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Storage Solutions That Transformed Our Garage Makeover

11 garage organizers that changed the way our garages functions using storage solutions for tools, paint, and sporting equipment.

The garage makeover has been a solid 5 years in the making, and if it were up to Robert, it would have been finished from Day 1.

But we had a million room makeover projects (plus had a baby in the middle of it all), so Operation: Get Our Garage Crap Together kept getting knocked further down the priority list. But now?!

garage after with white walls and black trim and repurposed concrete floor

It’s done! As done as it’ll probably ever be anyway. Robert did 95% of the job including the design of it all. And I’m basically here with my camera in hand taking all of the credit. 😉

As evidenced by this before shot from 3 years ago, we desperately needed some garage storage solutions that made sense.

garage before

Garage Makeover Before and After

Between the gym shed and now the garage, this is basically Robert’s “man cave central”.

Here is one more before and after garage makeover shot for good measure before I dive into all of the storage solutions that helped us tame the chaos.

garage after
garage before

How We Saved Money on Our Garage Makeover

If you need some garage makeover ideas, here are some ways we saved along with storage solutions that worked for us.

Mixing Old Paint

Remember when we did our paint storage closet organization project?

We had so many half used paint cans from all of the room makeovers we’ve done that we mixed all of our white and cream paints and mixed all of our black, gray, and brown paints in 5 gallon buckets.

Mixing paint gave us just enough to paint the walls, ceiling, doors, and trim.

Renting a Concrete Floor Grinder

Instead of hiring a contractor to refinish our concrete floor, we rented a concrete grinder and polisher to do it ourselves.

We’ve had questions about how we installed shiplap in our garage but the paneling was already here. The beauty of an old house: character is built in.

Tip to Remember Before Organizing a Garage

It’s a total Captain Obvious statement, I know. But purge and declutter ruthlessly before ever starting any sort of garage organization plan. Why organize items you aren’t using?

Be as minimal-minded as possible. That alone helped our plight quite a bit.

But creepy Gummy Bob (Robert’s punching bag) made the cut, and yes, I do still scream when I see a “strange man” in our garage in the middle of the night. 🙄

garage makeover after with white walls and black trim

The Garage Decluttering Rule

No more “well, maybe we’ll use this someday.”

If you haven’t used an item in two years, out it goes to donation if it’s usable, trash if it isn’t. That’s our rule anyway.

Not all of the stuff from those above “before” shots came back into the garage since we ruthlessly decluttered and donated a lot of things we really didn’t need.

The wooden shelves previous owners installed (likely from decades ago by the looks of them) really made no sense and wasted more space than they were worth.

So Robert ripped out every last piece of lumber first (and then we were able to repurpose some of it in our shed for better use).

Sports and Recreation Storage Organizers

Part of our sports and recreation organization is kind of an oddball situation since we gutted our backyard shed to turn it into a home gym.

That home gym project created a lot of garage space for us since we moved the weight rack. But that was only a portion of our sports and recreation storage needs.

garage before

Here is how the gym shed looks with our workout equipment from the garage relocated.

home gym shed in a backyard

This was the backyard shed situation before. Total waste of space, right? It makes so much more sense now and is like an extension of our home.

backyard shed before

In the garage however, we still had:

  • Sporting balls
  • Bikes
  • Golf equipment
  • Skateboards
  • Outdoor toys

So we figured out some garage storage solutions to contain the rest of the sporting equipment.

garage makeover after

Heavy Duty Storage Bench

We used two of these heavy duty storage benches with hinged lids on top of wire bins as a catchall for balls, sports gear, sidewalk chalk, helmets, and any other small outdoor toys.

I love that the girls can use it to remove muddy shoes or put on roller skates.

garage storage solution with heavy duty benches to store sporting equipment
heavy duty benches to store sporting equipment

Skateboard Storage Rack

Skateboards left on the ground are a big hazard, so we found this skateboard storage rack to keep them off of the floor.

It also serves as a place for Olivia to charge her hoverboard near an outlet.

wall mounted skateboard rack

(By the way, if you’re inspecting the before and after while analyzing this door situation, we moved the door to accommodate a new layout in our breakfast nook. But the location change worked so much better than before on the garage side of the door too.)

garage makeover with paint can storage and sporting goods storage

Golf Storage Rack

We have yet to fill up all of the shelves in this golf storage rack, but I love that we have extra room for any additional sporting goods that come our way since Olivia is getting into golf lately too.

For now, this rack is the perfect solution for Robert’s golf bag and golf balls. (My grandfather collected old golf balls for literally decades, and Robert still has a lot of them despite using them on the course all the time.)

golf storage rack against a wall

Bike Storage

Surprisingly, we didn’t feel the need to rig up a wall mounted bike storage rack in our garage since we had this alcove space under our stairs to park them. Thankfully, we have plenty of wall space if we ever change our minds.

By having them in easy reach, they’re more readily accessible for the kids (and us) to use.

paint can storage rack and bikes in a garage makeover

Tools and Paint Storage

Before figuring out garage storage solutions for all of our paint, home project supplies, and tools, we did a major decluttering and donated some to Habitat for Humanity.

Spray Paint Storage Rack

I found the perfect storage rack for spray paint cans because we always have many colors, primers, and sealers in our stash. We always need them at a moment’s notice in the middle of a project, so this one was a must.

We can easily see what we have and fill in the gaps of our paint supplies as needed.

paint can storage rack

Tool Storage Chest

So many of our tools and project supplies that were scattered all over our garage fit perfectly in this tool storage chest (that I found at a discount this summer to give to Robert as a Father’s Day gift).

garage makeover using leftover paint and concrete floor grinding

We use it to store every small project supply you can think of (other than items relating to paint).

  • Small power tools
  • Batteries / charging docks
  • Hammers / screwdrivers / wrenches / pliers
  • Tape measures / levels
  • Extension cords / power strips
  • Drill bits / saw blades
  • Trash bags

It was the biggest splurge in all of our garage storage items, but so far, it has proven to be worth it since it’s such a workhorse.

It even has a light inside of the lid so we can see what we’re doing if we’re out here working in the dark and need a task light.

rolling tool chest for a garage storage solution
power tool garage storage solution in a tool chest

Heavy Duty Wall Hangers

For things like our ladder and brooms, these heavy duty wall hangers come in handy for taking advantage of garage walls for vertical space. They work well for storing yard tools like large shovels, rakes, pitchforks, axes, post hole diggers, and weed-eaters too.

You can see how we used them in our gardening closet last year.

wall mounted hooks for garage organization for storing tools

Paint Closet Pegboard Storage

The project that started it all in this garage was this paint storage closet organization.

We got really lucky in that pegboard was already installed in this closet in our garage when we moved in.

paint storage closet doors

So we reinforced and painted the existing pegboard and Robert built shelving using scrap wood in the sides of the closet.

paint storage closet organization using pegboard

Pegboard Hooks and Baskets

These pegboard baskets are great when we’re in a rush in the middle of a project and need to toss in painter’s tape or caulking tools. And pegboard hooks allow freshly washed paint brushes to dry properly to keep their shape.

paint storage closet organization using pegboard

Workshop Storage

Since we don’t have space for a “man cave room”, Robert used this little corner of the garage to display all of his Marine Corps mementos above the workbench.

garage bike storage, paint storage, and workbench

Rolling Workbench

We opted for this workbench on wheels that we can roll out into the middle of the garage floor space if we ever need room to cut or clamp a long piece of lumber.

And the drawers allow us extra storage for any other small tools we need handy.

rolling workbench under hardware organizers in a garage
rolling workbench with storage

Hardware Organizer

We end up with so many different sized screws, nuts, hanging kits, hooks, etc that we hung up three of these hardware organizers for easy access and used this label maker to keep track of what hardware pieces are in which drawers.

hardware organizer for a garage workshop

We hung up this plug-in work light so we don’t have to worry about hardwiring, and we’re in business!

garage makeover workshop / man cave

As for other commonly stored garage items, we realized it made more sense to relocate our seasonal items to our attic.

If we ever need it, we can always add these overhead storage shelves.

Garage Makeover Sources

The most exciting part though is I can finally park my car in the garage for the first time in 5 years. It’s the little things, you know?

I’m just excited I don’t have to scrape my windshield in the dead of winter anymore.

car parked in a garage

Who wants to take bets on how long this garage will stay clean? I’m hoping forever, so we’ll see how life and messy projects treat this place.

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11 Comments

  1. Love how this all turned out! Robert did an amazing job!

    Also, happy Veteran’s Day and my sincere thanks to your husband.

  2. Love everything about your garage makeover. One thing that we did in our garage was to have an epoxy floor installed. It made it much easier to clean and keep clean.You are both talented and could do this in the future. Love all your makeovers.

  3. Wow, just wow. Never thought I’d be envious of someone’s garage, but there it is. It’s just so darn perfect. Genius paint/mix/reuse idea! Don’t even get me started on the spray paint rack!

  4. What a transformation! I am envious. Now I know my garage needs a makeover for sure. Lots of great ideas on what I could use to do the same. Thanks for the great motivation.

  5. It looks so good! I’m especially loving the light walls with dark trim, and kudos for using leftover paint! Also kind of nerding out over that spray paint organizer! I’ve been trying to purge a lot of stuff from our garage lately as well. Something we did when we built was install a stainless steel utility sink in the garage storage room (that is actually underneath the bonus room stairs, accessible from the garage). It is literally one of my favorite features because it’s so great to have access to a deep sink with hot water for cleaning up thrift store finds, washing paint brushes, hummingbird feeders and planters, emptying the gross water from the carpet shampooer, you name it. So great for people who DIY! If you have access to plumbing in your garage, I would highly recommend it. So much better than trying to wash things on the lawn or driveway with a hose and cold water, especially in winter. Thanks for sharing!