Garage Organization – DIY Workshop

I know most people think I am crazy that the first project in my new house is organizing my garage.  I am just feeling a race against winter to have that all organized so that I can take advantage of the building weather before the snow hits (UGH! I don’t even want to think about that). So I am finishing off the makeover with a workbench and pegboard.  The workbench plans are from my amazing friends Ashley and Whitney (yep they have names!), otherwise known as the Shanty sisters…or Shanty 2 Chic.  I must tell you I am not sure how I built without this in my life.  It is amazing.  No need to bend over when painting, kreg jigging (yes it is a verb) drilling or sanding.  It is the perfect height to set your project on top and do your thang!

DIY workshop



Meanwhile during this build I was building on the ground.  My chiropractor was grateful for the work – but I was stiff!

garage organization

It was a really simple build, however, if you are building it solo – you will need some clamps in order to hold it in place while you screw it all together.

building a workbench

After I secured the caster wheels it was too heavy to lift so I had to wait until the hubs got home from work to get it right side up.  Oh the agony of waiting.  Believe me I tried to lift it several times from all different angles.  My neighbors probably thought I had lost my mind trying to lift it by myself.

building a movable work table

garage organization workbench

When you buy the swivel casters with brakes on it you can literally move it any which way and then lock it in place.  It is great to be able to soak up some Vitamin D and roll it in the sun on my driveway.  If you are a project girl you need to make this ASAP!

To hang the pegboard cost about $21 at Lowes.  It was $18 for the pegboard and $3.24 for the 1 x 2 furring strips.  I had the screws already on hand.  I had some pegboard hooks already but I did buy a few specialty hooks like a couple of drill hooks, a pegboard assortment pack, and a multi tool holder totaling about $25.  So about $46 for the entire board.  I am sure it won’t be long before the entire pegboard is filled, but for now I am enjoying the fact that there is space.

hanging tools on pegboard

In order to hang the pegboard you just need to hang 1 x 2 furring strips around the outside perimeter of the board and then add some supports in the middle screwing into the studs.  This allows you to have to space behind the board to hang the hooks in.  Then just drill the pegboard into the furring strips to secure.  I was sweating like a pig trying to hold the pegboard with one hand and drill it in with the other.  I need a clone, or an assistant.  Either/or would be amazing! Any Columbus, Ohio volunteers?

hanging pegboard in the garage

Don’t be afraid to use other items on the pegboard to save money.  I used a couple of dollar spot bins to hold pencils, scissors, my stud finder and some small screwdrivers.

pegboard supplies

It is nice having all my tools within reach and not in drawers.  It makes projects go by faster when I am not searching through drawers for everything.  You can even hang plastic organizers like this one I bought to hold all my Kreg Jig screws.

garage organization

pegboard garage

workbench and pegboard

Oh sweet organized workshop how I love thee.  This is the cleanest it will be for sure.  So the pictures are more for me than you.  I can remember that one time my garage looked like perfection.

pegboard organization

I will be back soon to show you the entire garage and show you a couple more little details.  Meanwhile, if you need me I will be in my garage.  🙂

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  1. Organizing your tools is absolutely essential. Love this workshop idea!

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