Garage Workshop Conversion #2: Remove Current Built-in Shelving

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Blog entry by Mark Briley posted 01-22-2010 03:11 AM 1918 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The previous owners had installed a lot of built-in shelving using 2×4’s and hollow core doors. I decided to remove these since the space they filled would be better suited to lumber storage:


Here’s what it looked like after I finally removed everything this past weekend – it left the drywall in pretty bad shape, so there’ll be some repair work. The torn out sections of drywall along the bottom are from their dog chewing up the walls. The kennel was built-in alongside the part.


Below is the mess from all the junk that was stored on the shelves – it’s a mess but it’s a start:


-- Mark, Utah

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#1 posted 01-22-2010 03:48 AM

Hey, it had to happen. I am doing the same thing to my shop, just a lot smaller. It gets better the more you keep after it. So keep the faith!

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#2 posted 01-22-2010 03:51 AM

Nice progress.

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#3 posted 01-22-2010 01:19 PM

I’m actually going to build similar shelves for lumber storage :)

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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#4 posted 01-22-2010 04:49 PM

Like hacksaw said it’s got to happen sometime..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 01-22-2010 05:18 PM

If that wall is uninsulated, now would be a good time to insulate it…

I am doing a VERY similar project, albeit slowly… And I have a lot of the same issues. Clutter, critter damage to drywall, previous owner damage to drywall, and me changing my mind on where drywall anchors are supposed to be…

From the looks of yours, it looks like you can patch and move on… Mine are bad enough in some big areas that demolition and rerocking are honestly my best choices, which stinks. I HATE sheet rock work…

Too bad those weren’t solid core doors. You’d have some nice bench tops waiting to be used!

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#6 posted 01-23-2010 05:03 PM

Keep going, it is worth the work and expense and you will enjoy. I would recommend insultaing your garage door. I insulated mine in October with a product called Prodex and you can purchase form it cost $92.00 (includes shipping) it will cover a double garage door. Installed it with silicone caulk. Have been very pleased with the results.


-- Jack, Albuquerque

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