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Repurpose Your Garage for the Summer

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You know how we’re all told as parents to rotate our kid’s toys so a.) there are less of them at one given time and b.) when you pull out the toys that were in storage, kids are excited about seeing them c.) it’s like getting new toys without spending any money. Well, Reduction Rebels, we’re going to apply that same strategy to your garage.

We’re finally through the winter months. We no longer need to shield our car from ice and snow, so how about using your garage space for some summer fun? Now, if you live in a home that lacks outdoor space, this is a perfect repurpose project for you.

Imagine the Possibilities for Your Garage

Let’s imagine it without cars. What if this space could be useful, like a woodworking studio or a place the kids could play on a rainy day? How would that change the way you live? Would you have a haven of stress-free art projects? Or shared space where you can play around on Pinterest while the kiddos whack each other with pool noodles. (Too real?)

Don’t sacrifice your garage space to your clutter. Take the leap and reduce what you have stored there. My family uses the garage as a sort of indoor-outdoor room in the summer. We host birthday parties there, play marathon games of Monopoly and share summer meals. It’s a relaxing place where spills aren’t a big deal and balls can get kicked around without a freak-out.

Cost of Repuposing a Garage into an Outdoor Living Space

  1. Clean out all the unused bikes and clutter = $0…you may even make money selling them on Craigslist or recycling the metal
  2. Make the floor look inviting = indoor/outdoor carpeting about $120 (we bought 6 small rugs at $20/ea. OR you could stain the concrete
  3. Add a table and chairs or a picnic table = look for a used set, about $100

Total Cost = < $250 – not bad for all that extra living space in the shade!

Picnic Bench Makeover

On this blog, I’ve reupholstered many benches, but never came close to anything like a picnic bench. Who woulda thought? Well, if you saw my post on repurposing a chair into a scarf rack, you can see me using my picnic bench like a saw horse. Needless to say, my picnic benches have taken a beating. So instead of replacing them, I reupholstered them! I decided on vinyl because it’s durable and washable. I decided on pink vinyl because it was a red tag clearance item ($9 a yard!) You may have also noticed I love pink. I reupholstered my couches and added pink. I also reupholstered a rocking chair with pink wool.

When I look at these picnic benches, all I can think is that Lily Pulitzer would be proud (ha, ha).

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What outdoor spaces do you enjoy?

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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2 Responses to Repurpose Your Garage for the Summer

  1. Shaun Hoobler May 14, 2014 at 3:48 am #

    I’ve turned our garage into my mini office. It’s now more useful than ever.
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  2. tci May 14, 2014 at 4:33 am #

    This is a good idea. I actually turned my double garage into cinema room/reading room/office. Now, we spend a lot of time in this room. And I have a drive way more than sufficient for mar cars. They can stay outside forever.
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