Alrighty! The dreaded garage.. Lets get right into it. Our garage was never ‘messy’ but it also wasn’t as efficient as it could be.A bit of context to all those that will surely make comments on how this is unrealistic because they have SO much more stuff, and we possibly couldn’t ever use anything we own because it’s neatly stored:
- We both work office jobs and live in a development so our yard is very small which means there is limited gardening.
- Our range of tools is quite limited because they’re essentially ‘hobby’ tools. They serve their purpose and we don’t feel the need to stock up on excess items for the sake of overcrowding a space.
- We’d much rather borrow things we may need on the odd occasion, rather than purchase and have to find a place to store it.
- Everything has a spot, is out in the open and labelled – it’s honestly not difficult to put things back when we’re finished with a project
- Our garage is a standard double garage – we only have one car but tested this set up with two cars to make sure everything will still fit.
- It’s a garage – it’s going to get dusty. I won’t go out of my way to clean it as part of weekly cleans. Sections will more so be cleaned as we use them.
For the purpose of this blog post, I have broken the garage into four sections: mudroom entrance, tool wall, wall mounted items and the tub wall. Have a scroll through to whatever section tickles your fancy.
All the labels you see here are from Pretty.Little.Designs in font 20.
What’s a mudroom?
Ever since I discovered Pinterest, I have been obsessed with traditional American homes. A ‘mudroom’ is an American term that refers to the ‘drop zone’ of the household. One day, we will build one, but for now – we made a mini mudroom and love how it turned out.
Sprucing up the garage entrance was actually hubby’s idea. We both work in offices a few minutes from each other, so drive into the city together everyday. We therefore drive home together and are probably the only ones who enter our home via the garage on a daily basis. We wanted the entrance to be a little bit more inviting and clean so I thought this would be the perfect spot to put a mudroom. It is also a great way to minimise clutter like dog leads, shoes, outdoor jackets, etc that we’d otherwise have to keep in the house.
The mudroom is made out of three different pieces: The shoe bench, the decorative backing and the double shelf.
Many of you have asked about the shoe bench and I’m sorry to tell you but it’s no longer available. I bought this bench three years ago off Ebay for $122. I can no longer find the same retailer and there is another one that looks identical but costs about $500+.
The detailed backdrop and shelf however are from Willow & Wood. They offer bench seats that fit and are the same width, so it would make a great little alternative.
We had previously made some holes in the wall where the mudroom is hanging and therefore wanted to cover them up with the new shelf. This meant it needed to be higher off the seat. I added the little corner pieces and a bench backing to raise the height.
Hubby has always wanted some greenery in there, so we added a few fake plants and put some bug killer in the pots so they don’t get infested with creepy crawlies although, somehow our garage has remained quite free from the gross stuff. All the greenery is from Adairs.
Finally, I added an outdoor rug so that the entrance can remain clean once we remove our shoes. The outdoor rug was from pillow talk.
As mentioned above, we currently only have one car, so fit in the garage isn’t an issue but if we were to park two in there (which we did, as a test and they both fit), the outdoor rug would have to go as the second car would drive over it.
Previously, all of our tools were shoved into a basket and a tool box, making them quite inaccessible. We decided a pegboard would be the best solution, and have always wanted a fold-down work bench, so I started to draw up some plans.
I purchased the flexi-storage system from Bunnings which lets you custom design your shelving and then we put it all together, track by track, piece by piece. I would highly recommend to check out the range on their website and drawing up your own plans prior to going in store, because if you just go in to buy stuff, you will feel extremely overwhelmed. Literally every single piece in this pegboard is an individual piece.
The fold down bench consists of a piece of $20 timber from Bunnings (we were originally going to use an old door), and a retractable bracket I found on ebay.
For those of you following me on Instagram, you would have seen my ‘smurf tubs’. I originally had big 50l K-Mart tubs against this wall which I tried to spray paint a navy blue but they turned out too light and I hated the colour. Luckily my sister in law is currently moving house and my mother in law is organising her garage, so between the two of them, I found a new use for those tubs.
I replaced mine with Ikea rubbish bins which were 40L each, which means I went up to 80L per shelf as opposed to 50L like before. They come in two sizes and are narrow enough so you can fit a bunch of stuff behind them that would normally belong in a shed. There is no pretty basket you can put excess roof tiles in, and since we don’t have a shed, this was the perfect solution for us.
Everything remains hidden at the front but behind each tub is all the ugly stuff.
Wall Mounted Items:
All the big bulky items that don’t fit into the shelves were mounted on the wall. This part is probably self explanatory so I won’t go into too much detail, but we pretty much added various hooks to the wall and hung items within their respective categories. We currently have one unoccupied wall where the gardening stuff will be moved to, but while Dom was away (and using the other suitcases we hang here), I added our gardening equipment in the ‘Luggage’ section.