Life...Fun and Kentucky Real Estate


Do You Need To Talk To Your Therapist About ...Your Garage Problem?

YES, I admit I have a problem. It's my garage. garage messI have lived in my present home for 4 years and the garage is one of the last areas that is like the Wild West.

Each time I walk to my car I try not to see all the clutter and stuff I think I need to keep here. Most things have been banished to to garage that I don't want in the house. You know you do it too.

My plan to get started was to have some extra cash to make a difference. The first thing to do was to sell the Toyota Avalon that I have had since the beginning of my real estate career. Last September, I bought my sports car and I thought I would keep the Avalon for clients or hauling stuff from Lowes. Well...I don't. It was just taking up space.

I advertised it on Craigslist and last SOLD! YIPPEE! I'm Free! My first step was to go to Lowes and order some Coleman cabinets to start my organization. I used a 10% off coupon to get a BIG discount. While I was there I bought some gunmetal color stain for the floor with some high gloss sealer.

The night I started cleaning the floor seemed to take hours and two blisters later I had it clean enough to start on 3/4ths of it. I had to push all the stuff on one side. Do I need all this stuff?

Now I have 3 coats of stain down and it looks like old black leather(I love the look). Today, I will be putting on the high gloss sealer with a roller. After that is dry I will start to organize all the other side and move it over to paint the floor there.

I took more pics all around to give you an idea of the area. I will take after pictures when I am done with the cabinets. Trust me if I can do this all by myself you can too.

Next up is to assemble all the cabinets. The boxes are extremely heavy and will be delivered today. My handyman will install the ones for the wall.I can't lift those.





The signs are from my Dad's Pawn Shop and Greyhound Station.







Isn't this old horoscope and weight machine cool? It was in the Greyhound Station from the 40's.








I love how the color turned out. It looks aged leather with crackles in it. Stay tuned for the finished pictures.

Like I said this is a do-it-yourself job and it's not going to be something totally expensive that you won't be able to afford.


Right now my costs with the cabinets(5 pieces) and paint is about $650. Plus my time and free elbow grease. If I buy a few more storage bins I might have $700 invested by the end of this.

Not bad for a tricked out garage that will be a huge selling point if I want to sell the house. Guys love nice garages. Can you say SOLD?

Comment balloon 28 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • July 20 2008 09:56AM


If I only had that little stack of stuff, I would be happy! :o) We have moved a few times in the last few years and are planning our last move next month.  Finally bought the "right house".  There is so much stuff in my garage, I am scared to go out there.  Your floor looks great!

Posted by Cristal Drake, Realtor - Fullerton Real Estate (Prudential California Realty) over 10 years ago

I have the same situation  in my basement.  I am tyring to throw out one box of stuff or recycle or take it to the good will -- EACH day.  Hopefully, it will be emptied out by the end of the year!  That is my goal.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 10 years ago

Lizette~ I love how the floor looks.  Hey!  you don't have much stuff in your garage...  you haven't seen ours!  Getting everything organized justs makes you feel better, doesn't it?  It will definitely add to the "sold" appeal when you are ready!

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 10 years ago

We have been getting our house ready for market and the garage is getting worse and worse as we clear out the rest of the house!  Garage is last on the list.  A timely post for me.

Posted by ARDELL DellaLoggia (Better Properties Seattle ) over 10 years ago

Lizette, I love this! You gave the floor such a nice texture, I can't wait for the update and additional photographs. This is too cool! You go girl!

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Lizette - You garage looks incredible. I need to do this myself some day when I can get motivated. I really like the look clean!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 10 years ago

Lizette--Wow! Nice garage! You are so right...It is a huge selling point!

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) over 10 years ago

Cristal- Thanks! Look how many lovely comments I got as I slaved over the sealer coat. It's getting HOT in the garage with the doors open. I'll be so glad to see this complete! Really I hated to go get started too. Once you move out one big item you can start...just don't stop. LOL

Joan- That's a great idea! I pulled weeds when I moved in here and my goal was 3gargage bags a day...till it was done. Sure, it's a lot of work but your goal will keep you on track.

Hi Vicki- You are right! I don't know if I will sell in the near future but it will be one more thing to add value inside the house. Like an unexpected surprise. I'm wondering how crazy I will be once I start working on putting the cabinets together. Sounds like a good party for my girlfriends...wanna come?

Ardell - I see that happen with my clients. When you are moving the garage is the last place to store your stuff. Good luck!

Carolyn- Girl...get on down here for the cabinet building girlfriend party. P.S. ...BYOT... (Bring your own tools)
Bill - I have been getting in the mood for this clean modern look for a long time. I think all the home tours are making me lean more toward minimalism.
Teri- I think so. I know when I tour homes I'm always impressed if the garage is finished and tidy. It says the owners care about their home. Sure, it took me 4 years. There's still hope for me! LOL
Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

Lizette, my Grand Daddy was a carpenter, so I've been playing with power tools since I was six years old.  I accept your invitation. How long of a drive is it anyway? I may have to ditch the minions and leave them behind with their Daddy! Translated: Poor Michael! Happy Mommy! Yay! (LOL)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Your garage is so tidy!!!! I only wish that I had room to park in my garage. I can say that the clutter in the garage is nothing to do with me though. My clutter is in a pile in the house and I have vowed that it's going away this week! Thanks for the inspiration.

Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) over 10 years ago

Lindsey, how novel, a "clutter vow!" I shall have to try this. I have canvasses everywhere... There is even a 40x60 leaning against the wall in my efficiency kitchen. Michael wanted to drop if off in the basement this morning with the trash but I stopped him because I seem to always be painting over them with new ideas. If "they" ever x-ray a few they'd freak out. (LOL) I wish I had a private garage, but knowing me, our cars would be in the street in no time flat. :-)

Lizette, Lindsey is right, your garage is pretty neat. Hmm... What does that mean? (LMAO) ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

WOW - I love the look of the floor.  You will be so glad you did this.  Now you can find what you are looking for.

Posted by Karen Gentry>>Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Professional (RE/MAX Excellence-Charlottesville VA) over 10 years ago

GREAT job.   You are making the rest of us girls look BAD.   Actually,  my garage isn't too bad at the moment cause I installed (well,  Home Depot did)  some cabinets last year.     I need to get the other side done now to match!    There is always a project waiting in the wings.

Posted by Connie King over 10 years ago

Lizette, this is awesome! I truly love it! It's going to be too nice to park on though! Maybe a ping pong table? Great job.

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

Lizette - if it's in the garage it is obviously stuff that is needed. Doesn't matter if the last time it was used was three garages ago.

Great job on the floor. Now you just need to get some big power tools set up in their. Either that or a pool table.


Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) over 10 years ago

Great minds think alike! Ping-pong and billiards! Cool! I am definitely coming to your house with Big Mike and Deb! (LOL) 

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago


You got no garage problem. At least you have room to park your car in your garage. Lucky lady.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Lindsey - Nice to send some inspiration your way. Believe me it is hard work! Good luck!

Carolyn - I wonder myself about future x-rays on my paintings. Will they reveal my inner turmoil with neatness?

Karen - Yes...I am lovin the look of the floor. I have some cool ideas for some finishing touches in decor. Can you say zebra print rugs? LOL

Connie - I bet your garage is clean enough to eat off the floor. Hope you are enjoying your summer. Chanel & I are missing you!

Deb - A ping pong table for me would end up as a stopping place for my junk. Like my dining room table on the way to the home office. We had one growing up that we never played on. It ended up with a big dip in the middle from junk piled on it. Our pool table had stero equipment on it! LOL

Mike - I'm all about the power tools! My first purchase will be a drill press. I will check out all the Lowe's and Home Depot sales to load up!

Carolyn - It's just gonna be power tools... and martinis!

Steven - There is going to be enough room to make it a circular garage for my car. In one door..turn and out the other! LOL



Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

Lovin the new space, Lizette!  That should be worth a drink or 12.  LOL!

Posted by Clint Miller (Real Estate Pipeline, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Wow.. you are ambitious!  I too like the look of your new floor, and I love the signs from your Dad's business. 

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing over 10 years ago

Lizette, you do realize Carolyn can't hold her liq? Right? You're going to drink and use power tools? Can I film this? I know she wants me to stay home and have man time with the boys, but this sounds so much more interesting (LOL). I've seen her after taking a drink. I really want to film this! I'm sure she's going to call you when she reads this... Maybe you can delete me when you're done. (Please?) ;-)

Posted by M Starr (Stephen Noah) over 10 years ago

Lizette, it is very true, I don't drink more than one single glass of anything (and with my DNA I have absolutely no business with that either). I'm surprised he didn't ask you what we'd be wearing. He's always bugging Cindy about that as soon as we start talking girl stuff or sleep overs.

Hmm... It's awfully quiet in here. I wonder where he's gone off to... :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

That looks great, I want to do mine, but I have 14 years of "stuff"( "Sh--") in my garage, I cant imagine how I would get it all sorted and moved around to get it done, you are lucky you did before you collected more junk!

Posted by Robert Rauf (HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)) over 10 years ago

I like your new photographs and I hope we get to visit you before you do sell your home. I've been reading your blog and enjoyed your landscaping the canal project as well. You do very nice work. Carolyn adores you and I can see why (e.g. has my kids planting trees and never leaves her father's tools alone. They paint houses together and lay down flooring! This is how she relaxes on vacation, people! I just want to go to the beach, eat out, see a movie and sleep late... LOL)

BTW, I hope you do write that book you were talking about. If it is anything like your blog, it will be a best seller. (When you do, please autograph two copies, one for the minions and one for us. Thank you in advance.)

Posted by M Starr (Stephen Noah) over 10 years ago

Garage Sale is my mind, but no time to do it, so much stuff that piles up after the years, there is never enough room to store all that junk. I need a Therapist!!

Posted by Freddy Solis, Your Real Estate Coach (Carrington Real Estate Services) over 10 years ago

Clint - It will be worth a lot after I am finished. My appraiser friend said it will not be worth more in an appraisal. Still I love the finished look of it.

Susie - It's funny. I feel comforted seeing the old signs when I pull in at the end of a day.

Stephen - I'm sure she is plenty dangerous with those power tools. I have a feeling she knows what she's doing.

Carolyn- He is being quiet ...where is he?

Robert- I'm lucky I can get a handle on it now. I'm fearful of stuff piling up. I moved once after 13 years of accumulation. Scary!

Stephen - I will get to work on that book. Those two copies may be the only ones that sell. 

Freddy - Why do we need all this stuff. It only goes to the garage because we don't want to see it laying around in the house!







Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

Hi Liz, I'm still here. Just enjoying reading everyone's blog. I was looking at your paintings a little while ago. My wife bookmarked your page and saved the entire web-page on her computer so she can study them while offline. She's very excited about your work. She even has a favorite. I think she's going to do her thing and make a painting MeMe. (What is a MeMe?) There are eight 20x20 canvas propped in the hall.  She has been scribbling and doodling like crazy. 

BTW, what is it with you people and staplers?  What does "I love lamp" mean? I'm afraid to ask Amanda because she makes me a little bit nervous, in a nice sort of way, but I have to be very careful here (I've been banished from the phone-tag). I know she and Mel are two of her favorites, are founders, and I know she is very fond of you and that you are a moderator. Since Mel is having a crisis and Amanda is busy being there for her, I figured I'd ask you. Realtors have such an interesting sense of humor... so do law enforcement officers. I'm trying to figure out at what point the two humors should meet.

Anyway, before I forget, about your book. Carolyn has a close friend who is an editor. If you need help with it, she will help you and introduce it to her friend on your behalf. There is nothing like a good introduction to open doors for you. My wife has a lot of interesting friends and she has spoken very highly of you. I'm glad you are one of them. by the time we meet, I hope to be a decent friend for you.

(Thank you for the email.)

Posted by M Starr (Stephen Noah) over 10 years ago

Awesome, Awesome job!  Thanks for the inspiration!  Craigs list here I come...

Posted by Christina Williams. REALTORĀ® TN property search & local insights (First Realty Company) over 10 years ago

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