Heap of Change... The Workshop

My workshop is far less than ideal but I'm making it work.

This is the before...

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In a small corner of our unfinished
basement you will find the Homeroad workshop
and it is quite the unorganized mess! 

When I work I have trouble 
putting things back. To say I'm a little messy is an

Heap of change Organizing the Workshop www.homeroad.net

I've used this area for Homeroad projects 
for almost 5 years now. A place that until the Heap of Change Challenge came along, may have 
stayed looking like this. 

My friends encouraged me to hop on board with the challenge and the fact that my internet and TV were down for 3 days helped in my decision to get started too. 

Small changes made a big difference in this small space.

I began with paint, I painted over the mess.
This long folding table holds my supplies, notice
I used it a lot for painting too. 

A quick coat of chalky paint made it look like new!

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The workbench got a facelift too. I removed the saws and gave the workbench, (actually an old door atop a TV cabinet found on the side of the road) a coat of chalk paint 
to make it fresh and new again...

Heap of change Organizing the Workshop www.homeroad.net

Almost every organizer, table, box and bin has been found, repurposed, or created by me.  Ladders turned shelves, side of the road finds, and old pieces of furniture hang on the walls to hold tools and supplies.

The craft and supply area has cubbies and boxes that have been scavenged, repainted, and repurposed. 

A large white shelf was
added for this challenge to organize the organizers.

Heap of change Organizing the Workshop www.homeroad.net

I store my paint in an old drawer turned shelf and a cabinet
snagged from the neighbors garbage.

By the way old Coffee Mate Creamer containers work 
great as paint containers!

Heap of change Organizing the Workshop www.homeroad.net

A table in the center is a place to sit (but I don't)
and to use as a work table. I added castors to the bottom
of the table legs so it can be pushed out of the way if needed.

Heap of change Organizing the Workshop www.homeroad.net

The wood pile got cleaned up and old broken 
pieces tossed to the curb.(again)

Heap of change Organizing the Workshop www.homeroad.net

This workshop is a work in progress... While it is better
organized and heck of a lot neater than a few days ago, 
there is still more work to do. 

Heap of change Organizing the Workshop www.homeroad.net

Next week an electrician is coming to talk about
adding some much needed bright lighting to the space
and a clean, soft vinyl floor is next for this area.

Also a slop sink is on my wish list. 

As always, I'm up for a challenge and
getting this workshop together will 
help keep my future Homeroad projects organized!

Update... The new lights are in!

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. Wow! Looks great! I wish I had a room like that!

  2. Wow! You've done a TON of work, Susan! I know how much effort went into it. You must love the changes! I can't wait to see what you plan to add... hurry! haha

  3. Oh, wow! What a difference a little paint makes in making the area look a little cleaner! Best wishes as you assess your lighting needs and make plans for a soft floor. Great job! Keep up the good work!

  4. I have the same problem with putting things away. I have tools in three locations in my house. I'm hoping to get things together during this challenge. Fingers crossed! Your workshop is shaping up nicely.

  5. It is looking great--lots of changes! I would love a basement workshop versus a cold garage. Do you worry about sawdust everywhere? Thanks for linking up!

  6. You did a great job. I'm starting small and hoping to work up to bigger projects.

  7. I'm officially jealous of your work area, it looks fabulous, job well done!

  8. I love your room. That must be an awesome place for you to work in especially with the cleaning and organizing you've done !!


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