Sometimes buying nothing new for a year gets inconvenient. We’ve desperately wanted to re-do our garage since moving into our Portage Park home 6 years ago, but to date, we have only been able to get a new roof on her. They say that roofs are the most important part, without which, the whole equation collapses. But if our garage is an equation, it is of abstract algebra caliber. Just recently I fixed a minor annoyance, with temporary yet ultimately vanishing results. It’s more like the story of the boy plugging holes in the dam with his fingers.
If I’ve learned one thing in the art of old home improvements, it’s that if you can’t have what you want, make what you’ve got awesome. So in the spirit of that proclamation, we decided to give the ol’ garage a much needed facelift. More like a quick tuck, but it did the trick for now until we can afford proper siding. I’m looking into finding something more natural and/or reclaimed, vs. going with traditional vinyl siding.
Using nothing more than 3 semi-full cans of leftover paint (some of them interior!), old brushes and rollers, and a healthy smattering of Chicago pride, we were able to transform this horrifying facade:
Into this (much less horrifying) facade:
It was quite a bit of fun (for the first 3 hours), and while it doesn’t fix the fact that we desperately need siding for the entire building, it at least gave us a cozy little nook to have some small gatherings with friends, or just a nice family meal all summer long. We’ll continue to use this once-uninhabitable area through the fall, and who knows…maybe even beyond!
Tune in next time to see our new (to us!) raised beds handcrafted by amateur carpenter Joe with reclaimed truss wood bought from the ReBuilding Exchange!