Project Overview

It’s hard to imagine that this garage was once cluttered and dirty. But, with a good clean, a coat of paint and some new storage, we have converted the space to create a functional workshop.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Have a plan
2 Declutter with storage
3 Restore the floor
4 Make it personal
  • Step 1. Have a plan

    We loved the look of these original white washed brick walls so giving this garage an industrial workshop feel was the inspiration for the makeover.

    Adding lots of practical storage was big on our wish list for this space. Tools needed to be within easy reach, so that everything now has a place.

    We also wanted to revive the old floor and chose to use a coating to conceal any mess and give it a new lease of life.

  • Step 2. Declutter with storage

    Open shelf storage is great for quick access and it’s easy to see where everything is. Measure your space and draw a loose plan of the modular storage components to see how everything will fit in.

    Our chosen storage pieces are light weight, heavy duty black metal racking with drawers and cupboards, and we’ve kept the colour palette workshop friendly with charcoals and petrol blues. We’ve also added an industrial style light fitting for a pop of red in keeping with our theme.

    Once you have agreed on a layout, it’s time to go shopping. There are so many modular storage options to choose from, including lockable cupboards, workbenches with modular handy drawers and of course open wall racks that give you the flexibility to customise your storage.

    Whether you make your own pegboard or purchase one, this kind of open wall storage is great for easy access to tools you use on a regular basis.  You can fit as many hooks and handy little clips as you need, and then swap and change to suit your own workshop set up.
  • Step 3. Restore the floor

    We’ve given the tired, dirty old concrete floor a new lease on life with a charcoal coloured epoxy floor coating.  The darker colour helps conceal any oil spills and marks on the floor.

    There are some great garage floor coatings available with hard wearing epoxy based products in everything from solid colours, to metallic looking finishes so your new garage floor can really shine.
  • Step 4. Make it personal

    If you’re planning to spend a lot of time in your garage, take some ownership. You can give it a personal touch by making this portable workbench. It’s easy and we can show you how.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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