Happy Wednesday! Something kind of exciting happened to me yesterday. Woman’s Day sent a photographer, an assistant and a stylist to photograph me and my garage. They worked together like a well-oiled machine and made my garage more beautiful than I could ever imagine! If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (@PrettyHandyGirl), I snapped a few photos with my cell phone. I am still in the “I’ll believe it when I see it mindset.” But, this was for a small feature on organization for the September issue. Honestly, I’m a little concerned that the editor will take one look at the photos and drop them in the garbage. After all, it is the LEAST attractive room in my house! But, the editor assured me that they really want to show an organized garage space. So, I’ll be sitting on pins and needles until the issue comes out.

Two weeks ago I got an email from someone at Woman’s Day expressing interest in my garage. She politely asked if I could make a few changes to complete my workbench. They were all changes that I had wanted to do eventually. But, that date suddenly became last week. So, I put my tail in high gear and added those finishing touches to my workshop.

This was the workbench area of our garage before:

Not very pretty, was it? But, my good friend Holly came over one night to help me finish painting and gave me a jump on all the things I had to do before the photoshoot (like shop for a few fall colored non-patterned blouses in the middle of hot and humid North Carolina!)

After the workbench got two coats of paint it looked like this:

What you probably can’t see in this photo is that the cabinet hardware on the upper cabinets doesn’t match. I wanted cool handles that say, “Creative Handy Gal at play here.” And this is what I came up with:

I retired my beloved Purdy paint brushes and immortalized them as door handles. If you have some old paint brushes lying around you can make some too.


  • 2 – 2″ paint brushes
  • 4 – 3″ threaded bolts
  • 4 – washers
  • 4 – nuts (that fit on bolts)
  • 2 – wing nuts (that fit on bolts)
  • drill
  • drill bit larger than bolts
  • wrench
  • scrap of wood


Line up the two paint brushes and drill a hole through them where the handle gets wide (just below the metal collar.)

Put one bolt through the hole at the bottom of the paint brush and insert it into the existing hole where the cabinet knob used to be. Insert a pencil into the hole you drilled. Mark the location of the upper hole with a pencil.

Drill a hole where the pencil mark is.

Thread the bolts through the top and bottom holes in the paint brush. Then feed a washer onto the bolt and finally a nut. Secure the nut with the wrench.

Thread another nut onto the bolt, and another washer as shown. Insert the ends of the bolts into the holes in the cabinet door.

Adjust the nuts until you have the desired handle depth. Then secure the handles by threading a wing nut onto the inside of the cabinet door.

Tighten the outside nut against the cabinet door with the wrench.

Repeat for your other handle. Test your paint brush handles. Jump up and down and celebrate because they work!

I can’t begin to tell you how much I love these handles. When I wrap my hand around them I don’t want to let go because those paint brushes have been in my hands for years.

Do you think I’ve had a brush with insanity? Or do you agree with me that these are pretty cool handles?

Well, I hope that the Woman’s Day readers like them.

Have a great week y’all. I have some more workshop makeover projects to share with you soon.

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  1. gail
    gail says:

    wow Brittany, that’s awesome! No one would EVER want to do a photo shoot of MY garage! hahaha Even if I did paint it and clean it up.



  2. Susan
    Susan says:

    I think they’re very cool… but what is even cooler is that awesome work space you have there!
    I’d love an awesome space like that!

  3. Mary Ann
    Mary Ann says:

    Wootz on a WD feature – how cool is that?!… Clever idea — I’m with you on how hard parting with a good Purdy brush is, though — if they’re well-washed they last forever.


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