Renovating my ugly garage for under $500

Hey what's going on my friends, thank 
you guys so much for being here.   My name is Danny and what you see behind 
me is the current state of my garage.   Right now it's a total mess; 
it's dark, it's outdated.   I'm just going to jump into the before and after 
but if you stick around I'll show you how I did it So about a year ago I started to renovate 
this garage. It was just a total mess,   even more than it is now. I took off 
all the popcorn ceilings as you can see,   I removed the drywall tape and then I just 
kind of stopped. It wasn't very much fun   and I got to the point where I had to do one 
of my least favorite things which was sand   ceilings and I moved on to other projects and 
kind of just forgot about it.

But here I am,   a year later making some videos and I want a nice 
backdrop, so that's my motivation. Let's do it. With hopes to keep dust to a minimum I tried 
using the drywall attachment on my shop vac.   It works great on walls but sadly with ceilings 
the suction makes it difficult to get good   leverage and it was slow and required way more 
effort. I quickly switched to a pole sander   using 120 grit sanding screen. If you 
want a really smooth finish I'd recommend   following it up with 220 or higher and 
filling any voids between sandings.   Since it's just the garage I can 
get away with some imperfections.

The cleanup didn't take as long as I had actually 
expected. Between using a dust collection   attachment and then later following it up with 
the leaf blower it made for pretty quick work.   Once I started doing all the touch up I found my 
garage needed way more help than I first realized.   There were leftover voids in the ceilings dozens 
of holes and scratches throughout; chipped paint,   popped drywall nails and almost all the corners 
needed new drywall tape.

I wanted to make sure   I corrected as much as I could before I 
started on any finishings like the trim.   And I found a couple spiders 
who were not paying rent. when i mentioned taking off popcorn ceilings last 
year i also removed the trim during the same time   these windows were actually what kicked off the 
entire renovation and it went something like this   if i wanted to replace the trim 
i might as well paint the walls   if i was painting the walls i might as well remove 
the popcorn ceilings and if i'm doing all that i   might as well just do a full renovation i had 
some leftover mdf trim from a prior project and   based on my measurements i had the exact 
amount needed as long as i didn't mess up and i messed up twice i ran to the store to pick 
up some more but found that the style of trim   was not in stock so i pulled it off and started 
over instead i opted for two and a quarter inch   pine trim i prefer working with pine anyway 
and i was really happy with how it turned out   i ran a bead of paintable latex caulking around 
all of the seams of the windows and doors   and with all that done i was 
finally ready to start painting i put off buying a paint sprayer for years but 
i finally decided to give it a go and boy am   i happy i did i used this thing to prime 
the windows and door frames the pegboard   the whole ceilings and eventually the 
workbench i used kils 3 on everything but   for the ceilings i used kill's pva because it was 
just cheaper and it's intended for bare drywall because my ceilings are low i really 
wanted lights with a low profile   these fixtures are super light and made from 
plastic which is great for when i'm working   on a project and i will inevitably 
slam a board right into the ceiling   i had a friend come over and help me snap chalk 
lines across the ceiling where i wanted these   mounted and then roughly drilled holes for 
the mounting brackets along these lines the   instructions didn't include drywall anchors but 
i wanted to use them to ensure a good hold once   the metal fittings were attached all i had to do 
is snap the lights and wire them up to the power and as a side note the ground light 
that i'm using is on a separate breaker if you do decide to clean out 
your entire garage i wouldn't   recommend putting everything into one giant box this workbench was in pretty rough 
shape but i really wanted to get   the most out of it that i could 
what i wanted to do here is break   it down to the basic structure so i 
could rebuild it from the ground up after a quick wash with some water 
and some soap it was ready for primer these extra boards on the base help to seal all 
the gaps in the particle board and i think it   just makes the whole bench look a lot better i 
don't think anything on this entire bench was   square but i think i can beat it until it's 
good enough to work with what i had planned i used two by twos to extend the frame out 
so it's flush for the future face frame i used this template to make sure my shelves 
were tall enough for some storage bins but   also leave clearance for the face frame 
which you'll see here in just a minute this is extra quarter on trim i had so i used 
it to cover some of the bigger gaps in the back now all it needs is one more coat of primer 
and then we're on to the final coat of paint for this final coat i used bear city rain 
in an eggshell finish you'll typically want   to use a higher gloss paint for cabinets due 
to its durability but i wanted a less shiny   appearance so i was willing to take that risk 
you'll see my design allows for minimal contact   with painted surfaces anyway so it wasn't 
that big of a deal because seriously nothing   was square i had to make all custom angled 
cuts in order to get these shelves to fit so then i take the piece of wood and 
then clamp the wood and then i saw it my wife may need to do my voiceovers from 
here out but i used my circular saw with   an edge guide for the straight cuts 
and then a jigsaw for my angled cuts i built supports for the front and the back of the   shelves and then used pine 
trim to cover up the face here i drilled two pocket holes on each end 
of all the vertical boards for the face frame after drilling my pocket holes i was able to lay   everything out on the ground and 
start assembling my face frame   using a large face clamp where the boards meet 
ensures the joints remain flush to each other i used a couple scrap pieces of wood to 
bring that face frame up off the ground   and i think it's really going to help 
to keep sawdust out of those corners i cut some thin strips to make the bottom 
flush to hold up the 2×2 front trim these two by twos will act¬†
as runners to protect the   trim face as well as the paint 
when removing the storage bins now all i have to do is nail it together throw 
in my runners and this thing will finally be done these runners are my solution to keeping the 
paint intact by using unpainted particle board   for the top shelves and then these runners below 
i should have very little wear on the paint itself i really like these edging tools and i found 
that it speeds up the process quite a bit   here i am using bear swiss 
coffee and an eggshell finish   i chose a very light color to make 
the space feel bright and more open this tool did take some practice and 
patience to get a consistent finish   it's really easy to load it up with 
too much paint and get drips everywhere when i started rolling on paint i realized 
i forgot to take the outlet cover off   it was already cracked so i tried pulling it 
off but that didn't work i was being lazy and   i didn't want to set my roller down so 
i used the closest tool i had on hand painting technique can be pretty complicated 
but in general just paint in one direction to   the other and long overlapping lines making sure 
to feather your leading edge and you'll be okay we are in a pretty good spot i have all of the 
big projects knocked out i still don't know what   i'm gonna do with this workbench there's these two 
big empty spots um it's beyond the scope of this   video i want to do maybe like shelves or drawers 
or something but if you have any ideas let me know   other than that we've got a couple other little 
touch-ups to do and then this thing will be done i was trying to think of a way to pad 
these beams while still maintaining a   clean look and i came up with a neat idea 
i thought what if i wrapped the whole thing   in paracord so i bought a couple of 
50 foot sections and started wrapping i hot glued the cord vertically 
so when wrapped it would lock   itself in and hopefully i won't have to 
worry about it unraveling in the future after i install the lights that i showed 
earlier i went back and added an additional row   the connecting cords were way too long so i 
looped the cord to get a general idea where to cut then i trimmed them at this location using 
the most ridiculous tool i could have used because i still couldn't find my wire cutters 
i carefully cut the wires with a razor blade   i fumbled my way through some soldering and 
use shrink tubing to clean everything up all right back to the beam it turns 
out 100 feet wasn't near enough   this whole project used about 400 feet of cord   electrical work may seem intimidating but as long 
as you turn the power off and take time to learn   in my opinion replacing outlets and switches can 
be a simple diy that can have a really big impact i think changing blinds and doorknobs were 
some of the first home diy projects when i   still lived with my parents you got to 
start somewhere here i swapped out some   broken blinds and a 40 year old doorknob and 
with that this garage had a brand new lease on life hmm i hope you enjoyed the video and i also 
hope that you are interested in watching future   videos if so please consider subscribing if you 
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