How to Transform a Garage into a Teen Hangout

Garage transformed into multipurpose room with a couch and pool table
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When you need a hangout space for teenagers more than you need a place to park the car, it’s time to repurpose the garage.

This house is home to Matt and Tara Armbruster, and their daughters Abbey and Mary Paige.

Matt and Tara are the founders of a faith-based nonprofit organization and Matt has driven for Uber as a side-hustle while Tara has tackled some home improvement projects that included removing a load-bearing wall in the kitchen!

Well, the couple are leaving their garage makeover to the professionals — and that includes some old cabinets from that kitchen project. 

We’re converting their garage into a multipurpose room perfect for shooting pool, watching TV and throwing darts.

The Projects

Nook for father's tools includes cabinets and shelves hidden with a drop cloth curtain
This ‘Dad Curtain’ is perfect for hiding Matt’s tools — and Matt, if he wants to check on his kids!

Building a Dad Corner

Before we can convert the garage into a hangout space, we have to empty it so Matt can pressure wash the concrete floor.

Next, we install cabinets for a ‘Dad Corner’ that will house tools and a workbench with an old piece of laminate countertop, which we revived with a coat of polyurethane.

A rustic “Dad Curtain” will keep Matt’s tools, and him, out of sight when the girls entertain.

Dartboard in the garage; installed on a wooden pallet accent wall
This accent backdrop made from pallet boards makes the dartboard become a piece of wall art when not in use.

Adding an Accent Wall

After two days of work in Matt and Tara’s garage, the walls and cabinets are ready for paint.

While the family tackles that chore, we create an accent wall from pallets — it’ll be a nice backdrop for the girls’ dartboard. Especially after we apply a polyurethane coating that gives it a rich look without changing the color.

Bistro set in a corner of the room with wall art hanging on adjoining walls and a rack for pool sticks
It doesn’t take much to transform a dead corner into a cozy cafe with a bistro set and some wall art.

Creating a Cozy Cafe

This room is all about fun, so the attractive and functional pallet background for the dartboard is a perfect fit. And a cafe table and new light fixture transform a dead corner into a cozy spot ideal for enjoying snacks and light meals.


  1. Can you spray the spider spray inside your house ? Does it have a smell / oader? Thanks for your response. love your show. Also can you tell me how to get rid of mold and mildew. We are elderly, had to move and inspector didn’t find it. Any thing not to expensive
    ,We are psy check to pay check people. Thanks

    • Hi, Jason,
      We definitely recommend winterizing all areas of the home where cold air can leak in.
      The Duck Brand sells a garage door bottom seal that is great for this purpose.
      Good luck, and stay warm!


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