Super-Sized Storage in a Tiny Space

Super-Sized Storage in a Tiny Space

As part of the garage-to-Chics With Tools Makery transformation, we are trying to use every hidden nook for storage, especially for the less than lovely things that every garage holds. We have tile that we may need to do repairs someday and tiling supplies that we actually really don’t want to use again but may need to. Then there are the bags of charcoal and wood chips, old paint, kids’ toys, and small power tools. This time around, we focused on building boxes for the space under the stairs and also one of the low shelves. For these to work there was a key component: WHEELS!

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Creative Seasonal Storage

Creative Seasonal Storage

I realize that not everyone has a massive collection of wreaths like we do. But I know that some of you do. Come on, you know who you are. Anyway, in an effort to find more space in our home for our online merchandise, we needed to rethink some of our closets. The obvious choice was where we keep some of our seasonal decor. But it needed to be revamped so we came up with a new system which is super easy and super cheap.

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Cabinet Doors to Chalkboards

Cabinet Doors to Chalkboards

We lightly sanded the doors and got any stickers off the fronts. Then we chalk painted the outside. Next, we applied 2 coats of chalkboard paint on the panels. Wait, what? What’s the difference between chalk paint and chalk board paint? Okay, here’s the skinny.

Chalk paint is a type of paint that gives a matte, chalky finish. It goes over just about anything and when done right has a really smooth finish.

Chalk board paint makes any surface into a chalkboard.

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Chic and Strong- A Heavy-Duty Shelf

Chic and Strong- A Heavy-Duty Shelf

As part of the garage- to-Chics With Tools Makery transformation, I decided that I needed a craft paper dispenser. Now, that is not a felt need for most but I use it to cover the tables at my workshops. The thing with really large rolls of paper is that they are heavy, So just hanging a dowel rod on some pegboard was not going to cut it. Ideally, I wanted the unit to hang on the wall. But after pricing that kind, I decided the countertop version would be just fine, as long as I made a wall shelf to hold it. So using all scrap wood, this what I did.

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Hanging Pipe Shelving Unit

Hanging Pipe Shelving Unit

Since July, we have been stealing moments to work on the garage to Makery transformation. This week I was determined to finish the shelving unit where we used to have cabinets. As with most projects, it took longer than I thought it would and required a trip to Lowes and extra Amazon order. It was a little trickier than expected but the overall impression is what we were going for. 

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Art in the Garden Preview

Art in the Garden Preview

First, the girls learned about carbon paper, which we used to transfer the drawing of the iris onto their boards. Next they mixed some basic shades of the main color they were going to use. Then I took them through the painting, petal by petal. After we got going, the girls became more independent. So by the end, they were doing their own thing. I think some of them were surprised by the results, including the two leaders who exhibited hidden, but significant abilities.

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Drop Leaf Carts

Drop Leaf Carts

The reason I decided to go with the drop-leaf idea was because for most of the time, we want the garbage cans in a convenient place. But they aren’t pretty so I move them outside for my Chics With Tools workshops, which leaves a massive, also unattractive, gap. So now in normal mode, the leaves are down but when I want things prettier, I move the cans and raise the leaves, filling the wall while adding counter space for merchandise.

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