DIY Garage Storage Wall

16 Materials
3 Days

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I don’t know about you but I have a slight obsession with organizing. In fact, in the huge gamut of home projects available, it definitely ranks in my top 5.

Every spring I get the itch to organize the garage before we begin spending the majority of our time outside again. So when the quarantine of 2020 hit I knew it was the perfect opportunity to not only get the garage in shape, but to also add in a little extra storage as well.

This project began like a typical organizing session for me. Pulling everything out of the space, separating the contents into three piles, (keep - sell/donate - trash) cleaning the area then returning the “keep” contents into designated homes. This process is always extremely satisfying!

Before I was finished for the day I pulled out a roll of Frog Tape, taped off an area for the space.

I grabbed a sample can of paint that I had on hand and started to working on painting the large rectangle that I had mapped out the previous day.

If you choose to do this in your own home you will need to customize this space specifically for you.

My first step in the building process was measuring and cutting my 1x2 boards for the frame that would surround the painted area. I decided to do a miter cut on these edges for a more “picture frame” like finish.

I then cut my 1x8 boards down to the sizes that I predetermined my shelves to be.

Once my boards were cut I sanded them, cleaned them off and added a coat of wood conditioner. The conditioning step isn’t required but in my experience it helps the stain application to be less blotchy.

While the wood conditioner worked its magic I set up a painting station for my plumbing hardware and spray painted them in my go-to gold color.

While the spray paint dried I returned to my wood board and applied a coat of stain.

Then it was time to install!

I used a level and a brad nailer to attach my frame. Once the frame was up I used wood filler to fill in my holes and seam lines for a more polished look. Once the wood filler dried I sanded the areas and touched up the stain.

Next up was determining the spacing for my plumbing flanges. I’d love to tell you how I figured this out but im terrible at math.. so I MAY or may not have phoned a friend for this portion. What I CAN tell you about this part is that a laser level is KING at this point. I love this little gem.

Once the plumbing flanges are installed its smooth sailing. Just attach your pipe nipples and caps, place your boards on top of the pipe and style them up! 

OH!! I should probably also mention these cute little hooks that I added in at the VERY end of my project. While I would love to claim this genius idea they came from a tutorial of a dear friend of mine.

You can head over to my full project blog post to get the link!!

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  • Wendy Wendy on Apr 17, 2020

    Looks good but where did all the other stuff go?

  • Cheri Tanner Cheri Tanner on Apr 17, 2020

    So....why don't your kids keep their shoes in their own closets? I understand when shoes are wet or dirty...but that should be a 24-48 hour turnaround time. My kids's job was to keep their own clothes and shoes in their own rooms! We had the policy of taking our shoes off before we enter the house. They knew that if they wanted them back, they had to wipe them off and put them upstairs in their rooms! Great organizing! It's a good feeling to tackle something like that!

  • Linda Garretson Linda Garretson on Apr 06, 2021

    What did you use to support the shelves? I just love this and would really help with my messy garage, a really great job!!!

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  • Em Em on Apr 06, 2021

    It is pretty but you are the only one I know that stores shoes in their garage. I keep mine in clear plastic shoe boxes on the top of my walk in closet. I know I have well over 100 pairs of shoes, boots and sandals. They stack well and keep clean.

  • Susan QC Susan QC on Apr 06, 2021

    In my garage the floor space holds a refrigerator, a freezer, an air compressor, a lawn mower, a generator, large bags of dog food, garbage cans and golf equipment (bags, shoes, etc). The walls have shelves to the ceiling. I'm pretty organized, but the idea that I would have a large blank wall to "style" made me laugh! But your wall looks lovely. Oh yeah, my car goes in there, too.

    • Lisa Lisa on Apr 06, 2021

      Ha I'm with Susan, I love the finished product though and dream of uncluttered areas :)