Friday, November 18, 2011

Next project: Renovate/clean garage

With the car show season over, there's not much to do on weekends.  Maybe it's time to clean out that 2-car garage and make it look nice.

Just a bit of background.  When we bought the place, 1/5 of the garage was taken up by a probably-not-kosher-with-the-building-inspectors carpeted mudroom/dark room.  A nosy neighbor ratted us out and I had to quickly take out the walls and carpeting.  There's black spongy gunk on the floor where the carpet used to be.  There are also 2x4s nailed to the asbestos-laden (I believe) ceiling that outlines the former walls.

The goals:

  • clean and paint the floor
  • have one large clean wall to tastefully hang 50-state license plate collection and various automotive memorabilia
  • install attractive and functional storage/shelving on opposite wall
If you have any ideas or sources (books, websites) of ideas, please share.  I own a small tool box of very basic tools and can barely close the hood of a car.  So go easy on me.  Oh, and the budget is around the $750 range.  


Alan said...

What kind of world do we live in where people feel qualified to peek into other's homes and rat them out for building code violations?

You're gonna have fun - I renovated my garage a few years back and it was inexpensive and rewarding - I've got shelves full of models and steering wheels and interesting car-related knick-knacks, as well as a nice organized set of tools. Nothing like spending a few hours over a lazy brake job/oil change/tune-up with some tunes and a beer.

Lukas said...

I found the garage journal forum a while ago, thanks to this post:

Bound to be some inspiration somewhere on that site.

Maxichamp said...

@Lukas: Thanks for the link. Will check it out.