I've been talking about a garage makeover for a long time. As you can see from my photo below, and probably most of the other photos in my blog posts, our garage is a mess. I have all my future projects, currents projects, and some of my failed past projects jumbled together in heaps.
I decided that Step 1 needed to be drywall. For some reason, the prior owners put up drywall on half of the garage. The rest they left open with visible studs sticking out. It didn't really bother me when we bought the house. After all, it was our first home and we were just happy to have a garage at all. But after a while, it really started to get to me. It just made everything look incomplete. And with all my crap just sitting in the middle of the space, it really made me despise my own garage. Not cool.
As for the one side of the garage that was already partially finished, I noticed that there was another layer of something under the actual drywall. I did some research and figured out that it was a cement board put into place to prevent water damage and mold. So instead of just purchasing the drywall, we decided to purchase the cement boards. We wanted the extra layer of protection and we wanted to make sure we could make the drywall match up with what was currently installed.
I measured all the open spaces and drew the walls in my sketch book. I took my measurements with me to the hardware store with hubby and we got to work on our research. We figured out that the actual drywall boards were not going to fit into my car. However, the cement boards were much smaller and able to fit. So I did some quick calculations and figured out how many boards I would need to fill the empty spaces. We purchased the very heavy cement boards and special screws while we were there and made the trek back home.
We started by clearing out the side of the garage that we wanted to start with. I insisted that we complete the side that was already partially covered. It was a smaller space and would be good practice. We moved everything out of the way, removed loose screws and nails from the studs, and swept out all the spiderwebs.
Next we started putting up the cement boards. I'd measured out the space and determined how to place them that would require the least amount of cutting. The first few went in with no cutting necessary. We lined up the boards with the existing ones and I used a level and a sharpie to mark where the studs were underneath the boards. This is a very important step. Trying to guess where to put screws is much harder than you think. I tried to eyeball the first few and it just didn't work out very well.
Once the studs were marked, we used a power drill to drill the screws through the cement boards and into the studs. We made sure to get all four corners of each board as best as possible. Then we put screws approximately a foot apart on each of the studs. The more screws the better. This is only the bottom layer. Another layer of drywall needs to go on top so it is important to make sure this layer is as sturdy as possible.
Because of the way our garage was built, there were a few places that had metal placed on the wood. I made sure to mark on the boards where any metal existed underneath. Drilling screws into metal would have been a disaster.
As for the corners that did not have studs under them, I put some pieces of wood in place that acted as a "fake stud". I wanted to be sure that the corners were secure. For those specific corners, I made sure to mark with a sharpie that there were no studs.
Once we finished the install on the one wall, we rounded the corner and finished off a small space between the wall and the garage door. Then I took lots of pictures. It looked better already!
Anyway, whenever I do get around to writing the next "Garage Makeover Series" post, it will be on the installation of drywall. In fact, just so I have a a record of it, I've provided a proposed list of steps for the complete garage makeover below. It might change as the process progresses, but at least you will get the idea.
Part 1 - Preparing for Drywall (Cement Board Installation)
Part 2 - Installing Drywall
Part 3 - Building Custom Shelves
Part 4 - Organizing Shelves
Part 5 - Installing Peg Boards
Part 6 - Organizing Peg Boards
Part 7 - Building a Work Bench
Part 8 - Installing an Outdoor Sink (I might need a professional for this)
Cement Boards (5' x 3')
Cement Board Screws
Pencil and/or Sharpie
Quick Step Recap:
1. Measure your walls
2. Calculate the number of boards you'll need
3. Purchase your boards and other materials
4. Use drywall knife to cut boards down
5. Mark boards where studs are
6. Mark boards where any metal is
7. Install boards by securing screws to studs