What Goes on Behind Closed Garage Doors

Apr 14, 2011

“Tonight Show” host Jay Leno is known for being undeniably passionate about two things: comedy and cars. So audiences were a little shocked when Leno revealed for the first time on national television the unruly state of his home’s six-car garage. Let’s just say there seemed to be room for everything but the car. 

The DIY Network series Garage Mahal completely renovated the space into unbelievable “his” and “hers” garages for the series opener that aired last April, and the results were inspirational.Big-Reveal-Clopay-Reserve-Collection

Even if your garage isn’t on a Hollywood budget you can still make it red-carpet worthy for the family car and other prized belongings. We scoured the web to find some real life garage organization inspiration and advice to help get you going. Check it out.


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BEFORE: If we had to write a caption for this garage door interior it would be a tie between “Enter at your own risk” and “Close the door and run!” Country Living magazine editors say the best approach to tackle this challenge is to pare down and pitch, create zones for items that go together, and if space on the ground is scarce, look up! (Photo credits: Wendell T. Webber)

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AFTER: Balls and bikes are safely stowed in their upright and locked positions allowing for good visibility and a smooth traffic pattern.

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BEFORE: Gardener’s dilemma.

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AFTER: Gardener’s delight. Experts recommend putting a mat under the mower to prevent oil stains from seeping into the concrete floor.

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BEFORE: A completely blank slate can be just as overwhelming as a mountain of clutter, wondering where to even begin.

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AFTER: This homeowner posted the results of her quest to add warmth and functionality to her unfinished garage on HGTV’s “Rate My Space” website. The addition of the chair rail molding and the two tone paint scheme is something usually reserved for formal dining rooms but realistically most of us probably use our garages more so why not make it look like a real living area?

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