Organization is an important part of any home – true.
To be organized, your space has to be pretty first – definitely true.
The garage counts when applying these laws of organization – of course, true.
Based on this simple quiz, I knew it was time to address the organization needs of the garage. I was sold on “prettifying” the garage, but couldn’t tell Matt that.
How I sold this project to Matt: Once we create a space that is more fashionable, thennn we’ll chat about organizing shovels, boxing up old holiday decor, and storing that fertilizer we don’t use. Until then, forget about it!
So let’s talk shop.
These shelves. They’re part of the garage. They came with our house and are nothing less than amazingly functional. I mean they offer some serrrrrriousssss storage and we love them for that.
The bare wood, however, not in love with that part. They just seemed naked. This DIY Rookie could not be be having naked shelves peeking out of her garage. No thank you.
To combat the nakedness…paint! Shades of grey paint. No, not 50 shades but enough to get rid of the awkward nakedness forever. (naked, 50 shades, this post sounds way dirtier than it is!)
To kick off the anti-naked campaign, I taped off the wall to prevent shades of grey from dripping elsewhere.
I then slapped on some white primer.
And followed that up with several coats of grey.
Before long, my naked shelves were “prettified” and looking far less vulnerable. And the part that Matt loves…I was ready to start discussing organizing the garage.
I’ll keep ya posted when we decide on how to organize these bad boys, but don’t wait around. It’s not looking like we’re taking those steps anytime soon. (shh……. that second part is between me and you).
I’m glad you survived yesterday’s dirty work. Now, onto the best part…revealing the dramatic makeover. These old, orange-ish cabinets are now… [insert drum roll here]
It took about five coats of chalkboard paint on both the cabinet doors and the cabinets themselves to create a legit chalkboard that could be written on & erased. Without several coats of chalkboard paint, chalk won’t show up properly on your project and you may have a hard time erasing.
Bottom line: the more coats the better. When you think you’re done, add another… trust me.
When the chalkboard painting is done, you’ll need to “condition” your new chalkboard. To do this, simply scribble all over the chalkboard…
…and then erase the chalkboard. Done & done. Simple enough… right? This will give your chalkboard an authentic, worn-out look, rather than a crisp, clean, black paint look. Plus, the chalkboard conditioning will help make future erasing much easier.
The only thing missing from these new cabinets? Hardware. Can you guess how I glammed up the original hardware?
White primer seemed too plain for this dramatic makeover so I added some…
Glitter Paint! (I accidentally forgot to tell Matt about this part. Who knew the man of the house wouldn’t appreciate glitter handles in his garage? Oops..)
About two coats of sparkle later, I felt like these gems were way too fancy for a garage. Then I realized, who doesn’t want a little glamour in their garage?
After thirty years of grease, these cabinets and especially this hardware, deserved to be spoiled with a splash of glitter. It’s the least I could do…
Check out the before & after.
But wait, the makeover didn’t stop there. I still needed to add the best part- CHALK! To ensure an organized space, I drew a picture of whatever each cabinet held. Not only would I be able to find each item far more quickly, I’d also be able to identify exactly where to put it back!
Can you guess what’s in this cabinet? If you guessed my collection of hammers and nails… you’re right!
We keep an extra radio for the garage in this cabinet, along with some garden sprays, extra light bulbs and new garbage bags. Knowing exactly where to find things and put things back makes this organizational tool extremely effective, while also being very quirky and fun.
From old and orange to sparkling chalkboard, thanks for sticking with our two day journey of cabinet drama. I promise we’ll be back with something colorful, crafty, and less garage-ish tomorrow!
These cabinets have been recycled from our house’s kitchen remodel. These are our home’s original kitchen cabinets and have about thirty years of grease on their hardware to prove it. So no, the cabinets are not literally green, but have been recycled, re-used, re-purposed and so, yes they’re now considered “green”.
But they’re orange. ugly. and they need a makeover. asap. Today I’ll take you through the dirty work and tomorrow I’ll reveal my final product.
So let’s get started!
Step One: Remove the doors with a screwdriver.
I told you there were layers of nasty built-up.
Step Two: Using the same screwdriver, remove the handles from the cabinet doors.
Step Three: Using a sander and sand paper, start sanding each cabinet door (back and front). This is a dusty, time consuming, and tiring process. Make sure you have a drop cloth (or five), lots of time, and some serious muscle ready.
Keep sanding (switching the sandpaper throughout the process) until your cabinet door has been completely stripped. Now it’s time to move onto the cabinet itself.
Repeat step three on the cabinet’s base.
Step Four: It’s almost time for some primer. Before you can start painting, make sure you use painter’s tape to protect the hardware from the paint. You’ll probabbly need an exacto knife or scissors to make sure you cover the hardware precisely.
Step Five: Primer! Spray a light coat of primer over each cabinet. Let this layer dry and repeat on the opposite side of the cabinet door.
Step Six: Use a paint brush to prime the cabinet base. I only painted the outside of the base, however, if these were anywhere other than my garage, I’d definitely prime the inside of the cabinets as well.
In the meantime, I started working on the old handles. After soaking & scrubbing the layers of grease off of them, I realized that each handle was a different color. Because I was priming and painting these bad boys, I wasn’t concerned.
A super helpful tip: Nail the hardware into some leftover cardboard (or spare corkboard) to keep each piece standing up straight. This will ensure you can paint the entire handle in one sitting rather than only being able to paint one side and then having to turn the handle and paint the other. The cork board will help make this one stop shopping…
I used the same spray paint primer on the handles as well.
So now the worst part of DIY.. waiting for the paint to dry. #ughhh. We’ll let these dry overnight and I’ll be back with the full reveal tomorrow morning. Tune in around 7:00am to see how all of this dirty work paid off. Oh and spoiler alert: I didn’t paint them green. Any other guesses?
How would you add your own personality to these old-school, orange cabinets?
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