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Decorating your garage

Kent Wang

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I would guess that most people keep their garages undecorated, or just in general do not value its aesthetic appearance very highly. I, however, keep my garage fairly clean and I find that it is nice to be greeted upon entry to one's home with at least a little bit of decoration instead of just depressing concrete. How do you decorate your garage?

I have hanging at the bottom of the stairs to my garage an oil painting given to me by an acquaintance. It is a very amateur piece of abstract art that supposedly depicts a burning angel. Certainly no Van Gogh, but it's passable.

A cool idea might be to paint an entire wall with a mural. I have a few friends that are grafitti artists and I might ask them to do a little something for me.
 
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ahh Kent mate...will file this one away with the time you said the manliest of injuries is incurred while chopping apples before baking a pie


the only way to decorate a garage is with grease. it should be blackened from your gf not changing her oil for too long, and it should form an outline of your head from where you had to get under there with a chisel to get the sump out of the engine block.
 

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Originally Posted by [email protected]
ahh Kent mate...will file this one away with the time you said the manliest of injuries is incurred while chopping apples before baking a pie

Or the parasol thread? BTW, it was a pumpkin pie burn.
 
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Originally Posted by Kent Wang
Or the parasol thread? BTW, it was a pumpkin pie burn.
hehe, nah i file parasol with militant black under M for misguided. these are filed under S for 'startin to worry about that boy'
 

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Originally Posted by Kent Wang

A cool idea might be to paint an entire wall with a mural. I have a few friends that are grafitti artists and I might ask them to do a little something for me.


Could I put my tag there, legal?
 

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Spraypaint a flamejob on the wall :)
 

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My garage would haunt you...

It is a completely disorganized mess filled with empty boxes, misc. sporting gear, mechanical tools, a CNC 3-axel machine, with just enough room for a Jag XJ8.

Jon.
 

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Enough room for an XJ8, or an XJ8? Do you use the 3-axis CNC? I'd love to have one in my garage, let me tell you.
 

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Originally Posted by Huntsman
Enough room for an XJ8, or an XJ8? Do you use the 3-axis CNC? I'd love to have one in my garage, let me tell you.
We have an XJ8 (not L) in the garage, but it barley fits with all the junk all over the place. The CNC machine is a leftover from my father’s millwork factory. The machine has not been used in well over 2 years. Jon.
 

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I am currently hanging a five-foot flag of the People's Republic of China on the wall directly in front of the car.
 

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Originally Posted by [email protected]
ahh Kent mate...will file this one away with the time you said the manliest of injuries is incurred while chopping apples before baking a pie


the only way to decorate a garage is with grease. it should be blackened from your gf not changing her oil for too long, and it should form an outline of your head from where you had to get under there with a chisel to get the sump out of the engine block.



I sort of admire those who paint the floor of their garage white.
 

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Originally Posted by Huntsman
Spraypaint a flamejob on the wall :)

Capital idea, Huntsman. Better than on the car (I can't imagine a flame-job Jag anyway).

My grandfather had the barn (yes, it was a barn) decorated with advertisements of '32 Packards and '14 Kissel Kars, along with the occasional magazine article in which he had appeared posing with the car or pictures of the car at various national car meets. There was a yard-long framed panorama of a Packard showroom in 1932, which might as well have been a palace.

All the trophys he'd won at car meets he kept stowed away in a trunk. Eventually, he chucked them out. I always loved that he hated trophys.

Every nook and cranny of the place was packed with tools and materials for working on and maintaining the cars. Short of having a grease pit and the ultimate Snap-On tool box, it was a dream garage.
 

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I just bought 5 full boxes of vintage Ferrari tiles (18 inches square) that Enzo commissioned for the factory in Italy. After construction, there were a few left over, some of which are still bouncing around. I was able to find some. Very excited! These will be incorporated into a dream showcase garage at some point.
 

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Barns rule. We have three cars in the barn at present; we're building the garage/workshop next summer. The old '73 Blazer got some new life with a flamejob two summers ago, so the wall in the 'working' part of the garage will certainly get the treatment. More fun than rolling, anyway.

Been thinking about what to do in the other bays and generally. I've access to a large-format printer at the Uni at materials cost, so with some high-res photos and fractal interpolation programs am going to run off some poster-sized prints of some graphics work I've done concerning the cars. I especially want to see if I can blow up an old photo of my father with the 'Cuda from '65 for its bay, and since you mentioned it, Nantucket, perhaps some vintage ads too.

Can't forget the huge Jaguar Racing flag a friend of mine brought me back from Le Mans a few years ago, too. Can't wait.

Regards,
Huntsman
 

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