Easy Garage Makeover and a Giveaway!

Hey there!  I’m so excited to share this post with you today!  Not only because I found a super easy cure for my horrid garage floor but also because we are giving away such an awesome product!

Before_Garage_Floor_Epoxy4 years of DIY has lent itself to a hideous garage floor!  I never cared to protect it when I would paint or stain because really – It’s a slab of concrete, outside and it’s supposed to be dirty right?  That’s what I told myself until I couldn’t handle it anymore!  I wanted a beautiful garage with pretty shelves and storage, and a beautiful shop to create in!  I didn’t know how I was going to accomplish this with a paint and stain covered garage floor until I found this!

Rust-Oleum_Garage_Floor_EpoxyRust-Oleum Garage Floor Epoxy Shield! It was just what my sad floor needed and it was SOOOOOO EASY!  It comes with a very easy to understand instruction manual along with an instructional DVD.  There is even a graph to tell you how long to let it set depending on the temperature outside.  The epoxy comes in two color options, Gray Gloss and Tan Gloss.  I went with Gray Gloss;)  *I have a standard two-car garage and needed to cases of this epoxy.

suppliesThe first thing to do is to make sure you don’t have any oil spots or paint that chips off.  I lucked out on oil spots but I did have to use a putty knife to lift up some of the loose paint.  Next is the etching (sounds intimidating but it’s not).  You just fill a watering can with water and the etching salt.  Sprinkle the mixture onto the garage floor and scrub with a wire bristle brush.  I bought a brush that could attach to my extension pole and that made it so easy.  You work your way from the back of the garage to the front and you will hear the salt fizz:)  It is cleaning your garage floor and prepping it to allow the epoxy to really stick!  After you scrub with the etch, you just squeegee it out the door;)

garage_floorYou can see the right side of my garage has been etched.  It is damp and needs to dry before applying the Epoxy.  Notice that I only did one side at a time….That was another way that I made this easier.  Our garage had a ton of stuff in it that we didn’t want to find a place for over the weekend so, we pushed everything to one side and worked on the other side.

Garage_Floor_EpoxyNow for the fun!  The epoxy comes in two cans.  You have can “A” and can “B”.  Just pour can “A” into can “B”, mix and let it set for the suggested time in the instruction manual (this varies depending on the temperature outside).

Supplies_for_ApplicationOnce it is set, it’s time to get busy!  Pour your Epoxy mixture into your paint pan.  You will need a nap roller, an extension pole, an angled paint brush, a paint pan and small cups.  I chose to use small cups to separate the confetti so that they were dispersed evenly on the floor.

Edge_FirstStart with the angled brush and paint the epoxy along the entire perimeter of the garage.  I did let mine run up the side of the wall a bit to make sure that I covered the edges good.  You will have about 15 minutes, or so, to get the edging done so you want to move pretty quick.  I did this entire floor by myself – no help – so don’t let the time constraints intimidate you!  It is most definitely a 1-person job!

First_HalfYou then use your nap roller and extension pole to just roll the epoxy out onto the floor.  It’s just like painting a wall;)  Start at the back of the garage, working your way to the front.  You will roll out a 4’x4′ area then sprinkle it with the confetti chips.  I found it best to just grab a little at a time and toss them up about 3 feet over the area.  It allows them to rain down and spread out exactly where I wanted them.  *Notice that I am still working on one side of the garage floor.  I let it dry over-night (see your instruction manual for the suggested time per the temperature outside), then I moved everything to the other side of the garage and began the process on that side.


Rust_Oleum_Garage_Floor_EpoxyHere she is all finished and pretty!  What’s so cool is that our garage has become sort of a playroom for the kids!  They spend so much time in here on bad weather days!

EpoxyI love it because I don’t feel like I’m going outside when I am building.  And, for about $150, I covered up my hideously stained garage floor!  I can’t wait to deck-out the rest of the garage now!

So, who wants to win some Rust-Oleum Garage Floor Epoxy???

There are so many ways to enter!  The more you follow, the better your chances;)  Good Luck!

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  1. Mina on June 25, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    Any feedback on how well this holds up? Does the paint start to chip or wear?

  2. A Joey Maes on May 6, 2020 at 10:44 am

    I liked the way you gave the instructions. I have wanted to do this to my garage for a long time and Now I want to do it! Can I pick the color that I want and I spend a long time in the garage painting and working on projects and do I need a second coat? My garage is full of things and I want to move everything in the middle and work on a five foot edge and after finishing it move it to the center and coat the middle and maybe do a stronger coat and a different color to give it special look. I agree on the statement you said about “It is a one man job” and nobody to tell my anything different.

  3. Carol on August 3, 2019 at 7:26 am

    Two questions. Can you leave the mixed paint in the can until the next day when doing half the floor at a time? Where can I buy etching salts?

  4. Dennis Husk on November 19, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    I have used this product and really like it. However, it does not last forever. After 15 years how can I renew the coating? Do I need to sand it or is there a way to etch it and redo it?

  5. Dennis Lloyd on April 28, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    How is the floor holding up?

  6. Dave Primc on June 16, 2015 at 11:40 am

    A good part of our business is grinding off these type of coatings when they fail. Even if you follow all the instructions, they rarely hold up well. Currently there is a lawsuit against Rustoleum. Acid etching doesn’t profile most concrete well enough to allow an epoxy to bond. Also, adding water to a slab to neutralize the acid or degrease requires a waiting period for the moisture to escape the concrete before coating. This can take several days depending on temperature and humidity. These are just a few of the problems with this system. If you don’t care about longevity and don’t want to spend more than the $150 great. If the expectation is that this is going to hold up over time or be equivalent to a professionally installed floor then be warned.

  7. Janice Nash Stroud on March 21, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    My garage floor has a couple of crumbling spots. Would I need to repair these spots with concrete before using the epoxy method?

  8. Kathi Ratkowski on July 23, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I saw you had cracks in your floor before this… did it go on smoothly over the cracks and cover them? Or do they still show? I’m wondering if I need to fill them in before doing this.

  9. Smokie on November 23, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I have done this to two houses before this one. I suggest you add one more step for maximum durability. After the floor dries spend the money on the Rustoleum 2 part clear coat and put it down. It needs to sit for 24 hours before foot traffic and another 72 hours before you put a car on it. I have one that is now eight years old and one side was used for my wife’s car and the other for my shop. I seep and mop once per month and it looks like new. Follow the directions exactly and it is virtually indestructible! If you use the BEHR product they can mix it to any color you desire, as that product is a water based epoxy and definitely needs the clear coat. Stay away from the Valspar product as have had poor coverage results with it.

  10. Ryan Briggs on August 18, 2013 at 9:37 am

    It looks even better with the Rustoleum epoxy clear coat on top. It costs more, about $100 per kit, but it’s worth the money and time.

  11. Rhonda on August 11, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Hi, we have a basement floor in our church that needs redoing. Based on the need to get get rid of the etching and the fumes – is this a possible product??

  12. Elle Ot on July 12, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    since you mixed part a and b together then did the other side…how did you store the mix in the mean time? Any issues with that?

    • Shanty2Chic on July 12, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      For a two car garage you need to kits so use one kit per side and mix separately!

  13. Caroline on June 28, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Ashley, I love the way this turned out. It looks so fresh and clean! If you don’t mind, I’d love to pin this to The Home Depot’s Storage & Organization pinboard.

    Senior Editor,

    • Shanty2Chic on June 28, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      Absolutely! Thanks for asking Caroline!

  14. Gail Grunewald VanHoeck on June 7, 2013 at 11:14 am

    We just did this to our basement floor and it was horrible! It was like spreading tar with a paint roller. Not sure why ours was so thick, but it was very labor intensive. Looks good afterward, but I would never take it on myself again!

    • Shanty2Chic on June 7, 2013 at 11:17 am

      That’s odd? I know the temperature of the floor directly affects the thickness. Maybe it was too cold. Mine went on just like latex paint. Very easy. My aunt, who is in her 50’s, did it easily in a day! So sorry!

  15. Melinda Prince on June 6, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Can you tell where you stopped and let it dry overnight then started on the other side?

  16. Anjie B. on May 26, 2013 at 10:03 am

    This looks gorgeous! We want to sell our house, and this would be a good solution to make the garage look a little more appealing to buyers.

  17. grrlfriend on May 26, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Does this surface get slippery at all? Especially if it gets a little wet?

    • Shanty2Chic on May 26, 2013 at 7:13 am

      It does. There is an anti skid coat that you can add to it!

  18. Mindi Carwin on May 25, 2013 at 10:16 am

    That is seriously so amazing! It would look good on a patio too! Thanks for the chance to win!

    • Smokie on November 23, 2013 at 9:38 am

      Actually it is not meant for outdoor use

  19. Patricia on May 24, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    That’s all there is to it??? Cool – thanks for the great tutorial.

  20. Kris Collins on May 24, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    This looks amazing! what a transformation :0)

  21. C mond on May 24, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I love how this turned out. We were just taking about what to do with our concrete floor of our little cabin- the bare concrete is so dusty. This epoxy paint looks amazing- now I have a solution.

  22. Krista on May 24, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I’ve been wanting to do this project for a while now. It looks so good!

  23. Leslie Stewart on May 24, 2013 at 10:47 am

    That looks unbelievable! What a amazing look. I really need to do this!

  24. Lorinda Davis on May 24, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Oh my goodness, that looks AMAZING. Thanks for showing us!

  25. mommyof3bzzz on May 24, 2013 at 9:21 am

    this would be amazing for my poor garage floor would make this mama happy parking her car in there each day!!!!!!!!!

  26. Sallie on May 24, 2013 at 8:33 am

    That is so amazing!!! I would not now about all the amazing products out there without my treasured blogs! This is now on my expanding to do list and my house- thanks for the info!!!!!!

  27. janet on May 24, 2013 at 7:20 am

    It looks awsome. Too nice to put a car on!
    How bad does the stuff smell when your working with it?

    • Shanty2Chic on May 26, 2013 at 7:25 am

      Thanks Janet! I was worried about the smell but I was surprised that it is not that strong. I of course had the garage door open but it did not bother me at all!

  28. Alisha P on May 24, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Ohhhh my gosh I’ve been wanting to do that for such a long time! With finances usually tight and having 3 kids, the garage floor always goes on the back burner. So totally crossing my fingers on winning this one!! Your garage floor looks great!! Make mine just as beautiful?!? 😉

  29. Courtney Autry on May 24, 2013 at 7:03 am

    I never realized what a huge difference this makes! Awesome job. We just cleaned our garage and this would be the greatest finishing touch. Thank you, once again 🙂

  30. Donna Hayes on May 24, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Ooohhhh I need this bad!!!!

  31. Heather Raymond on May 24, 2013 at 5:55 am

    Holey schmoley. I love this!!

  32. Laura Whittington on May 24, 2013 at 5:11 am

    I am DYING to do this to my 27 year old garage floor. Want to do it this weekend. Yours looks FANTASTIC!!!

  33. Yajahaira on May 23, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Oh man I would love this!!

  34. Jess Matas on May 23, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    What happens if you get oil stains on the epoxy?

    • Smokie on November 23, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Mop it up. The epoxy is impervious to oil.

  35. SOmang on May 23, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    we did this last summer….its already peeling up. We followed the directions to a T. Im wondering if we should have painted on a oil based primer first even though it didn’t come with the kit.

    • Smokie on November 23, 2013 at 9:43 am

      Really sounds like you have water under the concrete. If you performed the test in the instructions and found water under the plastic you cant use this or any other product. A poorly etched floor will also do this. The etching will not remove grease or oils spills residue either. Only a degrease will do this and it is not included in the kit. Some kits include a product that says it includes a degreaser but it doesn’t work very well.

  36. Barb Rosen on May 23, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    How does this floor treatment hold up?I had heard that hot tires might “lift” some of the epoxy paint in summer or after a long car trip . Have you experienced any of that?

    • ladybugmom on November 5, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      I’m wondering the same thing myself. I have heard about the finish actually coming up. I wonder if the blogger here, Ashley, is having that problem.

    • Smokie on November 23, 2013 at 9:36 am

      If you have properly etched the floor (sometimes twice to be sure) and performed the water test on the concrete and degreased the floor and waited the proper amount of time for it to cure you should have no lift off problems. If in doubt etch twice. use a degreaser even if you have no grease you can see. Wash thoroughly. Let dry completely – may take 2-3 days for the floor to be ready. I always plan a week:One day to etch, degrease and rinse, two days to dry, one day to appy the color, one day to apply the clear. On day six move everything back in place (pick it up don’t drag it across the floor because it has not cured yet. Give it another 72 hours and put the car in

  37. Beth Shaff on May 23, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!! This is a rare one my husband would LOVE! He wasn’t too thrilled when I spray painted outside the cardboard on the garage floor LOL

  38. Dria @ on May 23, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I have wanted to do this for a few years but thought it was going to be much harder then you made it look!

  39. Sarah E. on May 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Love how this looks! I wonder if I could use this on our basement floor…

  40. Jennifer Ragan on May 23, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    This looks so awesome

  41. Meredith Price on May 23, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I love this!! Great idea!

  42. Neila on May 23, 2013 at 11:33 am

    This is awesome!

  43. Rosemary Dawson on May 23, 2013 at 11:30 am

    saw this at home depot and wanted it, my garage floor needs it bad!

    • Renee Valdes on August 12, 2013 at 8:13 am

      Thank you for the inspiration. We pinned this to pinterest/homedepot on the “small spaces, big impact” pinboard.

  44. Pam on May 23, 2013 at 8:56 am

    My husband would love to cover my project stains! It looks great!

  45. A ShutterBugLady on May 23, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Wonderful idea. Thanks for the step by step instructions and encouragement. Your floor looks great and I love the color you chose. Yay you!

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