Garage Home Office Transformation Progress

I’m transforming the garage in our rental bungalow into my new home studio and today I’m sharing an update on the progress with before and after photos!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Green Dot. All opinions are 100% mine.

Organized craft room wall

The garage to studio transformation is in full swing and I’m so excited to share the progress with you today! After tons of rain and super busy schedules we had to put much of the work on hold but now, a month later since my inspiration post, things are officially happening and we’ve made huge progress. Today I’ve partnered with the Green Dot Cash Back Visa Debit to make it all happen. But before we jump into things, let’s remember what the space looked like just a month ago.

Colorful wall of craft paint bottles

Stuff. Was. Everywhere. The garage was formerly our place to put random things, a sometimes office for Kevin, and a mess 24/7. Proof is in the photo below! See tackled the space head-on by hosting a garage sale in the beginning of the year. That got rid of a ton of the clutter, but we still have some things that will need to be stored in here, even once it becomes my studio. Things such as the air conditioning units (which we only use 6 months out of the year here), a garage tool chest, extra horse tack, and large cleaning supplies like the mop and vacuum. I’ve got a plan for storing (and hiding!) all that stuff that I will show you when we share the final reveal, but for now let’s take a look at what we’ve done so far!

Photo of the inside of an unfinished garage

Everything came out and we had the room dry walled and the side walls insulated. This instantly transformed the space!

Unfinished drywall in garage

The next day, the walls and ceiling were primed and painted, and this really made over the space. I mean, can you even tell it’s the same space? Proof that a fresh coat of white paint can go a long way!

Finished drywall and painted white ceiling

Brightly colored paint swatches

After the drywall was up, then I started planning and shopping for the next phase—moving my Elfa shelving from my current home studio into the garage. This is where the Green Dot card came in handy—I was able to purchase supplies needed like paint and extra shelving both online and in person with the card. If’ you’re not familiar with Green Dot, it’s a bank debit card that gives you 5% cash back (up to $100 annually) on every eligible purchase. It has no overdraft fees*, plus you can get one online at or at over 100,000 retailers nationwide.

Pink office door and organized desk

I decided to use my go-to photo backdrop color, Pink Mimosa, to paint the inside of the door. Just two coats of paint and it instantly gives the room a fun pop of color!

Glad Press 'N' Seal Used as Paint Tray Liner

And I’ll share a secret painting hack with you: line your paint tray with Press ‘N’ Seal before pouring the paint into it. Then, we’re you’re done painting, you just toss the liner and don’t have to fuss with cleaning the tray. Seriously game changing, I promise!

Organized office desk wall with shelves

The next phase includes sorting and organizing the remainder of my supplies, finding a new home for the large items that will need to be stored in the space, installing a curtain rod, and painting the concrete floor.

Photo of Sarah's desk

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  1. WOW. Great transformation! I still can’t get over when I see white paint put on and the light suddenly is all over the place! Which white paint did you use for this project?

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