Garage Re-Do #2: The Before Pic (Caution: Graphic images -- LOL!)

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Blog entry by MyOldGarage posted 01-27-2009 04:35 PM 1552 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Stopping The Madness Part 2 of Garage Re-Do series Part 3: Getting The Facts »

Ok . . . this is just ugly I know. Part of the reason for that is it’s actually “in process” because I moved some stuff to get a work surface that I moved into the basement area. I have a 4 foot high table and a hutch type table area that I moved into the basement area for doing electronics and computer type work on. That freed up some area along the back wall, but left me with a lot of mess that was being stored on the table. Ugh.

You can see the variety in storage cabinets and their “era” from the paint colors. Oh that lovely avocado color . . . and then basic white and even a smattering of brown. The only thing missing is harvest gold. The purple one was only $10. They’re hanging lateral file drawers and I bought them to replace open faced shelving and keep dust off things.

The plastic storage units I got for free . . . and the irony is the one on the bottom is empty. In fact a lot of my storage facilities are empty . . . they’ve never been adequately designated and items moved into for storage.

Yep, below shows a waterbed framed tool bench . . . my only storage area for tools when I was first starting out. I stacked the drawers together, screwed 2×6’s to the sides, and then put a door on top. (Hollow-core unfortunately!) The drawers were way too deep and were not on very sturdy slides at all . . . but it served it’s purpose. Now I have at least a Waterloo top box for my tool storage.

That file cabinet is OLD . . . very old . . . it might be 60+ years old if I was to take a guess . . . it has served as my catch-all for some things. Again . . . love the avocado.

Doesn’t everyone have an old console radio? That’s one of those things (under the window there and on a stand made from more waterbed parts holding it above the air compressor) that I’m happy to give up. It has great sound, and it’s plenty loud, but it takes up a lot of room in the process. I can find a surround sound stereo system and run a lot of wire instead.

Sniffle . . . the MG buried in dust. The back wall has some shelving that might be better for wood storage than it’s current purposes. I’d like to get pool chemicals out of the garage and under the deck or in the shed outside. Likewise the bikes should head that direction too. The storage shed needs to lose some mowers (inoperable . . . of course) and other items and be back to storing items just for the outside.

-- Bradley Miller, Blue Springs, MO -

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#1 posted 01-27-2009 05:00 PM

Looks like you everything in there but extra space….I love the lumber laying across the hood of the car.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#2 posted 01-27-2009 05:10 PM

I was doing ok until I saw the MG covered in dust! Tragic, truly tragic.

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#3 posted 01-27-2009 05:18 PM

Well I can say that I don’t have a equipment showroom for a shop, but thats just plain rediculous, inefficient, confusing and dangerous. I could never work in a mess like that, it would make me crazier then I allready am.

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 01-27-2009 05:44 PM

The after pictures are going to be interesting to see!!! My shop gets like this at time, especially when I am in the middle of a long project and then I get yelled at for “making such a mess”. And then my wife will usually “volunteer” to help me clean it up. Of course, I can’t find anything afterward and my tools are neatly arranged in a line along one shop wall- three deep- where I can’t get to any of them.

I would offer to “loan” her to you to help with the clean-up but, after 32 years, I am used to her yelling so it probably wouldn’t be a wise thing to do. :)

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

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#5 posted 01-27-2009 06:33 PM

This is just my take (so take it for what it’s worth, free advice) but it looks like you might have been focusing more on storage than on getting rid of unecessary items. I’m quite guilty of this myself, but lately I’ve been making a concerted effort to get rid of stuff I don’t need. I hope you get to where you want to be. Things will be so much more relaxing and enjoyable. just keep chipping away and work on one section at a time and don’t let youself get sidetracked. good luck!

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#6 posted 01-27-2009 07:40 PM

Rent a dumpster for a week, and have at it. You probably have one bay worth of stuff worth keeping, and another bay worth dumping.

-- Steven

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 01-27-2009 08:17 PM


-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#8 posted 01-27-2009 08:47 PM


Great Sam Kinison reference! Yes in a thousand years it will be still be sand!


I feel your pain I have a 3 Car garage and a separate 16×24 shop and I still do not have enough space…may the force be with you (the force of will to throw you precious “stuff” away!)

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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Mark A. DeCou

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#9 posted 01-27-2009 11:38 PM

what’s wrong with this? Looks just my shop on a good day.

“Sam Kinison,” now there’s a name I haven’t thought about for a number of years. UUUGGGGHHH!


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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Mark A. DeCou

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#10 posted 01-27-2009 11:39 PM

I’m not kidding. On a good day.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#11 posted 01-27-2009 11:43 PM

Does everyone go thru an MG phase? I did but thank heaven I got over it. Yeah 74 was the last year for chrome bumpers.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#12 posted 01-29-2009 08:13 PM

DocK16… mine was a Fiat, same red color, sold a year later. But, the project car that takes up space now is the 1950 Crosley that I learned to drive on. Still collecting dust offsite.
Bradley…You get more satisfaction cleaning and organizing this shop, than one of those surgery suite woodshops.

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