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Convert your garage into a home office - preparing for painting - primer


Mudword around recessed light

Here I am showing with a pencil mark where the edge of the decorative light ring will be. This particular light happened to be placed right next to a butt joint in the drywall. I also wanted to make sure the mudwork around the light was very smooth so the new light ring would sit flush against the ceiling.

Finish trim substitute

The walls have been primed with a standard latex drywall primer and I hve also installed at the customers request, a 1x2" poplar board at the ceiling line to act as a finish piece of trim. Remember the little strip of wood saved a lot of inside corner drywall finishing time. After I nailed the poplar trim in place I caulked all the gaps above and below the wood trim before it was primed to match the walls.


Primer on the ceiling

After a quick final inspection of the ceiling drywall installation, I went ahead and put a coat of primer on the ceiling. After about two hours of dry time, I painted a finish coat of a true flat latex paint designed for ceilings. Knowing that we were going to have a beige tone on the interior walls, the client and I decided that the ceiling color should be a bright white to help reflect the natural light that passes through the two new windows and the entry door.



Mudwork along windows

Even though most or all of the priming was complete I knew I still had some work to do in the window areas. Here I've applied another coat of 3M lightweight joint joint compound to the area where the corner bead is and feathered it out smooth. Once I'm content with the outside corners of the windows I'll prime them with the latex drywall primer to match the walls.


Ceiling paint finished

Look how much natural light out bright white ceiling paint job is picking up! Won't be long now before the canned lights get their finish rings installed. We also are going to have a modern ceiling fan put up in the middle of the office space. Thats the box you see here with the wire hanging out of it.

Mudwork around windows

This is a shot of the south wall window getting the same treatment as its counterpart on the other side of the office. A quick hit with the 8" mud knife to ensure a smooth finish before our final paint job



Ready for finish coats of paint

Just a few more touchups on the walls and I think we're ready for the finish coats of wall paint. By the way, we had a few really hot days during this project and the built-in air conditioning unit worked like a charm. Even with the setting on low, and with all of the insulation we have above and in the walls, the unit still cooled the room perfectly.

continue on with garage to home office conversion

before photos | windows | insulation | a/c unit | drywall | mudwork | primer | paint | flooring | after photos

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