Monday, December 14, 2020

Garage Cabinets

This post has been two years in the making....clearly getting it finished wasn't a priority! So, we used to have some ceiling mounted cabinets in our kitchen. The photo below was taken in January 2019 about ten minutes before I ripped them off the ceiling.

I think it was probably six months later when I had a free weekend that I chopped the cabinets in half, made some replacement back panels out of pegboard, and hung them in the garage. That's how they stayed for the next year or so, while I gradually filled them up with what my mother would call "junk."

Back in April/May when work was pretty slow I sealed the garage floor with epoxy and painted the walls and ceiling. The cabinets had to come down off the wall for that, and since I was always planning to paint them eventually, I figured the time had come. Of course, within a few minutes of taking down the cabinets, the pace of business ramped up in a big way and the painting project hit a wall.

Eventually, the doors and shelves got a coat of primer....

And the cabinets were repaired...

....prepared for additional shelf pegs...

...and painted with primer.

After that, the cabinets were painted white on the inside, and black on the outside, and the doors were painted black.

Ready to re-install? Not quite. After the garage was painted, the bench and toolbox went back where they came from.

It turns out that our plan for world domination will succeed more smoothly if the toolbox and bench were placed at the other side of the garage. It's called mirror plane symmetry. It also means that folks can take bicycles in and out of the basement without going close to the '68.

So, back to the cabinets. They're attached to the wall with a French cleat - the advantage of this method is that the cleat can be mounted directly into the wall studs; the cabinets do not necessary have to overlap studs as they would if mounted independently. 

A spacer piece at the back of the cabinets helps them hang correctly. 

Junk reinstated: 

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