One Room Challenge // The Floors

I have shared my plans, but haven't shared too much of my progress for the One Room Challenge.  That is largely because it's been a lot of shuffling things around while I painted the walls.  After returning from spending almost two weeks in Michigan with my family I fell pretty far behind, but this last week has been full steam ahead.  In case you want to go back and check out my previous posts

And that leads me to today's topic, one of the biggest undertakings of my garage project was the floors.  It was quite a process, but I am so happy with the end result.  I partnered with Rust-oleum to use their Rocksolid Marble Floor Coating kit.  I choose the lightest color they had "Mountain White."  I love the results, but I did have a few hiccups along the way.  Here's what you need and how I did it and the things I learned.  This first photo is the after. 

One Room Challenge Floor Refinishing
Rust-oleum Rocksolid Floor Coating Kit

You'll need:

1. Cleaned and cleaned and cleaned some more.  After clearing everything out, I swept several times.  I mopped with soap and water twice, then I started the concrete etching kit.  

2. Follow the instructions to mix the concrete etching solution with water.  Use a scrub brush to scrub the floors.  I actually did this twice too.  They say to use a hose, but unfortunately my hose does not reach, so I scrubbed a few more times with plain water.  Repeat this step until clean.

Garage Floor Refinishing

3.  Let the floor dry completely

4. There are two Polycuramine Burst Pouches, each with two parts.  Mix each pouch individually, then roll part A into part B and mix very well, do this for both sets.  

Rust-oleum Rocksolid Floor finishing

5. pour one color into one side of the roller tray.  Then pour the other color into the other side of the roller tray.

Rust-oluem Rocksolid Floor Coating Kit

6. Use a paint brush to edge the room, blotting the colors together to get the marbled effect.


7. Use the provided roller to roll paint in M and W patterns, layering the colors, but not mixing them completely.  

Rust-oleum Rocksolid Floor
Rust-oleum Rocksolid garage floor
  • A few things I learned:  I was under somewhat of a time crunch for this project, had I had more time, I would have allowed additional time for the floor to dry.  The floor had some bubbles after drying, not sure why, once I walked on the floor the bubbles popped and you can't see them anymore.  You can see the photo below.
  • I am not sure when the best time to do this project is.  For me, it was early May and there is all kinds of spring crap falling from the trees.  Some particles inevitably blew on to my tacky floors and made a mess. 
  • Be sure you start at the back point of the room to avoid boxing yourself in.  
  • As the instructions warn you, you'll need to work quickly, as the product hardens quickly.  
One Room Challenge

One Room Challenge // Week 5 - A tribute to my Dad

This past week was one of the hardest of my life.  Last Sunday, April 23rd I was on set at a photo shoot, I got the call that you never want to receive.  It was my brother, telling me to come home, because my dad wasn’t going to make it much longer.  I hopped on a plane to Michigan that night.  A little back story is that my dad had a blood disease called myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), it’s a precursor to leukemia.  Dad elected to have stem cell transplant last fall.  It was his only chance at living life for longer than a few more years.  The transplant took, he spent many weeks in the hospital recovering, he returned home to continue his recovery and we got to spend the holidays with him.  One of the big risks of this procedure is that your body can attack the new cells.  This is somewhat common, but doctors can help this side affect to some degree.  My dad experienced this in the way of his skin flaking.  In early March Dad had a fever and went into the hospital.  Because his immune system is compromised, he spent four weeks combatting the viruses in his body.  They finally released him and we thought that was behind us, for him only to end up back in the hospital less than a week later with low white blood cell counts.  The doctors say that when my dad’s immune system kicked in, it started attacking the new cells and after the skin, the next organ they attached was his lungs.  There was nothing they could do.  When we got the call, the said he'd never breath on his own again.


My family and I watched for four agonizing days as his lungs got weaker and weaker.  We all knew what the outcome would be, but prayed for a miracle.  I am lucky that I had the opportunity to thank my dad for all his love and support and for being such a wonderful influence in mine and my family’s life.  My dad took his last breath last Thursday, April 27th.  

I was already in a tight time crunch for my One Room Challenge, and ten days away did not do me any favors.  Clearly, this blog project is not a priority in my life at the moment.  But I want to finish, or attempt to anyway, because my house projects were a special connecting point between my dad and I.  This project in particular, the garage, is a fitting tribute to my dad.  You see, I watched my dad build our garage from the ground up.  I was about 9 years old and witnessed my dad construct the walls while simultaneously teaching me that with drive and ingenuity, it’s absolutely possible to create something out of nothing. 

I was there when his friends and family came by to help him raise the 20 ft wall frames.  My dad was not one to ask for help very often, in fact, he was often the one offering help.  Through witnessing this team effort he taught me that there are some things you just can’t do alone.  This memory illustrates the wonderful people that surrounded my dad in his life, many of those faces I saw earlier this week, under very different circumstances.

Once our garage structure was built, before we cluttered it up with years of collected items, it was a wide open space perfect for kids to run and roller skate around.  Before the brick and siding and dry wall was added, my parents threw an awesome Halloween party for me and my friends.  We decorated the space, draped in black ground covering fabric, skeletons and strobe lights.  My entire family was there to help and celebrate and a family-friend even read fortunes for the guests.  From this party, I learned how important it is to celebrate your accomplishments. 

A few years after that party, I was my dad’s right hand gal turning the loft area of the garage into a hang zone fit for a “That 70’s Show” loving teenager.  Together we picked out and applied a red paint color to the walls.  I combed through my dad’s record collection to choose which should grace the walls, and I collected vintage music memorabilia and displayed my dad's old license plate collection.  I proudly invited my friends over to enjoy this room built with so much love. 

My dad was my person for this kind of stuff.  The person I turned to for questions, recommendations, and ideas.  My dad was the person I would send my progress and after photos to first, I was always so proud to share the fruits of my labor, which I learned from watching him over the years. Dad LOVED helping me and my brothers, I think we both wished we lived closer, as he would have been by my side for each and every room makeover I have undertaken.   

I am mot sure if I will be able to finish this project on time, but I will finish, and I know my dad would be so proud of my work, and I hope he is smiling down as I work on another garage.  

A final note: in preparing for this post, I learned a final, lesser-important lesson, don't forget to take before and after shots.  My dad built so many things and took on so many projects, and after looking through hundreds of photos, I couldn't find one pictures of my dad showing off his work.  The photo above was the closest I got, and that is my older brother on the ladder.  And the photo below is one of my favorites of my dad and I from 2014, the trip we told our families we were having a baby.  We are in our happy place, and this is how I will always picture him in my heart. 

I know this is an unconventional ORC post, thank you for reading.  If you want to check my progress from my first three weeks see week 1, week 2 and week 3.  

One Room Challenge // Week 3

Week three, half way there and my room hardly looks any more done than it did a week ago.  Incase you missed week 1 and week 2, I am participating in my first One Room Challenge, hosted by Calling It Home.  My quest is to turn my one car garage into an industrial-modern studio/storage hybrid.  The place is still a disaster, but we are getting there.  I feel like I've spent most of my time moving stuff back and forth across the room.  I had two walls to paint and the ceiling (!) and it's not like I'm just going to bring in all the dirty garage stuff into the house, so I've been moving it, and moving it, and moving it yet again.  The paint is pretty much done, except a few touch up spots.  So now I have a big white box, with a giant mess in the middle, but that's step two of nearly all of my projects.  Lol.  

This photo from A Beautiful Mess is getting me excited to get to my favorite part, organization! 

Garage Storage

So here's where we're at, the ugly truth photo.  It may not look like it, but we've come a long way.  So far, I painted the walls in Polar Bear by Behr.  That is my go-to color everywhere in my house.  My husband helped me hang the cabinet, which is recycled from my kitchen, we took it down to replace it with open shelving.  The cabinet needs some reinforcement before I put the doors back on and load it up, but I am ITCHING!  

I began hanging shelving on the back wall, which will hang on either side of the work bench.  I also started gathering organizational containers to load up the shelves once they are up on the walls. 

One Room Challenge Week 3

This week I am gathering storage containers to use as I get the shelving on the wall.  Since my color palette for this project is very neutral and clean, I need to swap out my traditional clear plastic bins for something more aesthetically pleasing.  Here is what I'm planning to use. 

Garage Storage Plans

1. Elfa Utility Track / 2. Elfa Hooks / 3. wood crates / 4. handled wood box / 5. small white tote bins / 6. large white tote bins

So what's still left?

  • hang peg board and shelving on back wall
  • hang shelving on storage wall
  • hang utility track
  • refinish work bench
  • refinish floor
  • hide fluorescent lighting
  • treat myself to a beer! 

Missed the previous posts?  See week 1 and week 2