A Multipurpose Garage Makeover

August 16th, 2016



Each year Garage Store and the Daily Herald sponsor a garage makeover contest. And each year Jim Melchert, owner of Garage Store, focuses on ways a garage can improve the lives of homeowners. Two years ago, Jim focused on how a garage could become more organized and functional. Last year, he focused on the health benefits a dust-free garage can have on a child with respiratory problems.

This year, the challenge was to show how a garage could be used as another room of the house. The contest winner, a retired police officer with four adult children and six grandchildren, was looking for ways to make his garage a more inviting space to entertain family and friends.

The main issue was the garage floor with several large cracks and a lot of pitting from years of road salt. The homeowner had always wanted to have an epoxy floor in the garage, but saw the poor results his friends had when they did it themselves. While watching Jim’s crew professionally install the commercial grade floor coating, he realized that this was not a simple DIY project. He admits to being very impressed with the talent and skill of the crew, and even more impressed with the end result.

The $5,000 makeover also included two wall storage units, two tall cabinets and two workbenches with cabinets below.

When the project was complete, the homeowner and his wife agreed that Jim had more than accomplished his mission. The garage is now not only a place for the homeowners to entertain family and friends, but also a workshop and vehicle repair shop, as well as a well-organized storage area. It will also be a “man cave” and escape zone.

He even has a place to park his vehicles!
When explaining how he felt when he got the news that he had won the makeover, he said, “Oh my God, it was like my birthday, Christmas and Father’s Day rolled into one! I was in heaven. It was amazing. I feel so fortunate.”

See the full story of this amazing makeover in the August 14 edition of the Daily Herald.

Before makeover

Garage Makeover Winner – Before


Garage Store Makeover – After

What to Expect When You Are Expecting Us to do Your Floors [INFOGRAPHIC]

July 13th, 2016



Garage Store concrete coatings expand the usefulness and functionality of any floor space. Whether it’s a garage, basement, porch, patio, inside, outside, residential or commercial we can provide a system that is high-quality, stain-resistant and easy to clean.

Garage Store is committed to providing you with safer and healthier living spaces that are beautiful and easy to clean. We also offer various textured surfaces and ant-slip media options that are broadcast into the topcoat for maximum surface grip performance.

We are unique because we will help you create a floor that is perfect for you and your needs. We have several different colors and blends to choose from and you can select a coating that matches your personal or business style.

We provide free estimates so you know exactly what you will be paying.

Once you decide you are ready to get started, give us a call to schedule an estimate. One of our representatives will come out to see the space, get a few measurements and put together an estimate so you know exactly what it will cost.

When you have decided to pull the trigger, just call to schedule the job. Provided there are no surprises it usually takes 3 days to get it all done.

Once you have scheduled your time and date, clear the area of furniture, boxes, etc. Just make sure the area is clear and completely empty.


On the first day we will grind the floors to a level surface and vacuum up the dust when we are done. We can then see and complete any repair work that needs to be taken are of, like filling in cracks, joints, etc. The area is now prepped.


On the second day we will resurface the repaired areas and put down the base coat and the flake system.


On the third and final day we will scrape up the excess flakes and vacuum them up. We will then apply the clear top coat.

The coating needs 48 hours to cure and dry completely. After this time you can then enjoy your new area and easy clean up.


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A Gift Dad Will Love

June 16th, 2016


CarPad at Garage Store

June is the month when we think about our dads and all of the wonderful things they have done for us.   If you haven’t yet purchased that snappy new tie or sports-themed  T-shirt, you might want to consider a gift that will last longer and be a lot more useful.    CarPads are a great addition to any garage.  They protect the garage (and house) floors from sandy feet after a trip to the beach or muddy feet after a fishing trip.

CarPad is a year-round industrial vinyl garage floor cover made in the USA.  It not only protects from dirty little feet, but is impervious to solvents, oil, salt, battery acid and antifreeze. Because the pads have a 1” flexible round raised edge, the mess is contained and does not spread to the rest of the garage.  The pad can accommodate from 60-120 gallons of liquid.  Clean up is easy with a broom, squeegee or wet/dry shop vac.

All CarPads are waterproof, non-flammable and come with a 30-day money back guarantee and a 90-day warranty on workmanship. These 20 mm. vinyl floor covers are available in silver or gold and come in various sizes.  They can be used under a car, truck, snow mobile and more. The pads should be approximately 1-1/2 to 2 feet longer than the vehicles parked on them, and have a 6-12” border on either side.

Once installed, these CarPads will keep the garage floor clean and dry, and offer increased safety and protection in any garage.

So this Father’s Day, think about something that Dad will really appreciate. Visit Garage Store at 1082 Rock road Lane, East Dundee, Illinois, or browse their website to see the full line of garage accessories, including tool storage, bike storage, lighting, cleaning products and more.

It’s Father’s Day – What’s in Your Garage?

May 19th, 2016

applianceIf, like most of us, you can’t afford to put a shiny new car in your father’s garage, the next best thing might be to organize the garage to accommodate the vehicle he already has.

But even more than a place to park the car, carefully outfitted garages can act as a second room in the house.  Whether dad likes to work on his car, do some carpentry or just needs a place to keep his golf clubs, basketballs, etc. Garage Store has the storage and organization accessories that can make the garage a place that dad, and the rest of the family, will enjoy.

A great garage might start with an epoxy floor system that is not only beautiful, but so easy to clean that dad will wonder why he waited so long to have it installed.  If the epoxy floor is not in the budget, a CarPad industrial vinyl garage floor cover might be the answer. It protects floors from mud, water, snow, salt, oils and solvents – the perfect place to park the car.

Garage Lighting

Any garage will be a more pleasant and useful space with great lighting.  A great solution is the zero degree start cold weather ballast lighting fixture.  It is the perfect solution for any garage. Featuring instant-on, quiet operation, it will work in spaces that get down to 0 degrees F – a perfect solution to lighting garages in our cold Chicago winters.  The fixture is ceiling mounted and can not only be used in garages, but also porches, basements and other areas of the home.  Garage store has lighting options that will fit in almost any space.

Gladiator Garage appliances are the perfect answer to long-term food storage because they are designed specifically for the garage. That means that they are built to operate in the hottest (and coldest) conditions.  These appliances will help alleviate overcrowding of kitchen appliances. Even better, a garage refrigerator will provide dad with a cold drink without having him track through the house when he is in the midst of a project.

Garage Store can help make every area of your home more functional and more beautiful.  Why not stop by to see how they can help make Father’s Day truly special for dad – even if you can’t give him a new car.

Is Your Garage Floor a Health Hazard?

April 14th, 2016

Danger. Slippery Floor
The mission of the National Floor Safety Institute is to aid in the prevention of slips, trips and falls. Their research shows that 55% of all slip and fall accidents are caused by hazardous walking surfaces.

The CDC adds statistics on adverse effects of slips and falls:

• One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.
• Each year, 2.5 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.
• Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries
• Adjusted for inflation, the direct medical costs for fall injuries are $34 billion annually. Hospital costs account for two-thirds of the total.
(See the full report here.)

Garage Floors are Common Culprits

Have you ever been in a hurry to get inside your garage during a rainstorm? If so, you may have experience a slip, as your wet shoes hit your slick garage floor. Garage floors are notoriously slippery. When water drains off a wet car in a rainstorm, the floor can be a major hazard. Cracked and uneven surfaces in an older garage are also sources of danger. Even on a sunny day, it is easy to slip when oil and grease cause the floor to become slick.

Basements are not immune

Basement floors can also be a source of danger. Condensation in the summer can cause the floor to become slippery. Even a dry basement floor can be slick. If there are imperfections or cracks, the hazards are even greater. Have you ever walked to the basement with a few boxes in your arms, only to trip on an uneven floor?
Garage-Store Can Solve the Slippery Floor Problem
A slip and fall in the garage or basement can cost thousands of dollars, not to mention the pain and suffering that may ensue. Garage Store can add various textured surfaces and ant-slip media options embedded into the topcoat of their epoxy finish for maximum surface grip performance.

Other Health Benefits

While slips and falls are one source of danger, bare concrete is a porous surface that harbors dirt, mold, mildew, harmful bacteria, and other hard to clean material. The coatings offered by Garage Store provide a barrier that resists bacteria and makes for quick and easy clean up to keep your space healthy and clean.
If the health and safety of your family is important, why not give Garage-Store a call. They have the right surface options for any indoor or outdoor space(847) 428-8862

Spring is (Almost) Here!

March 17th, 2016

While our winter was not a particularly hard one, the chances are your garage is not as organized as it was last summer. You may have snow shovels, snow blowers, and Christmas decorations cluttering up your space. But now that the weather is warming, it’s time to start thinking cleaning up, reorganizing or even repurposing the space.

The Right Storage System Can Make All the Difference The first step towards making the garage a more pleasant space is to take stock of what is already there and how your family would like to use the space. Once you have a vision of how your space should be organized, page through the online catalog of Garage Store. You are sure to find the storage solutions that will make your garage a functional and beautiful part of your home. You might even be able to park your cars there!

The Sporting Family If your family is into any type of sports you will find a way to store your equipment. The right storage system will not only keep the equipment off the floor, clean, and tidy, but also extend its useful life, saving you the cost of replacement. You can add a sports mesh basket, a golf rack and basket, fishing pole rack or a racquet or ski rack. Whatever the sport, you can probably find a way to store your equipment properly. Sports Equipment Carpentry and Crafts For the DIY family, a maple workbench, adjustable workbench or modular gear drawer might be the answer. Throw in a magnetic tool bar, plastic utility bin and a clean-up caddy with places to hold paper towels and cleaning supplies, and you could have the perfect space for any building, painting or crafting project. Crafting organization The Gardener Many homeowners take pride in their yards and gardens. Garage-Store has many options to keep garden tools organized and ready for use. Start with rack shelving for garden supplies. You can then add cradle hooks for hoses and electrical cords, big hooks for weed trimmers and leaf blowers, hooks for shovels and rakes. Mesh shoe racks will keep muddy shoes off the floor and out of the house. You can even add a Scoop Hooks to hold lawn chairs to use when the job is done! Garden Organization   For even more ideas, stop by or call Garage Store at (847) 428-8862. Happy Spring!

2016 Great Garage Makeover

February 22nd, 2016

Garage Store Makeover

Enter to Win a $5000 Garage Makeover

The Daily Herald and Garage Store are once again offering a Garage Makeover to a lucky Chicago area homeowner.  The garage makeover is valued at $5,000. Two runners up will receive 4’x8’ overhead storage racks, valued at $450.00. The prizes include design and installation by Garage Store.

Garage Store owner, Jim Melchert, is delighted to showcase his work for the third annual Garage Store Makeover.  He will resurface the garage floor and add a decorative coating to make it look attractive. The coating is waterproof and amazingly easy to clean, eliminating the dust and dampness that can plague the garage.  The wall and cabinet system, along with the overhead storage racks will be designed specifically to keep the homeowners’ gardening, sports equipment, tools and other items neatly organized, freeing space for parking the car!

Enter Now!!!

The contest ends on March 13, 2016.

Enter the Great Garage Makeover


View the slideshow showing the Before and After Photos of last year’s winners

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2016 Chicago Auto Show Garage Makeover Contest

February 12th, 2016





Get your garage space organized!  Make it another room of the house with help from us.

Enter to win a Garage Makeover – February 13, 2016 to March 13, 2016

Register only through the link above and tell us how a Garage Makeover would change your life.


  • Flooring System
  • Wall & Cabinet System
  • Overhead Storage
  • $5,000 Value



  • 4’ x 8 ‘ Overhead Storage Rack
  • $450 Value

Prizes include design and installation by Garage Store.





If You Have a Basement, You Need Garage Store

January 22nd, 2016

Guest Post by Laura D., Plainfield, IL

When I moved into my new home in Plainfield, IL, I was delighted to have a full finished basement, but was a little nervous about the wall-to-wall carpeting.  It was beautiful, but I remembered the mess my parents had when the power failed, the sump pump stopped working, and their finished basement flooded.  The tile they had recently installed popped up, and the area rugs were a soggy mess.

damaged basement floorOne of my first priorities was to have a new sump pump installed. However, after the first hard rain, I was taken by surprise when I found several inches of water in the basement.  The technician had not installed the pump correctly and water flooded in.

After hours spent throwing out toys and furniture, and pulling up wet carpet, I was left with a pitted concrete floor and trails of glue with leftover carpeting stuck to them.  The basement also had a foul odor. I was worried about mold and mildew. The basement that was one of my son’s favorite hang outs was now unusable.

I had to decide what to do with the floor. Carpeting was out of the question.  Remembering my parents’ popped tiles, I also eliminated tile as an option. My mother suggested that I call Garage Store in East Dundee for an estimate.

I talked to the owner, who told me that their epoxy decorative concrete coating systems are a great option for basement floors.  The coating   permanently bonds to the concrete floor.  It is not only waterproof, but reduces moisture, mold and mildew that can be a problem for untreated concrete floors.

The cost was quite reasonable – less than carpeting – and with a 30+ year life expectancy, less than almost any other option.

When I called Garage Store, they were able to schedule a convenient time. On the promised day, the technicians came. They were professional and friendly. They put paper runners down from the front door to the basement, and used their own generator. They began by removing the carpet tack strip and glue residue. They then sanded the floor to get it smooth and remove all foreign material. They used a dust collector so my house stayed dust-free. The next day, they worked their magic, and the floor was finished.

Basement Floor - After

My basement is now a beautiful and functional space. Even before the flood, I thought my basement had a funky odor.  It now has no odor at all.  The floor is clean and shiny and unbelievably easy to maintain – I even got rid of my clunky old vacuum cleaner.


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Thanks, Garage Store!

The Psychological Impact of a Cluttered Home – Garage Store Can Help

December 14th, 2015

Organization System



Believe it or not, clutter is a contributing factor to stress.  During the Holiday Season, having a cluttered home, basement or garage can magnify an already stressful time.

The anxious feelings only increase when family and friends stop by. Clutter diverts attention from our otherwise beautiful (and often beautifully decorated) homes.  Once the Holiday gifts are opened, there is the added challenge of finding places to put all of our new “toys.”  And how about finding a place to store the enormous blow-up Santa that you bought on sale this year?

Clutter is not only frustrating, but it can be expensive. When we can’t locate things quickly, we waste time looking.  It may even seem easier to make a quick trip the store to purchase an item that we know exists somewhere in our home. This may trigger feelings of guilt, “I know I need to get organized.”

Here are a few tips to help de-clutter your lives:

  1. Make it fun. Turn on some upbeat music and work as a family one room at a time. Make each person responsible for one part of the room.  Even small children can help if given a little guidance.
  2. Make a plan.  Create designated spaces and put frequently used items in accessible areas near where they will be used. (Make sure you have the right storage solutions for all of your things.)
  3. Store seldom used and out-of-season items out of your way.  Storing on high shelves in the closet, garage or basement will open more space for items you routinely use.
  4. Use closed cabinets, drawers and bins to store things.  Open shelving that is not organized can look and feel messy and disorganized.
  5. If you don’t use it, don’t need it or don’t want it, donate it, recycle it or throw it away.
  6. Label boxes and even cabinets with the contents … and a date.  If you haven’t opened a box in over a year, you can reassess to see if you can discard it.
  7. Finally, when you take something out of its designated area, put it back when you have finished with it.  This sounds easy, but with the many distractions we face in our busy lives, it can be difficult.

Once you have decided to organize your life, check out the many storage options offered by The Garage Store. Because having and using the right organization and storage solutions is a key to an uncluttered and less stressful life, adding more joy to this Holiday Season and beyond.  Call us today to hear more.  (847) 428-8862.

Happy Holidays from The Garage-Store!