When we bought this house, we mutually agreed that the garage was Nick’s domain, and the house was mine… at least with regards to what goes where. But as the years have passed, we’ve both infiltrated each other’s domain.
To Nick’s surprise, he found that he actually did have an opinion about design elements in our home. And to MY surprise, I found that I can build shit. Like with my own two hands. And the garage is my happy place.
It’s been fun, actually, watching the dynamic of our marriage evolve.
IN FACT… if we were to have a ‘date night IN’, Nick would want to order a pizza and watch a marathon on Netflix.*I* on the other hand would want to crack a beer and head out to the garage together and blast some music while we create something together. It’s my love language.
All this word-vomit is leading up to say? NICK GAVE ME HALF OF THE GARAGE!
Now mind you, I’m pretty confident he did this because he knew my half would always be tidy and he could use my workbench and tools at his leisure, and actually FIND a tape measure when he needed one. But I’ll take what I can get.
It all started when I had this brilliant idea to move our existing workbench from the back wall to one of the side walls. This sparked Nick’s love for cabinet-making (sarcasm font)… what I really meant to say is, Nick decided to build himself a workbench on the opposite wall with cabinets below to hide #allthethings.
It went smoother than we expected. That doesn’t happen often.
Of course I’ve been having wayyyy too much fun organizing my tools and making this space my own. But I knew I needed to build something to house my spray paint collection, because it was TAKING OVER. I loved what Beckie from Infarrantly Creative did with her spray paint storage, but I wanted mine to be at an angle so I could fit more cans. So I sketched out this design.
The toughest part of building for me is all the figuring/mathematics and shiz. I makes my brain cry tears of blood. So because Nick values my sanity (my sanity benefits him too), he whipped up some building plans for me… and you.
You can click those plans above and print them out like I did. I started by cutting the two edge pieces… very similar to my mudroom cubbies.
Then LOTS of rungs.
I have an irrational fear of the table saw (the only power tool that intimidates me), so Nick helped me cut the rungs and shelves. Here he is slicing these shelves to an angle.
Some of the rungs got affixed to the fronts of the shelves so that there would be a ‘lip’ using glue and the brad nailer.
Then we just started slapping this thing together! We did pocket holes on the shelves, and brad nails with glue on the rungs.
Then, ironically, I spray painted my Spray Paint Rack. RustOleum paint/primer-in-one.
I decided to rearrange this wall in our garage by moving the freezer and putting this cabinet on it’s side. Can you picture it?
How about now?
We made sure to screw our spray paint rack into the studs…. that thing is HEAVY. And the cabinet we put on its side? We just took the doors off and tasked our minions with sanding in preparation for painting. Then I painted these cubbies with Green Citrus. It’s obnoxious, and I like it that way.
That’s it! That just leaves the fun part! LOADING UP ALL THE GOODS! This bad boy holds 182 cans. Wha?!?!?!
I can’t even tell you how HAPPY colorful organization makes me.
I’m loving how bright and cheerful my area of the garage is… totally inspires creativity. Let me tell ya!
I still need to get more hooks to hang tools up on the slat wall, and organize some business under the bench… but things are organized enough that I have workbench space and floor space enough to build and create for now. I’ve got some fun projects in the works!
Disclaimer! RustOleum generously sends us their products for free, but does not pay us cash money to use them or for mentions on our blog. We really love the quality of their paints and stains and wouldn’t use them if we didn’t!
Can I ask how the crate looking shelves next to the rack are attached to the wall?
John Lobert says
Quick question: why is it an irony that you painted it with spray paint? I’m not seeing the irony of the situation.
Because people don’t understand the meaning of the word “irony” and generally use it incorrectly. But people like to use the word because it adds emphasis to a sentence.
There is no irony in painting something with the same thing it will store. Irony would have been using stickers or some other form of decoration INSTEAD of paint.
Stacey Dallmann says
i Just found this as i am drowning in a sea of beautiful cans of paint. Any chance you know about how much this project costs? I’m usually really excited until I spend 2 hours gathering supplies then another hour putting them all back and crying on the way home 😉 I love your fun workspace!
Mindy Friedlander-Schaper says
Wow, that’s a lot of cans. Nice. Your side definitely does look organized. What does Nick’s side look like?
Bethany @ Sawdust and Embryos says
Lol! There’s a good reason I didn’t show his side 🙂 Let’s just say he doesn’t value organization like I do. Haha!
Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos says
Lol! I was WAITING for someone to ask about Nick’s side. There’s a reason I didn’t photograph it. 🙂 Let’s just say he doesn’t share my need for organization.
Your new paint rack looks great! I have a question though. Is your garage heated? I have a garage but store all my paint in the basement because I thought it was not supposed to freeze. I’d much rather keep it out there though, if that won’t hurt it?
I have the same problem. Will keeping it in an unheated garage ruin the paint?
Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos says
It won’t ruin the paint. Oil based paint (all spray paint is) doesn’t freeze, but is said to ‘perform better’ when they aren’t at extreme temperatures. In the winter, we often bring a certain color of spray paint in the house the night before we plan to use it. Hope this helps!! 😉
Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos says
Oil based paint (all spray paint is) doesn’t freeze, but is said to ‘perform better’ when they aren’t at extreme temperatures. In the winter, we often bring a certain color of spray paint in the house the night before we plan to use it. Hope this helps!! 😉
Sugar Coated Living says
At this point in life I sadly have no use for a spray paint rack but you sure make us really want one. We are absolutely in love with your workshop!
Angie Claus says
Laura Cunningham says
I’m in love with this workshop! The rack is perfect, but I also like the “half crate” baskets next to it. Thanks for sharing “finished” photos.
Jealous! So much room and tools to work with. Great ideas and wonderful looking storage.