Yup, I’m stoked. I really feel a sense of accomplishment today.
You know how you work on a project, and some days you feel like you are not really seeing progress?
Well, today I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. The dock just around the bend of the river. The ribbon across the finish-line. I can see it.
If you have been following my blog, you know that the house, pictured below, is being turned into my studio and office. It isn’t a “house” in the true sense of the word. It has no bathrooms, kitchens, or bedrooms. It is a 2-room building with an attached greenhouse and some attic storage space.
The Soon-to-be Studio
Another view of the building.
The front section, which is of a pretty good size, will be the actual camera room, aka studio. The back section will be my office where I will have my desk and computer equipment.
Today I managed to clean off a lot of that white paint someone had put over that nice wood. Now, if you go back a couple of weekends ago you can see that white in some of the photos around some of the windows. A little product called Peel-Away 6, pastic putty knife, a rag and some 200 proof vodka mixed with M.E.K. (also known as denatured alcohol – don’t drink the stuff – they add the M.E.K. so it isn’t drinkable) and some elbow grease and it came off.
I also put my power tools away as I’m done with those, swept the floor, and did some general clean up.
After White Paint Removal
The floor still looks yucky, but that will be saved for last. I am going to have foam insulation blown in the roof. I have drywall work to do. And, I have painting of the drywall to do. That stuff will all end up dripping on the floor. So, why risk it.
I also scraped this wall.
A db texture
It will be added to my next texture collection – a db original. (By the way, my textures can be purchased at www.bayphoto.com. Visit http://www.bayphoto.com/store/products.php?cat=28 for my textures.)
I’m not sure what I’m going to do with this interior clapboard wall. (Hey, if you have ideas, let me know. You can say you had input into my new studio’s design.) One idea was to paint over this with clear, flat, varathane so that it is in a state of arrested decay (or so it would appear). It does look kind of grungy.
Monday is the elder’s P-day. They said they would help me on the wall in the house, and I think with the three of us, we can get it done and perhaps they might help with some rafter painting in the office.
So, I’m done working on the office & studio for the day. I still have time and daylight so I can take my camera for a walk – a long over-due walk.
When you’re in the area, come take a look at the office. Pictures just don’t do it justice.
Part II – My Walk Through The Village
I just returned from my walk through the village. I stopped at Mackenzie’s and had a visit with Mary, the owner. She’s having an open house next weekend. www.MyMackenzies.com I met her friend Carol.
From there I went to check on things at the building. Check out this graffiti. 1900 !!!
No way am I painting that wall. (Do you hear me dear? I’m not going to paint it. It has too much character.)
I stopped at the Logo Factory all because Mary had a T-shirt they silkscreened for her business. There I met Linda Mead. Linda and her husband own the shop there. www.WePrintShirtsUSA.com
After that, it was across the street to Brick House Antiques. I made my way through and just as I was about to leave the building, I saw an old style school desk. Yup. I bought it. It will be great for kid’s portraits. www.brickhouseantiques.com
I eventually made my way home, just to turn around and grab the car so I could go get my desk I just bought.
I ran into Terry walking down the street. He posed for me to take a picture of him.
Oh, I noticed the house across from the Garlock House, another old Victorian, is for sale. I think they want $169,000 for it. Great deal. Hey, California buddies. Couldn’t ask for a nicer place to live.