Summer is fast approaching. You’re in your garage, looking for heavens knows what, but you cannot find anything amid all the clutter. Hoarding or just disorganized? Well, that’s a story for another day. You may not have given much thought to your garage, but it is finally time to do something about it.
Cleaning and decluttering will go a long way. However, while you’re at it, you might as well redo the floors, give the walls a fresh coat of paint and even incorporate some décor. Your garage may not look like much now, but this humble room can be a multi-purpose and valuable space in your home.
Garages tend to cover a considerable proportion of street frontage and by giving your otherwise ignored space a stylish yet functional makeover, you will not only boost your home’s value without forking out insane amounts of cash, but it will also enhance your curb appeal.
So how can you transform your drab garage into something fabulous? Here is how to give your garage a makeover in style:
Are you DIYing or using professionals?
Don’t be a hero. Depending on the scope of your garage model, it may make more sense to ask a professional for help than attempting to handle a complicated remodel on your own. If all you need to do is organize, paint the walls and maybe add some storage, then that sounds like something you can handle alone.
If there are more complicated aspects to the makeover that you need to handle such as garage door installation or a makeover that involves insulation or new walls, then it’s best to recruit a professional renovation specialist or team that can handle the task.
First things first, before you start looking up designs and inspiration on Pinterest, you will need to declutter and organize the mess that has been sitting in your garage. The garage is where most people keep all their unfinished projects and unwanted bits and bobs.
Decluttering in true Marie Kondo fashion is not only therapeutic for you, but it will help you make sense of what you want to keep and toss. Plus, it’s the most logical place to start. To start the decluttering process, sort everything out into keep and toss piles.
If there are any items in storage that you haven’t utilized in a year or more, then it is a good idea to toss it. Once you’ve categorized everything into the keep and toss piles, you will need to tuck them away in some container or plastic tubes. Ensure that you label everything that you are saving to keep everything neatly organized and to avoid any future confusion.
Clean and paint your walls
Garages used to just be for parking cars, but that’s not the case anymore. The humble garage has grown by leaps and bounds to become all sorts of things. Your garage can be whatever you want it to be; a home office for your small business, a playroom for kids and adults full of ping pong and poker tables, a studio for your music, or even a guest bedroom. The choices are limitless.
Whether you are using your space for a makeshift arts and crafts studio or even a laundry room, you can avoid any embarrassment of leaving your garage exposed by giving the walls a much-needed lick of paint.
When looking for colors for your garage paint, try picking hues that will complement your space and any accessories inside it. The right combination of colors can help to make your garage more striking so that you can show it off proudly.
If you are looking to inject some dazzle and personality, go for a bold color with your cabinetry or garage door interior. Also bear in mind that neutral colors such as tan, grey, or beige are generally easier to clean compared to white shades, which is something to think about when making your decision.
Think carefully about storage
Many people use their garages primarily for storage. So, if you still intend on using it for that purpose, then you will need to step up your storage game, particularly if you still have several items that need to be stored. To put your garage to good use, consider what your shelving needs are so that you can reach your garage renovation goals.
You will want to go for organizational items such as bins, baskets, cabinets, pull out drawers, shelving, closets, and workbenches. Wall hooks for hanging up your tools or bicycles can help you keep clutter off the floors and give you even more space to work with.
Replace your old door
If you want to give your garage an instant facelift while increasing the value of your home, the easiest way to do it is by replacing your old garage door with a new edgier one. The good news is that nowadays, you don’t have to spend a fortune to find a quality garage door to match your needs.
If your garage door already occupies a large chunk of your street frontage, then it makes sense to replace your old, rusted roller door with a stylish one. But remember, if you are considering adding a new garage door, you will need to consult with an expert so that you can get the best guidance possible.
This is one of those home renovation projects that one shouldn’t attempt to DIY; so, don’t. Most professionals offer free consultations and will come to you so that the process can be stress-free.
You may have ignored your garage for a while now. However, sooner or later, homeowners are forced to renovate their garages. When they do, the effort usually pays off both in regards to your day to day life as well as the resale value of your home.
Making over a garage is a huge investment so you want to make sure that you do it properly the first time. Lucky for you, these tips above should help you make the right decisions so that you can have a pleasant makeover experience.