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    I would just use concrete paint and paint the floor. We just bought a house and the garage is already converted other than the door we still have to remove. I'm trying to talk my DH into adding a another small room on instead of just putting in a wall. My thought is maybe someday I will get a LA and will need the extra space. He told me when we were buying the house that could my sewing room. It's a 2 car just needs more lights and shelving so I've been picking up some cabinets at our Restore to put in there. It's already heated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stitchinwitch View Post
    YES, amyjo, the other 2 car garage is attached, but I have a car and a truck AND a riding mower, so that is not an option. Because of the $$$, I will need to leave the big garage door, plus, on a nice day, I could open the door and smell the fresh air - I love the outdoors, and this would allow me for not feeling confined...
    You can actually buy a type of screen to go in the garage so you can have the door up but also have some screen protection. I see it in a neighboring suburb - the kids have toys all over the garage and the parents can sit in there out of the sun and/or rain and still get fresh air. Check on online.

    And you could run a wire or cable across the garage on the inside of the door and clip curtains, drapery panels, sheets across so in the winter you have something more pleasant to look at. The cable would have to be high enough to not interfere with people but just below the garage door track so it is not in the way there. And I think that I would use the rubber mats that snap together - cushy on the feet, and more warmth in the winter. You can always put an office chair mat by your machine so you can roll around in your chair a bit.

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    Sounds like a fun project.The garage willbe a awesome sized. Sewi get room.Please show us the after pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dottie Bug View Post
    In California we would have to put up dry-wall over the chip-board. because it would be a fire hazzred. just saying for ca. Dottiebug
    Same thing here in Indiana, but only on the wall that is shared with the house. We had to put 1/2" drywall all the way up to the eaves of the roofing.

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    We're in the process of converting a space in the garage into multi-purpose. Main use is LA with storage and work space for a sewing machine. The alternate use is to wheel the LA into the garage (there's a 6' double door) and insert an airbed. There's a full bathroom at one end. It's getting paint now. When that's done, I'll start a new thread with pictures. The floor is concrete. It'll be painted with concrete sealer and color. 3/4" thick rubber mats from Harbor Freight are under the LA and extend out to stand on. There're not easy to get really clean, so I'm thinking I'll throw an indoor/outdoor piece of cheep rug over them so the dirt doesn't get onto the quilts.

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    I'd also ensure my garage door is completely sealed so unwanted critters(mice) cannot get in and do damage.

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    Ditto #31/// .. Sunlover53

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    UPDATE! I was exploring on the internet, and it had said something regarding the chipboard which was that if you are around it too much, you would be signing your own death certificate. That was NOT good news. It went on to say it contains Phenol and formaldyhide (sp) which is cancerous. Was I going to have to give up my plan??? Well, I kept asking to find the answer I WANTED to hear! I had a complete inspection on the property yesterday, and was told that if I sprayed on KILZ that it would cut down 90% of the gas. It has to be sprayed, not rolled,so that sounds better, huh? Also he said to try to steer away from the carpet squares because they contain the formalyhide, too. After a while, it disappates (sp). Next step after the closing *should be the 26th) is to get some $$ estimates on this little venture. Thanks all for all of your input, it is greatly appreciated. And that screen over the opened garage door sounds terrific. I would increase circulation without the bugs, etc.

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    I wouldn't doubt that there are sites that say that. You don't even have to look hard to find warnings against everything there is, including dirt, grass, water, air, etc not to mention deodorant, bras, and every kind of food known to man. That said, they have to glue it with something and being surrounded by it in a small room may not be good and am curious why someone would put that in there instead of drywall, which I think would be cheaper. I'm not sure about "signing your own death certificate" though. And I don't know what is in Kilz but that stuff smells way more toxic than chipboard/oxboard. Or why it would have to be sprayed-I guess because they figure you can't spray it yourself and would have to pay someone (them?) to do it.

    Almost all carpet contains formaldehyde so if you want to avoid that, go with laminate or something. Or paint the concrete.

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    The only thing that would worry me is to mouse proof the area. They will get in!!!!! My studio used to be in a garage till I out grew it. YOU will need lighting and electrical outlets, more than you think you will need. And heat and AC?

    READ THE KILLS LABLE> IT WILL KILL YOU! My DH had nerve damage and mental lapses from using this product. Be very careful with it. He followed all the precautions and it wasn't enough to keep him safe.
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    Regarding paint, at Home Depot, (and many Lowes), they have mismatched paint and it sells for $7 a gallon. Of course, it comes in all colors but for the primer paint, it would not matter. With Kilz, you have to be sure to cover your arms too, it can get into your pores. I would say, try the children's tiles, or colored tiles, not the carpet tiles.
    See what is in them first. They would have to be suitable for children. Then price them thru a carpet place first, then try BJ's or a place like that. I just got some at BJ's for my laundry room. They come in about 2' square. I think you could get them in any color. A light color would be great. You could always hang mirrors for more light. Have fun!

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    Another thing to consider, you could get regular bookcases and attach them to the wall if you could find the studs, that way they could not tip. I would say to use your 6" wide ruler and fold all your fabric that way. I really like mine and it does not cost to buy the boards. My closet is already full, one other wardrobe, and 6 more tubs to empty. Yes,
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    I used carpet tiles for the floor in my sewing suite and my autistic grandson made the squares into a giant quilt block. It turned out really nice and he loves the thought that he did it for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stitchinwitch View Post
    YES, amyjo, the other 2 car garage is attached, but I have a car and a truck AND a riding mower, so that is not an option. Because of the $$$, I will need to leave the big garage door, plus, on a nice day, I could open the door and smell the fresh air - I love the outdoors, and this would allow me for not feeling confined...
    You could seal the door and put in nice windows you can open and look out and get he air as well, and keep the weather and critters/bugs out.....Can't wait to see this as it goes.....Nothing wrong with doing it all yourself with some outside help.

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    If you live where it is warm I would use stick and peel flooring from Alure..It is easy to put down and looks great...

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    Can you put peel and stick directly onto concrete?

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    I'm using a bay of one of our garages now, and have been for 3 years. I have just now started to organize it so that the space is used more efficiently. Also, I now know that the concrete floor is impossible to keep clean. Even after I sweep or vacuum, there is dust on it, and, of course, my quilts find it or it finds them.

    DH and I went to Lowes and bought a 12 x 14 piece of vinyl flooring and rolled it onto the floor. We put double sticky tape on the ends to hold it down. It's lighter in color than the cement floor, and looks so much better!

    Best of all, I can use a dust mop to clean up the lint! I even bought a 'special' dust mop that will only be used in there. DH thinks I'm nuts, but I told him that he doesn't have to understand why I bought it, he just has to NEVER use it anywhere but on that vinyl floor. When he 'borrows' things, I usually have to hunt for them because he forgets to put them back where he found them. We all know that I've never done that with his stuff - yeah, sure, LOL!

    I'm lucky that the garage is both heated and air conditioned, has a full sized window and the walls are finished. There's even a full bath in the garage. If I put a bed, a dorm fridge and a microwave in it, I could lalmost live in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cathyvv View Post
    I'm using a bay of one of our garages now, and have been for 3 years. I have just now started to organize it so that the space is used more efficiently. Also, I now know that the concrete floor is impossible to keep clean. Even after I sweep or vacuum, there is dust on it, and, of course, my quilts find it or it finds them.

    DH and I went to Lowes and bought a 12 x 14 piece of vinyl flooring and rolled it onto the floor. We put double sticky tape on the ends to hold it down. It's lighter in color than the cement floor, and looks so much better!

    Best of all, I can use a dust mop to clean up the lint! I even bought a 'special' dust mop that will only be used in there. DH thinks I'm nuts, but I told him that he doesn't have to understand why I bought it, he just has to NEVER use it anywhere but on that vinyl floor. When he 'borrows' things, I usually have to hunt for them because he forgets to put them back where he found them. We all know that I've never done that with his stuff - yeah, sure, LOL!

    I'm lucky that the garage is both heated and air conditioned, has a full sized window and the walls are finished. There's even a full bath in the garage. If I put a bed, a dorm fridge and a microwave in it, I could lalmost live in it.
    Get some hot pink duct tape and put some strips of it around your new dustmop. That way there's never a question about who it belongs to and where it is to be used. Men forget.

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    Chasing Hawks Ideas are good for the walls. Insulation will be a key factor in your comfort. Instead of heavy drywall, though, I would get some inexpensive paneling and put that up. That's much lighter in weight and therefore more manageable as a do-it-yourself project. Around the windows, get some insulbright or foam insulation and wrap it with fabric, then fasten it around the windows as a frame. Make sure you like the fabric as it will be there as long as you use the garage for your sewing room! You could even get a fabric that looks like wood grain, which would make it less noticeable.
    A quilt is like a good life. It's full of mistakes, but, in the end, it looks pretty good.

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    Good idea! You're right. And it would make it easier to spot when he uses it in spite of the hot pink duct tape!

    I've had to put a permanent marker 'reminder' on my dustpan in hopes that it makes him return it. We've got three of them, but I can't find the other two. So far, the reminder has worked, but it's only been 6 months...
    A quilt is like a good life. It's full of mistakes, but, in the end, it looks pretty good.

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    How sweet! and the floor reminds you of his love for you every time you walk into the room. Can't ask for more than that.
    A quilt is like a good life. It's full of mistakes, but, in the end, it looks pretty good.

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    Well, Im back - the original poster of this sewing room/garage makeover. When I bought the house, the seller told me that the temp was consistent year 'round and they never needed a heater or air conditioner.......uhhhhh......NOT the case. With this winter, I could hang a deer in there - it is soooooooooooooooo cold! It has been painted - took about 4 to 5 coats to cover. Had to move in all my sewing treasures and just wonder how I am going to finish the floors!! This move has cost me MUCH more that I had anticipated (DANG).......................I need a man...............You have so many great ideas - I hope I can do some of them - my floor to ceiling shelf ideas to hold the totes and get them off the floor might have to fall by the wayside - - - - is Spring going to come this year or will we get summer in May like last year??..................this is depressing - I think I will have a cupcake for now and take a nap......................

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    Sad to say, moving always costs more than expected.

    The winter we have been enduring this year is particularly COLD, certainly not typical. Since it is so cold in the garage, I suggest that you install some kind of radiant heat in the floor. It'll cost more initially, but the garage will be usable in the winter. I'd say hot water radiant heat, but then you have to install some kind of water heater. If you can afford to put a tile floor in, you can put electric radiant heat in. If that's too expensive for the entire room, then put some kind of radiant heat where you sew and/or in the most used path around the room. That's what I plan to do when we remove the ugly carpet from our bedroom and replace it with a beautiful hardwood.

    I've read that some people have used insulbright as backing on curtains to block the cold and the heat and that it works well. You could also make a little foot warmer bag (with insulbright batting) to use when sewing.
    A quilt is like a good life. It's full of mistakes, but, in the end, it looks pretty good.

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    Wow the potential! Paint first & then start scouring flea markets, yard sales, etc. for finds. You can usually get large rugs very inexpensive. What fun!!
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    If you have a Habitat Restore in your area, check them out for cabinets, flooring etc. Also, in our area, we have several flea markets that carry building materials cheaper. Painting the floor seems like a good option. My friends had their garage floor epoxied but it was pretty pricey.
    Good luck with all your renovations.

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