In english….the garage.
We have a garage. Actually there is more to this story. Our garage was originally a carport. What can I say…it was the 70’s and people were crazy. They didn’t see the need for an enclosed garage. So the builders gave the house a carport. Ludicris, I tell ya…and I ain’t talkin rappers. But in my builder’s defense, I can kinda understand. Sorta.
They were high. I’ve seen That 70’s Show. I know what’s what. They must have definitely been smokin’ some kinda anti-garage dope. Hence – carport.
So when we looked at buying this carported house, we requested the previous owners add a garage door. Afterall, a garage door can classy up a residence in no time. It’s practically foolproof. And since we are oh-so-classy folk, we demanded (err….asked really really nicely…ok, ok…we begged on our hands and knees) for one to be added. Lo & behold, it worked. They added a garage door. It instantly turned our totally open carport into a bonafide garage.
Now that you got the low-down on our garage, let me introduce you to it. So you can be face-to-face friends. Here it is:
We emptyed it out and applied the cheapest concrete paint we could find to cover up those discolorations on the floor. But alas, there was a reason it was sooo cheap. It looked good for zero point two seconds. Right up until we touched it. And now it just chips and looks weird. It’s not even really something we wanted to show.
What I did want to share was how we moved all of our tools into the garage to create a workspace fit for any rookie DIYer.
On one side we have the garden tools – including garden rakes, shovels, a pick axe, our snow mulch shovel, and one very broken leaf rake. And in the back, we keep our mountain bikes. (check out the cabinet in the rear – obviously pre-makeover!)
And on the other side, we store all our other tools. Outfitted with two work benches and a storage shelf unit (that is soon to be replaced with a gardening bench), it houses all of our tools, cleaning supplies, trash & recycling and even some paint. It’s practically a shmorgasboard of renovation stuff that could make any novice proud.
That would make no one proud. Just sick to their stomach.
Let’s move forward to the stuff that won’t induce vomiting, shall we?
Like this first bench. It houses our miter saw, our wet tile saw, extension cords, painting supplies and allows room on the right hand side for the pressure washer and some saw horses.
And then as we move down the line, you see our air compressor on the floor next to the blower and fun Stihl yard tool that make men drool worse than Megan Fox. Above that is a workbench with our smaller electric tools such as a cordless DeWalt drill, our sawsall, the electric sanders, and a Rotozip. And the top of the workbench is big enough to provide space to complete smaller projects all while having everything from hammers to rags to safety equipment right there at an arm’s reach.
And that’s how we do it in el garaje. It’s practically a haven for men (or handywomen) who like to create, plant and renovate. So now that you saw the storage of all our tools – tell me, how do you house your DIY gear? Do you have a garage like us to house the stuff or maybe you like the simplicity of gathering all your tools in a kitchen drawer? I know that someone out there has one of those beefy storage chests that is ridiculously hot and professional looking. One and all, don’t be a tool and tell me how you store those goodies.
p.s. So many of you asked about our favorite-we-would-die-without-it tool list…well…it’s coming….so thanks for your patience and hopefully just seeing our tools in storage will be a good enough appetizer till the list is finished. please say yes? pretty please? darn it…just say you won’t hold it against me…I’m preggo ya know?!?!?