This post has been sponsored by NewAir. However, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.
This past Thanksgiving, while everyone crowded around televisions watching football, hanging with family, or vegging out on a marathon of their favorite sitcom, I was covered in cobwebs and sawdust.
I wasn’t complaining!
Actually, I was enjoying it!
I felt like I was making awesome progress towards something I have been trying to do (unsuccessfully, mind you…) for the past three years:
Creating the perfect garage workshop!
I wanted to share with you the progress that I’ve made so far, along with a sweet little NewAir beverage cooler that’s going in the garage! (Keep reading for more info on how you can win one!).
……Can you say, “she-cave”?? 🙂
Creating the Perfect Garage Workshop
Let me remind you of the horrific picture that accurately depicts how my garage workshop usually looked.
It was full of tools, used materials, and just…..cluttered.
Seriously–it was not an inspiring place to work.
BEFORE – October 2013
RECENTLY – October 2016
Despite the painting, I think things actually got worse!! LOL
But after all the progress I’ve made, including last night, which you can see below, here is what it looks like so far!
IN PROGRESS! – NOVEMBER 2016
As you can see, I’m in the middle of painting the floor. More on that below. Keep reading!
Creating the Perfect Workshop!
I don’t want to think of this place as just a workshop.
It’s not just a place for me to work on my own projects for the blog and for home improvement projects.
Eventually, I’d like to use this space as a classroom for furniture painting classes and power tools classes!
The folks at NewAir wanted me to try out their built-in beverage cooler, and I knew it would be the perfect addition to the workspace “she-cave,” especially if I’m going to be hosting classes here!
Out of the box, there wasn’t much to set up.
The stainless steel frame was super sleek!
I was impressed that at the bottom of the unit there was a lock with a set of keys inside!
Must have been a parent who invented that….hahah….I know my kids would be getting inside, trying to sneak sodas! LOL
It actually holds a whopping 96 cans or 58 bottles! Not that I ever plan to stock that many beverages! LOL
But if I ever do any large hosting, especially for holidays or just get-togethers with friends and family, it will be able to hold enough for everyone.
It came with a couple of screws to easily attach the handle.
I just used a screwdriver, which took seconds.
That’s pretty….very pretty!
The Dramatic Difference!
Here’s how my garage has typically looked over the years: with tons of furniture piled up, blocking walkways, and just….cluttered!
My soul yearns for a clean and organized space to be creative without all this mess!
So it took nearly all of Thanksgiving (I think my neighbors thought I was crazy), but I did it: I removed everything on this side of the garage!
In the next couple of days, this side of the garage will be painted a pretty blue.
You can see how the sawdust has built up in the corners and edges of this space.
I worried about putting a beverage cooler into my garage, which has always been such a dirty place.
But I realized that it doesn’t have to be a dirty place! The problem is that I just never made it a priority to clean up after myself.
Plus, now that I have a dry-wet vac (OMG–I can’t tell you how much I love sucking up dust and dirty!!!), it will be easier to keep this area as dust-free as possible.
Everything got moved to the other side for the meantime since it wasn’t practical to leave things in the driveway. I’ll just have to work on this garage one side at a time. 🙂
I’ll also show you how I plan to patch up these nasty cracks before painting the garage floor this week!
This is actually a great way to clean a large space, especially like a garage, when you don’t have anywhere to PUT stuff while you clean: just move everything on to one side (neatly!) and then work on one side at a time!
Once I was done the cleaning, I moved the cool back into place, plugged it in, and played around with it, stocking it with sodas and (yes!) a few beers, which I happen to love. 😉
I thought the blue LED light inside was pretty awesome! It’s a nice accessory to my garage.
It cools all the way to 36 degrees if you like things ice cold. For these things, I’ll likely set it on about 42.
I’ll likely leave it right here in the corner next to my work bench, for easy access. You can see here the ugly cord that I’ll have to mount and hide, running it up under along the work bench.
This cord is much too long, so I’ll get another one that’s shorter, and then run it on the underside of the workbench, holding in place with hooks.
But I really like it here in the corner!
Since it’s right next to my work bench, I can easily grab a drink without going into the house.
And when I’m hosting classes in this space, I will be able to offer people drinks right from the workshop! 🙂 Excited!!
I don’t plan to use this workbench for cutting any wood, so it’s unlikely that it will be affected much by sawdust.
What’s Next? Win a Beverage Cooler!
This week I’ll finish the floor, paint a thrifted drafting table to be used as a new work bench, along with finding a shorter extension cord for the cooler!
I’m soooo excited this space is starting to take shape!
In the meantime, NewAir is giving away a beverage cooler, too! You can enter to win until November 30, 2016, until 11:59 p.m.! Where would you put it??
Congrats to the winner!