YES, I admit I have a problem. It's my garage. I 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 Monday...it 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?