I mentioned in our last post that we wouldn’t be insulating the garage, as it simply didn’t seem necessary for our personal needs. For one, it’s detached, and we’re looking at the garage as a space for super messy projects (read: anything on a table saw!), outdoor-type storage and a proper home for our car. We don’t plan on staying in the garage for extended periods of time in the winter, and now that we have the indoor workshop, we won’t be stashing temperature sensitive products out there (think: paints and glues). To be honest, we actually like the exposed studs and pitched ceiling, and we’ve already taken advantage of such when we installed our racking system for spare lumber.
That said, we did want one feature wall (why not?), and it made sense to do so on the main wall of cabinetry. You might remember that the cabinets came from the second floor apartment of our house (HELLO, blast from the past!), and we knew they’d eventually come in handy out here. After shuffling them out of the way, we were ready to install the star – pegboard!
We chose pegboard for its intended practical purpose, but it’s also very, very affordable! We needed just five 4’x8′ sheets for our 20′ wide wall, and the total cost came in at $50. The first sheet was the trickiest to hang, but once we were sure that it was perfectly level, Scott and I followed along the studs (so easy to spot, ha!), and we used 2.5″ wood screws to secure them in place.
We had a couple of boards where we needed to make special cuts, with the most obvious being the window. Luckily, the window fell at a seam, so we only needed to notch it out of one side – that’s luck, I tell you! We used our Dremel tool to get that done, and we needed the circular saw to trim a couple inches off the width of our last board.
Using scrap 1x2s, we finished up by trimming the window and outlet. It might be just a garage, but it’s still totally worthy of love, too.
The wall took us a little more than half a day, and what a big change! You’ll notice that it was installed about 4″ off the floor, but once the cabinets are brought back in, we’ll add a makeshift baseboard to keep everything clean and tidy.
Fix the leaky roof
• Bike Storage – ordered!
• Open metal shelving for bins + occasional use items – ordered!
Wall treatment for cabinet wall (close up exposed studs)
• Paint everything – no more bare plywood!
• Reconfigure and paint cabinets
• Install a countertop
Epoxy/paint the unlevel/cracked garage floor – not this year, womp.
• Wall of hooks/hanging storage
• New side door
• Paint exterior trim
• Re-caulk exterior siding
• Repair/new garage door
• NEW – replace lighting with LEDs
We won’t be bringing in the cabinets until the entire interior of the garage has been painted the same color, but once we do, we’re looking forward to implementing a few other storage systems. We’ll have hooks for things and racks for bikes and, and! I keep telling Scott that the garage is going to look so cute, and I’m sure he just loves that.
PS! Chicago friends, we could really, really use a professional hand with a small wallpaper project (one wall with a window) at the One Tail at a Time Adoption Center. If you or someone you know would be able to donate your time, please send me an email, and I can fill you in! We promise you a thousand puppy kisses and gratitude forever.