Monday, August 14, 2017

What Happened?

I wish I had a photo trail of what happened the past few months but for a variety of reasons, I do not.
These next few pictures are about a paint color that didn't measure up to my expectations.  Then
came a series of things that didn't quite measure up!  None of these were under my control and posting about them just seemed more like whining.  But, things are starting to come together.  So I'm leaving up the pics about the wrong color choice and then skipping to what's happening now.

Because I wasn't pleased with my original color choice on this wall, I repainted it myself.
The lighter color is still wet in this photo so don't judge yet.


You can see where I did the cutting in on this wall?  Hard to believe the darker color on this wall and the one above are exactly the same paint in different light.  You can see how it was sort of working and then absolutely not working.  The lighter color is better all around.

The paint is dry here and gave me the color I was going for the first time. Sometimes that happens, and it's best to repaint and be happy.  The counter top was being installed when this picture was taken.  It's a Silestone pattern called Artic.


Table bases for the first floor before cleaning and painting.


Table bases painted and attached to new table tops.  OK, OK, I'll give you better look. (That's bubble wrap, not tablecloths.)

Waiting on new glides for the bases before removing the protective paper from the floor.


Chairs arrived for the second floor.

It only took about 15 hours to unpack, and assemble 72 of these babies.  That's two people each working 15 hours!!

This is just a small portion of them.  Waiting now for table tops and bases.  They should arrive this week.


A little picture hanging is taking place.

This was not the intended placement nor type of lighting I envisioned.  Once again HVAC and a support soffit foiled all plans.  I call it "deer in the headlights."

I tried to get a shot without the glare and managed to captured my "touch up" sticky note for the painter.


  There are seven of the wire fixtures on the second floor. They cast interesting shadows on the walls and keep the space open and airy looking.

I zoomed out here for a better look at this area.

This is a shot of the bar lights.  It gives you some idea of the complexity of hanging these OVER the bar. where they need be, in spite of the placement of the HVAC ducts.  Is that whining, you ask?  Damn right and, in this case, justified.


This fixture will hang over one of the banquette tables that isn't here yet.  It had to hang right off the HVAC unit.  I wasn't going to show that, but maybe I will so you'll understand some of the frustration.

I guess I should be glad there was a way to hang it over the table in spite of the ill placed heating/cooling unit.


This wall is really not lilac!!  I swear, it's not!  It's called Spaulding Gray, but we know how those grays can play tricks in certain light.  I'll try for a better picture before I post this.


This is the same wall color, just a different bathroom.


Commercial bathrooms have requirements that prohibit getting magazine material photos.  Obviously, I pulled in tight on this one to eliminate the boring plumbing.


I inserted one picture of the kitchen so you would know it really is a restaurant.  Still lots of details to attend to in this room, but it's getting there.


This piece was taking up a chunk of space in my garage for months.  I'm very happy to have it hanging in the restaurant.


 These pendants hang over the service counter perpendicular to the moose rack.

The tables are on the opposite side of the stairs from the two pictures shown above.  These antler pendants hang over some of the tables.  One broke in shipping so,,, waiting on a replacement.

The odd shaped table top leaning against the wall is for the corner banquette.  That cannot be put in place until pins arrive to support both ends.


I found this canvas yesterday and decided I would find a place for it even if it's not in the restaurant.


 The heron, on the other hand, were purchased specifically for this corner on the second floor.  Once a few more things are in place, I will get a shot showing their location in the room.



And, last but not least, we were given the green light by Cultural Resources to begin the facade work!  I'm really excited to post about that transformation.  The red arrows show how the large windows will be divided after all the wood trim is replaced.





Friday, June 16, 2017

Inching Along

Dare I say we are getting to the final layer?  In some areas maybe.  There is still some electrical and some plumbing to do.  And there is also painting to finish.  Progress on the facade is at a standstill until it makes it through approval by Cultural Resources.  But, I can give a progress report of sorts.

I have been experimenting with a stencil that I purchased for the second floor.  This was the first sample.  I have never tried rolling a stencil with a sponge roller, but it would sure make this job go faster.  There was some bleeding but I think I've come up with a method to alleviate that problem.


I also thought the first try had too much contrast.  I kept the same background color but went over the ginkgo leaf with a lighter grayish/taupe.  I also considered some metallic gold on the fringes,  That could work, but it is labor intensive, and given the amount of wall I need to cover, I ruled it out.


The bar tile is in place but not grouted yet.  There was a major detour on the bar top.  After having the template made and making the down payment, I was informed the Silestone in Steel had been discontinued.  That derailed the train for days until a replacement could be found.

Because I got really busy and didn't finish this post...the tile on the bar is now grouted.


The service counter also has most of the tile in place.  This top had to be reworked and a second template had to be made before the work order could processed.



The doors finally arrived for the bathrooms.  Once those are installed and trimmed out, the final tile can be installed.
Oops! Spoke too soon.  Another setback.

 Sink and faucet were installed....not to mention tile!  AND THEN....another leak!  Not the same bathroom. Just another failed snap ring taking the blame.  I took this after the fix and after the drywall was patched back.  Retiling and regrouting on the horizon. Searching for a new plumber, added to the list.



More work has been done on the banquette seating and some of it has been delivered.  Next comes foam and upholstery.  Are you getting the idea that we are not as close to the finish line as we should be?

I swear I took a picture of this beautious fixture BEFORE they hung that awful EXIT sign, but I cannot find it.  Not to whine...too much....but this is the kind of thing that is repeated on a weekly basis.  Just when my spirit soars, there seems to be a little tether that brings me down a notch.  It is one of the pitfalls of commercial design.


Viewed from another angle, you can eliminate the exit sign and add in the HVAC vent.


On a positive note, the lift that carries the food from the kitchen to the second floor should be ready in a few days.


This baby was a tough, tough install.  Everyday for weeks there was a redo or adjustment to be made.  But it is in the shaft and has traveled to the top.  Now it's just a matter of closing it up and making it look pretty. 

Currently trying to figure a way to hang eight pendants over the bar.  It looks like plenty of room but it's only 50 inches.  Track rails have to go below the I-beam and somehow miss that monstrous mess of metal,

It runs smack in the middle of the bar top.  That happens to be the one thing I asked them to avoid.
Imagine that?  
We might have a bunch of drinkers bumping their heads on the way out.


In the meantime I'm working on the facade.  This happens to be marble that is below the large windows on the front and west side of the building.  I had plans to cover it over, very tastefully mind you, but Cultural Resources had another idea.


They must be replaced with a similar look and material.  I am now getting bids on granite pieces as a replacement.  


Somewhere along this journey, I mentioned buying these four chairs.


Since then they have been sitting on my porch backless and seatless while those parts were being reupholstered.


The newly upholstered pieces were delivered today.
Can't wait to assemble and take them to the restaurant.
Everyone is asking when we will be to the point of needing seating and I cannot even hazard a guess.  All I can say is, "Stay tuned."


Friday, May 26, 2017

Bits and Pieces

Not a full reveal. but some preparations and progress to show you.

Boxes of vinyl flooring were delivered to the site.


This is the glued down version for better water protection.

Completed north end of the room.  Mannington Floor in Seaport Wharf.

Not easy to see the difference here, but this is the same flooring in a different color for the ground level.  Mannington floor in Dockside that has a hint of gray with brown.

This is part of a large folding screen that needed touching up and waxing.

I discovered it at the Miriam Shop.  A six panel, seven foot tall screen.  Pretty, but not what I was looking for until...

I saw the other side.  The plan is to separate it into two panels of three.


 There are two electrical panels on the second floor.  We will use a 3 piece section of the folding
 screen to shield each one from the view of the patrons.

The panels are boxed in now and painted so they look better, but the screen is still in play.

I found these table bases, complete with glass tops, at an estate sale.  Here they are after a coat of spray paint.  I plan to pair them with some chairs I found at a Mid-Century shop on Jefferson.


I wanted something open and lightweight but still sturdy.

The metal plating is not in great condition but now that they have been thoroughly cleaned, I think they can be used as is for the time being.

Except for the upholstery, that is.

Here is a tiny sample strip in the gray and white.  I would have shown a larger sample but I just gave the roll of fabric to the upholsterer. (BTW, that 8x8 piece of tile you see here is what is going on the front of the bar.)

Because this post is dragging on a bit, I am able to show you a section of the bar that is now tiled.

The template was made and we are waiting on the top.  It will be Silestone in a color called Steel.


 Second floor bathroom tile.  Not painted yet and waiting on the plumber to get the sink in place.


There are two bathrooms on the first floor done in this tile.


I haven't talked much about the stairs but they are starting to get some attention now.



They look pretty awful and all the construction mess has not helped. Sure hope we can make them look good.

 Looks like the sanders are moving faster than this blog post.

Stained and ready for poly.  Can't promise when the risers will be painted.  The painter left today for a one week vacation. 


This is the bench seating in the fabrication process.

This section is painted and ready for cushions.

Some of the furnishings have arrived.


Like these cute little stools for first floor seating.  That's your sneak peak for now.  Hope to have lots more real soon.