Garage Makeover: The Reveal!

Garage Makeover by The Crafted LifeOur garage makeover is officially DONE, whew! I can’t tell you how good that feels to say!

My goal for the space was to have multiple working areas. I tend to use tools from time to time, but I also wanted a nicer spot where I could sit down and craft. I was so fortunate to partner with Wayfair on this project, because they have everything I needed. And I mean everything– I even ordered tape and protractors from them! If you missed the before pictures, you can see them here. But let’s get to why you’re really here… the after shots!

Garage Makeover by The Crafted LifeSo as you could tell from the beginning shots that the walls were down right disgusting. Because we’re renting, I didn’t want to make too drastic of a change, so I decided to paint with a low-lustre enamel paint from Behr. It’s similar to the original color of concrete, but it looks clean and polished without losing all of the texture.

Garage Makeover by The Crafted LifeBecause the task of installing new floors is not really ideal for renters (and in a garage no less), I went with the more affordable option of adding an outdoor rug to my crafting area. The pattern and texture really helps tie everything together.

Garage Makeover by The Crafted Life

Garage Makeover by The Crafted Life

Garage Makeover by The Crafted LifeCan I just tell you how much I love this workbench? It’s the perfect height and has a lot of workable room, which is great for making the photo holders we sell on Etsy.

Garage Makeover by The Crafted Life

Garage Makeover by The Crafted LifeYou might remember this inspiration board from yesterday’s post! The back corner really just needed some color brighten it up in comparison to the rest of the space.

Garage Makeover by The Crafted LifeOne of my favorite things that I did was this yarn installation. It covers up the less appealing wood paneling that was there before, but I’m still able to use the ledges for storage. As you can see, I clearly have enough spray paint and Mod Podge to last a lifetime.

Garage Makeover by The Crafted Life

Garage Makeover by The Crafted Life

Garage Makeover by The Crafted Life

Garage Makeover by The Crafted LifeLast but not least, the thrift store dresser that I made over! Inside is just a cluster of all my craft supplies and I love it. So much easier than trying to find items in boxes.

Garage Makeover by The Crafted Life For those of your itching to know, here are the products that I used from Wayfair:

Garage Makeover by The Crafted LifeTool Chest, Desk, Clock, BasketChair, Trash Can, Rug, Candle, Workbench

So that’s it! Tomorrow I’ll have one last post– a video in fact of me putting the entire place together. There will be dancing and glitter shoes, so you won’t want to miss it!


  • Congratulations! it looks great!
    the thrift store dresser looks amazing against the gray wall!
    Wish you all the best in the new place :)

  • What!? That string detail looks awesome and it the perfect solution for us renters! Amazing. Absolutely can’t wait to see the video :D

    • Yay, thank you so much Fran! The things I would have done if it were our permeant home! The yarn is the next best thing though :)

  • Ok. Wow. So many awesome details. Your string installation is FABULOUS. And I just love the color palette of the whole space. And did you really do nothing to the walls other than paint them? They look like they’ve been completely refinished!

    One “complaint” though—I want to see a whole room pic! :)

    Oh also, THANK YOU for sharing that desk—it is exactly what I have been looking for to replace the oversized vintage one in my bedroom. :)

    • Oh I knowwww, that was my complaint too! The weather here did not treat me well (rained every day), but hopefully the video was able to give you a better sense of the space. You could also visit and I’ll glad have you over :)

      And just paint, cant you believe it?! So many layers of filth and other paint just gone!

  • Aileen@AtHomeInLove

    Rachel!!! I love it! You did an AMAZING job. I am going to see garages in a whole new light now. Seriously, so impressed.

    • Oh yay, thank you SO much Aileen! It’s certainly not a perfect space, but I think that’s what I like about it. It feels like I can actually work in there :)

  • Melissa

    What an awesome space!! Love it all and it’s so very you! Cute and functional.

    • Melissa– THANK YOU! That’s always such a nice thing to hear!

  • The string installation looks amaaaaaaaaziinnnnggg!!! You truly made the most out of everything that was already there, and it’s really a challenging space! I didn’t think I’d ever feel this way… but something about that tool chest… I’m in love with it. Gorgeous reveal, Rachel <3

    • Thank you so much Amy! It was a bit challenging with it being so narrow, but at least there’s room to work and spread out a bit. And right?! I’d seriously so in love with the tool chest too! It’s just so sleek and functional, hah!

  • Carrie Waller

    Welllllllll, I did just shamelessly pin like every image…So in other words, this is GORGEOUS!!! Well done! Love the yarn installation so, so much.

    • hahah you are the best. Thanks Carrie! So happy you like it all :)

  • Just saw your insta and ran right over! I love that you kept it like a workspace and worked with that for the walls and wood inspiration board and all that. It makes it seem like you are OK with getting your hands dirty for your projects unlike a lot of the studio spaces I’ve seen that don’t seem super realistic. Annnd it’s helpful for us renters our there :).

    Love your outdoor rug and pops of color!

    • Eeee thank you so much Angela! That’s such a high compliment!

  • HelloLidy

    Love it! It’s gorgeous and I just knew it would be! Well done :)


  • Joy | Frock Files

    I can’t believe this is the same space! While interior spaces are tough, I know semi-outdoor spaces are even harder because you have to contend with all that cleaning. You did such an amazing job of getting it clean AND infusing it with personality! I’m so happy you’ll have your own studio space, and I hope we can peek in on it next month when we’re visiting. xoxo

    • Oh Joy, thank you so much! I’d absolutely love to have you stop over and see it! Tends to be a bit better in person :)

  • Sara || alice & lois

    Oh my goodness Rachel – amazing! I am kind of obsessed with what you did with the YARN! How wonderful it must feel to have that much space to have as your WORKSPACE! Congrats to you! Bravo.

    • Thank you so much Sara! It definitely feels good to have a workspace for a change. I’d love to find a way to do something with that yarn in our home, but that might be overkill :)

  • Robyn

    Awesome stuff! truly inspirational <3

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  • Casey Starks

    Woah, man. Those walls look a million times better with that new paint! I love the work bench, and the yarn, and the dresser, and, and and! :) You did a great job!

    • Casey, that’s so sweet of you! Thank you so, so much friend! You’l have to see it in person one day!

  • Ameeeiiiiiii a transformação! Ficou MARAVILHOSOOO!!!! <3

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  • Liz

    This looks really, really good.

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  • Wow, awesome makeover, I wish I had some space like this for *all the things* haha. Just found my own chest of drawers to act as a craft cabinet too, so hurrah, boxes no more for us *high 5* :D

    • Thank you so much Helen (and thanks for the shoutout on Twitter!). And yes, I will high five to no more boxes! Yahoo :)

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  • Just the post I needed! We’re looking at a house to buy that has a garage that I am hoping to turn into my sewing room/studio. It is almost identical to your garage. Thanks so much for posting! I see light at the end of the tunnel.:)

    • Ah that’s so, so exciting! One thing I’m learning is that is gets pretty cold in the winter. Not sure where you live, but a space heater makes allllll the difference :)

      Best of luck converting your space! I bet it’s going to be amazing!

    • Bootsie

      I’m just now looking at the same thing. How did it turn out. How did you do the floors, How do you keep it cool in summer, warm in winter. And did you need to get permits to do that? This would be my home based alterations business. Was it expensive complicated?

  • I just found your blog and have to tell you I love it! And in your garage I especially like the yarn instalation!