I live in Los Angeles and I do a lot of my work in the garage but weather isn’t always my friend and the garage isn’t a great place to spend a lot of time due to certain factors:
1) Bad lighting
2) No heat or cooling
3) Lots and lots of dust
4) Lots and lots of spiders. I’m serious! Black Widows. It’s like a science fiction movie out there. Mostly we get along ok but it’s still unnerving.
As my business has grown I’ve needed more inside, spider- free space (the thrill of finishing a project is severely undermined when you come back to find that an errant arachnid has wandered into the not-yet-dry finish and perished).
So, my dining room ended up looking like this:
And all the supplies are squirreled away in other rooms and closets.
In short, inefficient, annoying and truly putting a crimp in my dinner party plans.
So, the Great Guest Bedroom Makeover has begun. The goal is to create the ultimate work room, get everything contained in one spider-free(ish – lets be honest, they’re everywhere) space and live happily ever after.
The dream would be to have it look like this amazing space from spaceplanner.com (click on the picture to be taken to their site – its great)
But, here is the room as it stands now.
Lots of work to do. And lots and lots of shelving needed.
Luckily I had another Craig’s List score!
I found a lovely couple who are moving from Van Nuys to open a Bed and Breakfast.
No, seriously, I’m very happy for them (is there a sarcasm font? I need one.)
Happily, the Francophiles had a lot of shelving that wasn’t going to go with their rustic, new “we live in France” lifestyle. But it’s in pretty bad shape and needs sanding and painting so Project Paint a Billion Shelves will now commence.
And I came across this brilliant idea from the latest issue of This Old House Magazine about how to paint shelves or doors more quickly and using less space.
Screw four spacer blocks (made from scrap wood) to each corner of the door or shelf .
You can then paint one side, flip it over and paint the other (huge time savings) AND you can stack them up to dry (huge space savings). Forgive this crude drawing – I will post an actual picture this evening:
It’s time to get painting!
Wish me luck.