It's an ongoing battle keeping the garage clean, but I enjoy the process. I was able to do a full wash of the floor yesterday and then my son and I filmed a guided tour video. Check them out:
This was a job that I had been putting off for years. I painted the entire garage with a white primer back when I first took possession of our house in 2010. Since then, I have been meaning to put a proper coat of paint up there, but I just never seemed to find the time or desire. When I ripped up the RaceDeck floor to sell, I took advantage and got 'er done. Capturing the results is tricky with my iPhone, but hopefully these pics will give you an idea of how things turned out. I like how the paint added a reflective effect to the ceiling.
Here is a link to the paint I used. It is a "semi-gloss finish" interior acrylic latex paint from Rona.
I am excited to share this charming garage from Reykjavik, Iceland. Brynjar Hartharson is a mechanic who works primarily on GM cars. He has created an impeccable detailing environment he uses to care for his cars and the cars of others. I have been a fan of his space since I first caught wind of it on his Instagram. It was instantly apparent that Brynjar and I have similar tastes in many regards. Like me, he is an avid hobbyist detailer, obsessively pampers his German car, and prides himself in maintaining a very neat and organized workspace. I am thankful he agreed to answer my questions about his garage story and I was extremely flattered he mentioned my garage as one of his design inspirations. I am confident you will be as impressed with his space as I am. So, off we go to Iceland!
I have always been passionate about cars, dreaming of one day buying my own house with a garage. After I stumbled upon The Garage Journal in 2011, I spent a lot of time looking at garage projects and getting inspiration for my own in the future, I had designed the basic layout and look in my mind long before I had a garage.
It is challenging attempting to take photos of lights. I am in awe of how bright my garage has become now that I have added some additional fluorescent fixtures. I took 50 photos, using every setting I have on my camera, but I could only capture two photos that accurately depict what the light looks like in the garage.
With the increase in light output in the space, I can now see parts of the garage that I never really noticed before. For instance, I can now see that the shelf on my tire rack was filthy. I'm going to have to be more diligent with my dusting!
I have found the answer to my lighting issue. I am going to upgrade the 4 existing 2-lamp T8 fixtures with 4-lamp models. I'm in the process of working out the install date, but I'm excited at the prospect of doubling the amount of fluorescent light in there.
Cooper Lighting WN432 specs:
Yearly Cost of 1000 lumens, 3000 hrs at .08 KWH = $2.86
My garage isn't dark by any means, but I need it brighter. I have 4 2-lamp 48" T8 fixtures, but I am playing with the idea of replacing them with 4-lamp models. I am having some difficulty finding exactly what I have in mind, since most 4-lamp fixtures are designed for high bays. Part of me thinks mounting fixtures designed for commercial warehouses would be awesome, but the practical side of me realizes that would be overkill.
Here's what I'm currently dealing with. It's adequate, but I think a world-class garage deserves world-class lighting. Once I have the fixtures, it's just a matter of having my brother-in-law's electrical firm mount them up.