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Blog entry by apinkingston posted 10-15-2021 10:45 AM 542 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve never posted before but have been lurking since 2016.

I recently built three sheds to house the lawn mower, the snow blower, and the bicycles and the miscellaneous that goes with them. That got those things out of the weather and out of my garage workshop. Yesterday I spray painted the primer. Today I finished the first coat of white paint in the garage.

One of the photos was taken today. The other was taken when I was in the thick of things. That is, moving things out for the painting. This gave me a chance to cull things out. When things are put back it gives me a chance to reorganize a bit.

The darkness of the garage walls always bothered me.

I keep thinking that if I knew how much trouble this would be that I wouldn’t have done it. I guess I’m lucky that I didn’t know how much trouble it would be. There’s still a lot of work ahead of me.

Thanks for listening, Arlene



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mafe

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#1 posted 10-15-2021 11:44 AM

Looks like it’s going to be a wonderful room and yes light brings inspiration, so I think it will be well worth it.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#2 posted 10-15-2021 09:13 PM

That is a very good idea to paint everything white. It looks like you are well underway with your renovation. I am going to be doing something like that in an attic storage area. My plan is to paint everything white and add a bunch of LED shop lights to crank up the lumens.

-- Scott

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apinkingston

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#3 posted 10-15-2021 11:45 PM



I am going to be doing something like that in an attic storage area. My plan is to paint everything white and add a bunch of LED shop lights to crank up the lumens.

- mochasatin


Will you be using a spray painter? That’s what I used because of the framing. But I think it’s a toss up about which is easier. A roller or a spray painter. I spray painted the primer and the first coat, rollered the second coat.

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#4 posted 10-16-2021 07:13 PM


Will you be using a spray painter? That s what I used because of the framing. But I think it s a toss up about which is easier. A roller or a spray painter. I spray painted the primer and the first coat, rollered the second coat.

- apinkingston

I am not sure yet. I have an airless sprayer, but it is an enclosed space with poor ventilation. Either way I will need to use a respirator. I will definitely be using a water based latex.

-- Scott

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Eric

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#5 posted 10-17-2021 01:26 AM

Looks like you will have a wonderful shop area, with lots of storage. Airless sprayer is the way to to go. More so when one is only using one color, like the white.

Keep up the good work and you will have it set set up in no time.

-- Eric, building the dream

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apinkingston

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#6 posted 10-17-2021 02:17 AM



Keep up the good work and you will have it set set up in no time.

- Eric

Thank you!

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apinkingston

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#7 posted 10-17-2021 02:17 AM



Looks like it s going to be a wonderful room and yes light brings inspiration, so I think it will be well worth it.
Best thoughts,
Mads

- mafe


Thank you!

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#8 posted 10-17-2021 02:25 PM

Hi Arlene Wow-what a difference, you’re going to love the newly designed space. For my way of thinking you’re making all the right moves,first blowing out everything that dosen’t belong in a shop, then building plenty of storage, then painting everything white. Now you have plenty of room to organize all of your tools and material and having everything well lit and bright will give you more motivation to be in your shop more.

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos

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#9 posted 10-17-2021 06:55 PM

A1Jim, I agree with you, lots of good lighting, and a bright light color for the walls. White cabinets are nice to, I still need to paint mine, and still working on that idea setup or layout. Storage is a must, under benches, on walls and above if possible.

-- Eric, building the dream

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apinkingston

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#10 posted 10-18-2021 12:16 AM



Hi Arlene
For my way of thinking you re making all the right moves. . .
- a1Jim

Thank you! I’m not always tidy in my shop but I insist that everything have its place. That’s what I’m aiming for.

Philosophically speaking I always chuckle at articles that are titled “The Ultimate Workshop” or “The Ultimate Worktable!” The perfect workshop is different for everyone. I learned a lot about what I want from my old workshop. That is what worked for me, what I would want different. I also learned a lot from reading LumberJocks.

Again, philosophically speaking I don’t have all the space and all money in the world and finding economical ways of creating my shop is part of the challenge and part of the fun.

I also make due with not top of the line equipment. It is what it is.

Again, thanks for your ocmments.

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Eric

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#11 posted 10-18-2021 01:53 AM

Arlene, shops are always a work in progress, wether it be in organization, the setup of benches and tool. Or should I say always evolving, which is dependant on the project at hand.

-- Eric, building the dream

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