A Finished Garage Equals a Happy Wife

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Hi Guys!  I hope your weekend was fantastic!  We shot up to Boston to visit some friends before they move back to NC and had a great time.  This week means summer camps for the kiddos, so I'm enjoying my laid-back mornings, not to mention getting a ton of stuff done!

Back in April, Steven and I finally decided it was time to do something about the state of our garage.  It was unfinished drywall and a complete disaster area.

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

Ack, this is embarrassing, although we don't usually have 5 bags of trash outside the trash can.  They're just grass clippings.

Why, yes, that is a giant Bud Light football helmet.  Don't ask.

Twin-sized mattress and box springs?  Check!  Random pallet from when our Martha Stewart closet system was delivered over a year ago?  Check!

We've lived here five years now.  It was about time we tackled this disaster zone.

With the state the drywall was in, we decided it best to bring in the professionals.  They sanded, patched, and painted, but first, we had to pick out the paint color.  Our painter only used Sherwin Williams paints, so that narrowed the options down quite a bit.  I went by our local store and brought home every sample of gray I could find.  Some were way too blue, some were way too tan, and after I narrowed down the easy ones, I was left with this:

And finally decided to throw out the blue-gray ones altogether, so it was down to three.  My final decision?

The painters covered the floor with paper, brought in their scaffolding, and got to work.

About a week later, we had this!

Ahh, much better already, but we still needed to tackle the organizational dilemma.  We went to Lowe's and decided on the Kobalt track system, mainly because of all the accessories that were offered with it.  The track comes in 4 foot sections, and originally, we thought we would just run it in a straight line across the back wall.  We quickly realized that wouldn't work because they would have to be hung 6 feet high in order to have room to hang our bikes.  That might not be a problem for most of you, but seeing as how I'm exactly five feet tall, if I ever wanted to reach anything, I would have to get a step stool and call me lazy, but dragging around a step stool is not my idea of a good time.  So in the end, we decided to stagger them.  One section at 6 feet, one at 4 feet, one at 6 feet, one at 4 feet.

We also picked up a chalk line while we were at Lowe's and I'm so glad I thought of that because it made the process SO easy.  Seriously, for $8, go get a chalk line.  Love that thing.

The warning about breathing in the chalk dust was kind of scary though, so we tried not to breathe at all while we were snapping it.  Apparently, chalk dust is dangerous.

Then Steven got to work hanging the Kobalt tracks!  Please excuse his bed head... we did this first thing in the morning.  Ha!  Oh, and if you decide to do something like this on a wall that faces the interior of your home, make sure you take any photos, etc. off the inside wall before you start.  My bridal portrait was almost a goner.  Think before you drill!  :)

Here they are all hung.  Gah, love them.  Oh, and we hung a mop rack I've had for oh, 2+ years. I've told you before and I'll tell you again, nothing gets done quickly here at 2027.  :)  We also had the painter hang the two ceiling racks while he was on his handy scaffolding.  We could really fit two more in between them and may go get some if we ever see the need.  Right now, we're okay with two though.

Oh yeah, and I painted the door black!  I love how it ties in with the black track.

Then we got to the fun part:  actually hanging up all the stuff that we decided should stay in the garage!  Everything else got trashed, Goodwilled, or put in our basement storage area (which got a good organizing as well).

And here's the after!

Our lawn mower, weed eater and blower used to live in our basement storage, but being the genius that I am, I finally figured out that they made more sense up here, so as not to stink up the basement with wet grass smell.  Yeah, it only took me 5 years to figure that one out.  In case you need a refresher of what this little nook area looked like before, here it is in all its scary glory:

And now, ahhh, all organized.

Another look back at the before:

Wow, I can hardly believe the difference.

We put tread tape on the wall where our bike tires hit, so they don't scuff it up.

You wouldn't believe that going from tan drywall to a light gray would make that much difference, but it is SO much brighter in here.  Not to mention that there's no crapola inhibiting our ability to get into the house.  We've thought about painting the floor with special garage paint (you know, the kind where you paint it, then throw the little specks in, then seal it, so it's all sparkly and new-looking), but we've decided to hold off on that for now.  I'm just happy that I no longer have to be embarrassed when the garage doors are open.

Here's a closer look at the new black door.  I really want to paint all our exterior doors black, but I have to get Steven on board first.  I just love the high contrast!

So that's it, our new and improved garage!  Every time I pull into it now, I sigh a happy sigh.  Ahhh, organization.

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  1. That looks so good! What a difference a little bit of paint and organization does: love it! Question. Do you have your "twoohtwoseven" logo saved and apply it to all of your pictures, or do you type to add text on each picture every time? I'm looking for an efficient way to mark all of my pictures: just thought I'd ask! Here's my e-mail if it would be easier to reply, thanks so much!


    Have a great week!

  2. Wow, what a transformation. I LOVE your "new" garage and I see why you are so happy! I would be too! :D

  3. Looks fantastic. It's so great to be organized. I so need to get on the band wagon and get mine cleaned up as well. After living in the same house for 11 years, decluttering is a MUST.

  4. You are in the Talent Show today over on COM- hugs, jen

  5. Wow!!! That is a seriously organized garage!! Love it!!!!