Around this time last year I started working on a big garage improvement project. The homes where we live are relatively small and extremely expensive, so really using the garage makes sense (it is California, so a lot of people don't park in their garages). Ours, however, was not very pleasant:
The idea was to keep it as a functioning garage so we could park in it when we want to, but to make it a nice workroom that didn't feel like such a dungeon the rest of the time. We decided to paint it white, epoxy the floor, and install some storage cabinets. It took 3 coats of primer and 2 coats of semigloss paint to get all that wood covered, but it made a huge difference:
Then we applied Rustoleum Epoxy to the floor. It was only $120 and was another huge improvement from the bare concrete. You have to prep the floor properly, but it is really pretty easy and you can finish it in a weekend. This is the floor before and after:
The white cabinets are actually the most basic kitchen cabinets from Ikea. They were about the same price as the garage cabinets you can get at Home Depot or Lowes but much better quality. I got a big craft table there too. We also hung some white pegboard for tools and outdoor equipment:
This is the total before and after. We love it and use it all the time.