Sat 3/26/11: Ethan put his foot through the garage attic floor (the garage ceiling - I did this as well), so I tore out the ragged bits and prepared it for a large single sheet.
After much banging to put 2x4s in place, I got the new piece of drywall up. It needs mud.
5/2/11 - I'm doing numerous drywall patches in preparation for a new coat of paint. I also moved that small wall cabinet from a place where it was in the way, and took down the pegboard I had up. No more tools on pegboard - I want a smooth, uncluttered look. Everything behind cabinets.
I'm going to make those garden tools look better somehow... perhaps get rid of some. We only use a few of them. And frame the vintage VW ad on the wall I use as a parking guide.
That retro academic clock will go somewhere else when I'm done. It's actually from one of the classrooms in my high school! (My pal Mike recovered it and brought it to me last year.)
I plan to paint the walls gray and the repurposed kitchen cabinets a darker gray. I'll do the floor last. I'd like to be able to put down some sort of garage floor surface, but I'll probably just settle with paint. And that major square drywall patch job fixed when a guy who was house sitting for us drove the car into the file cabinet, which got pressed into the drywall.
5/8/11 - Started painting. That is a gray hue on the color stick, but it looks somewhat lavender on the wall due to the light color of the bulb. Maybe I'll replace it with one of those new bulbs which emit a white light...
I did about a wall and a half and quit. Not feeling well... getting over a chest cold... but the walls looks better!
5/9 - Drat! I wanted a darker color on the cabinet! (More contrast with the wall color.) Back to the paint store... Interesting, however, that with flash lighting the walls are more gray than lavender. Maybe I need to illuminate my garage with a strobe light. That ought to make pulling the cars in an interesting experience.
5/10: There we go, that's better. That's the darker tone I wanted... And Meredith's birthday present to me - the VW emblem - will look good in the garage, too.
5/11 - I painted another wall, and put some rarely-used tools up in the attic.
I am over-documenting my life.
5/15 - Did more painting (walls and ceiling) - also painted the door and the other cabinet. I'd really like to get rid of that tall beige cabinet. I bought it at a yard sale from a military guy for very little. It smells like kimche or some other weird foreign spices on the inside... P.U.!
5/15 - Next paint job: the doors and the spaces around and between. I plan to make a shelf between the doors for my stereo, and put the speakers on the walls at the corners.
5/17 - Painted both garage doors, what a pain. I just have that piece of wood over the left door to do, some more wall and ceiling surface and "holidays" and I'm done.
Note: I tore a tendon in my right shoulder painting this. I hope it was worth it.
5/28 - Patched cracks in the floor in preparation for the epoxy coating.
5/28 - Removed the big stinky beige cabinet. This junky look will not last long. The lawnmower is headed for a parking space in the back of the house, under a tarp. And when I get the other cabinets up the stuff you see - boxes, tools, etc. - will fit into them. A place for everything and everything in its place.
5/30 - Found these light fixtures in a lamp store today. They dress things up a bit and casts the light downwards, where it needs to be. Yes, the one on the right is higher than the one on the left... I was checking heights. I'll make the left one higher. Accents in the garage will be red, like the VW.
6/5 - I made wooden boxes to hide the PVC pipes at the ceiling, and hung up some VW art. That rugby poster is probably temporary.
MEIN Bug - a birthday present from my daughter Meredith. That VW art in red was found by my friend Bob at a yard sale: $3. The DDR (East Germany) oval used to be on my '73 Super Beetle; I found it in Berlin. Finally, I got that black frame for the 1963 VW magazine ad for $3 at a yard sale...
I laid the vinyl base down, just to see how it would look. I install it for real after I finish the floor. Note the speakers mounted to the wall at top... they're Bose 152's. My son says he found a pair on e-Bay for about $100. I got them at a yard sale for $5 the pair last year... they sound great!
Ha ha! Found this clock at a yard sale 6/4 for $1! I sprayed it red and it fits perfectly. Also unusual: clock and quartz movement made in the USA!
6/13 - The old tall blue rag bin gets replaced with a flat gray one, I dress up my 25 drawer parts bin and an iPod is now used to play toons. Today I listened to Ruby and the Romantics.
A new tool box! Holds all my tools... I have wanted one of these for years. $99 on sale at Harbor Freight - much stronger than the one for the same price not on sale at Lowe's. And the new home for my miter saw is atop the freezer, not on the wall. The next big effort is to prepare the floor for the epoxy.
6/19 (Father's Day) - I moved the freezer onto the front porch (the redneck look, but I explained to our neighbors that it's temporary) and cleaned and acid etched the concrete floor to prepare it for the epoxy paint later this week.
6/23 - The epoxy paint goes down! Cari flings the paint chips about.
Done. It took two hours from start to finish. Looks great! Cleanup was a breeze: I threw everything out.
6/24 - Put down the vinyl base all around... it looks good! I am done with the hard part of the project. Now I just have to hang some art on the walls.
Another view: Our green repro Pacific Coast Highway sign arrived in the mail. Now to figure out where to hang it... I'll post some more photos when I figure what else to hang on the walls.
6/26: We can park the cars on the floor now, it's fully cured. I hung some art. That big space in the middle will have a 20" x 30" Top Gear image soon, courtesy of Ethan Clark. That black image with the red frame is a BYU poster for an automotive art show. I've been storing it for about a decade - waiting for this opportunity. That blue frisbee has my former labor union's logo on it.
My VW finally has a garage worthy of it. What kicked the whole effort off was pulling into the garage with the top down. I thought, "What a dump. I need to fix this place up." Four years later - we made the final car payment the other day - I did.
6/27 - Top Gear poster up on wall... Ethan is awesome! Frame was only $12.50, half-off sale!
7/6 - Got all my pictures up (for now). Hyundai side.
USMC (over the circuit breaker panel), Top Gear
Ethan made me that little VW "Bubblehead" service guy at left.
I painted the base of the freezer to match the cabinets.
7/24: Refinements.... a small centennial poster of Burbank, an Interstate I-5 sign I bought at Disneyland and a fan I got at a yard sale new in the box for $10. I painted it red to go with all the other stuff and hung it up. It works fine - if you are more or less directly underneath it. There's no escaping it: I need to insulate the garage attic. It gets HOT in there.
8/25: I found these two 5" x 7" frames at a yard sale for $1, and remembered I had cool old photos of my kids around my restored 1973 VW Superbeetle which I had from 1989 to 1998. So up they go on the VW wall!
They're at right in the grouping. Now I need something for the space above the gray picture...
12/19: My friend Kacie got that great 24" x 36" Iwo Jima close-up shot for me. It looks great! Every garage needs a touch of USMC.
2/11 - The VW wall in my garage. Just added the cool VW logo specification at left.
2/25 - The latest in wall decor. A 1958 Ford ad and a No Parking sign.
4/16/12 - I found these two extra cabinets at a yard sale. They work well! See video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqHuEAzk99k&feature=youtu.be
My son's toy VWs on the shelf...
5/7 - Back from a trip to the West. I bought the Tower of London sign in a store in Burbank, CA! Had to have it, since I have visited the Tower on three occasions.
5/7 - On the same trip I bought the "Cougars Ave." sign from the BYU Bookstore.
5/27/12: Swag from the Manassas Bug Out I attended today - the red "Bubblehead" guy to the left of the big round VW and the red KdF logo to the right of "Mein Bug," both made out of steel. I'm getting quite a collection of VW stuff...
7/26/13 - The garage got one of the old kitchen cabinets (as a result of a kitchen renovation), which I painted gray. (I have since raised the one at right. The extra height was needed to open the tool box lid.)
11/18/13 - The attic above the garage. I installed shelves in an effort to get some weight away from the center of the room and onto the walls, which are more stoutly supported. Right side.
11/18/13 - Left side. It doesn't look like much, but represents a ton of work... in addition to general organizing. The goal is to make things easy to find and to prevent sticking a foot through the ceiling drywall when walking!
11/24 - Added a set of shelves on the other side.
Things up there are now MUCH more organized!
Napoleon Dynamite watches over my goods.
(This was drawn one Christmas by the talented friend of my youngest daughter. It accompanied a gift under the tree!)
"Troop 1538 mourns the loss of those who perished on 9/11/01." Part of a Scout vigil on Sydenstricker Street. I can't bring myself to throw it out. Under are some gigantic super heroes on cardboard my son once did for a church dance. That's Flash's leg.