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Project "Rich Man's Garage" on a budget

I'm a big fan of a clean, well-organized garage, but I'm also cheap and a good garage costs a lot of money. So around new years I finally pulled the plug and spent some money on my "Rich Man's Garage" project.

That's what it used to look like before the recent transformations:




Then I did some research and found that the cheapest (yet not completely useless) cabinets were sold at Lowes with Coleman branding. I ended up paying about $500 for all hardware in the picture. Last year it would've cost me about $1200-1300 for the same stuff. Lowes stopped carrying these and put them on clearance right when I decided to spend the money.




So cabinets and the pegboard looked decent, but it made the floor look even worse (4 years ago when I bought the house the floor was perfect, but all my cars are on decent sticky summer tires, so the epoxy coating disappeared). Everything I heard about epoxy lead me to believe that no matter how well you prep and apply it, it will eventually stick to the tires, so I looked into other options. Fancy $6/sq.ft. stuff was a bit outrageous (440sq. ft = $2640 + shipping). Then I found these 10x22ft G-Floor vinyl surfaces - seemed easy, seemed reasonably presentable and durable. Prices were from $350 to $500 per roll plus shipping. Until I looked at Sams Club website. 2 rolls cost me $504 shipped to my door.





Pics were taken 5 minutes after install, so it will take some time to flatten out. In any case for $1000 I consider it money well spent.

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Very very nice . I like it.

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Get an aluminum Trim strip for the leading edge. This should clean up the install and make it look more integrated.
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Looks good. Great work for the budget.
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definitely cleans it up.

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The front edge laid down after about a day - the picture was taken 5 minutes after install, but I am contemplating some sort of door sill.

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LOL. It was a conscious decision to keep the garage flag / banner free, but I might break down and at least cover some areas in old license plates.

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Simple and clean. I like it.

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Looks great.

Thats called "ballin' on a budget."

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Great car combo......mine are jealous! Crappy shelving and they have to share space with the snow blower and garden tractor.

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What stops the vinyl mats from moving around, are they secured or glued to the floor?

I had some 20X 15 tarps vinyl tarps that I got a Costco a few years ago for about $30.

I was going to use them as dropcloths, but if I put 2 of them next to each other they covered my garage floor almost perfectly.

Only problem is they would slip a little and bunch up after I drove on them.
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Home Depot has vinyl molding edging that will hold down that edge of the floor covering from rising and getting trashed. They sell it in 6ft lengths and a couple of colors. If you buy it make sure you get the matching concrete nails for the job

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looks good!

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That's a great looking garage! Good Job!!

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What stops the vinyl mats from moving around, are they secured or glued to the floor?
The vinyl weighs about 120lbs per roll, so it's not that anxious to move on its own. It is thick and I think the only way to move it would be to try to peel out. Other than that it holds up well to excessive steering and reasonable amount of acceleration on exit.

Michael F - that's a hardcore lift setup. Was my dream when I bought the house, but not a big deal now since I live by myself and have plenty of space to park. If I buy a 3rd car, I'll definitely get a lift like that.

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I bought that same flooring about 5 years ago. It is great and holds up well, even after all of the harsh Minnesota winters. Cleans up well with laundry detergent and a stiff bristle brush.

My only word of caution is that it becomes slippery when wet, or covered in snow. Not that you have to worry about snow.
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Sorry to bring up an old thread, but I just got around to thinking about improving the garage...does anybody know where the OP's pictures went? I'd like to see what it looks like...being that I'm also frugal and would like to get a "Rich Man's Garage"!

OP: do you have any pictures of what it looks like now that the floor has evened out?

Thanks!
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Sorry to bring up an old thread, but I just got around to thinking about improving the garage...does anybody know where the OP's pictures went? I'd like to see what it looks like...being that I'm also frugal and would like to get a "Rich Man's Garage"!

OP: do you have any pictures of what it looks like now that the floor has evened out?

Thanks!
Fixed. I've sold the MINI couple of months back and de-listed my Picasa web album, that hid the pictures that I shared here.

I made the album public again and the pics should be showing up.

That's what it looks like now:

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Wow! Looks amazing! I'll def be investigating this path as well. How do you like the flooring? Any positives / negatives you'd like to share? Easy to sweep / mop?
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