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Dreaming Of Home: I Long For An Organized Garage & Workshop!!

Last Updated on December 24, 2015 by Kristi Linauer

Over the last few days, I’ve had to turn my attention away from working on my living room, and towards packing up and clearing out the condo.

The fact is that this place has just gotten so packed full of stuff that it has made everyday life incredibly stressful, and actually makes my projects take much longer than they should as I have to navigate through the narrow pathways I’ve created through the boxes and other junk that seems to be taking over the condo, and I’m continually losing my tools in the mess and having to stop what I’m working on to find the missing tools.

I still have a couple of days’ worth of sorting, organizing, and packing to do, and then my neighbors (who have trucks…yay!) are going to help me move everything into our storage building. Then I can get back to work on my living room in a much less stressful environment.

So as I’ve been navigating around boxes and piles of stuff, and stepping over saws and other tools at every turn, can you take a guess what I’ve been dreaming of?

My own garage workshop, of course!!

Y’all, I simply cannot WAIT to have my own space…a dedicated place for my tools, paints, and other DIY stuff. And when I dream of that space, my mind usually goes to the amazing garage workshop space of Sawdust Girl (a.k.a. Sandra).

Garage workshop with open storage, drawer storage, peg board for tools, and long wood countertop work bench, from Sawdust Girl (aka Sandra)

Isn’t that amazing? I’m drooling over all of that storage!!  And the shallow drawers in the middle section are perfect for storing small tools like screwdrivers and pliers.  The leather straps used as drawer pulls are just the icing on the cake.

And of course, she built that whole space herself.  She’s so amazingly talented!!

I love the open feel of this space by The Design Den. The window gives the space such an open and light feel. Unfortunately, my space won’t have a window…at least not initially. I’ve love to add one or two in the future.

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One thing that my space does already have is a beautiful vaulted wood ceiling like the workroom above. It’s one of my favorite things, and I can’t wait to show you!

This garage from Dave Brewer Inc. has a decidedly masculine look to it. That isn’t particularly something that appeals to me, but I’m loving all of that storage space!!!

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This space by RSVP Design Services appeals to me more. It definitely has some “garage workshop” finishes in it, like the metal diamond plate doors (which I happen to love), but I like it’s “softened” by all of the wood.

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Oh my goodness, I can’t wait!!!

Would any of you think I’ve lost my mind if the first room I “decorate” in our new home is the garage? 🙂

Do you have a garage workshop? If you have pics online, I’d love to see it!!!

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    May 13, 2013 at 11:02 am

    You don’t want to see ours right now. It’s in mid-stage reno. it’s a MESS!

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    Susan M.
    May 13, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Only a gal with DIY genes that travel from her heart down to her toes would be thinking about making a dream garage her first priority! YOU GO, Girl! I’m going to live vicariously through your build — and be jealous at every step of the way!

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    May 13, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Oh yes, set up the workshop first. It will make all the rest so much easier. Uh huh!!

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    May 13, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    It absolutely makes sense to start with your workshop! All projects will be easier and more fun with an organized and inspiring environment to work in.

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    May 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Yep, I’d love to have a workshop too. I would go for it first in your new place! Then you’ll have a place to do all your projects for your new home!

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    May 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I agree with Toni. I live in Michigan and I could not wait for the weather to heat up above 50 degrees so that I could start working in the garage again. I have an indoor work room but its only 270sq. ft. and I get so tired of cleaning up sawdust. I can’t wait to see what you do to your space. Now you’ve got me seriously think about adding some windows to my garage for natural light.

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    May 13, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I would think that getting your garage workshop set up first would be the smart thing to do. From there you’ve got a great place to work on your other projects. I hope your new home has a great garage space for you to work with. Go Kristi!!!!!

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    Gilmer Gal
    May 13, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    My husband and I just finished making room for my space in our workshop. He still has his “side,” but since he has all the electric tools over there, I’m sure I’ll be sneaking over quite often. Mine doesn’t quite look like any of the ones you featured, but I’m just glad all my “stuff” is organized and in one place. Definitely do the workshop first and the rest will be so much easier.

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    May 13, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    By all means, start with the workshop. We’ve been in our house for almost a year and our garage still isn’t “set up” and it’s driving me crazy! It will make all your indoor projects go smoother if your main workspace is organized. I can’t wait to see the finished living room and what you do in your future home! Keep the inspiration coming 🙂

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    Reta Russell-Houghton
    May 13, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    I agree with so many of the others, start with your work space. It will make life and your projects go s much faster. i would love a new garage to work in with more space.

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    May 14, 2013 at 3:44 am

    I just love every image you post! Now I’m thinking how put all toghether the details that I like!!!

    Thank you so much again!! 😀