January 13, 2023

Hiding The Chaos


Today I am going to tell you our solution to hiding all of the plastic tubs that hold our seasonal bits and bobs.

What are the two main categories of merchandise filling stores in January?

#1-Fitness/Weight Loss paraphernalia  (not touching that one)

#2-Organizational containers of all sizes

So why do we have the need to buy storage bins after Christmas? Because we have too much stuff! Yes, I am guilty. A LOT of what we have, though, is Christmas decorations, bins and bins and bins of them taking up space in the garage. (We also have 19 Christmas trees hibernating in the attic.) But today I am going to tell you our solution to hiding all of the plastic tubs that hold our seasonal bits and bobs.

Admittedly, we have a big garage, three bays. But it’s not the width that makes it awesome, it’s the height which is about 15′. But even homes with normal ceilings can do a version of this idea. In fact, I got the original thought from my big brother who built a short loft that the hood of his Suburbans slid under just perfectly. 

When I started Chics With Tools, we decided to build upon that idea and invested in building our own  storage loft. Below it I keep tools and on top  it is pretty much all decorations.

Christmas storage

To make the loft aesthetically pleasing, though, I built doors out of cheap 1″ x 4″s and aluminum flashing, creating an industrial vibe. Since this space is only accessed twice a year, making the doors slide was not necessary, except for one end. This saved a good bit of money.

I have used this same basic technique for the “shed” part of our garage and also my eldest son’s closet, shown below. In both cases, however, I made them slide and I also used metal hardware instead of pocket screws. But that’s for  another blog.

Industrial Chic DIY Barn Doors
Teen Boy Barn Doors

Even with the current crazy cost of lumber, this is an inexpensive way to make something really cool and functional. Here is how I went about making these doors and you can too.



1″ X 4″ lumber

Aluminum flashing

Kreg Jig and Screws

1/2″ screws


Metal Shears



Deck Stain

Cup hooks and screw eyes


Measuring-To determine how many doors you will have and the width of each, first measure your space. 

Use the width of your aluminum flashing as a guide. I wanted to make as few cuts  and have as little waste as possible so I did some calculating to determine the door width. Also, I accounted for the doors to overlap one another.

For the height of the doors, I made them short enough to not scrape the floor and have enough space at the top to allow for hooks and another 1″ x 4″ attached to the ceiling.

The number of cross pieces you have will be determined by how you lay out your aluminum flashing. You need some pieces just for stability.

Cutting – Using a miter saw, first cut  sample door  pieces to make sure your dimensions are accurate, then repeat.

Also, cut more 1″ x 4″s to attach to the ceiling where you want the doors to hang.

Cut wood

Using a Kreg Jig and drill, make pocket screw holes on the back side of the cross pieces.

Kreg Jig

Mark where they will attach to the vertical pieces. Assemble all of the door frames. 

Kreg Jig
Stain the door frames and also the ceiling pieces. Deck stain works beautifully because it requires 1 coat and no sealer.
Door Frames
The Metal- Aluminum flashing can come in different widths. I chose the 20″.
Aluminum flashing
As a warning, this stuff is heavy and sharp and has a mind of it’s own.
Keep it in a box and dispense it like aluminum foil.
Aluminum Flashing
Cut the aluminum flashing to size and screw to the frames from the back. Angle the screws away from there center of the metal to sort of stretch it. 
Aluminum flashing
Attach the ceiling pieces above where the doors will hang. Be sure to get them into studs.
Next, attach cup hooks to the top of the doors. Pre-drill the holes to keep the wood from splitting.
Line up the doors in the space, overlapping them. Transfer the positions of the cup hooks to the ceiling pieces so you know where to attach the screw eyes.
Be sure to stagger them front and back so they may overlap each other.
Hanging doors
So here we have the “Before”..
Loft storage
And the sweet “After”…
Garage Store
It’s totally doable so go for it!