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Father’s Day Garage Makeover – Garage Organization Ideas

Garages can get really messy, really quickly. Take a tour of our garage makeover to get some garage organization ideas for your own garage!

Whenever we’ve had a garage, it’s been Dean’s love and his nemesis. His tools and other favorite things are there, but they get messy so easily. For Father’s Day this year, we completed a garage makeover and came up with all sorts of garage organization ideas to share with you!

Garages can get really messy, really quickly. Take a tour of our garage makeover to get some garage organization ideas for your own garage!

The Garage Before

Just for reference here’s what our garage looked before. Take a moment to let all the ugly sink in…

garage before

Way too much stuff, brown and green walls and zero organization.


Garage Makeover & Garage Organization Ideas

So the idea was to lighten and brighten the whole garage so it was less dungeon like. We also needed to organize Dean’s tools so that future projects would be easier to work on.

Garage Organization Idea #1 – Get Some Storage Cabinets

The first thing we did to whip the garage in to shape was to choose a few Husky storage pieces from The Home Depot. Dean wanted hidden storage for unsightly things like random tools, car washing supplies, a wet saw, etc. Here’s specifically what worked for our space (there are other options if this combo doesn’t work in your space):

Garage Trackwall


Husky Garage Storage

These three pieces = loads of storage!

Once we had the large Husky pieces in the garage, it was obvious we needed to paint. Remember the aforementioned brown and green walls? Well they looked REALLY bad next to the nice shiny new cabinets!

So painting was added to our to-do list.

Garage Organization Idea #2 – Brighten the Space

Initially we thought we’d go with all white from floor to ceiling to brighten the space. But we quickly realized that white would scuff and look dirty and dingy very quickly. Instead we chose to use Behr’s paint and primer in one, Premium Plus Ultra in Bleached Linen for the upper drywall and Asphalt Gray for the wood and trim on the lower half of the walls. Perfect compromise.

We moved everything to the middle of the garage one very drizzly Saturday and worked our way around the walls painting. Dean painted up high and I painted the lower walls and trim. Home Made Lovely teamwork at its finest!

To lighten things up even further – there was previously only a single bare bulb for lighting – we chose customizable track lighting. We used this, this and 5 of these all in black. It’s actually a really fabulous system to use if your ceiling light box isn’t located in the ideal location or you need more light than a single fixture can provide (and an electrician isn’t in your budget).

track light

Garage Organization Idea #3 – Install a Trackwall

After painting the walls and installing the new lighting, we began to install Husky Trackwall and hooks for things like yard tools and Dean’s smaller power tools.

Husky Trackwall Tool Storage

Garage Organization Idea #4 – Add a Pegboard & Hooks

We also added classic pegboard between two runs of Trackwall to house and organize all the smaller tools.

tool storage wall

pegboard tool storage

pegboard tool storage 2

As well as all the gardening paraphernalia that we were previously storing willy-nilly in the basement of all places.

gardening tools 2

Gardening Tools

gardening tools rack

Garage Organization Idea #5 – Move Up the Recycling & Ladders

The final piece of this project was to store all the bulky items vertically – like the recycling bins with these handy brackets made to fit perfectly.

garbage and recycling storage

And the ladders using a couple of utility brackets.

ladder brackets

There are a few more things to do like build some sort of organizer for our leftover project wood scraps. But we’ll get to that.

wood scraps

Right now Dean is enjoying showing off his “new” Father’s Day garage to anyone who will look!

How’s your garage looking these days?


This post was kindly sponsored by The Home Depot to give Dean a fabulous Father’s Day and to show you what you could do for that special man in your life this Father’s Day.



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  1. Cynthia says

    I LOVE this!! Our garage is a nightmare and a mouse hotel to boot! We need drywall for starters. My husband dreams of this. He would even love to have a business that creates and organizes awesome garages for people. So thanks for the visual. What did you spend for this project if that’s not too personal?

  2. Cynthia says

    Oops! I see it was Home Depot sponsored. If you have a cost estimate, that would be helpful. Thanks

  3. Karen says

    It looks FABULOUS!! The garage is generally so exposed to everyone seeing it so why do we always put it on the bottom of the list for an update. I surprised my hubs a few years ago with a garage makeover while he was gone on a trip. I love it and so does he. One thing I did was put absolutely everything I could on wheels. We have a huge wooden box for fire wood and I purchased two rolling carts from Lowes and put them on it. I can easily move things around when I want to sweep or spray out the garage.

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