The least important room in our house has had the most attention over the past year.
Here’s a picture of the garage before we owned the house. Notice the wimpy little shelf over the washer/dryer. That’s probably why everything else is on the floor.
I hung 4 laminate shelves after we moved in. Functional, yes, just not thrilled about still seeing all that crap.
Well, I don’t mind seeing the globes……
The washer and dryer needed just a little lift, so we gave them one.
I started by building a platform with 2X4’s and shims to level it out on the uneven floor.
The hole in the cedar is for the dryer exhaust.
Using “Every part of the buffalo” the old garage shelves became the platform.
Then a nice coat of white paint. Everything looks “cleaner” painted white.
The front of the platform got a few little trim pieces. Notice how the platform gets wider to the right, but the trim stays the same….y’all never would have noticed if I hadn’t pointed that out.
This whole side of the garage looks so much better already.
That was about 9 months ago, Today it looks even better.
Here’s what we started with, completely uneventful, the kind of room that one would expect to find a live rat in….
Washer and dryer on a nice little platform,
That huge barn wood star we made last fall has a perfect home on the chimney brick wall when it’s not hanging in front of the house.
We added more plumbing pipe to the ceiling to match the left side of the garage.
….and the wall of metro shelves along the wall to contain the hoard.
Most everything is contained in neat, labeled tubs.
The PHARMACY sign has been in a pile for about 3 years now just waiting for a home. Now they have one on the cedar wall.
The cabinets came from the kitchen remodel. No way would we ever think to waste those.
And the Ikea Lack shelves we sliced in half and hung off of them. Notice the plumbing pipe to hold hangers.
New platform for the new washer/dryer. The old ones finally gave out a few months ago.
The rolling rack, everyone should have a rolling rack, is for out of season jackets and even better….clothes can be hung-up directly from the dryer.
As a refresher, here’s the left side of the garage that was completed last August,
More of the former upper cabinets from the kitchen, tool magnets, and open storage in wire baskets between the cabinets.
What used to be a dank, nasty storage room is now a clean, bright space where we spend most of our time working on projects.
The Pendant lights went up last month…..more on those bad boys to come.
And we still need to paint the floor. “OY Vey”
Oh. My. GAWD! America’s BEST looking garage?!! I **HAS** to be! Uh-MAZING! Congratulations!
Thanks Beefy! It’s our favorite room in the house right now…wait till ya see the pendants we hung.
Can’t wait! 🙂
I love that you’ve spent as much (or maybe even more) time making the garage a “designed” part of your home as any other room! Bravo!!
We spend almost as much time out there as we do watching TV….or in front of our PCs….def a selling feature (not that we need any right now)
How long did the garage evolution take? I’m in the midst of a garage overhaul (already two weeks in) and it feels daunting.
Also do you park in there?
We started last August, but didn’t do much all winter……finished last month, still need to paint floor.
We CAN park 1 car in there, but rarely do…… We both drive biggish SUVs
Holy cow you did an amazing job on the garage!!!!!! I love this.
Found you on Hometalk about your post on grain sack pillows. Love your blog, now following.
Hi Susan, so glad that you found us. Those pillows came out pretty awesome, I just had to share them!
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