If I’m being honest, we haven’t gotten as far as we would’ve liked on the garage – for good reason! – but it’s coming along. A couple weeks ago, we laid out the configuration, but it’s far from complete. Looking at the photo above, we still need to trim the length of countertop, add a kick plate, finish up the trim where the pegboard stops, and we haven’t yet mounted the upper cabinet.
We picked up that length of unfinished butcher block counter for a steal, thanks to an imperfection on the side; no matter, we’ll just put that side down. The cabinets were painted using the same deep blue from our front and closet doors, and you might remember that they’re the same cabinets we pulled from the second floor kitchen, which is now our master bedroom. (On a side note, I have to laugh at master, as it’s still simply a kitchen without cabinets and a bed plunked in the middle!) To the right of those cabinets is our DIY kitchen island of yore, which has been perfect for the garage! Wheel it into the middle? Sure! Wheel it outside to make a dusty mess? Why not!
And to the right of that is a big rack of Colossal Shelving from Ace Hardware! Ace is lending us a hand to complete all the to-dos on our garage checklist, and as soon as we saw this hunk on their website, we knew we’d put it to good use out here. Hidden storage is great, no doubt, but open storage will pull the load for big bins and easy access items (think: gardening care and smaller power tools). The whole thing was assembled in about 20 minutes and clicks together easily. The only tool we used was a rubber mallet to snug the cross bars in place:
We wanted the only upper cabinet to conceal all those small, ugly necessities – bug spray, weed killer and the dozens of car cleaning chemicals that all do the same thing (I mean, right?) – but we wanted it to blend into the wall. We painted it the same color as the rest of the garage, Valspar’s Zen Pebble (lightened to 75%), but in an effort to keep things a little interesting, we opted for navy lowers, Hague Blue color matched to Sherwin Williams, to help hide the inevitable garage grime!
Below, this tiny rolling tool cart lived in our workshop before the facelift, but we knew it’d be better suited out here. It tucks right alongside the cabinets while corralling clamps and, of course, tool miscellany.
We’ve talked about adding a floating shelf above the old island for our boombox (do people still say that?), but aside from that, we can start figuring out what goes where! We’ll hang hooks into the pegboard and organize rakes, brooms and the like, and we’ll continue to chug along on the rest in the coming month:
Fix the leaky roof
• Bike Storage – got it!
Open metal shelving for bins + occasional use items
Wall treatment for cabinet wall (close up exposed studs)
Paint everything – no more bare plywood!
Reconfigure and paint cabinets
• Install a countertop – purchased!
Epoxy/paint the unlevel/cracked garage floor – not this year, womp.
• Cabinet kick plate and finish baseboards – new
• Wall of hooks/hanging storage
• New side door – purchased!
• Paint exterior trim
Re-caulk exterior siding
• Repair/new garage door
• Replace lighting with LEDs
What you can’t see behind me in all of these photos is the stuff that’s waiting for its home, lest you think our garage is so clean and tidy! August is going to be a month of catch up and project completion – fingers crossed!