Many think a garage is nothing more than a drop zone. The truth of the matter is a garage can be a part of your home. Here are 5 simple tips you can employ to make your garage a whole new space!
1. Garage Floor Makeover: One of the best ways to add a little style and color to your garage is to start with the floor. All good garage floor coverings begin with preparing and repairing the concrete floor. If you are handy, there are plenty of DIY ideas to guide you. Painting with latex intended for concrete floors is relatively inexpensive and easy to do. Personally, I like the look and feel of garage floor tiles or garage floor mats that simply roll out. They come in a variety styles, colors and materials.
2. Reallocate Space: If you have lots of stuff that you can't seem to get rid of, consider dividing up the space. Build a storage area that can hold equipment, tools, yard materials, and so on. Incorporating attractive storage cabinets, closets, sliding doors, and built in shelving can add functionality without detracting from the overall look and feel of your garage. Make sure you categorize your items so everything has a home.
3.Cover Up Exposed Architecture: Exposed pipes, electrical wiring and visible insulation is an eye soar. Use construction materials that can hold up to moisture and heat when covering these exposed items.
4. Get Creative: This is the fun part. You can create fun storage bins using scrap wood. You can paint them or stencil an icon or words that identify what to house in your new bins. If woodworking or painting is not your thing, consider using Rubbermaid Roughneck Trash can as a solution to house some of your items. This works well especially if you are unable to re-allocate space for storage.
5. Maximize Vertical Space: Utilize vertical space by hanging items from rafters. This is an option for those who are unable to cover up exposed architecture. Large S-Hooks are great for this. It is a perfect way to eliminate items on the floor especially if you are dealing with a small space.
Think of your garage as another room in your home. Take time to create a new look and notice the difference it makes every time you enter the space.. Here's to your garage!
Mary Jane Kasliner
Yoga-FengShui Lifestyle Master