Make this free up-cycled workshop!
Do you dream of having this perfect little workshop with great tool storage solutions in your own home?
But lack space and funds to pull it off?
Don’t lose heart.
You’re about to see my dream free up-cycled workshop created from all free curb side finds!
And here’s why I created this free up-cycled workshop…
Why an up-cycled workshop?
I’ve long desired a workspace that was absolutely me to a rusty ‘ol T. My ways are not the ways of most. And I’m ok with that.
So I wanted to create a space that truly reflected me in every way. Right down to it not costing a cent!
But there’s a little more to this…
Over the next 31 days, I’m going to take you on a little journey with me.
* I’m going to show you the kinds of things that make me afraid, and how I punch through them anyway.
* How it’s possible to get excited about boring things.
* Hardships are actually the beginning of your own unfinished story.
All through home decor. Crazy talk, right?
Thing is, I truly believe, we all start with this empty box, that is waiting to be filled with you. The real you.
Happiness is waiting! Are you ready?
And my new workshop is the perfect launching pad.
Ready for a crazy ride?
Awesome! Let’s tour this workshop!
Workshop – before
I kid. No wonder I didn’t want to build much.
Honestly, with a single car garage, space is always so limited!
But while I still have the same amount of space, the key was to find a good place for all that I needed to store. And here’s what I did to get there….
Dream up-cycled workshop – after!
My creative AND free up-cycled workshop is now a reality! It’s positively infused with all kinds of up-cycled workshop storage and organizing ideas, and yes, it was absolutely free thanks to all the curb side finds!
Wood scrap wall
Creating a wall with wood scraps not only looked cool, it ended up serving a purpose!
I like to change storage ideas around from time to time, and the wall has proven to help make that effortless!
Curb side found tables
And no more plastic folding Costco tables! Love the wooden table beauty found from the curb!
It was pure luck landing these tables in front of a local church. They were massive… and fit the workshop perfectly!
All they need is a coat of paint now and then and they’re back in shape once again!
Chipping up a new shelf
A plain little shelf I landed got distressed like crazy, then painted out and waxed and chipped until it resembled an old relic.
So if you land something new-ish, it doesn’t have to stay looking that way!
A little branch holds the yarn and masking tape. I even tried it out tonight. It rocked!
Hanging stuff when you can… on anything!
I love hanging up tools where I can easily spot them to grab.
My fav hearing protection is now finally hung right beside my miter saw, hanging off an antique wood planer.
Pallet wood DIY storage cabinet
This little pallet-made cabinet houses my safety glasses. It’s cute AND functional and chimes in well with the atmosphere.
Don’t you just love all those junky hinge details?
My all time fav tool storage piece is the enhanced pallet shelf for tools. It’s a pallet that’s outfitted with some components from other things making it perfect for power tool storage! Accessible, and cool to look at too! And yeah. Free.
Pallet tool organizer
Pallet wood tool organizer HERE
Got a chunk of pallet handy? Make it into a hammer hanger!
This was a fun one! All that was needed was a jigsaw and it was made in minutes!
It’s very handy. Add a few hooks or nails or screws for instant storage of anything.
Stacked crates and shelves provide loads of tool storage and organizing ideas!
The key is to layer UP the wall, creating more space.
Love the little sections in the vintage crate, perfect for sanding sponges, tape measures, camera lenses… well, those are going back in the house!
And.. that’s a vintage toaster stuffed into a coin crate that’s holding the pens by the way.
Most every little storage shelf serves as a function. Even the wheel, if you count that its duty was to make me happy. 🙂
Oh hi vintage toaster… you are sooooo rusty perfect for pens, pencils, scissors etc.
I think it’s sitting inside a wooden coin holder…
The main key is, if some found object can hold something, it’s fair game. Gather up all your ‘holders’ and see what you can make them do!
Pallet storage shelf
This little pallet shelf was pretty perfect for my collection of cordless drills and screws.
If you’d like to know more about the kinds of tools I love to use, visit 5 DIY must have power tools HERE.
Now WHY would one bury all that beauty in a toolbox cabinet when you can admire them all the time?
(The above 2 pictures are pallet shelf ‘befores’.)
A couple of antique drain covers were perfect for the bulk sandpaper.
Add plenty of wall hooks
Now… what’s going on here? Hmm… wall art? Pauline from My Altered State, I was channeling a junkier version of you here!
I did say junkier version… 🙂
This little wall feature made entirely from wood scraps, pallet wood, any reclaimed wood along with antique tools for hooks, it’s cool, collected and handy!
What a perfect spot for the sawdust brush.
Crates on walls
This little crate came into play later. I LOVE hanging crates as shelves!
Crates with lids especially are fabulous to store. The lids close to keep most sawdust out. Plus… you can hide junk you don’t want to see.
Wood storage ideas
I honestly don’t really know what this piece is… a TV stand? Just a rolling storage rack? Whatever it is, it’s super helpful for storing small cuts of wood in several layers!
I also don’t know what this red rack was! But after landing it beside a dumpster, it was all mine! Isn’t it perfect to store various cuts of wood?
The key with odd cuts of wood is to find individual spots for them to gather in that are easily accessible no matter what their size is. And as long as it’s off the floor, that works for me!
I also created a rolling shelf under the main worktable. It allows me to push the table closer to my work station when needed, without carrying the weight of the wood along with it.
It works so great! And offers a ton of wood storage that is out of the way.
Before… whadda mess. Under the tables can become junk collections all to quick.
But here’s what I did about it…
Under table storage idea
There was a big stack of tiles that were too heavy to push around. So instead, I built a faux crate around them. They can stay! But now I don’t have to look at them. PLUS… I get top storage as well!
This post also includes tips on how to stack reclaimed wood to get the most room possible.
Then I sorted all the rusty junk into smaller separate bins so they are easy to grab and place on top of the work bench when desired.
I’m so in love with this little crazy train workshop area. It offers everything I need, in a weird, yet kinda wonderful way.
Now all that’s left to do..
Have I encouraged you to get out there and see what you can do with the space you have?
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