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Old 02-20-2013, 10:30 PM   #1
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Default Another gray&black, AKA el cheapo refurb, AKA new paint, AKA standard SoCal 3car

So I finally have something to contribute other than a drawing and empty questions. The new (to us) house is finally good-enough for the wife to give me a few minutes here and there to work on the garage.....for more rapid processing of future in-home projects I'm sure.

First a little boring background, feel free to skip ahead to the pics....this is my 5th garage used, 3rd owned. The previous owned have been made workable but never got the full treatment. I now feel like this will be home base for quite some time so I felt its time so grow roots.

First some before pics, between the move and readying the house and prepping the garage it became pretty bad




The PO had video cameras, old cable, and multiple phone lines all ran crappy through the garage. Here's some of the cable that wasn't being used any more.



It also appears the PO had no stud finder, measuring tape, or common sense. I'd like to think they were just having fun with a machine gun and not really looking for studs.



I'm not trying to make it pretty, just better.



About the paint, it's gray and white, done a million times, classic, simple, and in my case nearly free. So it was an easy choice. Mid paint pic



Trim prepping



And finish





And with the new resident




Some things you may have noticed.....paint needs to be touched up. Floor needs some type of coverage, and I said 3 car garage but have only showed a 2 car area.
Some of you throw out OCD in some posts, I'll throw out ADD. So the paint is better than before, and I'll fix it later. Floor is workable till I get way more time or money. The other part of the garage is here


I have three kids with 4 bikes, all the lawn care equipment, and no shed. So 1/3rd of the garage will be an ongoing project for some time.
I do have a couple T8 fixtures and bulbs laying in the background waiting to be installed, should be up tomorrow.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:11 AM   #2
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Looks good dude!
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:15 AM   #3
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Paint definitely helped the space, this definitely has tremendous potential. Since you have such a big garage i'm sure there is somewhere to squeeze a shed in at some point to help with your clutter and really allow you to enjoy your space. I always have major 3 car garage envy. G/L
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:25 AM   #4
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You're making some progress, no shame in having a small garage, many of us had either a small garage or none at all at one point in time.

I like the black stripe.

BTW, whos is the model on the right poster ? It almost looks like an old poster of Carol Alt.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:41 AM   #5
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Paint definitely helped the space, this definitely has tremendous potential.
Thanks, I think it looks a world better than the yellowed flat paint it had. All my previous garages had posters lining the walls, literally covering any actual wall. Cool posters but had a cluttered appearance. Your right about having potential, I plan on taking advantage of it to the best of my abilities, and skinny wallet.

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BTW, whos is the model on the right poster ? It almost looks like an old poster of Carol Alt.

I have no idea who's on the poster, I'll check for you. It's a leftover from the PO. He left a bunch on the walls, including such classic posters as My Cousin Vinny, Vicente Fernandez, Batman, and No Farting. I just haven't got around to ripping those last couple down yet.

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Old 02-21-2013, 07:16 PM   #6
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Got the lights up. Still underlit, but like the paint it's 200x better than what I had (one 60w bulb). Luckily there was already outlets wired to the switch.



On a side note....good thing I mounted the lights, while on the ladder I noticed on of the bolts holding the door opener was backed out about 3/4 of the way.
And I don't think that's Carol Alt (had to look up pics of her), this girl has more of a Latin flavor, and has larger.....chest measurements.

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Old 02-21-2013, 07:43 PM   #7
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That paint made a huge difference. It's shaping up nicely!
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:55 PM   #8
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Those holes made me lol. Figured they would have given up after a few tries. The black/gray/white looks great.
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:22 PM   #9
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Thanks, paint is an easy simple way to make a HUGE improvement I've found.

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Those holes made me lol. Figured they would have given up after a few tries. The black/gray/white looks great.
I would have laughed too, but it wasn't that one spot. It went on for about a 10' stretch, and in random spots on other walls as well. Idiots, really.

I took another pic, this one at night (note to self: put this in the night thread), these little T8's are pretty bright. I think two more of these units will be enough for my needs.

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Those T8's are bright! Is your bench modular? If so, curious why you configured the sections one in front of the other (as opposed to side by side)?
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Very nice, the lights have made a big difference. I'm not sure what it is about light but the brighter the better for me and the brighter it is for a garage makes it more inviting, IMO.

The previous owner sounds like a delight. Based on those abundant holes, and him leaving the posters, i may be curious if he was covering something with those posters. Maybe another trigger happy experience he had haha.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:16 AM   #12
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Is your bench modular?
Yes it is. I chose to set them up this way because they are only 2' deep, fine for small crafts and such but not much else. I had them set up side by side at my last place, with a power strip in the back and some clutter to the side it didn't really leave me with any workable space. This way sticks out a little further, but I still have more than enough room to work on vehicles.

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It sure does. Makes the transformation from storage room/dungeon to cool hang out spot/workshop.
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:19 PM   #13
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So progress is at a stupid slow pace, I have neither the time nor the cash to make an instant bomb garage. But what I did have is too many bikes, a couple 2x4's, and some hooks. So I made a bike rack. The entire wall that the bikes are on will be painted black so no need to worry about scuff marks. Today I plan on making/mounting a stereo/receiver tray as well, maybe a couple shelves.
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Old 03-21-2013, 05:50 PM   #14
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BTW, whos is the model on the right poster ? It almost looks like an old poster of Carol Alt.
Um... I think that's my wife???

Lol. Nice progress
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:09 PM   #15
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A little more progress today. Got the entertainment system (TV and Stereo) hooked up. Finally some tunes!!!!


And my little shrine of cool nick-knacks.


This entire wall will be painted black, to blend everything and to somewhat camouflage the safe from street view.
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The 3 car has huge potential. You've cleaned and brightened it up considerably. I absolutely love your comparison of OCD and ADD. I'm still laughing. I suffer a bit from the later. Keep up the good work and keep us posted.
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You got it. My old house had a master retreat that I made into my 'Scarface room'. Just trying to get a piece of that back.

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The 3 car has huge potential. You've cleaned and brightened it up considerably. I absolutely love your comparison of OCD and ADD. I'm still laughing. I suffer a bit from the later. Keep up the good work and keep us posted.
Thanks, I hear (and see) OCD thrown around here quite a bit. I sure don't have that, I should have called this the ADD garage. In fact one time in grade school I was having a conversation with a friend and ....... Oh look! A bird!!!
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Progress is still at a snails pace, but it's still moving forward. Mostly just cleaning and organizing going on, nothing pic worthy till today.
I wanted to get one of those racks to hang my shovel/hoe/rake/etc., those things are like $60-$100!!!!! So I grabbed a scrap piece of 1"x6" (about 3.5') and about a 5" piece of 2x4 and made my own. Holds 2 shovels, rake, hoe, and weed wacker. Going to use some random hooks for the leaf blower and hedge trimmer.



Painting should resume Friday, this is part of the black wall. More pics to come soon.
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That shovel looks interesting, where I come from, they only have the metal part one one end!
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