Saturday, April 14, 2012

Shop Series: Paint floors white!

 Another sleepless night~I couldn't wait to get to the shop to
start on the floors. When I left the shop yesterday I called a floor sander
to meet and give me a quote the next morning..I had
plans to sand floors, then make a giant diamond pattern on the floor
out of a white wash and natural wood, but it dawned on me when
 I got home that since the floors were
stained and patched, my best option is to
 do as the farmers do~just paint them with porch/floor paint!
 So I cancelled the floor guy and stopped 
at Lowes to get some supplies and headed right to work.
 When I arrived I couldn't help but be romanced by some 
of the details that had escaped me on day one~
like this beautiful door knob on my back door~
 And this gorgeous radiator by the front window~
 I lugged in all my supplies for the day~I was not going to be 
leaving anytime soon. There was painting to be done 
and waiting on  my first delivery of store inventory~
clocks and wings and pretty things!
 I stood in the quiet shop and looked around~I wanted 
to get rid of that big hunky peg board that was screwed into a
 window that had been bricked up years ago...
 The florist that used to be in this space years ago used this to
 hold ribbons for wrapping up and creating floral orders~but 
I thought it looked wierd~so I climbed up on the ladder with a hammer
 and a screw driver. The screws were caked in layers of paint 
and I had to chisel it out before I could turn the screws.
 Like a one armed paper hanger, when you are alone 
there are limits to what you can do~
with one screw remaining the big peg board swooped off to the side
 revealing a smashed window with hunks 
of glass ready to spew out onto the floor.
 Plate glass can rip you to shreds...
I carefully removed it wearing gloves and then took
 out the last screw to reveal the window.
 Don't try this at home~ ha! 
Decades of dust inside the window sill...
 Wow! It was going to be fantastic~
 I plan to wallpaper the bottom half with a vintage floral wallpaper 
I just ordered from an Etsy shop~
and then put glass shelves across and use it as a display cabinet!
Vintage Wallpaper Spring Sage Green Pink Yellow Daisies Floral Bouquet Focal Lace Strips Shabby Cottage
Pretty vintage wallpaper with a lace background on grey
with a garden bouquet in pink and yellow.
You can find many styles like this on Etsy~
 Love the old brick! I will install a puck light or a mini chandy at the top.
 This was the most dust I had ever seen~gross!
 But look how much more balanced it will be~yes this was a good move.
 And this is my little office/kitchenette that looks out towards that window.
 I brought along my inspiration pile~paint decks and my
 sketch pad that helps me keep track of all the 
images that pop into my head. This is how I create a space and
 get my vision on paper. I make sketches and notes all the time~
its a critical part of my process.
 Now I am supposed to be doing the floors!! But I couldn't
 wait to put a little white paint on the old bead board...the color all 
over the interior is killing I couldn't resist doing a bit of this first.
And the next thing I knew my delivery of clocks, angel wings had arrived! 
I am selling so many Mora clocks~and quite a few are
 going to be custom painted! I need to place another delivery for clocks,
 which will be my 4th so far! I am glad everyone seems to love them like I do.
 The order comes all shrink wrapped to a palette and is left by my front door.
 The first of many I imagine~I already have another one scheduled!
 At about the same time, Mike the landlord came over to help~
he had a floor washing machine. I had planned to do 
it the old fashioned and nasty way~but this was sooo easy!
 Painting floors is a 3 step process~first wash them with a 
TSP substitute solution.  I got this concentrate at 
Lowes and it makes 4 gallons. 
This TSP will remove the grime and grease. 
Proper prepwork isn't fun but you have to do it~
 It looks like Mike is doing it!! Excuse me while I pose 
for my glamour shot~not! I think Mike really wanted to do it...
and after that section he put me back in charge....
oh and guess how great my landlord is??
 He brought me a "house warming gift" of antique chandelier shades
 that are totally sweet and shabby chic!! 
 I was really taken aback! How nice of him, right?
He wrapped them up in a Turtle wax kit and pretended
 it was what it appeared to be~
he's got a sense of humor that Dave and I have been enjoying.  
Any way the box had the shades and a few vintage parts. 
Oh, and before I could take over the washing of the floors, 
I had to at least unwrap one pretty thing from my delivery~
look at this gorgeous thing!
 Love this rusty metal flower~
oh man I can hardly wait to create my space!
 Next step after floors dried was to apply primer. 
I used Zinsser Bulls Eye 1 2 3.  Its latex for an easy cleanup~
I got to work on the floors with the primer!
After the primer I will use a glossy white floor paint~mod farmhouse swedish floors await!!
And look who came home from school for the weekend to help his mom out? 
Yup, Colin! He was able to take the bus and get off at the subway right in the center and walk to my store!  It was awesome to have a helper come in at 4 pm~
 Colin started on one end of this side of the washed room, and I started on the opposite end and we met in the middle~
 I couldn't help but prime the walls too~I had to get rid of that carmel color...
 Beauty shot!!
One coat of primer~and next will be paint!! 
 And then I will do it all over again on this side of the shop~
I put in a twelve hour day and was happy with the results! My body?? Not so happy~
I creaked up the stairs to bed~I was I am headed to pick up two beautiful country french armoires done in the shabby chic style~I cannot wait to see them! I found them on craigslist and the photo was awful, but I am hoping for the best!  I'll see you all tomorrow with the next shop report!

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