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May 13, 2016

A Basement Workshop Tour {she ain't pretty but she's functional}

Hello frugalistas, with almost every DIY project that I have shared, I received questions and comments about my workshop.  So today I thought I would take you on a tour of our Basement Workshop.  When you don't have a garage, the garage, minus the cars, (who uses them for actual vehicles anyway) becomes the basement.

I'm also going to share the workhorse tools and products most used in the shop.  *affiliate links are included - see my disclosure policy.

An Organized Basement Workshop

In late December, while Mr. Frugalista was home on Christmas break, I decided to take advantage of the extra set of hands and have him help me get our basement workshop organized.  I couldn't take rummaging through plastic bins to find things like screwdrivers and pliers any longer.  So off to Home Depot we went to get a few sheets of pegboard.  The pegboard hooks and hangers we already had, no surprise, in a large plastic bin!

Organized Basement Workshop with Tool Pegboard and DIY Workbench

Using leftover paint from our son's bedroom (he is now grown and a homeowner himself) we spray painted the pegboard for a punch of color and to add some energy to the workspace.

Organized Basement Workshop with Paint Brush Pegboard and DIY Workbench

I can't tell you how nice it is to have all the hand tools hanging where I can see them!

Organized Basement Workshop with pegboard storage for Levels and Squares

I hang my larger stencils on pegboard hooks.  Since taking this picture several months ago I've gotten smarter and have them hung from metal binder clips, that way I just have to unclip the stencil I want rather than pulling them all off the hook to get the one I want.

Basement workshop stencil storage

At the end of my wall-to-wall work bench, I set up a packaging station to wrap small items that I sell and/or ship.

Basement Workshop packaging and shipping zone

You can see my work table is well used by the layers and layers of paint.  It's a six-foot folding banquet table from my Dad's former classroom (he taught automotive electronics).

The adjustable hydraulic mechanic seat on wheels underneath is a must have, I'd be lost without that thing!

Basement Workshop folding work table with hydraulic adjustable mechanic seat

I love these plastic wall mount storage bins we found at Home Depot to house my furniture hardware. I could use a few more of these.

On top of the white plastic, storage cart is something I could not live without in the workshop.  When I'm working in here that Bluetooth speaker is blasting 70's rock (and I'm dating myself).  Chances are if you try phoning or ringing my doorbell, I won't hear you because I'm singing at the top of my lungs and doing the hustle with a paint brush in my hand.

Basement Workshop wall mounted hardware storage bins

As you probably noticed, I love to line drawers with paper but the problem was I had them stacked on a shelf and they were collecting dust.  Mr. Frugalista came up with the clever idea of taping two garbage cans together, cutting the bottom off the top one to make a swing door using nylon zip ties for the hinges.  It may not look very professional but it works like a charm!

Basement Workshop with DIY Garbage Can Wallpaper Storage Bin

Before my chalk paint was stacked three deep and one on top of the other.  A real pain when you wanted the back bottom can.  My neighbor, a.k.a. the furniture fairy gave me a small bookcase that worked perfectly for storing cans of paint and supplies.

The metal file cabinet beside it holds small stencils, printed graphics, and decals that I use on furniture pieces.

Basement Workshop Storage Bookcase and Metal Filing Cabinet

Basement Workshop using food tins for art brush storage

I had nowhere to hold small jars of paint and various supplies that I use on a regular basis.  We repurposed a wall mounted shelving unit that we made for our son's room to display his Maisto Diecast Car Collection and it gives me loads of storage.

Many of you asked about the containers I use to store my twine, jute, and rope - you can see those on the top shelf on the far left.  Pringles containers with a hole in the center of the plastic lid, using a hole punch, are perfect for storing these.

Basement Workshop DIY Wall Mount Shelving Unit

The workbenches were made by our son when he was still living at home.  This used to be his mountain bike repair custom rebuild space.  Hence, the bike part related stickers you'll see scattered around the workshop.

Basement Workshop DIY Workbench

The shelves are repurposed bi-fold doors on metal shelf brackets that run the length of the room.  So handy for holding power tools, etc.  You'll have to forgive the clutter in the photo below as it was taken last week during the frenzy of preparing for the outdoor market on the 23rd.  Pretty much all the furniture and jewelry boxes in the picture below are finished and ready to take.

Our house is a bi-level so it's great having large basement windows that bring lots of much-needed light into the room.  We added more shelves above the windows for scrap lumber and trim storage.

Basement Workshop with wall to wall DIY shelving

One day I may get around to finally painting the concrete floor and replacing the ugly beat up ceiling tiles but like I said in the title of this post, she ain't pretty but she's functional!

Last but not least I have to introduce you to my Shop Assistant, Sexy Rexy.  He's cute, he's cheap, but he naps on the job a lot and spends far too much time at the catnip salad bar.

Basement Workshop Shop Assistant

Only a consummate DIYer would give up such valuable real estate for a workshop.  This would make an amazing family room but when you don't have a garage and don't have a spot to build one, then you do what you gotta do!

I have tools that I cannot do without in the workshop and so I thought I would share some of them with you today.  Not all are the same brand that I have but that is because some are only sold at specific Canadian retailers.  Every workshop should have at least one of these...

There are a lot of products that I use on a daily basis and can't do without. I'm sharing a few of my favorites here...

I hope you enjoyed the tour and found some of my storage solutions helpful. If you have any questions, don't be shy and either leave a comment below or email by pressing the Contact Me link at the top of my blog.

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