Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A Little Surprise for the Man in Flannel

Yesterday, while walking through the garage I almost died.

Well, that might be an exaggeration, but NateNate's tools were EVERYWHERE. I was so worried about falling and damaging something or worse, falling side first into a chain saw- so I decided I needed to something about his organization space.

The garage is covered wall to wall in pegboard but it was in really awful shape. It was black brown, warped, covered in spiderwebs, and in general- unpleasant. But I wanted something that I could do for Nate. Getting new pegboard wouldn't be that because I'd need him to hang it up! So, I thought I could paint it, and that by painting it, the cost would be less than replacing it and it would add some brightness and personality into our little workspace. I also wanted something that Nate's tools would stand out from so he wasn't staring at it for 20 minutes looking at a screwdriver.

So, I went over to Wal-Mart (I don't typically buy paint from them, but I figured with a project like this it wouldn't really matter, the paints gunna get banged to hell anyway) and purchased a quart of Kilz Primer and a random quart of Orange.

I literally just grabbed an orange paint chip. Didn't even really look at it- this project was going to be low stress, super easy and if I did mess up, oh well! It's in the garage!

I ended up doing 2 coats of Kilz (is there ever such thing as too much stain fighter in a garage?) and two coats of color. I also used a foam roller from Wal-Mart that cost like $2.

Here is the garage after one coat of Kilz.

Here is the pegboard with one and two coats on so you can see how crucial that second coat of primer was.

Suddenly, a wild Emma appears in her natural habitat!

But luckily, she was thwarted and put back to work to apply the orange.

This project was oddly therapeutic and I totally recommend it for someone who is sick of painting their house. Go out there and then if you bump the wall with the roller it's like "OH WELL! LOL" and you go about your merry way. It was nice to not be stressed at all.

Nate was surprised and surprisingly pleased with it. He didn't really know what I had planned for it but he was happy to get some color thrown in there. This is wife paraphrasing. His exact reaction was, "Oooooo, Very nice, Honey!"

That's Nate for, "You are the bestest bestie ever wifey!"

Total cost of project: Under $15

Also, someone was awesome enough to remind me that I haven't shown y'all SeaButt's haircut officially. He is one handsome cupcake-smelling dude.

How is everyone doing on weekday projects?


  1. Nice job! That orange looks very familiar, but I can't think what it reminds me of. Someday I'll have to post a picture of my garage as a way of perhaps shaming me into doing something about it. It's still a dumping ground for unpacked stuff from the move. I'd rather use it for tools and cars!

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    1. Ha! I Gotcha :) It kind of reminds me of sherbert... MANLY sherbert.

  3. Love it! When we bought our house the previous owners (who had to be forcebly removed by the sheriffs) had left some lovely profanitys spraypainted all over the garage wall. So I had to paint over it. It was so nice, I agree! I just had an old can of random paint and I just plopped it on there without a care in the world. It was quite relaxing.

    I'm totally jealous of your pegboard though, maybe will will have to add that to our project list!

    1. Golly. We saw a house like that. The owners went loose with a sledgehammer and sent the kids around with crayons and markers. Desperate people do desperate things I suppose...


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