Monday, 24 May 2010

Decision Time

With the return of the builder came all the questions...What type of window, hot or cold for the outside shower, tile or fill in cement on floor, what colour walls?  Ahhh!  I had been waiting so long to get to this point it kind of caught me by surprise when it finally happened.  I have also been flat out on a big editing project, so I only lifted my head from the computer occasionally to say "whatever you think is best." The unexpected also popped up.  Rotten panels couldn't support the new window so had to be replaced.  What started as a small project was getting bigger by the day.  But it was happening, finally!

So that brings me up to today & we finished painting!  I chose white and, as a friend advised, if I want to change later, the white acts as a great undercoat.  I encouraged the children's enthusiasm by paying them & let them loose with rollers.  They had a great time & it was yet another first for our family as a direct result of my crazy idea to turn the laundry into a studio/workshop.
I've been talking about the bench with my builder & he recommends I use MDF.  I got a sample & while I think it's economical & practical, my heart just kind of sank.  I had envisaged a wooden workhorse that would give the space character & have a warmth to it.  I want to love my bench, is that crazy because it'll certainly not be a beauty after I get my tools out?
Sometimes I think things are just meant to happen.  Yesterday an artist I know dropped by with photos for a video we are working on.  I copied them & saw that they were of a boat being restored so I contacted her to ask if the builders might have any wood suitable.  The end result is I'm off to record an interview at the boat shed on Wednesday & while there I'll check out the potential bench.  Apparently they have some beautiful wood.  Another option is to have MDF with a wood edge?  
Anyway, suggestions would be welcome.  I was intending to have the narrower bench, 12ft-opposite my workbench as a white kitchen bench.  I'm starting to have second thoughts about that one too, but it's not as important my workspace under the window.  I saw some beautiful drawers today from a Japanese University.  They are the old card index drawers-small, deep,& compartmentalised.  I thought they'd be perfect to store anything from silver to mallets & everything in between.  I digress...Bench first, storage later.

The family that paints together...?
So this is me up to date.  The business of turning what is now a shell into my workshop begins!

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