A garage makeover

I made an offer on our house before my husband had even seen it.  He trusts my decisions, and he was ok with it. Well, really, he didn’t have a choice.  I knew that this was “the one” when our realtor opened the garage.  Literally, the previous owner had not done anything to the house besides upgrade the garage with a nice floor and cabinets.  Angry Husband loves being in the garage, we consider our garage as a “room” in our house.

We’ve lived here for five years and our storage needs have changed.  We are more settled now.  We have accumulated more things, i.e. Christmas Decorations, tools, and you know, stuff.  We have a small house, so we have to be organized.  In the past six months, we have done some re-arranging. We had plastic shelves in different areas throughout our garage.  The shelves were overloaded and were starting to break.

Overview of garage

The picture above was taken last Monday after a final garage cleansing.  You are probably thinking, why is this garage so clean? Well, in about two weeks, we are hosting our son’s birthday party at our garage.  Since we have a smaller house, we are going to have the main part of the party in the garage.  We have a ton of space.

A few months ago, our garage was chaos.  Angry Husband pulled stuff off the shelves and into the middle of the garage.  He gave some of our shelving units to the neighbor, and we tossed the rest.

Messy garage picture

We already had the white cabinetry, but my husband built a shelving space/frame with a desktop also.  He uses it several times a day.  Ok, maybe because I kicked his computer out to the garage. He bought the lumber at Lowe’s and the desktop is from IKEA.  He drew out the plans himself to build around our  trash cans and storage totes.

Overall view of side of garage
Desktop in garage

I’m pretty sure that Angry Husband built this shelving unit while I was at some kind of blog conference last year.  I remember him sending me pictures via text message.  Luckily, I saved many of the text messages to show a picture of the wood framing while he was building it.

Garage shelving un-painted

Our Bosch Vision Washer and Dryer are stackable, which is great for saving space.  We used the stacking kit to do this.  Yes, there is an official kit, and it took over an hour to figure it out.  In the corner of the garage is our water heater.  We have a tiny bit of space so we also store our ironing board (NEVER used), a step stool, and a five foot long folding table.  On the left side of the washer and dryer is a barrier for our dogs.  We have two small dogs and they are quite nosey.  My husband set-up this barrier so that they can’t see outside the garage.  It has cut down on some of the barking.  It also leads to a door, which is the door to our outside patio area.  We have a doggy door installed for the dogs to access that area.

Washer and Dryer

My latest project in the garage was a shoe storage and bag organization area.  We use our garage to enter the house.  We rarely enter through our front door.  I’m constantly tripping over shoes.  We used to have a bucket to toss the shoes into, but it was always overflowing with junk.  We used an IKEA Expedit cube and mounted it to the wall with L-Brackets. We also put some hooks above the cube and staggered out the spacing for hanging jackets and/or bags.

Storage cube

The pretty vacuum hanging is my new Dyson.  We’ve had way to many handheld portable vacuums die on us.  We spent a little bit more money this time and got something better. I heart this Dyson.  The bucket is our son’s t-ball bucket. They use the buckets as seats. And we have his baseball bag tossed under the cube.  Usually these things are in my car.  We mounted the shelf higher to be able to sweep and clean underneath it.

We have our home theater equipment in our garage also. We use a RF remote control system to access everything.  It is better suited in this area, because it allows air to circulate and we don’t have to hide all the wires.  Angry Husband is in the home theater biz, so we have a complicated system.  I can barely use our remote most days.

Home Theater Equipment

As with all of my projects, I’m linking up.  Go and check out the other awesome stuff.  I find so many things to do from all of these great sites.  I just don’t have enough time in the day.  I hope that you were able to get some ideas from our garage project.  I’m not going to show you what is inside those cabinets though.  Everything is stuffed to the brim.

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13 comments
Condo Blues
Condo Blues

Can I move into your garage? Mine is so cluttered it make me cranky!

radhika
radhika

Now that is one organized gareage! Love your new shelves! They look very sturdy!

Jenn
Jenn

Wow! That is one good looking garage! I keep cleaning up our garage but there is just too much stuff! Maybe one day it will look somewhat like yours. Amazing job!

Victoria
Victoria

Hi! I saw your post at Tip Junkie. Your Angry Husband is also very handy. :) We love Ikea stuff at our house too. Thanks for sharing your makeover. Hope the party goes well!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Thanks for linking up Julie! Great job! We need to clean out our garage SO bad! Our weekends need to slow down so we can get it done!

Jessica Johnson
Jessica Johnson

LOVE. LOVE. LOOOOOVE. I have storage OCD, too. And a garage full of boxes b/c we just moved. And looking at it all makes me break out in hives. Can't WAIT until my garage looks like your masterpiece. Well done, Julie!

T
T

hmmm - I can't decide if I'm going to just be amazed or let it make me gut my own mess of a garage... probably the first - although I SHOULD be inspired enough to act

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Aww I'm a busy gal. I went and linked up to your Thrifty Thursday!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

We got rid of a ton of stuff in our garage over time....purge purge purge

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Aww thanks for coming by!!! Yes, he is very handy but doesn't always like doing my projects. IKEA rocks for the house. I just had to play with their stuff a little. Thanks....I will be working on pre-party stuff all weekend.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I think the Container Store is one of my favorite places to visit. I love all their little packages, bins, and things....a garage full of boxes would completely give me hives!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Be amazed, now get motivated! Cause I said so!