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! Continue reading…

Thrift Store Dresser Makeover

Time: ~ 2-3 days
Materials: paint, brush, hammer, sander, heat gun, scraper

Thrift Store Dresser Makeover

Next up in the garage makeover: a thrift store dresser makeover!

I found this beauty at Goodwill on half off furniture day for $8. The structure was in good condition, but the exterior, well as you can see from the photo above, that was a different story. I’ve stored my craft supplies in Ikea boxes over the years, which is a bit limiting. One advantage of converting our garage into a work space means that I have a dedicated space to leave my stuff (not just in piles around our living room anymore! Yay!).

Thrift Store Dresser MakeoverThis wasn’t the first time this dresser was painted. There were layers and layers of all sorts of colors hidden under the dirt on the outside. Instead of adding to the bulkiness and just painting over it again, I removed the paint with a heat gun and scraper. If you’ve never used a heat gun to remove paint before, just know that they’re amazing. Be careful though, they get extremely hot! Continue reading…

Garage Makeover: Before

Garage Makeover: BeforeYahoo, it’s garage makeover week!

I feel bad making these images one of the first things you see on a Monday, or in general really, but what can I say? Our garage was a total dump when we moved in. I can’t even begin to tell you how many spiders I saw/removed/ran from over the course of this makeover. Let’s just say I was afraid for my life at one point…. and I may have cried in fear.

Since moving to Portland from San Francisco a couple of months ago, I have yet to get a car. Instead of keeping this space for storage, I decided to turn it into my studio/work space. Thankfully, I was able to team up with the fine folks at Wayfair to give this space a complete makeover (because boy did it need it!). They had everything I needed, from tool storage to work benches, desks, and more.

Garage Makeover: BeforeThe first thing I did was remove all the old scraps of wood (pictured in the first shot) that were covered in cobwebs. After that, I removed all the nails that were jutting out everywhere and wiped down the wood panels and concrete walls. Continue reading…