How to Transform Your Garage
Your garage doesn’t have to be the junk drawer of your home – it can be a fully functional and decorated space for you and your family to use. Whether you want to create a tool shed, man cave, or hangout space, use it for storage, or just want to give your garage a facelift, these tips will help you achieve your goal.
Organize your belongings
First things first, you have to organize and clear out all the junk in your garage. This is probably the most daunting and tedious job, and most likely will take a long time to do if you have a lot of stuff in it, but the payoff will be huge. Get rid of the easiest junk first to give yourself that feeling of progress and accomplishment, then think about Marie Kondo and her de-cluttering methods when trying to organize other items you want to keep, sell, donate, or throw away. Once this is done, you can see how much space you actually have to work with when redecorating, if you’re using part of your garage as storage space.
Paint the walls
Even if all you want to do is clean up your garage, giving the walls a nice fresh coat of paint can do wonders. A bright color like white, or a pastel blue, beige, or light gray, can really brighten up the room and make it seem more inviting.
If you’re renovating your garage fully, you might want to consider the paint color a bit more. Think about what color furniture you’ll be placing in the room and what will match the wood finishes. Usually a lighter color is a good choice, since garages can have that dark and dingy feeling, but if you’re opting for a man cave in your garage, you might want to pick a darker, more masculine color. Deep greens, reds, blues, and browns are all popular wall color choices, but again, make sure whatever you pick will match with your furnishings. You don’t want the room to look mismatched and “off” because you won’t want to spend time in it.
Stain the floor
Turn that drab concrete into a stylish and trendy floor. Acid stained concrete floors can be made to look like granite or marble, and isn’t actually too difficult of a process to do yourself if you have the know-how, although if you want something more complex like a two-toned stain, you might want to hire a professional. You can choose from a variety of colors, depending on the look and feel you want for the room, and it’s budget-friendly, without looking like it.
To help keep your belongings neat and tidy, add shelving and vertical storage. If you have the space, consider dedicating an entire wall to shelving, and if you’re particularly handy, why not build an entire shelving unit? It will function as a practical space-saving solution, but also have that design element to it that opens up the room. You might also want to leave a bit of empty wall space at the end of your unit so you can hang your bikes vertically with bike hooks
Change the light fixture
Raise your hand if you’ve been in a garage that has a single dangling light bulb as the fixture. You’re trying to make your garage more comfortable and inviting, and an exposed light bulb in the ceiling probably won’t do the trick in that department. Changing the light fixture can make a world of difference to how the room lights up, so consider a ceiling-mounted one, or smaller wall-mounted fixtures as accents as well.