You want to hear something crazy? We still don’t have our kitchen door. It’s as if this door doesn’t exist at all! Since that frustrating discovery that the first back ordered door wasn’t correct (I can’t even), we’ve been waiting for the second back ordered door for 13 weeks (and counting). We’re between a rock and a hard place – do we say “never mind!” and move on, or do we keep waiting because we’ve been waiting for so long?
Scott and I call this Waiting for the Bus.
You know that feeling when you’re at the bus stop, and you pull out your phone to kill time on Instagram for a few minutes? But 30 minutes later, the bus hasn’t yet arrived? At first, you didn’t mind because you had time to spare, but now, you’re officially going to be late for work. You start to map out alternate routes in your head and you ask yourself, should I just start walking? But then you think, except what if the bus comes right when I leave? And then I’m in-between stops and I miss it? More time passes, and you actually get angry because you realize you could have walked to work faster than any stupid bus could drive you, but how were you to know that this would be the day the bus never comes? Not to mention, you’ve already put in so much time playing the Waiting game! Then you curse the city transport system and just as you turn to leave, three buses rolls up. (All totally packed, by the way.)
Right now, we’re Waiting for the Bus. Do we stay? Do we leave? While we grumble and weigh our options, we’ve – at the very least! – decided to room hop. During this absurd wait, we’ve finished the workshop, laid out plans for the One Tail house and now, we’re pushing on to the next – the garage!
If we thought our workshop was bad to start, the garage takes the cake. (Well, if you don’t consider our bedroom or bathroom. Come to think of it, let’s not start comparing at all!) The garage is where all of the heavy lifting takes place. It’s where the table saw gets the most use, and it’s where we piled (and piled!) old studs and decent scrap wood. It’s also where overflow moving boxes were stored and never unpacked, and it’s where we stashed the things we weren’t ready to part with or simply had no good place for – aquarium supplies, kitty carriers and car parts.
The fact that our house has a garage at all was a major selling point for us, but for the past almost-two-years, we haven’t been very kind to it. There was one system in place, and that’s the cabinets you see in the first photo above. Those cabinets came out of the second floor unit of our home, before we turned it into our master bedroom. We salvaged the few that weren’t terrible, and at the very least, we figured they’d make a great makeshift work area.
Over the weekend, we put a few more systems in place, starting with lumber storage! We used this tutorial as our guide, but to be honest, we sort of winged it. Using 18″ lengths of 1x4s and wedges of 2x4s (from the scrap pile itself), we pulled together a horizontal racking system for our salvageable wood pile:
For our larger scraps – think: plywood and MDF sheets – we built a 3′ tall bin using a 2×8 for the bottom, 2x12s for the sides and scrap 2x2s for the front straps. The exposed studs on our garage walls made everything super simple, allowing us to use nothing but 2.5″ wood screws for both storage racks:
While we were on a roll, we dug through EV-ER-Y-THING else in the entire garage! We opened boxes, reorganized bins and pulled every last can of bug spray and weed killer out of those cabinets. Everything was sorted into piles – keep, donate, yard sale (!) – and we were absolutely ruthless. I’d like to thank my new favorite book for that mindset, but luckily, Scott was game. (We’d say, does this spark joy? No? It’s gone!) After two days of oddly fun and satisfying work (beer helps), we found the garage floor! Call me crazy, but I’d say we could even park a car in here.
We have stupidly huge plans for this garage (the majority of our to-dos are meatier than the words themselves), and while we are feeling wildly optimistic, we’ll admit that this list is long:
• Fix the leaky roof
• Bike Storage
• Open metal shelving for bins + occasional use items
• Wall treatment for cabinet wall (close up exposed studs)
• Paint everything – no more bare plywood!
• Reconfigure and paint cabinets
• Install a countertop (that’s not a piece of flimsy wood)
• Epoxy/paint the un-level/cracked garage floor
• Wall of hooks/hanging storage
• New side door
• Paint exterior trim
• Re-caulk exterior siding
• New garage door!
When I would feel overwhelmed at my old desk job, my ex-boss (hi, Keith!) used to say: How do you eat a whale? One bite at a time. Let’s dig in.