You may recognize this garage from previous before & after pics. My client/friend/fabulous realtor Susan Piazza would be the first to tell you (and it’s true) that organizing is not her forte or her priority. She is too busy closing real estate deals all over Orange County!
I have known Susan for years and after initially helping with her unpack and organizing into her lovely Trabuco Canyon home, we also set about “freeing” her from 4 storage units FULL of STUFF!
She is, and has always been, one of my biggest supporters and I LOVE working at her home. The menagerie of alpacas, chickens, a 60lb desert tortoise plus 2 dogs and a cat, fills my animal loving heart. Her yard is heaven on half an acre with so much always going in the beautiful garden.
This time around, the requirement was different …she didn’t just want me to “clean up and reorganize” the garage like normal. She decided that her hobby of refinishing antique furniture with chalk paint and glazes had gotten a little out of hand (ahem… it read borderline hoarding potential!!!) and instead of having a dozen cans of chalk paint in each room of the house, it was time she dedicated space in one area that she could go to when she had some spare time.
We discussed using the garage (which has the tendency to be a drop zone for many things work and home related) and decided that if we incorporated Peg Board on both sides of the walls, we could not only accommodate her Real Estate signs, but also tools and paint and painting accessories.
Her Dad Bob, who is amazingly handy, offered to help with the peg board pick-up from Lowes and installation – we used 2 x 96″ wide pieces to give us as much hanging space as possible. I ordered multiple peg board accessories on Amazon; insider tip …beware, if you are thinking about peg boards for your garage, the spacing between holes is not standard, so make sure you measure it before you order the accessories!!!
I first set about removing all items from the garage, getting the space cleared, cleaning and vacuuming the floors, yes, we are THAT thorough. Then as Bob was installing the peg board and other wall hangers I had ordered, I had all the paints and paint related items gathered from around the house and other out buildings brought into the garage for sorting.
The next part was the really fun bit! Figuring out what should go where based on its regularity of use. One side of one board was household tools and repair items, the other side was entirely dedicated to painting. We had the luxury of an existing metal shelving unit which we used for the actual paint (sorted by type into containers) and Susan is in the process of looking for a workbench which will sit immediately under the peg board.
Her Real Estate work signs (and as you can see from the pictures, there are MANY) took some creative thinking, making each one easily accessible, as well as handling the weight of the heavier ones. Susan’s Dad was incredibly helpful, utilizing some wood that was just sitting in the garage, making me little shelves in between the struts, and attaching wire to two screws to help hold some of the signs in place.
I was able to use the peg board hooks for many of the signs, and literally took up the entire wall with signs, stands and attachments. It was all consolidated in one easily accessible space.
Susan was just thrilled with the result …She said she never imagined it would turn out like this …Music to my ears.