, drop cloths or thick plastic sheeting, tools to strip wallpaper or remove nails from the floor, sandpaper for smoothing out surfaces after stripping, an electric sander if you're removing a lot of layers of paint or material from the walls and floors, lumber to create platforms or space dividers, and any other supplies that may be necessary for the project you're undertaking.
  1. Clean The Space
  2. Cleaning up space and getting rid of clutter is, surprisingly, one of the most important steps in transforming your garage into an entertaining space. Getting rid of old boxes and old junk can make a huge difference in how clean the space looks overall, so take the time to do it right. Throw away everything you can, sell what you don't want to keep, and make sure all the windows are cleaned.
  1. Patch The Walls And Floors
  2. You'll want to patch any holes in the walls or floors before you begin painting, so take this step very seriously. For exterior walls, look for all of the places where water has gotten through and caused damage over time. This usually happens behind baseboard heaters or around window frames. You can use a power drill and metal screw anchors to put screws into the wall to create a pocket for wood plugs. Then you should fill these with epoxy filler and sand smooth when dry. For interior walls, look around outlets and switch plates because water will always seep in through small spaces here.
  1. Strip The Walls And Floor
  2. If you want to avoid the headache of getting rid of wallpaper or paint that has been completely dried onto plaster or concrete, it's best to strip them as soon as possible. If there is mold growing on the walls, this should be done as well because any leftover mold can pose a health hazard for those using this space. A good way to strip wallpaper is with a steamer and an adhesive remover. A vinegar mixture will also work well on most surfaces, but it can also damage some types of paint or varnish. You should always read the instructions on the stripper bottle carefully before starting this process, and take all necessary precautions!
  1. Paint The Walls And Floor
  2. After removing the wallpaper or paint from your walls and floor, you should spray everything with a mold killer. You can then begin painting over it, but be sure to use a primer first so that the final coat of paint will cover evenly. If you have a concrete floor, you'll want to seal it before adding any coats of fresh paint.

female sitting on chair eating popcorn

  1. Equip It
  2. Now that your space is clean and painted, you can equip it with whatever materials will make the most sense for your new entertainment space. If you want to use your old garage for movie nights, then you'll need a projector, a TV, and a DVD player. If you want to have a dancefloor, you'll need speakers and some sort of sound system that can hook up to your smartphone or tablet. You could even build a bar into the wall of one section of the garage if it's big enough! Don't forget to put a carpet or a rug because this is a space you'll want to walk barefoot in.

In this post, we’ve covered how to transform your garage into an entertaining space. Whether you're making a space for movie nights or party space, this article has everything you need to do the job right. We hope you found it helpful and informative!