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Laying Out the Garage


If I’m being honest, we haven’t gotten as far as we would’ve liked on the garage – for good reason! – but it’s coming along. A couple weeks ago, we laid out the configuration, but it’s far from complete. Looking at the photo above, we still need to trim the length of countertop, add a kick plate, finish up the trim where the pegboard stops, and we haven’t yet mounted the upper cabinet.

But, progress!

We picked up that length of unfinished butcher block counter for a steal, thanks to an imperfection on the side; no matter, we’ll just put that side down. The cabinets were painted using the same deep blue from our front and closet doors, and you might remember that they’re the same cabinets we pulled from the second floor kitchen, which is now our master bedroom. (On a side note, I have to laugh at master, as it’s still simply a kitchen without cabinets and a bed plunked in the middle!) To the right of those cabinets is our DIY kitchen island of yore, which has been perfect for the garage! Wheel it into the middle? Sure! Wheel it outside to make a dusty mess? Why not!

And to the right of that is a big rack of Colossal Shelving from Ace Hardware! Ace is lending us a hand to complete all the to-dos on our garage checklist, and as soon as we saw this hunk on their website, we knew we’d put it to good use out here. Hidden storage is great, no doubt, but open storage will pull the load for big bins and easy access items (think: gardening care and smaller power tools). The whole thing was assembled in about 20 minutes and clicks together easily. The only tool we used was a rubber mallet to snug the cross bars in place:


We wanted the only upper cabinet to conceal all those small, ugly necessities – bug spray, weed killer and the dozens of car cleaning chemicals that all do the same thing (I mean, right?) – but we wanted it to blend into the wall. We painted it the same color as the rest of the garage, Valspar’s Zen Pebble (lightened to 75%), but in an effort to keep things a little interesting, we opted for navy lowers, Hague Blue color matched to Sherwin Williams, to help hide the inevitable garage grime!


Below, this tiny rolling tool cart lived in our workshop before the facelift, but we knew it’d be better suited out here. It tucks right alongside the cabinets while corralling clamps and, of course, tool miscellany.


We’ve talked about adding a floating shelf above the old island for our boombox (do people still say that?), but aside from that, we can start figuring out what goes where! We’ll hang hooks into the pegboard and organize rakes, brooms and the like, and we’ll continue to chug along on the rest in the coming month:

Fix the leaky roof
Lumber storage
Bike Storage – got it!
Open metal shelving for bins + occasional use items
Wall treatment for cabinet wall (close up exposed studs)
Paint everything – no more bare plywood!
Reconfigure and paint cabinets
Install a countertop – purchased!
Epoxy/paint the unlevel/cracked garage floor – not this year, womp.
 Cabinet kick plate and finish baseboards – new
Wall of hooks/hanging storage
New side door – purchased!
Paint exterior trim
Re-caulk exterior siding
Repair/new garage door
Replace lighting with LEDs

What you can’t see behind me in all of these photos is the stuff that’s waiting for its home, lest you think our garage is so clean and tidy! August is going to be a month of catch up and project completion – fingers crossed!


We’re excited to be collaborating with Ace Hardware as a part of their Ace Blogger Panel! Ace has provided us with compensation and the materials necessary to complete this project (hey, thanks, Ace!), and all opinions are our own. See all the blogger projects on the Ace Pinterest page.

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  • katie7.30.15 - 8:23 AM

    Looking good! We need to do this so badly…ReplyCancel

  • Dave7.30.15 - 9:00 AM

    Scott, Is that my old rubber mallet?

  • Scott7.30.15 - 10:06 AM

    Absolutely! I think I’m at least the third Vargo to have it in my possession!ReplyCancel

  • Trish7.30.15 - 11:23 AM

    Well done on this space! It now looks like a place you’d want to spend some time doing projects in, vs. a dingy place for spiders to dwell. You guys wanna come over and do my garage next? :)

    I’ve been following you for a while, but I’m not certain….do you guys have a car that needs to go in there or is your garage just for tool/misc/building/all the other stuff that won’t fit in your house storage? As a fellow Chicagoan I know the value of a garage for your car…..

    Last question…where’s your corn hole game? I thought we all had those in our garage! I can just see how beautifully you would craft your very own set – personalized and with the Hague Blue color, natch.ReplyCancel

    • Kim7.30.15 - 11:31 AM

      Hi Trish! We DO have a car that will get parked in here eventually, but our garage door is old and a PAIN to open/close, so until we get that fixed, we park on the street. It’s the end goal though!

      No corn hole, and please don’t kill me, but I’m not a huge fan of that game! Scott loves it, but we know enough people with sets to get their fix. I always joke that it’s a Party Killer – unless you’re the one playing, it’s not terribly fun to watch – and EVERYONE wants to watch. Conversations seem to stop and the points seem to never end. Haha, I know I’m in the minority here. I think. Anyone?ReplyCancel

  • Carol7.30.15 - 3:24 PM

    Re: your floor. We had a cracked slab that we wanted fixed, our contractor suggested replacing it, and when he dug it out, he discovered that the previous owner had poured a *new* slab over the *old* cracked one! Wonder if she was puzzled when the new one cracked.

    Anyway, so beware – you may have a bigger job than epoxying cracks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim7.30.15 - 3:30 PM

      Carol, thanks for the heads up! We actually think this might be the case, which is why it’ll have to get put on the back burner for a little while longer. Boo.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly7.31.15 - 5:54 AM

    Great ideas. I have a similar shelf system in my garage used for the exact same items you describe. After the first year I had to replace the particle board/MDF shelves with plywood because the yard chemicals tend to “eat” through… I now have my exterior car stuff in one bucket and interior in another. I also put my chemicals on a removable shelf liner for easier clean up and hopefully less wood repair :)
    If you are going to fix the cracks in your floor yourself save the buckets that the product comes in… they can be rinsed out and used for storage…the height is excellent for shelves. I also placed hooks on the side of my shelf to hold the large extension pole car brush and window squeegee(sp) and a net bag for the sponges so they could hang and air dry.
    I love all the things you have done to your home and your posts about your vintage finds…your blog makes for great reading and inspiration for my own projects.ReplyCancel

    • Kim7.31.15 - 8:39 AM

      All great ideas, thank you! We’ll be referring back to your comment when we make the final round of must haves – hooks, rods, etc.ReplyCancel

  • Wow, that is looking so good! It’s totally making me want to tackle ours in the fall. Can’t wait to see more.ReplyCancel

  • Josh | The Kentucky Gent8.3.15 - 12:09 PM

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed that August is a catch up month for me as well. I’m so tempted to schedule some travel and run away from catching up, but I’m going to be an adult and not run away (I think).

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

  • Lucy8.4.15 - 3:52 PM

    Oh wow you guys the garage is looking good, makes me want to take on ours! And Hague Blue! The colour I have been waiting to paint our kitchen cupboards since we moved in last October, bloody love it. Big fan of yours from over here in the UK, keeping my fingers crossed that all goes smoothly with the guys from Pella for the kitchen patio door and transom after your previous bad experience!ReplyCancel

  • […] the doors and drawers I saw Kim and Scott over at Yellow Brick Home use Hague Blue again in their garage and it got me all fired up for tackling this […]ReplyCancel

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