RM and I are remodeling the workshop and garage combo located adjacent to our little adobe on Ashland. He recently upgraded his woodworking and laser engraving business with a new name, logo and website so check it out at: Laser&Lathe. The new website, designed, composed and photographed by C1, is a work of art in its own right. Don’t you agree? The website and the designer are the number 1 & 2 things I love this month.
Working on the new website inspired us to rethink the workshop layout and overall design as well. First up, we replaced the old floor that collapsed under the load of heavy woodworking equipment over thirty years. The new floor is made from hardwood, planed, mitered, installed and sealed by RM with a little help from his son-in-law. We contracted out the installation of new drywall, insulation and blueish-grey paint job. RM upgraded the electricity and lighting and reinstalled a vintage concrete double sink that dates back to the 1920’s. We replaced old windows with new and put in an improved ventilation system.
The shop layout is very open with just a few wall cabinets painted dark blue and some white pegboard to provide for easy access to the tools of the trade. In the garage area, we took down all of the old shelving and replaced it with chrome commercial adjustable shelving from guess where? Amazon.com. The price was too hard to pass up on at under $85. Putting the shelves together was challenging. Why do they make it so complicated? But we love the clean industrial look and they are so heavy-duty. It’s my number 3 on the list of the five things I love this month.
Part of my motivation to get the garage revitalized is so that I can move my growing gardening hobby to a space that is protected from the weather and not inside the house. I am nurturing vegetables from seeds indoors this winter in hopes of getting a faster start on my garden this spring as well as to allow me to grow varieties you don’t find at local nurseries. Currently, the many trays, pots, fertilizer, heat mats and grow lights take over one of the spare bedrooms in our house but I hope to expand it into the garage over the coming months. The heat mat is my number 4 thing I love. The mat makes all the difference in incubating your little seeds to sprout especially if you live in old, drafty houses like mine. If you add a grow light above the plants, you will be sure to have success in growing your seedlings, straight and tall, indoors from December through February. Without the grow light, they become leggy and fall over not unlike us humans in late February.
Number 5 on my list of loves is any of the products from Johnny Seeds especially their fine selection of seeds. They were recommended to me by expert gardeners at BRIT and Tarrant County Food Bank. The wide variety of seeds come in resealable packages which is a nice addition to a quality product.
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