Get a Grip On Your Garage

The Porters' garage before the makeover

The Porters’ garage before the makeover

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Shar'Day and Dwight Porter

Shar’Day and Dwight Porter

Dwight and Shar’Day Porter have a good sized garage; but without any organization, it kept falling into chaos – thanks, in part, to two active little boys.

We helped the Porters get a grip on their garage by creating some simple shelving and racks to get things off the ground and to eliminate clutter. And, establishing designated areas for specific purposes will help ensure things stay that way.

Adding Shelving and Organization


The organized garage has a designated spot for everything.

Shar'Day and two of her sons paint the shelving.

Shar’Day and two of her sons paint the shelving.

One of the top priorities for the garage makeover was giving Shar’Day a space to park her car. So, after cleaning the concrete thoroughly, we stained a section of the garage floor to designate it as such. Watch How to Score and Acid Stain a Concrete Slab for details on this project.

The key to organizing the Porters’ garage was getting a lot of the clutter off the ground and onto shelves and hooks. First, we installed short vertical cleats to support the metal shelf brackets; otherwise, the weight on the shelves would crush the drywall. For the upper row of shelves we used 16-inch wide pieces of plywood that we primed and painted. We added a 1×12 shelf, along with a peg board, for all of Dwight’s tools.

His new folding workbench from Woodcraft can hold up to 300 pounds and includes a vice and circuit-protected power strip, plus the design saves space when not in use.

We laid the lawn and garden tools on the ground to determine in what order they should stored. Another 1×4, nailed to the wall, was the perfect platform for all the hooks and brackets we needed to hang them.

Finally, we created a space for Dwight’s weight bench, complete with an overhead fan to keep him cool during workouts.

pegboard with tools

Dwight’s tools are easy to find on this simple pegboard.

Building a Drop-Zone Bench and Bike Rack

drop-zone bench

This drop-zone bench was built to accommodate three baskets underneath.

The boys' bikes have a station in the garage.

The boys’ bikes have a station in the garage.

The Porters had a common problem with the boys tracking dirt from their cleats and gear into the house. So, we built a drop-zone bench for right outside the entry door.

We used 1×12 pine shelving that had already been primed and painted to build the bench, designed to accommodate three baskets underneath – one for each boy.

Watch How to Build a Drop-Zone Bench for a step-by-step tutorial.

We also built a simple station for the boys to store bikes, helmets, scooters and other ride-on toys.

Last but not least, we sprayed the garage with Miss Muffet’s Revenge from Wet & Forget to keep the spiders away.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford is among the country’s most sought-after home improvement experts.
The seasoned remodeling contractor and media personality served as the home improvement expert for CBS’s “The Early Show” and The Weather Channel for over a decade and has made more than 180 national television appearances on “Fox & Friends,” “Inside Edition,” “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” Fox Business Channel, Rachael Ray and more.
He travels the country making appearances as a brand ambassador and spokesperson, and each year contributes expertise to hundreds of popular magazines and online media outlets.

Chelsea Lipford Wolf

Chelsea Lipford Wolf is a born-and-raised home enthusiast, adding her crafty skills and passion for DIY as co-host of the top-rated, nationally syndicated “Today’s Homeowner” TV show.
In addition, Chelsea maintains her own home lifestyle and décor blog and award-winning web-series, “Checking in with Chelsea.”


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