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All right y’all. I’ve been chipping away at our garage since before Christmas, though it all came to an abrupt halt in January while the contractors used our garage as a workshop. And again in March when everything shut down but we still had piles of building material all over the place. We waited until very last to organize our garage in our last house (check out that beauty, here)–BIG MISTAKE! An organized place for tools (wherever that may be for you) is key in getting projects done smoothly. So over the last couple weeks we’ve finally been able to get into the garage and turn it into what I’ve been dreaming it could be.
But let’s take a small peek at how this corner use to look, even before hanging any of the overhead storage.
Yikes. It’s a bit rough. Turns out, those shelves at the top of the far window were drilled into the drywall, and nothing else. I imagine it going something like, a-put shelves up, b-place empty cardboard box on shelves, c-shelf partially comes out of wall, d-remove cardboard box, e-“I’ll fix that later.” And then years pass and here we are.
All of this was born out of repurposing some base cabinets we took out of the guest room in our basement (used as a hobby room by the previous owners). Once we set them in place, we felt like it was a great start, but really needed more. So we filled in all those gaps with Gladiator products, and it’s all so perfect!
The first thing I want to talk about is the GearWall panels. We covered almost all of the walls with them (each panel is 8ft wide and 1ft tall) and it gave us so much flexibility on our storage. Plus it goes up super easy and looks almost like siding or shiplap when completed. Really slick.
We also used a couple of their workbenches to extend the worktop, sliding some base cabinets (on casters) underneath that can be pulled out and used as even more worktop space!
Side note – you may notice the vast differences in my outfits in these photos. Funny enough, they were all taken in the same week. That’s an Idaho spring for you – 80 degrees one day, snow the next.
Of course let’s not ignore the ceiling racks. I added a couple of these to the garage in our last house and they worked so well we used them here too. Many garages have taller ceilings than the rest of the house, and these racks give that space a function. We’re using them to store all of our seasonal decor.
The Gladiator GearWall has a bunch of hooks and baskets and accessories that work so well with common garage items. And it feels good to get things off the floor. And to have some visitors pop in to say “hello.”
We had a lot more mess to clear up than most people would before we got started, but the installation of the GearWall only took a few hours. Now that everything is in order, bring on the projects!
In the short video below, we walk you through some of our choices and the accessories we used, and let us know in the comments what project you think we should do next. (We have something FUN in mind!)
8 ft. Workbench
66 in. Workbench
Overhead Storage Rack
96 in. Wall Panels
48 in. Wall Panels
Loop Screwdriver Hooks
J and L Hooks
6 Hook GearTrack
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