Matt's Long Awaited Workshop Renovation #6: Painting is Done - White and Bright!

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Blog entry by Matt posted 04-05-2009 03:19 PM 1416 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m getting excited and I’m pretty happy with how everything has come out.

My father-in-law came over to the house on Saturday around noon. He and I used to do professional house painting as a ‘side gig’ for several years so we made short work of it. Only took us a shade over 3 hours to do all 3 walls and the ceiling. When you have done something like this with someone for a long time, you can work really efficiently. The wife tried to come out and help a little but we told her she would probably just slow us down. (No offense, babe. You’re still my gal. haha)

I decided to go with a semi-gloss for the paint job. I wanted somelthing that would be easy to clean and might not ‘hang on to’ dust as bad as a ‘flat’ type of paint.

All in all, I would say the amount of time spent actually out in the shop working on this is 6 days. That includes insulation, pulling down electric conduit, insulation in the walls, drywall, mud-tape-sanding, and painting. Not too bad. The only thing left is to install some 3 inch baseboards, finish running electrical circuits (I’m having a 100amp subpanel installed in a few weeks), and the ‘scuttle hole’ for attic access. Eventually some pull-down stairs will go in that spot.

Here is the hardest part for me. Determing a good layout for my NEW shop. I know that eventually I will install a nice clear coated epoxy floor (with a little sand for traction). And I plan to do some University of Kentucky themed accents. Toying with painting my baseboards UK blue (Go Cats!). This is where I need your help. It’s a clean slate with 400 sq/ft to play with. I still have to make a small place for two sections I’ve been referring to as ‘Lawn and Garden’ (Mower, weed whacker, chainsaws, etc) and ‘Sporting Goods’ (bicycles and my twin daughters’ toybox). Not a huge amount of stuff. Other than that, I need to layout a few more departments. Mainly, ‘Lumber’, ‘Power Tools’, ‘Assembly’, ‘Sanding’, etc. You get the idea.

Here are the pictures. Please don’t mind the mess.

Thanks for looking!

-- Matt - My Websites - - Hand Tools :: - Small Shops

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 04-05-2009 04:20 PM

Matt, as I said earlier this looks really good. Putting epoxy on the floor is going to be much easier now than after you have your shop organized but this is your call.

Great idea on the UK theme as well. GO CATS!!!! Maybe you should paint a wildcat picture in the center of your shop floor, :)

As far as organizing your shop goes why don’t you try putting your shop in Sketchup and you can download tool models to help you with your layout or Grizzley has a two dimensional workshop planner that may be useful. I tend to organize my tools around the proximity of my table saw, since this is the tool I use the most, followed by jointer and planer. Kind of like the golden triangle concept in kitchen planning.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 04-05-2009 04:28 PM

looks great Matt, Grizzly tools has a shop layout site that lets you design your shop with tools and benches, try this link,, then click on Dream Shop, I have tried it and it works great.

-- Smitty!!!

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#3 posted 04-05-2009 05:13 PM

Looking good!......don’t forget the “Galoot” department in the list !!!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#4 posted 04-05-2009 06:18 PM

It’s definitely in the list of departments I need. I already have it’s first occupant. I’m working up a blog post as we speak! It arrived 3 days after I won it. Wow! I have the seller favorited because they were so good. Looks like they deal only with antique tools.

Thanks guys! I’ll be working up some models of the shop soon.

-- Matt - My Websites - - Hand Tools :: - Small Shops

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