Hello friends!

I can finally show you all what I’ve been working on for the last five weeks.  My garage!  It sounds funny saying that (there’s nothing sexy about garages), but if you saw the before photos, you will understand.  My garage was pretty much out of control.  I was using it for more and more for DIY projects — but I could barely make my way around, or clean off a work space, for find anything!

Special thanks to Linda at Calling It Home for organizing the One Room Challenge twice a year.  More than 200 DIY and home decor bloggers participate and get all “wild and crazy” pulling late nights to get our rooms done on time!

So let’s take a tour of The Striped Garage 😉


If this doesn’t seem like much to you, compare it to what it used to look like…!


(shivers down my spine)  Okay, back to my new garage…

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After cleaning every single thing out of my garage, I realize I didn’t have as much stuff and probably didn’t need all of the shelving.  Oh well.  God knows I’ll fill up those shelves some day.

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My rolling work island

This table has a fun story.  My dad bought it at an estate sale.  My brother used it as a desk for short time.  Then it ended up in my garage.   I like how big it is (3’x5′).  We mounted it on top of a plywood base that doubles as a shelf, and stained it.  We added wheels to the bottom.  I used some leftover duct tape to wrap the legs, and chalkboard contact paper for the top.  The stool is just the right height that I can put it on the base when I’m not using it.  I love having a rolling table in my garage.  It makes working on projects so easy.

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When I saw this print on Etsy, I burst out laughing.  It’s a digital print and only $1.50!  I always thought this would be perfect in my garage for when I’m working on projects and expletives tend to work themselves into the conversation if things don’t go right 🙂

garage-makeover-custom-midcentury-modern-bench-drop-zone-3You can see how I made my little midcentury modern bench here.  A big thank you to Osborne Wood who gave me the hairpin legs for the bench!

So what did I change?

  • Painted the walls white using a paint sprayer and masonry paint
  • Painted the floor a blue-gray color using garage floor paint
  • Painted the existing work bench light blue green
  • Painted the door going into the house and the trim around it (all white)
  • Painted the shelves and repositioned them (in the same light blue green as the work bench)
  • Refinished and painted the metal tool chest, cart and tool boxes a rad teal color.  I’ll do a post on these soon.
  • Hung all of the ladders on the right wall using these hooks
  • Hung all of my yard supplies and tools on the left wall using a track system
  • Created a nifty little drop zone where I can sit down and take off my snowy boots and leave them in a drip tray (similar) to dry out
  • Stored all of my scrap wood up above – we attached hooks to the side of the soffits
  • Sorted through all of my supplies and put them in inexpensive storage tubs and labeled them with chalkboard labels
  • Hung two long overhead lights near the work bench
  • Created a rolling work island out of a restaurant table and some plywood
  • Spray painted a small counter stool with black chalkboard paint
  • Put down rubber foam floor mats in front of the work bench

I hope you enjoyed this not-so-traditional makeover.  I know I’m going to enjoy my new garage and hopefully will create a lot of new things there.  Have a great week!

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13 Comment

  1. Reply
    Cassie Bustamante
    November 10, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    wow! this looks awesome! i love that workbench!

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    November 10, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Huge transformation!! I love the art – had me cracking up for sure. Congrats on such a beautiful (useful) space!

  3. Reply
    November 10, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Oh my gosh! MUST have that sign. HILARIOUS. The garage looks gorgeous…if that’s a thing for a garage? Love your rolling work table. That’s LEGIT.

  4. Reply
    Melissa @ Polished Habitat
    November 10, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    It looks awesome! Putting that tables on wheels was brilliant. And I was cracking up to the swearing sign. So perfect for the garage!

  5. Reply
    November 10, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    I wish I had all your little gadget. This space looks like it is going to get its full use out of it. Love it. I plan to borrow some of your storage/organizing ideas…I am so unorganized. Love!!!

  6. Reply
    Jen @ Noting Grace
    November 11, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    This makes my OCD all tingly! I love how organized it is! You have got to be so proud of all your results! Congrats!

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    sherry hart
    November 16, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Whoa…..I am embarrassed to say that I seriously need to get to my basement…..this is awesome and you knocked it out of the park! So organized!

  8. Reply
    Erin @ Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry
    November 18, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    So nice and organized. I wish my garage looked this good 🙂

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    Ah, I love your rolling work table! And all the shelves with the storage boxes, brilliant!

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