Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Reality of Rehab

Over two months has passed since the last post in which I promised this post would be showing you the pretty stuff.  Sadly, I can't deliver on that promise. The rehab clock sometimes runs counter clockwise.  Here us what I can show you.

The massive hood has been installed in the kitchen and the ceiling grid is in place.

Tile has been laid in the kitchen and...

in the front service area.

The floors behind the bar and the kitchenette on the second floor have been waterproofed and...

the tile has been installed.

The tile work that was started in the bathrooms had to be put on hold because of some plumbing problems.  Those "little" problems persisted resulting in the removal of parts of the drywall to resolve the problem.  But the ol' rehab clock is running again, although, not always keeping perfect time.

The second floor ceiling in this shot is ready and waiting for ceiling panels.

.Getting started on those panels.

This is a large area to cover and it took several days to get all these panels up to create a sound absorbing ceiling.

Almost finished and ready for paint.

But before the paint there was a lot of smoothing of walls.

And hours and hours of patching and sanding.

There were also many feet of that dratted HVAC tubing to snake around the room.

There were a series of scheduling conflicts with painters, but a bit of the painting has been done.
The ceiling color is a Benjamin Moore color called Barnwood.  The bricks on the back wall have one coat of BM called Museum Piece.

Sections of the second floor will be a Sherwin Williams color called Grandiose.  (although it looks yellow it is really green) And that, folks, is where we stand now.

Plans are being made for the front of the building but I'll save that for another post.

The glazed terra cotta tile work requires someone specifically qualified to restore this type of decorative finish.

 Most of the repair work is on the ground level, but all of it is in need of tuck pointing.

 This is a historic feature and I'm looking forward to bringing it back to it's original state so expect a full report at a later date.

I feel I have to end this post on a pretty note and this is all I've got for right now.

If you look at the brick section to the right of the window you will see strip with some wood cross bars going from the floor to the ceiling.  These are actually recessed spaces in the brick that allows room to run pipes and wires without having them exposed.  There are four of these channels on the second floor.

The plan is to wrap a 12 inch wide board with this fabric (Hunter's Purse in Mica) and attach it to the wall and cover the opening.  We cannot do that until the flooring (sample behind the fabric) is installed, so the results of this will have to be shown at a later date.

Wish I had more for ya', but that's all 'till next time.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

It's Not Pretty!

The last progress report on the restaurant project was this one.  Since then a lot of time has passed and money has flown out the door.  The result is:  LOTS of systems have been installed that will make the place comfortable, functional, safe and efficient.  Sadly that has nothing to do with making the place look great.  In fact, quite the contrary.

Room temperature is important but how it happens sure ain't pretty! Note the duct stretching across that great tin ceiling.
(That huge piece of stainless happens to be the hood for the stove.)

Nothing like having a large tube of ductwork looming overhead at the bar.

Dropping the ducts below the I beams resulted in some serious eye rolls on my part.

These are the large panels that will be installed over all that foam insulation on the second floor ceiling.  The pictures don't do them justice...they look worse in person.  But, I'm told they will absorb sound and that is important.  I will strive to make them look better with paint.

Some of the drywall has been installed on the second floor to enclose the bathroom and the satellite kitchen.  The stub wall is built around the staircase and the bar wall has been built.

Lots of wiring is still being run for electricity and the sound system.

 Boxes of tile for the bathrooms are stacked and waiting for the time when tile can be installed.
Lots more tile is on the way for the kitchens and the bar area.  All that delicious stuff will be pictured in the next post...I hope that's soon.

This is the hallway in front of the bathrooms.  More tile is stacked in the cubby at the end of the hallway.

Those two skinny poles on the left are support columns and, unfortunately, they are not temporary.  Another challenge for seating, traffic flow, and decor.

It's hard to tell here, but the ceilings in the bathrooms keep getting lowered to accommodate all the crap essentials that are housed overhead.

Remember the hood from the first shot in this post?  This is the wall where it will be hung in the next week.

This is a shot of the rest of the kitchen.  Right now it's a maze of vents, and drains, and pipes for the sprinkler system.

The black pipes with the red connectors are part of the spinkler system.

It shows up everywhere and in most cases is not able to be camouflaged.

This is one of the worst!  That pole drops right where we have plans for banquette seating.  Ouch!

And then we have those piles of trash that keep reappearing no matter how many times they are hauled to the dumpster.
Patience and flexibility are required.  Problem solving and compromise are essential.  Optimism and determination are our best tools to take this project to completion. Please stay tuned for the pretty stuff.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Outside-the-Box Christmas Wrapping

My wrapping this year started out with a few things for my grandsons.  Their idea of dressing for a special occasion is to clip a tie to their t-shirts. It works for them and doesn't curtail any of their normal behavior.  However, those ties take a beating. I thought new ones for Christmas would be a place to start my shopping.

The t-shirts to clip these to are inside the boxes.

I also picked up a puzzle as a gift they could share.

I recycled this bag and I needed to cover a message written on the outside of the bag.  In the spirit of recycling I cut the front of a Christmas card into a puzzle shape and glued it to the bag. Not easy to see the interlocking cutouts because I cut all three into the snow and then placed it on a white bag.  Oops.)

In place of a name tag, I cut a picture of each of them into puzzle shapes too.  The hope is they will be able to catch the clues and guess what is inside.

By the time I got to this one, I realized I had a bit of a theme going with the hints on the outside of the package.

 NO, I did not get them their own airplane. 

 Inside this little box are twenty paper airplanes that I folded because.....

I bought them each a mobile that has ten clips on which to hang photos, origami, or in this case, paper airplanes.  Full disclosure:  The book I got from the library on origami started with a fish and ended with an elephant, a flamingo and something equally as complicated.  I chose to start with the elephant.  Twenty frustrating minutes later I flipped to the front of the book and attempted to fold the fish.  Thirty minutes of that and I returned the book to the library.

I had more presents to wrap, or not wrap.  So moving on....

This coloring calendar seemed too pretty to cover.

So I covered the words with ribbon and tucked a few colored pencils into the bow to add dimension to the top. DONE.

The next one was a bit of a flip-flop as the decorative wrap went on the inside.  Sounds a little odd but it's a clear glass trifle bowl so it could still be seen.

If this looks like an idea you would like to try, I have a tip for you.


a little bit of ribbon on the pedestal and you have an unwrapped gift that still looks festive.

Update:  The ribbon/bow did not work on the base AT ALL.  That's why there's plan "B" or however far you need need to travel through the alphabet.  You have 26 chances to get it right.

 Bringing some color to the base finished it off nicely.

I'm calling it the Top Hat Trifle.

I picked up this box at Hobby Lobby when they dropped their prices on holiday merchandise.  My forty-something son gave me an idea earlier this week when he complained about small print.  I decided this would be a good gift box to accessorize with a gift.

I had Santa try out my son's first pair of cheaters.

Sheer black ribbon anchored the specs in place and kept the lid on the box.  Oh, and inside the box is my son's favorite

Money is one of those gifts that seems like you didn't give the gift much thought.  The truth is, you probably thought long and hard and could not come up with anything the receiver would really like.  I have found a few ways to make gifting money more stylish, if you will.  

For example:  Take this bag of popcorn.  My daughter's family does a weekly home movie night and they often make popcorn.  I removed the descriptive tag and put it in an envelope.

I added a burlap bow and few berry twigs.

Then I added some cash and a "Snow me the Money" lottery ticket to the envelope and hot glued it to the back of the popcorn sack.  DONE!

I saw these little headband hats at five BELoW and knew they would work for my granddaughters.

A bit of glittery netting, the cash again, and COMPLETE!

And just maybe the girls will wear these to a New Year's party.  Yes, I have granddaughters of that age.....I know, who would have guessed? =)

i picked up these magnetic clips with the intention of giving them to my grandsons so they could easily rotate their daily art display on the refrigerator.

Given the direction I was going with gifts this year, I thought these needed to be on the outside of the box as well.  However, I didn't have anything for the inside of the box and empty might have been a little anticlimactic. So, off to Michael's in the rain on the Friday before Christmas.  

I found this cute "how to" drawing book that emphasized using shapes to create characters.  This seemed like a multipurpose learning experience for the boys. 

To be honest, I liked it for myself.  But isn't that what we usually something we ourselves like?  That's why it's so hard to buy for others.  Even if the gift is not for me, I have to like least a little.

I can certainly see myself drawing right along with the kids.

I boxed the book and wrapped it in black paper because I had this cute Santa belt ribbon that I wanted to use and because...

I knew it would let the colorful clips stand out.  I added the shapes to play off the title of the book.  I know what you are thinking. This is way too much time spent on wrapping that is going to be destroyed in a preschooler second.  It's called THERAPY for people like me.

I browsed around Michael's for awhile even though what I needed I found right inside the door.  What should have been a twenty minute commute turned into forty because I didn't take into consideration that most people would be leaving work Friday at midday for the holiday break.  So, I needed a little time to recuperate before getting back on the highway.

These are simple little yarn and felt kits that are great projects for little tykes as they develop their coordination and dexterity.

There were a couple snowman heads that I didn't use on the trifle bowl and that worked out perfectly for this package.  All they needed were scarfs to complete the outfit.

Don't worry, I don't expect anyone to guess what's inside based on this.  Although knowing my 6 year old grandson, he might guess a hound's tooth.  

I passed this on the clearance shelf as I was checking out and made it my final purchase and the last gift of this post.

The boys love to help their mother bake and I thought they might have some fun with this on a snowy day in January.

Documented:  It is 11:36 am on Christmas eve and my wrapping is complete.  These are my grandsons, Nathan and Gabriel.  Hopefully, I will get a picture of my granddaughters, Amber and Taylor, in their New Year's hats that I can add to this post.

Merry Christmas