We started out by removing everything from the garage. That was no small feat. The big quandary was, where in the world would we put everything? We ended up putting a great majority in our guest room. The rest fit on our back porch and the side of our house with a tarp thrown over it in case of rain.
|my hard-working hubby|
We painted the walls first. We chose a green we had used on the inside of the house that we both loved. We purchased an exterior paint from Lowes in this color and went to work. We put Kilz on the wall first. We ended up putting two coats of the green paint to ensure that the walls were properly covered. When we moved in 15 years ago, the garage walls were finished and painted. Unfortunately, the paint they used was watered down and sprayed on the wall. It was just awful. When applying the Kilz, some of this original paint started to come off in big pieces. We think it was a result of the cheap paint application and perhaps the heat and humidity. Slowing down when applying the Kilz seemed to help.
|Lookie - one of my young men helping out!|
Gladiator storage cabinet from Lowes for my husband's motorcycle gear. It is very sturdy and I love the silver diamond plate finish on the doors. My husband is adding lots of motorcycle decals to customize it. No, I did not steal the sign from the side of the road!
I also ordered a large custom designed sticker for the wall of the garage. It is a diamond plate Suzuki "S" with black wings. Love it!
We ordered some Husky shelving units from Home Depot. They were the perfect fit and just what we needed! They look awesome with the grey storage boxes from Wal-Mart. These boxes come in five different sizes, so we were able to get just the sizes we needed for each item.
Here are my categories:
Three open top boxes that hold: 1) spray paint cans, 2) car cleaning tools and 3) things we use most often (flashlights, hammer, pencils, measuring tape...)
Shoes (with no top on the box so we can just slide it out to get the shoes)
|open containers: one for car|
washing items, another for
items we use most often
Nails, Screws, Drywall anchors
Tapes, glues, sealants, ropes & string
Automotive tools - fix a flat
Automotive - Brake fluid, WD40, Carburetor Cleaner
Automotive - Inflater, Battery Charger
Miscellaneous - Chalk line, knife sharpener, chisel, caulk tools
Small Paint Cans (I put all those little quart jars in one box for easy access)
Bug sprays & traps
Drills & bits
Easter/4th of July/Memorial Day
|We pulled the shelving units away from the wall|
so that we could slide our folding tables here
|Before - oh the horror!|
|After - I love it!|
So, I picked up my order from Home Depot on September 7th that was supposedly "in production". Look at the picture to the left to see the "hot mess" we got. Some old returned boxes all taped back up. One of them had "1 of 2" scrawled on it, so it was obviously the part of an old order that was returned. I was seeing red after the Home Depot guy brought the boxes to the front. After we opened the box at home, we discovered that several of the pieces were bent. My husband banged and bent the pieces back into shape. We just didn't want to have to go through this reordering nightmare again.
Home Depot will NEVER get an order from me again. Their shoddy treatment of me is the last straw.