Making over the garage

So there are no less than 4 drafts of this post but they’re so sadly out of date that I decided to just start over.

When I brought home the Caddy last February I immediately lost a LOT of space in the garage, which is fine but puts a cramp in my style when it comes to staying organized out there.

It has also leaked oil, transmission fluid and gasoline on the floor so I had a combo of cardboard and an oil plan covering up the middle of the floor.

So a week ago I sent the car off to the shop for repairs and began cleaning up to remodel the floors.

This involves a lot of moving bins and containers around, sweeping until you feel like crying and then powering up the leaf blower, cleaning up oil spills, scraping paint drops and patching the concrete.

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Here’s the west side of the garage all emptied out and about to get washed down. Those grayish white spots are mostly concrete patches and I’ve taped up some plastic tarp around the storage units staying in place.

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After pouring on the etching solution and scrubbing it with a stiff brush, I strapped on the knee pads and used a squeegee to get as much water out as possible.

With a fan circulating some air and temps over 90, it was quickly dried and ready to paint.

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Once the solution is mixed you have to wait up to 10 minutes before brushing it on, depending on the outside temps.

To prep I made sure everything was moved out, gave one final sweep, set up the roller and long handle, got the sprinkles ready and set the timer.

You begin by stirring up the mixture for a couple minutes because it starts out like this:

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Mixing it up is pretty cool though

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On the first half of the garage it went on pretty quickly, although I skipped the garage door threshold and the center gap:

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And I had not yet painted the concrete footer around the perimeter but decided to go back and paint that with primer later on.

It always looks weird when wet but dries beautifully:

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As you can see I didn’t go all the way to the end of the garage where the door rolls down. 24 hours after finishing the west side, I began to move over storage units and organize everything.

My goal was to set up the west side with the storage I wanted and then everything that will go on the east side could be moved over temporarily.

I’d also started caulking the concrete gaps with a special caulk, but some water from the other side diluted the caulk which had not set up yet. That’s getting patched though.

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The east side of the garage was easier in some ways, I prepped the concrete footer and taped off the washer and dryer which stayed in place and then started rolling it on in the morning.

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I also need to replace that box which the hot water heater sits on, eventually.

Here’s how it goes:

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Now it’s drying and will be 12-18 hours before it can be walked on:

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Guess I won’t be able to do laundry. Darn.

It took awhile for me to figure out how to manage the door, I ended up thinking of a solution in a dream last night! I used (4) 4″ square pieces of wood, leftover from the raised garden bed project a few years ago. 2 pieces went outside on the driveway, 2 pieces were inside on the already dry floor. Then, I used a 3″ x 8″ board across the 4″ square blocks to hold the door from coming down.

My garage door is like most and will come down unless there’s an obstruction in the way. So I disengaged the automatic open feature and closed the door by hand, very slowly, so it would rest on the boards.

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Don’t you love those sprinkles?

I still need to do another coat of primer on the walls so it doesn’t look so patchy and then finish up the window frame.

On this side of the garage I’ll have one storage piece and the old butcher block in lieu of a new work bench. Then, hopefully, I can bring the Cadillac back in, drip free and shiny just like the new floors.

I hate being horizontal

I’ve been thinking about this blog for awhile and getting back into a groove of writing but I suppose it took a combo of stubbornness and pain to get me to post tonight.

First, I simultaneously can’t believe it’s May already and feel like it should be 2018 with all that’s going on in my life. Let me take you on a brief recap of the past several months, rewinding to September.

Sept – left for 3 weeks in Mexico, ran 2 back-to-back retreats, got inspired to finally write my book (from an idea back in 2012)

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Oct – came home from Mexico, had another bad birthday, ran a successful client launch, finished writing all the new copy for my business website

Nov – finished the client launch, immediately began client book launch, had an overlap of 2 months with 500 clients in the program, finalized 2016 mentors (16 of them!), wrote 50,000 words for my book, took down a tree on Thanksgiving, hired a web designer

Dec – launched client book, worked on website redesign, hired a graphic designer, closed a new client, ignored Christmas, did major planning for the new year

Jan – went to LA to shop for my photoshoot, went to San Francisco for photoshoot, finished the website and selected images, launched a workshop, built a new website and funnel for the workshop, finished the first draft of the book and sent it to the editor, launched my new business website, began skim coating in the guest bath

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Feb – went to Tahoe for a concert & client strategizing, did a client affiliate launch, got the edited book back and went into round 2, finalized the book copy, began book design, created new website for the book, created strategy for launch happening in October 2016.

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Mar – launched the book! went to Toronto for a week of filming, wrote book 2, sent book 2 to editor, began working on our next launch for May, began working overtime on new business launch for a client, skim coated the bathroom walls, bought a new mattress, painted the guest bath

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Apr – is honestly a bit of a blur! Came back from Toronto, scouted locations for 2017 event, finalized everything for 2016 event, met up with my assistant for lunch, launched new company with client, worked on my new launch for May, hired a personal assistant to get house projects moving forward, rebuilt my bed frame.

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May – went to Mexico for 10 days, ran an event + had some awesome margaritas, kicked off my launch, began working overtime on our June launch for a client, began reorganizing 100+ pieces of content for a client

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Which brings me to last Sunday when I began dog sitting, bringing my canine total up to 5. Including 4 dachshunds, all of whom fight over who gets to sit closest to me.

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I was planning on a simple week but then the Cadillac went into the shop and I decided to make the most of the empty garage and finally get the epoxy coat on the floor before the temps got above 90*F, after which they don’t recommend applying.

This week has been a blur of moving things in the garage (hence the storage tubs in the living room in the pic above), cleaning, cleaning more, picking up paint, getting the tools ready, and working on the floors – all while working full days in my business and for clients, keeping 5 dogs entertained and preventing their wily escapes from the backyard & I managed to get in 3 workouts with my trainer.

Which is all great until I am flat out horizontal with heating pads on my hip because something is out of joint there and creating a lot of pain. It’s so bad that my laptop charger is on the floor next to the bed and I can’t lean down to retrieve it.

Stay strong battery, don’t fail me now.

It’s possible that 3 hours of moving boxes and storage units and freezers, followed by a back workout and swimming, followed by painting on a step ladder and kneeling on the floor wasn’t the best thing for my body today.

But as much as I love how productive the last 8 months have been in business, I want to get back to productive at home too. Spring is here and summer is right around the corner so the projects are calling! Now, if only I can keep my body from falling apart… either way I hope to be back and blogging more frequently.