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.
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.
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.
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.