Step 1

Low-Maintenance Garage 01:04

Here are the DIY Basics for creating a low-maintenance garage.

Watch an Overview Video

Step 2

Gather Your Materials and Tools

power saw
power drill
wood screws/nails
wall shelving
heavy storage hooks
tool racks
metal garbage cans
stud finder
3-inch nails
epoxy floor coating with decorative chips
rags/paper towels
fresh water
garden hose
heavy duty degreaser
concrete etch
plastic watering can
squeegee or broom
stiff bristle brush
good quality synthetic brush
paint roller with 1/2-inch nap roller cover

Step 3

Apply an Epoxy Coating to the Floor

To protect floor, apply a tough epoxy coating that resists oil, dirt and hot tire pickup.

Make sure concrete is sound without cracks or divots,

Use heavy duty degreaser to remove dirt and oil stains.

Working in 4x4-foot sections, apply concrete etch. Use a stiff bristle brush and plastic watering can to apply etch.

Rinse each 4x4-foot section after it has been etched, then rinse entire floor twice.

Cut in epoxy around edges with good quality, synthetic brush, then roll epoxy onto floor beginning in the back corner. Work in 4- by 4-foot sections, spreading decorative chips over wet surface.

Pro Tip

Don't walk on floor for 12 to 16 hours. Keep heavy items off for 24 to 48 hours; wait three days before driving vehicle onto floor.

Step 4

Create Work Zones

Divide garage into work zones for automotive, gardening, shop, sports.

Step 5

Install Shelves

Declare "off-the-floor-only" storage.

Hang premade wall shelving for containers and small items.

Suspend shelves from ceiling over parking space.

Pro Tip

Sink screws into studs or anchor with mollies.

Step 6

Hang Bikes and Tools

Install heavy hooks for bikes, gardening tools and sports equipment.

Install pegboard for tools.

Step 7

Store Lawn Mower, Potting Soil and Fertilizer

Install low, wide shelf for lawn mower. Fold up mower handle before lifting onto shelf.

Drill air holes in bottoms of metal garbage cans and nail them to wall studs for storing potting soil and fertilizer. Air holes help prevent mold.