Lots of New Upgrades, Plus I’ve Chosen New Lighting for the Garage

Welcome to the 702nd Metamorphosis Monday!

Are you familiar with that children’s book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie? In the book, the cute little mouse asked for a cookie. The cookie makes him thirsty, so then he asks for a glass of milk. I’ve forgotten now what the glass of milk leads to, but each request leads to another and another and another.


This garage project I’ve embarked on is definitely turning into a cookie/mouse scenario. lol It started out with a desire to get rid of the yucky-looking, stained concrete floor. I should have known this project would not stop there! It’s a full-out makeover in the works now!

Garage Before New Flooring Surface


Some of the Smaller Upgrades: Sitting atop a standing tool chest here in the garage, I had a small cabinet for holding screws, nails, and such. I didn’t think to take a “Before” photo, but I had a bunch of boxes of large nails piled on top, left over from when I built a potting bench many years ago. The boxes were dusty and beginning to fall apart and it just looked messy.


I couldn’t have that mini-mess in my soon-to-be pretty garage, so I upgraded to a larger cabinet that now holds everything.


I love it and it’s so nice to have everything tucked away all nice and neat. (Little storage cabinet is available here: Storage Cabinet for Hardware or Crafts.)


This little cabinet comes with drawer dividers so more than one type of nail or item can be stored in a drawer, if needed.


Over the last few days, I’ve been cleaning out my standing tool chest here in the garage–mostly just reorganizing it. I love this chest–it’s definitely one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. I love it for storing and organizing my tools and birding supplies. I purchased this one in Home Depot many, many years ago. You can see the ones they currently have in stock here: Stainless Steel Husky Tool Chest.


This one appears to be the closest to my current one and it even has a 6-outlet, 2 USB port powerstrip built in. I wish mine had that! It’s available here: Standing Tool Chest.


Inside one of the drawers of my tool chest, I had this hodgepodge of screwdrivers.


I often use my DeWalt drill for putting stuff together, but sometimes a regular old screwdriver is just what I need.

Dewalt Tools


This garage makeover inspired me to get a new set of screwdrivers. I feel very fancy now! Ha! (Screwdriver set is available here: DeWalt Screwdriver Set.)


Painting and New Lighting

The garage walls will get painted sometime in the next few weeks before the flooring goes in. Depends on how soon they can work me into their schedule. Continuing in the vein of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, I’ve decided to replace the original builder-grade lighting here in the garage. This lighting works but it’s just not very bright.


This is the lighting I’ve chosen. I have an electrician coming tomorrow to install two of these. I actually purchased three just in case one doesn’t work correctly or something is missing. I’ll return the unopened 3rd light once the other two are installed.


Here’s a photo from online showing how they look when installed. I really like how low-profile they are. That was the first thing that attracted me to them.


They are supposed to be nice and bright with three available settings: Soft White, Bright White, or Daylight–3000K/4000K/5000K. I’ll choose one setting to use full-time during the installation, but it’s my understanding that the lights can be set up where it’s possible to toggle through all three settings. (This light is available here: Flush Mount LED Lighting.)


A new cabinet that I ordered for the garage, arrived today. I won’t put it together until after everything is done–flooring, painting, lighting, etc… I need to open it to make sure it’s all in one piece, though.


Have you had a recent project turn into a “Give a Mouse a Cookie” situation? Happens to me every time!

Looking forward to all the wonderful Before and Afters linked for this week’s Met Monday!

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Author: Andy Edwards