Garage to Makery Update

It’s time for a quick update on the garage transformation. Over the past couple of weeks, Leo, our framing contractor, built a storage deck, railings, and a ladder to access the deck. We used electrical conduit for an industrial look on a budget.

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 When in storage mode, the ladder is part of the railing for the landing but then pulls out to access the loft.

When in storage mode, the ladder is part of the railing for the landing but then pulls out to access the loft.

Josh, our electrician, added new lighting plus outlets to accommodate all the tools. We still need to add some more fixtures but we’re getting there.

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Bill, our garage door guy, raised our doors so they are much closer to the ceiling, really opening up the space.

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I spent hours listening to pod-casts while staining the deck. The underside was a beast which made me really glad I chose to use an all-in-one deck stain and sealer-a one-coat wonder. My most successful method of application was using an angled 1 ½” brush for corners and smoothing along with a foam roller to just get the stain on.

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In order to get our Christmas decorations out of the way, I painted the loft walls so Page, the hubs, could assemble and install shelving.

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Painting the lam beam black required a separate trip to Lowes to get a special bonding primer. There was a coating on the beam which was repelling the paint. Bonding primer sticks to anything allowing the finish coat to adhere. Tip:If your finish coat is a dark color, add just a little of that paint to the primer. If you’re lucky, that step will save you a coat of paint. 

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Using scraps of conduit and 2’x4’s, Page built a rack to hold our six-foot folding tables. We just need to add wheels and stain it.

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Little, by little, the Chics With Tools Makery is coming together. Our goal is still to be done by the next workshop, but I’m not going to sweat it. No matter what progress we make from this point on, it will still be a big improvement over what we’ve had.