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Garage Makeover Ideas (Before and After Pictures)

Garage makeover before pictureThis gallery focuses on garage makeover ideas to help get more organized. Shelving, storage cabinets and hangers can help clean up clutter and be used to better store items. In addition, insulation, and epoxy & polyurethane flooring can be added to create a more comfortable, attractive and livable area. Below you’ll find before and after pictures that show effective ways to beautify and clean up your garage space.

One part of the house people often tend to neglect is definitely the garage. It’s a place where we place old items, furniture, equipment, and other “dirty” items, making the area look like a dump than an actual garage. But keeping the garage clean and organized has benefits beyond aesthetics, and will definitely help make your life easier. So what do we do to make our garage better?

Here are some elements you can add into your garage, depending on your needs:

Storage Space – Discarded items, outdoor items, heavy equipment and the like will most probably end up in the garage. The best way to keep the area clean & organized is by dedicating garage storage spaces and shelves to keep things in place.

  • Cabinets – cabinets will keep the area looking clean as it keeps “unsightly” items out of sight, and also helps protect them from weather
  • Open shelves –  For items you need easy access to, such as power tools, hardware, etc, it would be best to keep them in open shelves so you can easily find them. Using adjustable wall brackets for the shelving is ideal, as it allows you to adjust shelf heights as needed
  • Peg boards & slat wall – a great compact storage solution for smaller items; this is great for items and equipment you use often such as power tools and cleaning equipment
  •  Ceiling-mounted hooks & brackets – these are useful if you have enough ceiling room and are great for hanging and storing special equipment if you have them such as kayaks, paddles, bikes, etc.

Insulation – garage insulation is often overlooked, especially when we don’t spend much time in the area. However, having a well-insulated garage will help keep the items and equipment stored inside in pristine condition.

Flooring – Since the garage is a place where heavy & hard items are stored, using appropriate flooring materials would really improve the over-all environment of the garage. Flooring made for heavy-duty use such as epoxy, polyurethane, or an appropriate coat over your concrete floor, will definitely improve both aesthetics and utility of the garage

Improving the garage may not seem as fancy or as glamorous as the other parts of the home, but it will definitely improve the over-all ambiance of the house. Simply adding appropriate storage in the garage already greatly improves the area. No more tripping over random wires or equipment, no more random falling items or hours spent on looking for the box of screws you keep in the garage. For even more ways to organize, check out our garage storage ideas guide.

Garage before makeover pictureThe first step is to create a list of problems with the space in order to come up with effective garage makeover ideas.

Garage before makeover picture with no insulationProblems in this garage are easily identifiable:

  • it lacks storage space as you can see a lot of items placed randomly around the area
  • bare concrete flooring – concrete is porous so it easily attracts moisture and stains
  • it lacks proper insulation which can make the garage uncomfortable during hot or cold months.

Insulation for garageInsulation was added to the wall before it was boarded up for installation of PVC slatwall. Insulation can also be added to the garage door for even more protection if desired.

Bare garage floor before makeover pictureThis garage started with a bare concrete floor that is visually unappealing.

Gray polyasparatic polyurea coating for garage floor after pictureFor seamless flooring, the old concrete floors were replaced with a polyaspartic coating, creating a stain and scratch-resistant flooring surface. This type of floor coating is also resistant to chemicals of all sorts and cleans up well with water or regular detergent.

Bare garage wall before pictureThe garage started with a bare sheet-rock wall that is both unappealing and non-functional for the homeowner.

Pvc slatwall installation after pictureTo solve the lack of storage space, a PVC slat wall was installed. You can hang shelves, baskets, hooks and other equipment on this wall, making it a very flexible storage solution.

Garage makeover with slatted wall storageThe slat wall definitely offers a flexible storage solution. You will see baskets, hooks, garden tools and equipment hung on the wall, keeping them out of the way, yet easily visible and accessible.

Garage makeover with storage cabinets and finished flooringThe polyaspartic floor coating gives a unique pebbled finish to the space, and also provides a heavy-duty floor surface for the garage.

Gray garage with slatwall hanging storageUsing hooks, you can easily transform the slat wall and add more storage. You will see this side of the wall even installed a small basketball hoop/board, and also easily keeps strollers, scooters and other equipment. Just make sure items don’t interfere with the operation of your garage door opener.

Garage make over project after picturesThe finished product definitely looks cleaner and more organized. It also added garage storage cabinets made for heavy-duty / outdoor use. Instead of typical plywood or MDF carcass used in kitchens, the garage uses steel cabinets with textured metal cabinet doors to match with the rugged appeal of the space.

Garage #2

Here is another garage with a big problem with clutter and organization. Below we’ll outline some of the ways the homeowner cleaned up this space and got better organized.

Garage makeover before pictureAgain, storage is the main issue with this garage as it lacks appropriate cabinets and shelves to store items placed in the area. Compared to the previous example, however, it has better finishes so it is easily fixed.

Garage makeover after pictureAfter installing storage cabinet units and shelving, the condition of the garage greatly improved. You now have a bigger open/work area, and it looks clean, uncluttered and very organized. Wall brackets were installed for the open shelf units, while the storage cabinets are all wall hung, keeping its base away from the floor and preventing exposure from moisture.

Garage floor with epoxy coating beforeThis garage also used bare concrete for its flooring, with visible expansion bolts. Although the finish is better than the previous example, bare concrete does not give enough protection from chemicals, stains, oils and other damages common on garage floors.

Garage floor with epoxy coating afterTo keep the rugged appeal of the raw concrete floors, instead of completely changing the finish of the floor, it was simply coated with an epoxy coating. This is a great inexpensive option that would give your garage floor chemical, moisture and stain resistance, as well as create a highly durable finish in a variety of colors to choose from.

Garage Makeover Video Before and After

Garage Cabinets

Adding garage cabinets can be an effective way to de-clutter and allow you to quickly find items such as tools, cleaning products and garden supplies. Some garage cabinet units come equipped with a worktop to enable you to have a handy surface for completing DIY projects from your garage space.

Garage storage cabinets with metal doorsSimilar to the steel cabinet used above, this is another great steel cabinet design. It has an all-steel carcass & textured sheet metal cabinet doors for that rugged appeal, with added mobility of wheels/casters, so you can move around the items in your garage as needed.

Get more information about these 6 piece metal storage cabinets at Wayfair.

Garage storage shelving and cabinetsThis is also an excellent variation of the cabinets featured above. The overhead cabinets can be attached on the slatwall for an adjustable height, has wheeled base cabinets and two large storage cabinets for storing cleaning agents and other equipment. It also features a wider wooden countertop for a more spacious work space. Click here to get more information about the industrial storage cabinet shown here.

If you would like to create your own layouts there are a variety of garage design software that can help you plan your layout and try out different storage, paint colors and finishes.

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Afton Jackson

Sunday 20th of December 2020

Wow, I was really impressed by the different kinds of steel cabinets you displayed in your article. The way they can really bring extra storage while being a durable garage option makes me feel like this is the best way to store all my dangerous tools materials so they're safe from my children. If I can find a garage storage contractor in the area, I'll definitely ask them for these kinds of cabinets.

Donald Smith

Friday 24th of January 2020

I live in Florida and am interested in redesigning my garage is this possible with you.


Monday 27th of January 2020

Thank you for your question. We do not currently offer redesign services.

J Mathew

Saturday 27th of July 2019

We have very similar problems to garage #1 and I want to renovate our garage with the polyaspartic floor and pvc slat wall. Does the polyaspartic coating go right over the original concrete? Did you have to acid wash the concrete first, or remove it?What part of the U.S. is garage #1 in & what level of insulation did you use? Where did you buy your flooring and pvc slat wall? Did you do the insulation and drywall yourself? And ceiling? How long did the whole project take? Great article, thank you!! J. Mathew 7/27/2019

J Mathew

Saturday 27th of July 2019

Also, what is the name of the color/pattern used for the polyaspartic floor covering? Thanks