Garage Makeover… Or How to Utilize Vertical Space to Get More Room

So, the plan has been in the making for months. Maybe even years. No matter how big, it never seems big enough. Now that I have returned to my furniture restoration/makeovers, I have taken over more of the space in my three car garage and we are back to the point of not having enough space for any cars!

photo 4Not only is this just bugging the crap out of me, but it really means the investment in my cars is being dismissed. We’re smack dab in the middle of tornado season (along with hail and strong winds) and I hate to think about not being able to get the cars in the garage when I needed.

So… we’re doing a garage makeover. I am framing a wall between the second and third bays of the garage and utilizing the height for more storage. Besides, the uneven (not to mention ug-a-LEE)DSCN2541 table that I have my power tools is definitely not the quality that I am used to.

So, the wall is being sheet-rocked on one side and the other side has pegboard from floor-to-ten foot ceilings. Lots of things hanging and out of the way. It also means nothing to interfere with getting the car into that third bay when I need to. Me and The Kid (and even the old man himself) spent a couple of days building the stud wall and then me and the Kid did all the sheet rocking. It was fun learning how to do mudding and taping – we watched a YouTube video on how to do it. It is one of those things that is really great to have in your repertoire even if you never do it again. And it makes you appreciate those that do that job for a living… it isn’t easy!

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Update:

The mudding and taping was completed, even if not perfect. I opted with good enough and done, rather than perfect. The Kid went ahead and painted the wall, leftover paint from the original house colors and it looks good. I haven’t decided about the other side, the peg board is by default white and I think I can live with that.

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I’ve moved in some of the cabinets which used to sit side-by-side and now there are stacked. Ten feet of vertical storage only occupying about six square feet of garage floor. And it is white, like the other cabinetry that already exists in the garage. We did a California Closets setup when we first bought the house and I have loved, loved, photo 1LOVED all that storage. I found really nice cabinets on CraigsList for about $150 which will be perfect for the tools to sit on, although they are grey. But they are still very nice. We should be picking them up Saturday morning. This weekend is going to be very busy while we’re attempting to get this done.

Another Update:

Picked up the cabinets this morning and spent the day cleaning, reorganizing and discarding the useless junk that seems to pile up when you’re not looking. Months ago, I picked up carpet squares from CraigsList, so I stripped the old, dirty and stained carpets that I had on the floor of the garage and laid out the carpet squares. Then it was time to move all the project pieces into the smaller side so that (hopefully) we can finish the large side tomorrow. My arms, knees and back are killing me and I really need a solid night’s sleep so that I can get right back into it tomorrow.

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The Kid’s Room Re-do, Nearing the Finish Line

Wow, this has been a very productive day. I not only sold three of my dresser make-overs yesterday, but sold three more pieces today. And one person who bought yesterday, emailed about having another piece done for her!

On top of this, we worked on the Kid’s bedroom today, or to be more exact, on his bed. I had a specific look in mind and missing just the ‘perfect’ bedding, I think we got it done today. First, let me apologize that, again, I didn’t get enough pictures. I did better than usual, though… I’m trying!

The bed is essentially three parts: the narrow headboard, the wider side (right) board and then the L shaped frame on the left and bottom of the bed. We started by placing the head board against the wall and then placed the L-shape right up to it to give us the necessary height. It was then screwed into place.

The Kid’s room is fairly shy of electrical outlets and I knew the bed would go across one, so I put in a flat-head extension cord so that we could still use at least on outlet. I plugged it in and then just set it aside.

I almost forgot to tell you about the feet on the L-Shaped unit… I had been looking for something that would give me a relatively short rise, but everything I was seeing was either too feminine (like round or frilly) or too short or just way too expensive. Some were as high as $30 a piece, and I needed 3!

As the Kid and I were walking through Home Depot brainstorming, I caught out of the corner of my eye these lovely pieces. They are the newell posts for outdoor fencing and there were just three – enough for the project. And when I found the price, I couldn’t believe my eyes! They were only $2.99, so I got all three for less than a ten spot! Painted them black and they were ready to go.

Next we put up the long padded/tufted piece against the back wall. We struggled with this a little more, but in the end, we got it to work. Then it was just a matter of attaching the L-shaped piece to bed and the wall. Thankfully this wasn’t the prettiest installation, but most of it will be hidden by the mattress and/or the bedding.

Here it is after we screwed into place the cross pieces to support the mattress. We could have done without putting down a full sized board just resting the box spring on the boards or even just using slats, but I didn’t want to chance it. Luckily I had a full sheet of pressboard in the garage, which cut down nicely. That was screwed into place. This makes the bed more stable and less likely to push the the L-shape away from the headboards.

Here is the Kid finishing the job tacking the support board. What a great help! (Never complained once!)

From here it was just a matter of dropping the box spring and mattress into the frame.

And here we are with the bed made using his old linens. With everything that I have been doing, I haven’t had a chance to shop for new linens and a comforter. That is going to have to be something pretty spectacular considering how the room is turning out.

We moved his nightstand into place and added his lamp. I need to do posts with instructions on both of these pieces. I love how they turned out. Actually, I need to do a long post about how I did the leather covering and the tufting. Everything was done by me, spending countless hours with a staple gun and glue!

A little vacuuming, picking up and putting away tools and we started to move some of his computers & monitors back into the room and then we called it a good day done. I was actually able to get the trundle and mattress he has been sleeping on back in its place and straightened up the guest room.

A couple of quick shots of the desks, since it was already dark, I thought I would give it a try with taking better photos without the sunlight overexposing everything.

Excuse the mess, but as you can see, the room is still a ‘work in progress’, but at least I feel like we are making progress. The Kid gets to sleep in his own bed tonight – which is great – and I’ve got my sewing room (where I built his night stand) and guest bedroom (which housed everything while we were working on the room) cleared and back to useful states!

But mostly, I love that this is coming together for my son. He is such a joy and really likes to spend time with his Mom. I am enjoying ever minute together while he is still willing, but even better that at age 17, he is still the happy, well-adjusted boy that he is. I don’t know how I got so lucky to have such a great Kid come into my life.

We also had help in the form of our dog, Ashla. The feather mattress that used to be on the Kid’s bed was a queen sized that I cut down to fit on a twin. But with the new bed, he got a new feather mattress. And once the old one was dropped on the floor downstairs, the dog has laid claim to it! I may have to figure out how to create a soft cover for it for her.

Sorry about the quality of the photo, but I still had the memory card in the computer (and out of the camera), so I used my iPhone to snap this in very low light. I dragged the feather mattress into the office and just had to show you a picture of the world’s most pampered pup!

Well, thanks for dropping by. And Happy Crafting Y’All!

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