In our quest for organization, we knew we would need to do something in our garage. Between the 2 of us, we have a decent amount of tools that were in need of a home. We were on the lookout for a workbench, but hadn’t found anything that really struck our fancy. During a random trip through Lowe’s, we discovered this kit from 2×4 Basics.
The kit included all of the brackets and corner pieces and we would supply the wood and build it ourselves. The kit was around $65.00 and the wood would have been around $50, so we estimated $120 for the whole work bench. Not bad…but also not great.
As I was visiting my friend Craig’s List, I found a guy selling his garage workbench/cabinets for a grand total of $50.00. This is much cheaper than a build it work bench. I anxiously emailed him to see if it was still available. As luck would have it, Nathanael was in town with Kimberly, so he could go with Steve to help him load it up and get it back to our house.
Some of the drawers stuck, so Steve took his sander to them and it solves the problem. While he was at it, he sanded the whole workbench. I’m going to paint it a glossy deep gray to class it up a bit. The storage is absolutely perfect! The drawers are shallow and plentiful, which is perfect for a work bench. It also has the wide spaces to store larger tool boxes. The countertop that came on it was in bad shape, so we bought a new piece of particle board and had Lowe’s cut it in half for us…Voila, we had a new countertop.
The peg board already came with our garage, we just adjusted it so it would go all the way up to the ceiling. Steve is so excited to have his “toys” organized and at his fingertips…and I appreciate that we have all the stuff we need to get our various projects done. In fact, Steve is in the basement right now working on the latest project…what is it you ask? Storage shelves for the basement! Don’t worry, I’ll post all the info and photos once he gets done.
Breakdown of the bench-
$50.00 for the cabinets
$33.00 for the new counter top
$5.00 for a gallon of gray glossy paint from the Lowe’s mis-mixed rack
Grand total- $88.00
For the amount storage and room we have in our garage, we’re sold! What do you use in your garage? We’re thinking we might need a few more storage options in there…
(You aren’t crazy, I haven’t actually painted the bench yet…that will also be coming soon).