Garage Makeover- Update

Remember how I told you about my garage makeover? Well, I spent this weekend working away on it.

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First off, it’s dark in the garage. Even midday, shadows make the lighting uneven. I decided to build my own pendents starting with these ikea sockets. For $8 (each) it includes a bulb and hooks for the ceiling.

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I put tape to show where the peg board will go as well as the table height. This helped me measure where I want the pennants to hang. I also ordered these light cages¬†from amazon, which once they arrive, will be painted and hung. That won’t happen until this upcoming weekend.

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Now it’s time to build my table! I started by doing extensive drawings and measuring the space to make sure I’m working within my limits. For example, I need to be able to open my car door and not hit it. The height is customized to my height for the best leverage when using my miter saw. I also added extra braces to make sure that when the saw’s in use, it wont shake the table (which would be unsafe).

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After doing all the drawings and cut lists, it was time to cut and assemble my table! Within 3 hours I was able to turn a pile of wood into a functioning stable work table!

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It’s time to think about color. Since I want this space to feel girly, light and fun I’ve decided to go with the color scheme above. Since I might be in the garage in the evenings, it’s important to keep everything as light as possible to avoid creepiness.

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I painted the table a creamy white (which I already owned- score!). You can see I did a test swatch of the coral color on the storage unit.

What’s next you ask? Next up is fully painting the cabinet, getting some pegboard and painting that, painting the stools, and lastly hanging the light cages when they arrive. While it sounds like there’s tons to do, I actually feel close to finishing this project and I’m LOVING it so far.

 

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Garage Make-Over

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You probably can tell by now, I love to build things and work with my hands. Part of purchasing my miter saw is that I want to turn my tiny shared garage into a functioning workspace for weekends and unemployment (and who knows- maybe more!).

I’m a renter living in a town house with two other roommates, so I’m tight on space, forced to make everything removable, and need to be mindful of my roommates needs. Despite all of these challenges, I’m excited to turn the above space into a functioning workshop. Not just user friendly, but girlie and fun. I want this to be a space that I look forward to spending time in, so that I have no excuses not to get to work.

Since Im very tight on space, I’m going to have to make the table for the saw myself. This is a nice first project for the saw and totally doable. The storage shelving unit (above) I recently bought for $30 at Ikea and plan to paint in the coral and gold colors below.

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The stools in the top photo are going to become this fun pink color in the rendering. The peg board I need to purchase will eventually be painted mint green. I also want to buy hanging light sockets (paint the cords pink to match the stools) and then attach a gold cage to them. It’s got a steam -punk vibe to keep this space girlie and fun as well as industrial.

I’m excited to share this transformation with you, as well as all the inevitable DIY projects to come from this. Stay tuned.

Miter Saw

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I did it! I FINALLY bought a miter saw. This is a huge purchase for me, as saws aren’t cheap and they take up lots of room. But any DIY’er will tell you that tools are key and this saw is a game changer. I now have so much flexibility in my projects and do more of my own designs in conjunction with my up-cycling projects. Why buy it today? I don’t know. I’m tried of dragging my feet when it comes to decisions and my future. I’ve been feeling like things have been “the same” for too long. And while I’ve been working hard to move forward when it comes to future plans, I realized, what am I waiting for? Big day… big day.