Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Garage Makeover: Part 1

Our garage makeover is almost done!



Over the last 1.5 weeks, Tal and I have decluttered, painted, and organized our garage:

First, we removed everything from the walls and purged old, broken, and unused items:

Then, Tal and I painted the garage Urban Sunrise by Valspar. It's a medium gray that doesn't have any blue, brown, or purple undertones. We used 3 gallons of paint. The sheet rock had never been painted, so it soaked up a lot of paint. 

After the paint dried, we divided our garage into zones that make sense for our family, and Tal installed some organizational systems:

Along this wall, Tal hung the extension ladder above his truck. He also put together this shelving unit that holds his tools, as well as our paint, painting supplies, gardening items, and coolers. We used gray storage containers with black lids (from Home Depot) to create a cohesive look for our gray and black color scheme. We used a label maker to label the contents of each container. 

On this side of the garage, we created zones for bikes, mowing equipment, and lawn tools:

In the area below, Tal hung our bikes two feet off of the ground. Our bikes are easy to access, but there is enough room underneath for Savannah and Hadley to park their scooters, shopping carts, strollers, etc:

We used the garage closet to corral our lawn mower and wheel barrow. Tal removed the old shelving inside the closet and installed some hooks to hang his weed eater attachments. To tie in with our color scheme, I updated the NC State sign (that Tal's dad painted) by giving the brown frame a couple coats of black paint.

Finally, on this wall, Tal installed two track systems with hooks that organize our lawn tools, beach chairs, and extension cords:

Earlier this week, Tal ripped off the carpet on our garage steps. I need to remove the staples and sand the steps before I give our stairs a couple coats of black paint (to go along with our color scheme). Then, our garage makeover will be done!

Some people think Tal and I are crazy for spending time, energy, and money to make our garage look neat, organized, and attractive. However, we want our garage to make a good first impression since our friends and family use our garage entrance 95% of the time. Plus, it makes us happy to come home to a beautifully organized garage!

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