Articles in: Garage

DIY Beverage Station

Posted by: on February 18th, 2014 | 10 Comments
DIY Beverage Station

 

Having a beverage station in place goes a long way toward turning a basement or family room into a space for easy entertaining. 

Carmel Phillips of Our Fifth House wanted a place to serve drinks and snacks in her basement. She came up with an easy-to-build DIY beverage station just using a couple of inexpensive cabinets and a small beverage cooler. 

Take a look at how she built it, and then start making plans to put a similar beverage station in your home.

We spend a great deal of family time in our basement, and we also do a lot of casual entertaining down there. It’s where the “big” TV lives, so friends and family gather here to watch sports quite often. One thing we were lacking was a place not only to set up a buffet area while we’re entertaining, but also to store all of the stuff we need when we’re hosting a casual gathering. Going up and down the stairs multiple times to grab items from the kitchen is good exercise, but I’d rather watch basketball players get sweaty than actually get sweaty myself on a game night.

What we really needed was a beverage station that could store all of the party supplies and also function as a buffet area for serving. 

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DIY Greek Key Trim Adds Appeal to Garage Update

Posted by: on February 13th, 2014 | 2 Comments

Chic and Organized Garage Update

 

The garage is generally the last part of the home to get a little love in terms of storage and organization. That’s a real shame since your garage represents a lot of space–space that can become a clutter magnet, or with a little planning, can become a storage solution for your home. Imagine turning your garage into a place where you can actually do projects, or even host a party!

Courtney Fernman, who writes the blog A Thoughtful Place, decided to take action to turn her garage into an orderly, attractive and useful part of the house. The results of her garage makeover are impressive. She even included a brilliant artistic touch by adding her own Greek key detailing to the countertop. 

Here’s how she did it.

The side of our garage has been a constant source of frustration. Like most people, we have too much stuff and not enough places to put it. With two small children, a handy husband, and a blog, I have more than enough toys, tools, and craft supplies than will fit in our garage. I had always swooned over spaces that had cabinets but never dreamed that they would actually afford us so much more storage.

The real problem is that I lacked a place to work on my blog and decorating projects. I do not have a dedicated home office or basement and really needed to carve out a spot that could be just for me.

While I am relegated to the garage for my projects, I don’t really mind as it’s so lovely now.

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5 Clever and Affordable Storage Ideas

Posted by: on January 14th, 2014 | 11 Comments

5 Clever and Affordable Storage Ideas: Mason Jars and Clamps

 

 

 

Everything’s easier when you’re organized. And we’re here to help you. We have some clever, and oh so simple storage ideas here that make life just a little bit simpler. These five storage solutions are very affordable, too.

 

How much stuff do you have cluttering the counters in your bathroom? Makeup products, cotton swabs, toothpaste, moisturizer… seems like bathroom counters are always collecting lots little things. Reclaim counter space in your bathroom with this clever storage idea:  Attach hose clamps to a wooden board and bolt that to the wall. Clamp mason jars to the board for a unique bathroom organization solution.

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Places: The Well-Organized Garage

Posted by: on July 25th, 2013 | 2 Comments
Image of a well-organized garage with everything tidy, hung up and put away

Image via We Heart Junk

 

A well-organized garage is not an oxymoron, something out of a photo op, or a feat to be achieved only with the assistance of professional. If you’re willing to invest some time and effort and let go of a few (or a lot) of items that are truly no longer useful, your garage could look as nice as the one above.

But, before you go purchasing any garage storage items, think about what kinds of things you need to store, and the storage method that you believe will work best for you. Think about how your garage space could enhance your lifestyle and make your life easier rather than more stressful.

To help you in your quest, we’d like to show you a few organization ideas we spotted in well-organized garages around the web.

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From the Forums: Overhead Garage Storage

Posted by: on January 25th, 2013 | One Comment

A woman places items on an overhead garage storage unit by Hyloft

 

When it comes to decluttering the home, the garage often becomes the last ditch place for all the stuff we don’t want to throw out, but have no other place to store. And, let’s face it, it’s also usually the last space in the home that gets the attention it needs for some effective storage and organization solutions. The good news is, garages offer a lot of options for storage that other parts of the house don’t. Overhead garage storage might be the best of these solutions.

That was the topic of a short article by The Home Depot’s Eileen Claar posted on our online How-To Community Forums. She’s a long-time Home Depot associate who posts under the handle DesigningWoman. She really knows her stuff when it comes to organization and storage ideas. Overhead garage storage frees up so much space on the floor of your garage that it’s almost like increasing the square footage of the area. It’s a very cost effective storage solution, too. It almost seems like every garage should have overhead storage.

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Man Caves: The Garage

Posted by: on January 20th, 2013 | 5 Comments
Image of a car enthusiast's garage

Image via 12 Gauge Garage

 

The garage is the quintessential man cave. Before boys got too cool for school to hang out in the garage tinkering with their fathers or grandfathers, it was the place many of us learned to use tools and make simple household repairs. It’s where we built our first go-cart, worked on Boy Scout projects and fixed our bicycles. Still today, the garage remains a mythical fortress of solitude where men get away to think and create.

Jack Olsen built this immaculate 20’ x 22’ LA garage we see above. He wanted a reminder of the time he spent working in the shop with his father. He calls his man cave the 12-Gauge Garage, where he does some welding, woodworking and the occasional home or auto repair. It’s equipped with great lighting and multiple workbenches. And with all the tools and equipment, he needed excellent storage. Olsen opted for heavy-duty steel cabinets he dug up on eBay. If you want your garage to be tidy, organized and looking good, you can’t go wrong with steel cabinets. And check out the garage floor. When he noticed Home Depot had a great deal on ceramic tile, he says he jumped on the opportunity to teach himself how to set tile and give his garage a more polished look. We think it’s a pretty sweet job.

If you’re looking for more ideas to help you turn your garage into a better organized space, where you can work and perhaps pass on the love of making and fixing stuff, you should check out the rest of these garages.

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Garage Organization Ideas

Posted by: on January 15th, 2013 | One Comment

 

If you want to find ways to tame the clutter and actually have enough space to park your car in the garage again, CoachDave from The Home Depot Community has some garage organization tips for you.

Garage organization systems like ClosetMaid’s Maximum Load offer simple and inexpensive solutions for storing tools, garden equipment and everything else that ends up out in the garage. CoachDave will show you how you can increase the storage and organization capacity of your garage with the easy-to-install ClosetMaid Maximum Load shelving and storage system.

ClosetMaid’s Maximum Load uses standards and hang tracks with a combination of adjustable wire shelves and shelf brackets to build a versatile storage system for your garage in a matter of hours.

See how you too can restore order using garage organizers like ClosetMaid’s Maximum Load system.

We have more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.el.

First Look: Husky Garage Storage Cabinets

Posted by: on October 14th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Husky Garage Storage Cabinets offer many advantages over the competition. So if you are wanting to keep your tools, outdoor power equipment and gardening supplies in great condition and keep them secure at the same time, Husky is the brand for you.

So what advantages does Husky hold over other models? For starters, Husky floor cabinets use sturdy bolts, washers and lock nuts in the construction of their floor cabinets, versus just sheet metal screws for the competition. Also, Husky has larger dimensions and market leading shelf load capacity to the tune of 165 lbs. for Husky and just 100 lbs. for the competition.

For base cabinets, Husky offers a stainless steel work surface and welded construction. They also come 90 percent pre-assembled and have the market leading cabinet load capacity of 550 lbs., which the competition simply can’t match. And for wall cabinets, Husky offers 2 sizes: a 28-inch wide and a 48-inch wide cabinet, while the competition only has one size. Need another advantage? Consider Husky’s wall cabinets are lockable, while the competition’s wall cabinets do not lock.

Home Depot associate Kate Moran demonstrates Husky garage storage cabinets and compares them to the competition in this week’s First Look video.

Our First Look series gives Apron Blog readers an inside look by highlighting some of the videos our store associates watch to learn about the new products and services available at The Home Depot.

 

From the Forums: How Do I Prep My Lawn Mower for Winter Storage?

Posted by: on September 14th, 2012 | 6 Comments

 

A lawn mower covered in snow

Hint: This is NOT a good way to store your lawn mower in the winter, even if you drain the gas tank

 

After using their lawn mowers every week throughout the spring and summer, a lot of homeowners aren’t sure how to prepare their mowers for winter storage. Of course, we all know to keep the mower out of the rain and snow, and maybe put a cover over it. But what should we do about the gasoline in the tank before putting the mower away for a few months?

Do I need to drain the fuel before storage?

A Home Depot Community member who posts under the handle ToolBoxHero asked about that on our Community Forums. He wondered if his time consuming process of preparing his mower for the winter was worth the effort:

“I was curious about draining the gas out my lawn mower, riding lawnmower or snow blower at the end of the season. I have heard horror stories about people leaving the gasoline in the tank and having all kinds of trouble starting the following year, and having to take the lawn mower or snow blower to a repair shop to have it fixed. I have chosen to drain all of the gas out of my riding mower and push mower this year– siphoning as much as possible, and then running the engine until it stopped, followed by draining out the fuel filter.

“Is draining the fuel from the mower the best way to do this? Or can I just add a fuel stabilizer to the gas left in the tank and call it a day?”

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Home Organization And Storage Gift Ideas

Posted by: on September 11th, 2012 | Make A Comment

 

For some people home organization and storage solutions comes easy, and for others, not so much. In this short video, we’ll show you a few of the many great gift ideas for the organizers on your list available at The Home Depot. It features products to help maximize storage and organize opportunities all over the house.

You’ll see gift ideas for home and closet organization from Martha Stewart Living like the Deluxe Starter Closet Kit and stackable cube organizers that can be customized with door or colorful fabric drawers. And to keep the garage and attic spaces tidy, you can check out the Attic Trac Plus storage system and the HyLoft Ceiling Storage Unit.

Check out more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.