7 Weekend DIY Projects That'll Whip Your Garage Into Shape (PHOTOS)

07/20/2013 09:17 am ET | Updated Nov 11, 2013

A lot of times our garage ends up being more of a storage space than a place to park the car. Though most of us would do anything than tackle the mess inside, there are a few things you can do to reclaim this space. Namely, purge. Of course, that's only the first step, but it's a decent start to reclaiming a potentially awesome space. Below, find seven weekend DIY ideas that'll whip your garage into shape.

Go on and check out our roundup below.

  • Hang A Peg Board
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    One of the easiest ways to stay organized in your garage or shed is to install a pegboard, which you can find at any big box home improvement store. This will help to keep tools and supplies in order and free up valuable floor space. What's not to like? DIY Network has a great tutorial for this project.
  • Install Wall Shelves
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    Installing a shelf in your garage is a weekend project worth looking into since it creates extra storage space in an otherwise empty room. We recommend that you use pre-packaged shelves if you'd prefer avoiding using big tools.First, make the appropriate measurements to ensure the units are aligned properly. Then, drill in the anchors, followed by the screws and, voila, your garage shelf is complete. For more detailed information, head over to this awesome YouTube tutorial.
  • Perform A Garage Door Tune-Up
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    Make sure your garage door is functioning smoothly by giving it a small tune-up. Coat the springs and the chain with a lubricant. You should also replace the rubber seal on the bottom of the door. Then, inspect the rollers and replace them if broken or damaged in any way. Visit Home-Dzine for in-depth instructions on how to correctly perform maintenance on your garage doors.
  • Paint The Floor
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    Adding a little color to your floors can give your garage a whole new look. If you don't want to paint the entire thing, painting at least the floor will make it pop and give it a fresh, clean look. First, make sure the surface is clean and dry. Tape off all the areas you don't want to get paint on and then simply paint two coats using a latex and floor enamel in the color of your choice. This will be durable and won't have a strong odor or slow-dry time like oil paint.
  • Install Motion Sensors
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    Motion lights are a safe and efficient source for outdoor lighting. Admit it, it's kind of nice to walk up to a home and have the lights turn on for you like magic. It's welcoming... and it's definitely a great security feature. Outdoor motion lights and sensors range from $30 all the way up to $200 and they come in all sorts of shapes, colors, and installation options. The solar powered ones are really cool. Sears even has portable, LED motion sensors.URL But if you're replacing an existing outdoor light fixture start by cutting the power to the fuse or breaker. Remove the old light and disconnect the wiring. Install the new fixture and match up each wire with it's respective terminal: black (hot), white (neutral) and green (ground). Just replace wire for wire on the new fixture. If you're installing new lights, call an electrician. The whole idea here is safety. Family Handyman has an easy how-to tutorial.
  • Organize Your Stuff

    Trying to find something in this area can often be stressful because it tends to be a catch-all for everything you don't want inside the house. Installing cabinets and shelves will make it easier to find things. You should also label everything from Christmas decorations to sporting equipment. Watch the accompanying video to learn even more tips and tricks you'll need to clean out the garage in 15 minutes.
  • Install An Automatic Garage Door Opener
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    After a long day, the last thing you want to do is jump in and out of your car trying to open the garage door. Install an automatic door opener and you can easily pull into your space. DIY Network has a great tutorial that covers the project, from securing the motor to installing the track and arm.

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