If I were to let my husband tell you about our garage, you’d think that I was as far gone as those psychologically ill people on TLC’s Hoarders.
He likes to remind me that just to get the lawn mower out, he’s got to “move everything around” and “walk over stuff,” as if our garage were packed to the brim with my thrifted treasures.
It is. 😉
I’m not psychologically ill, though (at least, not concerning my love of hoarding furniture!). In fact, I’m just like every other furniture-loving, tool-wielding DIYer. That’s just how we do, right??
But this weekend, even I got fed of up of turning sideways and sucking in my gut while maneuvering around in the garage.
If you remember, this is what it usually looks like:
GARAGE – BEFORE
And this is how it looks now. Keep in mind that it’s still IN PROGRESS, but it’s a huge improvement, huh?!
Hubby was right (I hope he doesn’t read that I actually agree with him). I am hoarding furniture, and the garage really was getting out of control. Things were haphazardly stacked on top of each other, without a care in the world. I just kept lugging things in. Not to mention the disarray of bikes and kids stuff and lawn equipment.
No, This Isn’t a Garage Sale!
So on Saturday when I realized we had not ONE thing on our agenda to take us away from home, I decided it was would D-Day: De-Hoardify Day. LOL
I didn’t have any help lugging all this stuff down the driveway (hubby works weekends). I started at 9 a.m. and I’m not kidding you when I say that I went non-stop until 7 p.m.! I was wearing my pedometer and logged just under 20,000 steps! GASP!
And I kept thinking that someone would pull over and think we’re having a yard sale. Pfph! No one even glanced our way! Apparently that means it just looked like a pile of JUNK. hahaha
And to give you even more perspective, this is what it looked like from my bedroom window above. This was just one side!
I can’t believe I have used the excuse “Oh, I have kids!” for why I haven’t done more to get my house together. They’re really at ages where they can entertain themselves while Mommy does her DIY.
The kids had a field day!! They maneuvered my thrifted furniture around and made a “camp base” and played with sticks, and even this old tire from the garage (why the heck are we storing a tire with a gouged piece of metal stuck in it???) became a cool track for my youngest (age 2) to run his cars over.
My 4 year old got a kick out his work bench, which I picked up from the thrift store (but of course, for a whopping $7.00!). It even has a real vice! I think he’s following in my creative footsteps (yay!).
It’s sort of cool to see how creative kids can be when they use their imagination instead of sitting in front of iPads, huh??
“Dingy” is Not a Color
What you haven’t seen is what this garage looked like waaaayy waaayyyy before this past weekend. More like back in October when I got started on it. The walls were dingy, and I started going through plugging the imperfections with spackling, preparing the paint them a crisp white semi-gloss.
WORK BENCH – BEFORE
We get a lot of moisture in our garage and the work table and peg board got a little moldy. Trying to remove mold from wood is tricky (probably impossible, really). I did try to bleach it, then painted over it. I didn’t have any oil-based Kilz, so I bought some today to spray over it and apply more coats of white to “seal” it all in.
WORK BENCH – IN PROGRESS!
I love being able to hang up my Ryobi tools that I scored at the Haven DIY conference last year! I have more tools to add to the pegboard. But this gives you an idea of the workspace. Exciting! Dedicated places to keep my “toys”! I plan to paint the back of the shelving a different color (turquoise, shall we, hmmmmmm??). But for now, everything is just white.
Anyhow, I pulled out everything–
…and wanted to finish spraying the walls white with my HomeRight Heavy Duty Paint Sprayer. Watch MY VIDEO on how I used it in this garage. It saves SO much time versus a roller! Just be careful with overspray. And it goes through a LOT of paint! If you use a paint sprayer, have extra paint on hand. I ran out, unfortunately!
And this is how I went from dingy……
BACK WALL – BEFORE
….to clean and fresh, with work benches for me and my little guys!
I wanted to paint the floor, but the concrete paint I bought from Home Depot got terrible reviews, so I decided to try chalk paint (French Linen). I liked it! But surely one small quart wouldn’t be enough for that large space (and yes, that’s my foot print. I forgot the paint was wet–duh). I could only do one section to test. Worked great! I would need to use a sealant on top. I could see it getting scraped up.
The New “Thrift Diving Rule”
So what I did with my furniture was display it nicely and neatly on one side of the two-car garage.
I set everything up to be visible (as little stacking as possible!!!!) and to be counted and easily accessible, so that instead of THIS:
…..you get THIS. Not only can I REACH it, but I can also see what I have and don’t have.
The new rule is that I CANNOT bring a piece of furniture into the garage unless 1) another piece sells or gets moved into the house ready for use, or 2) a piece gets the “boot” because something better comes along.
In other words, every furniture will have a spot, with aisles that allow for walking. And if there is not a slot available for another piece of furniture, I can’t buy it.
So Much More To Do….
It’s easy to get discourage from a project when you think about how many things you have to do. But if you work on it a little at a time, you really do make a dent in it. And stop making excuses why you can’t get it done. Just start. You’ll be surprised how much you accomplish!
We have a gazillion bikes, so I need to get some bike racks and hang them on the wall to the right. For now, they’re all stacked together. But at least we have a walk way!!!!
And all the lawn equipment gets the other side of the garage. For now, I just have it lined up. Some of this I will be able to hang when I get hangers.
And I love that red cart! I picked it up at the thrift store for $15. I’ll use that for a gardening cart!
I still need to find a good painting option for the floor. Maybe an epoxy kit from Home Depot? I can’t wait to see it finished!!!
So what do you think? Is there a big project you know you need to start but can’t seem to find the time or motivation to do? Leave a comment below and let’s help to inspire each other to keep moving forward! 🙂