Is it time for a new garage? Here’s how you can DIY a garage renovation


Has your garage gone from housing the family vehicles and bicycles to being the unofficial dumping ground for everything you cannot (or do not want to) have in the other rooms of your home? It is a scenario countless families across Australia are all too familiar with. It begins with just one box, then maybe two, then maybe a few more, and before you know it, your garage is stuffed to the brim, cluttered beyond recognition and looking the worse for wear.

The good news is you don’t have to live with it. With time and effort and maybe some money, you can give your garage the renovation it deserves so you no longer dread opening up those garage doors. The key is a little TLC, some old fashioned elbow grease and a whole lot of organising, so roll up your sleeves and let’s get going.

Start with the walls

A garage that looks amazing is less likely to become a dumping ground for all the stuff you do not want. The easiest way to transform your garage is to give it a fresh coat of paint, especially if you choose a vibrant colour that will instantly brighten up your garage and breathe some freshness into it.

Looking for something a little different? Cover the walls with floor tiles for a unique touch. While this will require more effort than just painting, it could be a fun project that the entire family could tackle together and it does not have to cost too much. Visit your local hardware store for cheap tile pieces, and simply apply the tiles to the wall like you would to a floor. Be creative and have fun with it, and when it is all done, take a step back and admire how great your garage looks.

Put in good flooring

Investing in epoxy flooring for your garage is a wonderful idea that comes with many benefits. In addition to providing you with a waterproof, hardy and stain-resistant surface that is safe and anti-slip, epoxy flooring is also resistant to cracks and abrasions and easy to clean – all you need to do is wipe it down the way you would a kitchen countertop. High quality epoxy flooring will not only look great, it will last up to 20 years so it’s good value for money!

There are two ways to go about this. The first and easy way would be to hire a professional installer – just remember to get several quotes before deciding on a company. The second option is to do it yourself – this will cost you less money but much more in terms of time and effort.

If you choose option number two, all-inclusive epoxy flooring kits can be purchased from hardware stores or even online so you will not have any trouble sourcing the materials. Just be sure to follow the instructions very closely, and be prepared to put in some diligent hours of work.

Get really organised

Last but not least, after you have thrown away all the stuff that you no longer need or use, given your garage a good clean and/or done up the walls and flooring so it looks brand new, it’s time to organise, organise, organise!

For this, you will find no better resource than the Internet. Websites and social media sites such as Pinterest are overflowing with ideas for everything from repurposing tin cans and jars for tiny objects such as screws, nuts and bolts, to using a magnetic knife holder for medium sized metal bits and tools. Hang up the family bicycles against the wall instead of trying to park them all in a corner, and set up a neat workbench using pegboards to help you organise all your tools if you are the handy sort.

At the end of the day, your creativity (and time and budget) is the limit, so make the most of the resources you have at your disposal. You will be surprised at what a big difference even the little things can make, so why not give your garage the renovation it deserves – not only will these tips vastly improve the look and feel of the space, it will make future cleaning and maintenance much easier too.