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When you take on a big project (like organizing the most messy garage of all time), you have to bite it off one piece at a time. And in the last week, we have bitten off a giant piece.
And spoiler: one of the best changes this week is the simple and fast way we stored all the garden tools. Also known as some of the worst things ever to store in a garage. They are long and short and heavy and light and there’s no good place to organize them.
- We have tried those flimsy plastic storage organizers you can find at the home store. They are hopeless.
- We have tried just throwing them all in a corner, ignoring them, and hoping for the best. Also hopeless.
But now … a real legit solution.
This is already changing my life for the better. (And if you are looking for an update, 2 years later, this storage solution is still going strong.)
This was a very simple DIY project. We used various scrap pieces of PVC and cut them on the angle, to allow space to drill them to a board we secured to the wall. Each tool has two pieces of PVC to hold the top and bottom. The bottom of the tools rest on a board, instead of going to the ground (which would be a dust and dirt collector).
Now, we just need a second layer for the pile of tools still in our garden shed. (Where do they all come from?)
What’s that? You want more?
Check out this amazing wall-mounted storage box for all of our nails/screws/hardware. My dad whipped it up. The shelves are made to the same width as the boxes, so they don’t get lost or forgotten. (Novel idea, right?)
And this magnetic strip is holding all of our loose drill bits and other stuff. (Magnetic knife holder from IKEA)
And we can’t forget, the guys also installed metal walls this week. Yes. It’s been a marathon week. The barn garage is looking gooooooooooood. Two weeks ago, it looked like this:
If you don’t see the difference, you need your eyes checked. Stat.
I. AM. OBSESSED.
I’ve been doing so much squealing this week. I just love the space and all the progress is blowing my little mind.
In case you are curious, I’ve done nothing productive to make this space come together. (You aren’t surprised, are you? I revealed my renovation gifts yesterday.)
But, other people have been hard at work. Like my husband and brother, Kyle. They installed the drywall on the ceiling. Which is not a fun job. Ryan could barely move after a weekend of installing drywall.
But I think it’s worth it … (don’t tell Ryan I said that)
And my brother has been his partner-in-crime. He couldn’t have done it without Kyle. They are a motley crew, these two. Working on laughs, Subway and a case of Coors Light.
The original plan was to just leave the drywall alone – not worrying about mudding/taping/painting. But then Ryan starting mudding. So, I’m just laying low and trying to figure out what it all means.
And then, as if the ceiling wasn’t enough wowza, Ryan and Kyle immediately got to work installing the metal on the walls.
I am obsessed with how great it looks. I love the rust spots. I love the patina. It’s not everyone’s style, but I think it’s just perfectly rustic for a 100-year-old barn.
Here are the workbenches my dad built in front of the walls.
Basically, all of my barn garage dreams are coming true. There is actually floor to be seen. Thanks to my parents and aunt and uncle for clearing it all out for us.
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