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Old 05-31-2009, 09:54 AM   #1
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Default "re-purposed First Aid cabinets

I mentioned to somebody a while back that I would post some pix of some cabinets I was redoing for my tandem (and below grade) garage addition.
I finally remembered to pull the card out of the camera and do it. Please excuse the mess as the additional garage space was a handy place to store "stuff" during the renovations and it got out of hand.
The red ones are old first aid cabinets that had seen better days and had been stored outdoors for a couple years. They needed a good bit of work.
The one with the glass doors I painted hammertone silver inside and put a small LED light bar in the top to display some die cast cars I have. The tall skinny one that's painted white on top is destined to be a "fake" Vendo 44 Coke machine. It's the same size, so some decals and a paint job should do the trick, and it beats the hell out of a $3000.00 real McCoy. I have a coin and vend door off another machine that I'm going to mount on it to do the "look".
The black ones are old modular "cubicle" cabinets for over the desk storage. I had to repaint all of them as they were assorted colors, and had to make brackets to bolt them to the walls, since they had some kind of proprietary hanger things on the back. The door hinges at the top and self stores at the top as it slides back into the cabinet. I thought they'd work nice for over the bench which isn't in the pix, but is in now. I had low overhead on that side anyway because of the HVAC ducting.
The pic with the radio is with a pair of 47 Chrysler tailights I had and just couldn't throw away, so I put puck lights in them and they come on with the overhead lights.
I'll post more when I get further along. It's too nice outside now to spend a lot of time in the garage. Hope you guys like. I finally get to contribute instead of reading all the time!

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Old 05-31-2009, 11:15 AM   #2
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Very very nice job!!! That one with the glass doors really stands out!
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Old 05-31-2009, 12:19 PM   #3
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Those look awesome, you have to admire repurposing equipment to really style up your shop, practical and good looking
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Old 05-31-2009, 02:21 PM   #4
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Hey! I was going to "borrow" those same cabinets from work. They look great. I like your metalized/permatized walls.
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Old 05-31-2009, 05:17 PM   #5
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Thanx, I have that side done now. The block walls all painted and the workbench is in. I'm starting on the front wall and it's cabinets. Gotta get my fridge painted too. I'll put some more pix up as I get em.
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Old 05-31-2009, 11:32 PM   #6
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Very Nice!, What is the sheathing you are putting on the walls?
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Old 06-01-2009, 03:56 PM   #7
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Wow.. digging that work for sure! Do you have any other pics of the whole setup? I'm having a feeling because of zoning, etc I might have to go tandem vs. doubling the width of my exisiting oversized 1 car.
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Old 06-01-2009, 04:37 PM   #8
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Very nice work !
...and you just gave me a new phrase for what I do all the time, re-purpose, I like it.
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:56 PM   #9
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Nice!

Can't wait to see more pics!

I'm looking for inspiration for my "re-purposed" kitchen cabinets
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Old 06-01-2009, 10:07 PM   #10
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man o man those came out awsome
and I love what you did with the cabinets installed at the soffit

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Old 06-01-2009, 10:29 PM   #11
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Phenominal. I've always LOVED the medical equipment stuff too - functional and often SS. Great idea to cover the OSB with metal - classy and clean.
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Old 06-03-2009, 06:38 PM   #12
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Thanx, The metal is light gauge, textured (pebble grain) aluminum I got a while back. It's 4 feet wide so I put metal (steel) strips at the seams. I brushed the strips with scotchguard and cleared them to make em look simular to brushed stainless. I had the strips sheared at a local machine / metal shop. I wanted something kind of "industrial" looking and I like it now. I wasn't sure at first. I thought I was in a big refrigeration unit!
The workbench is L shaped in the corner and I put this rubber cointop on one side and plexiglass on the other. That side won't see any heavy duty action other than the bottom side of a beer can or an occasional carburetor now and then, plus I can put pictures under the plexiglass. I'll post some more pix later.


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Old 06-03-2009, 09:07 PM   #13
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and I really like the HM avitar

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Bob, thanx. I've always been a H&M fan since the hayday of Stockcars, when they really were based on "stock cars". That, and I have a good friend that worked for H&M and Ford's racing R&D for several years and he tells the best stories....ever! There is no more hollowed ground than that for a Ford guy.
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Old 06-14-2009, 10:42 PM   #15
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Found a couple more pix. The key holder is a 55 T-bird horn button that's a cast off from a project I'm working on now. I hated to throw it away, so I put hooks on it and reused it. The other one just shows the plexiglass top a little better.




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Old 06-15-2009, 12:18 AM   #16
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Thanks for the FORD stockers - awesome!
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Bob, thanx. I've always been a H&M fan since the hayday of Stockcars, when they really were based on "stock cars". That, and I have a good friend that worked for H&M and Ford's racing R&D for several years and he tells the best stories....ever! There is no more hollowed ground than that for a Ford guy.
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those are some very cool pictures. I love the vintage stock car stuff and the HM stuff as well. it was an incrediblt time in automotive history

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Old 06-15-2009, 10:29 PM   #18
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When is the next vintage race? I was at sears point for AMA and photographed that. I just say one of those glass doored cabinets the other day, I just can't remember where.

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Old 06-20-2009, 10:57 AM   #19
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very nice...I'm gonna be on the lookout for some of those..
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Old 01-13-2010, 09:36 PM   #20
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Update- It's been cold here, so I finally had some time to work in the garage. I got another old cabinet repainted and mounted to put all my manuals in. Also got the old brown beer fridge sanded down, primed and repainted. I covered up the old woodgrained handles with some 3M prism tape to make it look a little more "manly".






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