Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Baby you can park my car

The garage is done!  Well, as done as it will get.  It is, after all, just a garage.  Jury is out on whether we will paint the floor next year.  Or fix that classless glassless window.  The garage is old, sinking in one corner, and a good amount of moisture comes in from the floor cracks and the lower portion of the walls, so we may just leave it.  Here's the craptastic before again:

And the pared-down and painted after:

Our garbage cans have a new home in a little alcove next to the back porch that was not being used for anything.  So, that means.....we now have room.....for CARS!

I did throw out quite a bit of stuff, but I will admit that I also put some household tools, folding tables, and miscellaneous stuff into the basement because it really didn't need to be outside getting rusty.  I found a great deal on totes to hold alot of what remained, the big ones were 4 bucks at Home Depot, and the small ones along the bottom were 3.50 at Menards! 

The black areas are a little project I wanted to try.  I taped off rectangles, used posterboard with the middle cut out to cover the rest of the totes, then sprayed them with chalkboard paint.  I haven't gotten to the little ones yet because I did this backwards, and those babies are FULL so I don't want to empty them out to lay them on their side. 
After it's totally dry I will be able to write what's in the totes without removing them because they are pretty heavy with stuff.  It was a pain, so we'll see if I actually use it. 

Thank goodness it's all over, it's feeling like Forks cold and rainy around here!


Sarah @ Hennessey House said...


Seriously... WOW is all I can think/say. SUCH a vast improvement! Nice job!

micah @ the yellow front door said...

Your garage looks SO good. The paint makes a huge difference. I bet it feels good to be done. Good job!

E @ Oh! Apostrophe said...

Love the chalk idea! Excellent work!

Amanda said...

Parking your cars in the garage - what a concept! :) It looks awesome! All your hard work paid off... now you can relax and enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Jamie said...

It looks great, Sara! I love the idea of the chalkboard paint on the totes! I also love your little "Holy crap, a car can fit in here!!" You crack me up! And you're a designing genious! To anyone else reading this, I'm the friend that owns the condo Sara's been working on. I can't wait for everyone to see the "After" photos! She's done an awesome job! She truly is gifted with making a house a beautiful yet practical home.

Sharon said...

Isn't it nice to have parking space. Looks great ... and love the idea of blackboard paint on the storage containers.

carrie @ brick city love said...

Looks fantastic!! Great idea with the chalkboard paint.

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

I love the camping chairs hanging in a row. This garage looks nicer than most homes I've seen! Your whole home is beautiful!