Hello sweet friends! There’s a lot going on around the new house lately, but the most exciting thing that happened is that I got the garage organized!!
Ok so I realize a post about cleaning a garage is not the most exciting post. Honestly I never imagined I would ever write a post about cleaning my garage, but it is kind of like a makeover… I mean especially when the last time you visited, it looked like this:
It was probably the star of my Hot Mess Tour (see it HERE if you missed it!) since it was by far the hottest mess going in our new place.
Two days of grimy sweat and now it looks like this:
I know, right?? I can hardly believe it myself.
So where did it all go?
Some of it ended up in my storage room which once looked like this:
I was also able to get it somewhat organized:
That far wall is housing all of my wall décor since I have yet to hang a single thing up in the house.
I didn’t realize I had accumulated so many gold mirrors:
The other side of the room is where my stash currently resides:
This room isn’t huge so it should help me to keep my stash at a minimum, right? Here’s hoping! I did manage to dwindle it down quite a bit before the big move though. It is really nice to have a dedicated storage space!
To help get the garage organized, I started by hanging my peg board tool wall that I shared the other day:
If you have never hung pegboard before, it is pretty easy. I bought three 1x2s at Lowes. The peg board has to sit away from the wall a bit so you can get the hardware inserted. I purchased all of mine at Lowes.
Here’s a quick rundown on how to hang a peg board wall in case anyone is interested:
I found my studs using a stud finder first. (Never trust something heavy like this to anchors!) Once you find a stud, they are generally 16″ apart so you can just measure and mark every 16″ and you should find a stud.
Then I attached my 1x2s with 2 1/2″wood screws and screwed them right into the studs:
I used a level as I went to ensure they were level.
Then I just screwed the peg board into the 1x2s:
This started as a 4’x8′ sheet that I had the guys at Lowes cut into four for me….much easier to manage that way!
Then I erected two sets of metal shelves we brought over from our old garage:
Perfect for getting a good amount of stuff off the floor.
And I was able to finally unpack all of my painting supplies…hi my babies, I’ve missed you!
The two gray cabinets also came from my old garage and are perfect for housing all of my paint supplies and knobs and pulls:
And that gray cabinet in the corner? That also housed supplies in my old garage. It was a housewarming gift from my parents when I bought my first house. It used to house our big box TV. It started out unfinished and I painted it navy blue, then white.
The white hadn’t worn very well with it hanging out in the workshop and it looked so pitiful:
I found a jar of Fusion Mineral Paint in Pebble and decided to give it a bit of a facelift to blend with the other cabinets.
Now it blends right in:
It felt really good to paint furniture again! This cabinet holds a ton of supplies.
The workbench was a DIY build from scraps that I built a few years ago. It is my main work surface, and is on wheels so it’s easy to move around if need be.
And finally, behind the work bench I hung these organizers I found at Home Depot for all of our lawn tools:
The easiest way to hang something like this in my opinion is to hang a strip of wood on the wall first so you can screw it right into the studs, then you can screw the organizer into the wood anywhere you want. (The holes in the organizers would not have lined up with the studs the way I needed them to.)
The wood pieces I used were actually beds slats that Home Depot sells for a couple dollars each and they worked perfectly.
We had all of our lawn tools in a big bucket at our last house so it is really nice to have them organized. (Hopefully they are all still hanging by morning!)
Update: A few of the fatter-handled tools had slipped out of the holders, but I just flipped them around and hung them the other way by their “necks”. They’ve held up so far that way.
The workshop is open for business!
My first client is that round table to the right. 🙂
I hope to get working on that soon!
Now you know where all the magic will happen in this house. (Not that kind of magic…my projects, friends, I’m talking about my projects.)
I’m also ready to tackle removing the existing flooring in the dining room and my office. Then paint…then I’ll install the same flooring I used in my living room. THEN I will feel free to start decorating! That will be the fun part!
Imagine me digging through my garage the way it looked in the first photo I shared, to find goodies for my giveaway box…I must really love you guys! ( I do!!) I found a few more things to throw in while organizing out there too. This is a fun box! Go HERE to register to win! You can enter once a day every day until it ends on August 20th, 2017 at 12:00 am.
UPDATE: See how that big round table turned out HERE!!
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