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Our Garage: Before and After

Y'all know how much I love a good before and after. This one's a doozy.


We decided a few months ago to re-make our garage -- which had previously been used as storage space for junk and boxes and the occasional darts game -- into a super fun times ping pong and darts room. This project took way longer than I expected it to, but with the help of Vince, our beloved handyman Cowboy, and an amazing carpenter who built the barn doors, here is the garage all dressed up for our New Year's Eve party last weekend:


Voila! Y'all come over for game night.

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Reader Comments (40)

Dude. Wow.

I have to know... How many gallons of paint did that take?

January 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna @ D16

Only the best garage ever (Jonathan Adler would be all over this place.)

January 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChedva

SO MANY. I think we used like 10 gallons of
primer. 5 more gallons of paint for the walls/ceiling and just a couple gallons for the floor. We used a sprayer for the white though.

January 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterab

Only in the South could we have a 1/1/11 party in am unheated garage!

January 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie B

My jaw's still on the floor. This is beyond amazing! {bow down}

January 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdabito

So amazing. Someone needs to give you your own show. Seriously.

January 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohanna @ These Prices

Holy smokes Batman! That is amazing. Just totally amazing.

January 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer in sf

Zowie, Batman!

amazing chao camp

January 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLori

Oooh. So nice. Can we see behind the yellow doors?

January 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterModFruGal

Seriously, why "Chao Camp" is not its own show is mystifying. You have outdone yourself on this one!

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterColeen

i love your garage... i could just imagine the fun times spraying the bejeezus out of all that old wood with gallons upon gallons of white paint. did you wash it all first?

whatever happened to your bathroom remodel?
reveal reveal reveal!

warm regards.

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterita darling.

Patience, darlings. All will be revealed in time. Except behind the yellow doors. That's a shameful secret.

@Lori et Raina: Let's build a worldwide empire.

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterab

Whoever decided to angle that ping-pong table is a freaking genius.

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge


January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDriver B

Freaking amazing. Have fun...how could anyone not! :)

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAbbey H

absolutely amazing! it looks SO good.

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjodi

it looks AMAZING! what an accomplishment, you guys. so awesome.

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermegan

Holy. SHITE! That is THE most amazing make over EVER. I adore it & can't believe the transformation. Inspiring to say the very least! :)

January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa de la Fuente

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Mad props! I have a garage in quite the same condition that I've been thinking needs to be fixed for a long time. I am feeling a paint fest coming on.

January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNotorious MLE

LOVE the photo. I would like to announce that I won a ping-pong game in this garage, which confirms that it is a place where miracles occur.

Once again, AB Chao dominates. With style.

January 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterALH

amazing! queen ab, that's what you are!

January 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermaria

nice post. thanks.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMedical Jobs

Love your blog! So glad I stumbled upon it. Gorgeous renovation-- I love your kitchen too!

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret Pearl

what a transformation! nicely done.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTina

Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts

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January 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Tourist

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Wow!! This is amazing! And what a great blog you have. I'm glad I stumbled upon it!

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

WHOA. I had to do a few double takes -- this is fantastic!

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDesiree Fawn


This is crazy! Please come spray our entire house with white paint and make it pretty... please.

And the floors! All painted?

ps: how old is your garage? The ceilings are fantastic!

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commentererin@designcrisis


also...you have a handman named Cowboy?!

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermy little apartment

Wow! More pictures please!

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I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I just wanted to throw you a big thanks - you and I'll bookmark it and come back later

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