Did I mention that my father-in-law is back? He arrived last Friday night, and is here for a three-week stay this time. Every time he plans a trip and asks me what I want to work on while he’s here, I’m like a kid in a candy store. “I want this! Wait, no! I want this! Ooohhh, no I want this instead! Or maybe this would be better!” But I finally narrowed it down my list to the three or four projects that I feel are the most imperative right now.
First up on the list is my garage. It’s a nightmare.
And I’d probably be embarrassed to show y’all that photo except that I know probably half (or at least a quarter) of the garages in America look like that.
The thing is, I’m not a hoarder. I’m a procrastinator. I have absolutely no problem throwing things away (in fact, I love getting rid of junk), but I like to go through everything first to be sure that I’m not throwing away something that I really want or need. And that’s where the procrastination comes in.
When we moved from the condo to the house, we also cleaned out a storage building and stuck so much furniture and so many boxes in here. I wasn’t sure what furniture I’d need at the time, so I pretty much kept everything I had. And I didn’t want to take the time to go through the boxes then, so I just stuck all of those in here as well, with the good intention of going through them as soon as I had a chance. Well, now it’s two years later, and they’re still there.
Then I started remodeling the kitchen, and those cabinets and the old flooring went in here, as well as extra concrete countertop supplies, leftover MDF and plywood, etc. And then just a couple of months ago, we finally got every last thing out of the condo, and more stuff got shoved in here. Stuff keeps getting piled onto junk, and it’s to the point that it’s so out of control that it all needs to be removed, I need to go through everything, and probably get rid of most of it.
This packed garage is also the main reason that my house stays so chaotic. I don’t have a place to keep all of my tools, paints, and building supplies, so they take over my house.
So our goal is to get this garage cleared out — trash thrown away, usable stuff given away or listed on Craigslist, and the “keep” stuff put where it should go in the house. Then we want to add new outlets, drywall the walls (or at last part of them right now, and the rest later), and get all of my tools and building supplies OUT of the house and organized in the garage.
My father-in-law has already made good progress on this side of the garage…
He added three new outlets on this side, insulated and drywalled, taped and mudded, and then put one of the lower cabinets from the kitchen up against the wall. And while he’s been working on that, I’ve been working my way through the junk. I’ve already bagged up and thrown away quite a bit of junk, but I’ve only just begun. Today I’ll be tackling this other side so that he can get to the wall and do the outlets, insulation, and drywall on this side.
What amazes me the most is the huge difference drywall makes. This garage, with it’s walls covered in black tar paper, has felt like a dark cave. Just getting drywall up — even unprimed, unpainted drywall — makes things look so much brighter! And we’ll also be adding more lighting. Right now, the entire garage is only being lit by two light bulbs. I’d like to install two large lights (like fluorescent lights, but hopefully NOT fluorescent) so that maybe I can actually work on projects in here even when it’s dark outside.
Our next big project will be re-drywalling the ceiling in the breakfast room. That’s the room between the kitchen and the garage, and it’s the one that has the ceiling covered in dark plywood right now.
This is also the room that has the low ceiling. It’s at least six inches lower than the kitchen ceiling. Since the first time I saw it, I’ve wondered why in the world the ceiling joists in this room were so much lower than the rest of the house.
Well, come to find out, they’re not!!! The ceiling joists are higher (they look to be at the same height as the kitchen), but when this plywood was put onto the ceiling, whoever did it created a dropped ceiling by attaching 2 x 4’s to the joists and then attaching the plywood to the 2 x 4’s. I’ve only gotten a glimpse at it, and I’m not really sure exactly how they did it (or why they did it), but I do know for sure that the ceiling joists are higher.
So I’m really hoping that we can just remove the plywood, remove those 2 x 4’s, and install the drywall at the normal height. Of course, we may discover that there was a valid reason they did that, but hopefully we can come up with a better solution than dropping the entire ceiling six inches.
And finally, while we’re working on all of that, we’re also trying to get all of the drywall finished (taped, mudded, and skim coated) in the dining room, entryway, and music room. Oh, and hopefully the hallway as well! That way when he leaves this time, I’ll be ready to start on all of the fun, decorative stuff for those rooms, and will no longer have the drudgery of taping and mudding hanging over my head.
So that’s the fun we’re having over here right now. Aren’t you sad you’re not here helping? 😀