I have a great workbench in my garage that my Dad built for me in the sweltering heat last July: Thanks Dad, you’re the best. The indoor bench is super sturdy so I can really bang away on it, has all my tools above it on a pegboard, has excellent local lighting, has good storage underneath, is at the right height for me and of course is always kept neat and clean ready for any project. Even my good friend Doug, while cleaning out his house for sale, hooked me up with some of the counter top he was getting rid of so I used that for my garage bench top: works great and I don’t have to worry about ruining something new.
I have had this sink piece sitting in my garage for almost a year now so I figured its time to put it to use (especially since I want to uncover the church pew and get to work on that).
I’ve always thought this space would be a great place for a workbench or storage shed. Since Im not going to run out and buy a storage shed, and I have all the materials for a pretty decent work station, here it goes! This space is also great since it gets shade most of the day and you can’t see it from the street (for nosy neighbors that love to report me to the HOA: grrr!).
I found these great brackets on the side of the road in Flagstaff (yes and moved
the to LV) so I’ll start with measuring placement for my leaderboard and these brackets to support most of the countertop weight. (***This counter is meant for sorting thru seeds, going thru pots, repotting plants, etc: its not meant nor designed for a ton of weight).
After deciding on a height that works for me (pretty high: 45″), the leader board and supports are ready to be secured INTO STUDS (jeeze, I can’t stress this enough). The leaderboard is some piece of wood I found lying around (probably from a dumpster) and is 4x1x40″. I pre-drilled thru the boards, supports and stucco then secured everything to the wall with 3.5″ screws (that of course I took out of a dumpster).
Meanwhile, on the patio… apricot cobbler is happening (in the summer I try to cook outside as much as possible!)
Next I’m going to add a leaderboard for hanging a plastic pegboard I have lying around ( I can’t really remember where this came from, but its time it got put to good use!) This piece is a good 2″ thick so the pegboard can accept hanging pieces to hang all your crap on! Totally essential to space out a pegboard from the wall if you intend to add hanging hook accessories!
And Voila! A great space for outdoor gardening materials that I need at hand when Im working in the yard. I kept the open sink hole so I can brush debris strait into the garbage bin which fits nicely under the counter. I have another piece to cover the hole if I ever really need it. This project only took about an hour (less cobbler prep time) and now I have a functional space outdoors, hidden and also have freed up some space in my garage: win win win! 100% upcycled materials!