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Our Garage + New Workout Room

Our garage + new workout room

 

When we set out to organize our garage this past summer, we knew we were in for a big project! It had become a dumping zone for everything from old furniture, staging and styling supplies and retired ski clothes to tools, sporting equipment, paint … you get the picture. We have a three car garage that had no room for cars (!) and the things that were in there were really really hard to find. So, we decided it was time to make the space more functional and organized.

Since we needed a dedicated area for working out, we chose to convert the third bay to a place for our Peloton and weights. And, if we organized the other two bays, we could finally park out cars INSIDE the garage 😂 Wouldn’t that be nice?? Especially during the winter months, when getting into a freezing cold car covered in snow is really not fun!

Here are a few things we learned in the process …

 

1. Sort 2. Purge 3. Organize! First, we literally sorted EVERYTHING in our garage. We laid everything out in groupings on the floor so we could assess what we had. Then, we were able to decide what we wanted to keep, and what was no longer needed. We created a donate pile, and Derrick loaded everything into bins to take to Goodwill. I can’t tell you how freeing this process was! Once we were left with the things we knew we needed and would actually use, it was time to organize. Finally, we placed the items that remained into bins, and labelled each bin for easy access. We wanted to be sure things got put away where they belonged.

Once the garage was cleared out, it was definitely easier to paint all the walls. What a difference this made! We decided that painting the garage a dark color would give it an industrial yet cool vibe, like in the photo below. We painted the walls, ceiling and backside of garage doors in Benjamin Moore’s “Wrought Iron” in a matte finish (which hides all the cracks and dings). Everyone absolutely loves it! Derrick sprayed it on everywhere, including all the pipes and conduits, so they now just kind of recede into the space.

CLOUZ HOUZ TIP: If you haven’t used something in 6 months or more, you most likely won’t use again. Our advice: cut ties now from all the clutter and free yourself of all these extra things you don’t need!

Source: Nesting with Grace

One of the biggest game changers for the garage was refinishing the floor. We looked into so many options for what to do with it! We considered everything from Swisstrax (which we had in a previous home), to paint, to epoxy. Derrick and I chose an epoxy floor that he was able to paint himself. I’d suggest you give yourself at least 4 days to go this route, including drying and curing time between each step.

Check out our “Garage Makeover” highlight on Instagram @clouz_houz where we show the step-by-step process in detail!

 

A comprehensive list of the items we found to be useful for this project is below. This includes shelving, bins, flooring and more. We hope you find some inspiration as you put your home back together after the holidays and find yourself in the organizing and cleaning mood! We love our new and improved garage space! It’s tidy, organized AND we have a place we can retreat to for a good sweat. Bring on 2023 resolutions for more self care 🌟

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Rubber Gym Flooring

We found this flooring to be a breeze to install. You can just snap the pieces together! It literally took us an hour to lay out our floor. They have a texture to them (almost like a tire imprint), so they aren't slick when they get wet. This is helpful after a tough workout! They are super easy to clean too. Just wipe down with water and a little dish soap.
Gym Floor
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Metal Shelving on Wheels

We've owned these metal shelves over the years and used them in basements, craft rooms, etc. They are so versatile! You can opt to put them on wheels (sold separately) which makes them a dream for moving around. Then you can line them up in front of one another for more storage, and easily move the front one out of your way to get to the one behind. The shelves are adjustable, allowing big and small items to be stored on them. We lined them up along the back wall of the garage to arrange all the bins containing our stuff.
Industrial Metal Shelves
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Clothing Rack with Cover

These canvas covers with zippers make the above shelves perfect for storing extra coats and gear. We have a couple where we store extra ski gear and clothing. The shelves can be converted to a wardrobe with hanging rods, and by adding the canvas covers everything is protected and free of dust.
Clothes Rack with Cover
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Dumbbells Set

This set is a great value for how many weights you get! I love that they stack neatly and don't take up a lot of room. The all-black color works with our vibe too. They have to have function and form -- right?! Ha!
Dumbbells Set
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Storage Bins

These aren't the exact storage bins we used, but very similar. They come in various sizes. The lids snap on and off easily. We used a chalk bin to write on each one the items that are stored inside. I love how organized the back wall looks now with all the same color bins neatly stacked on the metal shelves!
Storage Bins
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Put In the Hours Flag

I first saw this cute retro-inspired camp banner when I read the post on Nesting with Grace about how they revamped their garage. I love the little extra something it gives to the gym space, and it's a gentle reminder that staying fit takes dedication.
Put In The Hours Flag
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We opted for the the Tilikum + Flanders handles and the Oswego leather wraps for our kitchen. And let me tell you- these wraps are seriously ingenious! You simply wrap the leather around the handles for an instant rustic vibe. 

I’ve been itching to infuse a leather element into our kitchen design, and I have a feeling this is going to be just perfect. Stay tuned for the grand reveal – it’s all coming together so beautifully!
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We are loving this citrus salad, it is light yet fulfilling (you could add roasted chicken to turn it into a dinner!). The mix of flavors come together: the crunch of the pistachios, tangy fruit, creamy burrata, slightly sweet dressing, and a little spiciness from the arugula.

Ingredients:
- arugula (about 3 handfuls)
- 6 oranges (we used a mix of navel, blood oranges, and cara cara)
- handful of raspberries
- one cup of chopped pistachios
- one large ball of burrata
- extra virgin olive oil
- balsamic vinegar 
- 3 tsp honey
- salt
- pepper

Dressing:
- mix a generous amount of olive oil, balsamic, and honey

Recipe:
1. peel and thinly slice oranges
2. wash your arugula and place it in a bowl as the bed of your salad
3. pour dressing over greens and add a dash of salt and pepper on top
4. arrange oranges over greens
5. break apart burrata and place on top
6. sprinkle over raspberries and pistachios
7. SERVE 🤌🏼 chef’s kiss
“Life is short. Make it beautiful.” That’s what we told ourselves two years ago and truly how Clouz Houz came to be. Consider us your blueprint for reimagining your life. An although we aren’t saying what works for us will work for all… we do hope it inspires you to live your life to its fullest- whatever that may be for YOU. 

As fifty something’s, we took a leap of faith in each other and embraced our change in careers and lifestyle. As a husband and wife who picked up and moved our family to Bend, Oregon, we are proof that it’s never too late to pursue your passions. We are visionaries for our own life and wish to live with intention. We transform spaces into stories and houses into homes- it’s what we are most confident and happy doing. 

So join us BTS as we grow. This is your reminder that age is just a number and the best is yet to come! Starting over has been the greatest adventure of all. 

Thanks for all the love and support you have showed us over the years, it’s truly fuels our journey. 🤍