I’ve changed my tiny one car garage to a storage/workspace that I love! Let me show you all the details.
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This tiny one car garage has been a thorn in my side ever since I moved in nearly four years ago now. It’s juuuuust the right size for one vehicle and nothing else. The walls got banged up every time someone got in and out of the car and you had to step over the recycling to get in the car. So annoying. But I LOVE parking in the garage!
I finally gave it up for more square footage and I’m so glad I finally made the switch.
I can’t wait to show you all the details!
Here is what we started with. You can tell by the dirty tire marks where my SUV sat and how little space there were on either side.
Aaron made some shelves for holding stuff high up but it really wasn’t much.
And here you can see how tight it is when my car is just about to pull in.
This door is where you enter to the foyer and the laundry room.
Our house has been lacking on some square footage so transforming the garage was the perfect solution but we needed it to function in a bunch of different ways.
We needed a spot for storing the light boxes and boom mic for shooting videos. They currently get shuffled around inside the house and are big and bulky.
We need a dedicated space to do DIY projects that wasn’t in between the dining room and kitchen. A workbench that fit under the sweet little window would be the best spot and one that had wheels that could be rolled out in the middle would be amazing for doing big projects or for filming projects.
And we needed storage space for all the paints that were currently in the basement.
On the other side of the garage, we wanted a whole row of storage for tools and accessories and just general storage.
We wanted lots of storage for shoes.
We were asking for a lot, weren’t we?!
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Did you know that you can find everything you need to organize your garage at Bed Bath & Beyond? I didn’t before just awhile ago!
The best part about this garage makeover has got to be these Rubbermaid FastTrack Garage system shelving units and I was thrilled to find out that Bed Bath & Beyond carried them. They can hold weight up to 1750 lbs!!
I love that you do not need to install the vertical shelving racks into the studs. You first install the Rubbermaid FastTrack Rail (the horizontal black piece) into studs on the wall and there is room so you can slide them over and centre your shelving where you like.
The Upright Track Extension (the vertical metal piece) just slides over the black bar. By hanging them like this, it distributes the weight and because it’s securely fastened into the studs but also exactly where you want them on the wall, they can hold SO MUCH weight!
After that, the brackets glide into the Upright Track easily and then you lay the shelf over top.
The other thing we loved about this system is that you can lay a piece of wooden board over the shelves and there’s a spot where you can drill into the brackets. They have seriously thought of everything.
There are also accessories galore where you can hang just about anything from gardening tools to bikes from them.
Now it’s time to fill them!
Here is our after!
All of our tools are now in one place and easily accessible!
We adjusted the heights of the shelving until we found the perfect combination. We weren’t even planning on bringing up our ski stuff but we actually had room for our skis and two bins of ski accessories!
I labelled each big bin with some painter’s tape for easy access (the labels from my label maker usually fall off these bins).
We also organized all of our tools in plastic shoe bins and labelled each one. I have to buy one more to make it even 😉
I kept telling Aaron that there’s no way our shoes are all going to fit here! To be fair, Aaron and I keep our good shoes in our master bedroom but these are the majority of our everyday shoes and all of the kids’ shoes fit no problem.
At the top are two clear bins with scarves and mitts.
One for the parents and one for the kids.
Did you notice that I still have space at the very top? I couldn’t even fill all of the shelves!
I love my new broom rack. It’s so easy to use without any pulling or pushing. There’s a ball inside that simply releases when you take it off.
There’s now plenty of room for my light boxes and boom mic and our folding work bench.
This new drafting stool is the perfect compliment for doing DIY projects!
I was MOST excited about bringing up all my paints from the basement and they fit perfectly in this garage storage cabinet.
I’ve never been so excited to organize paints before!
I organized more clear bins at the top for paint accessories, waxes, powders and painter’s tape.
Paint brushes, stir sticks and gloves are all ready to grab!
The bottom holds big cans of paint along with spray paint, wallpaper accessories, stain and small paint trays and rollers.
I can’t believe how much we fit in here (and how much we were able to bring up from our cramped basement!) and there is still a ton of room!
I’ll be sharing with you soon the details of the many steps we took to make the space warm, the flooring product we used and anything else that I may have missed!
I’ll list all the Rubbermaid FastTrack products we used along with the other items we received from Bed Bath & Beyond.
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