Rehab Finished: The Garage Part 2

Jennifer —  May 9, 2011 — Leave a comment

MY BLOG HAS GONE CRAZY!!!!  For Some reason it is showing all the wrong pictures  and its showing the same picture over and over.  I am trying to figure it out.  Sorry for the confusion. 

First of all its 90 degrees outside!  It feels like the middle of summer and I am lovin” in.  My job is an outside job all summer and an indoor job all fall, winter, and spring so I am getting excited to be outside!  I hope everyone had a great Mothers Day!  I am not a Mother so I just celebrated my mom.  My Dad and his wife (my stepmom) came to visit.  My dad is a HUGE THOR fan so we all went to see the new movie THOR.  I loved it!  My dad was like a kid in a candy store so it was fun to see it with him.  Yesterday we finished the garage!  YIPEEEEEEEE!!!!!  I can”t tell you how much I have opened the door to the garage just to see it.  I sigh every time I walk in it.  Its been three years of Chaos.  We moved in and the previous owner left us piles of goodies and trash.  Thanks.  Note to self: If I am selling a house….clear the garage of my junk.  The new owner does not want it, even if I think its cool.  We remodeled the house so that made the pile even bigger.  Then…we cleared it.  But then, as we continued to remodel and do things, we would acquire more tools and supplies with no storage to hold them.  This resulted in new piles.  Then, we flipped a house.  The garage was empty for a while but when we finished, all of our tools and some new tools showed back up.  Still, we had no storage.  Of course, we recently acquired hand me downs when the hub”s mom sold the house he grew up in alongside a few DIY projects I had going like this one and .  Until now, we had not made the time to create usable storage except for this project .   I am a person who simplifies.  So…first things first.  GET RID OF WHAT WE DONT USE.  I did just that in the garage sale a few weekends ago.  That didn”t help much because we literally use everything in our garage.  Here is the before pic:  (This is not even at its worst. Imagine one big junk pile on the left side of the picture…no blue cabinets, lots of wire shelving that made no sense, and bulky cabinets that kept a car from fitting in.  That was the scene on move-in day. Plus, you can tell the drywall is new by the door.  See the piece of wood on the ceiling at an angle.  That used to be an angled wall.  Only one car could fit back then, but really none because of the bulky cabinets.)

I am going to reveal this garage in three posts.  I am doing this to make your reading time shorter and still give good explanation of what we did.  Today you get to see the left side of the garage.  This side now is known as the sports corner and supply closet.  Here is the view of the entire wall.

I posted here about these free Craigslist cabinets that I got off of someone”s curb .  The hubs and I reorganized them.  They now are the home for our paint, nails, screws, lawn chemicals, plumbing stuff, car cleaning stuff, smaller tools, extra saw blades, painting supplies, tool accessories, and all sorts of other goodies.  Of course after reorganization I wrote what was in the cabinets on the chalkboard painted fronts.  The hubs has found two things without having to ask me.  (I am the “finder” in our relationship).  Here is an updated pic:

Underneath the Cabinets is my project wood supply.  I am always needing wood for a project and I plan to make frames out of extra trim so we had to find a place for it.  We found these brackets at Lowes for $6.00     We screwed them in on studs, laid the wood on top and “Voilà” wood storage.

Then, we needed a place to store our trimmer.  So I took two bungee ropes that we had and made two loops (all you people who went to camp with me in the summer, knots class paid off yesterday) and got that bulky trimmer out of the way.

The blank space underneath is for our expandable ladder.  It is at our flip house right now.  It will rest on this concrete lip and be held up by some hooks. Finally, our lawn mower (that is currently in the shop) will sit sideways on the floor underneath the cabinets.  When we pull the car in we still have plenty of room to get out and walk around the car.  Someday we want to build a shed in our backyard.  When that happens all the lawn supplies will be out of the garage.  That project is way down the list though.

The hubs had great plans to DIY a sports organizational system.  He started all the plans that included shelves, hooks, pegboard, and wooden bins.  We started pricing and it was starting to become about a $100-120 build.  Not bad, but since we wanted the entire project to stay under $150 we started rethinking it.  We didn”t have to think long because we went four feet down the garage organization isle and found a store-bought system for about  $70.00!  It had all we wanted and it would take us about 10 minutes to assemble.  DONE!  Here it is:

Missing from the picture is the hubs golf clubs and shoes.  He might golf today after work and its well deserved because he worked so hard.  The clubs fit in that open space and the shoes go right under his cycling shoes.  This also houses my tennis rackets, some workout gear, the hubs cycling gear and tools for his bike.  See the makeshift “leg Raiser” on the right side of the system.  The concrete lip I mentioned above  can cause a few obstacles.  (You can see it in the pic) To maximize space we placed the system on the concrete lip.  All but one leg made it and the hubs rigged up a scrap-wood leg raiser.  Not pretty…but it works AND we get storage underneath.  The hand-held weights are staying.  The hubs uses those.  Our garage can fit two cars easily but reality is that we will only use it for a one car garage.  We will use this side of the garage for a “workout” area, but if the weather is bad…both cars can be in!

The bike is held up by a sturdy hook that we got at Lowes in the garage storage section a few years back.  We screwed it into the cabinet and it helps hold the bike.

Did you see the glimpse into our college “glory” days?  Here, take a closer look.

I found these in a sentimental box when I was reorganizing for my “be ready when disaster Happens” project.  Yes, I was a sorority girl and the hubs was in a frat.  We never went to a date party together because we went to rival schools. I went this great school.  He went to the other. Not only that, but I am older (insert cougar joke here).  We did graduate the same year though….Nevermind that I was graduating from college and He from high school! (Insert another Cougar joke here).  Let it be stated that I did NOT meet the hubs until way after college.  We met in the summer and our first four months of dating were in his half a semester victory lap of a senior year.  (It took him 4 ½ years to graduate)  Anyway, all you Pi Phis out there “Ring Ching”.  I doubt there are any FIJI”s reading but I have no lingo to throw at ya.  I decided to hang the paddles because it made me laugh.  What do you do with these outside of college?   I loved my college days and I loved Pi Phi, but these would be something I would leave behind if I had to get out of the house quickly.  In fact, unless I had a week to get out and pack my stuff….these would be left behind.  Do you have any funny memorabilia in your garage that you don”t know what to do with, but you really can”t give it away…and just don”t feel right tossing it?

Here the cost breakdown of this project:

  • Cabinets and Paint:  Free  (see here for details)
  • Brackets: Lowes, $6.00 for two
  • Sports Storage:  Lowes, $70.00 (that includes tax)
  • Bungee Chord:  Free (had it)
  • Learning to tie knots:  years of camp tuition.  (this was the most expensive thing :)
  • Bike Hook:  Lowes, Free (we had it, but they are like $4)
Did you see the weights are missing?  Yep, they are not gone yet…but soon.  I got my workout in while moving them to get all the shots.  Now I have to go move them back.  Stay tuned for more to come!  I hope you can get some ideas.
Thanks for reading!


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