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Yoga Boutique Revamp

Labor Day weekend.  What did I do?  I labored.  Awhile back, I repainted our entry way and lounge area to the studio.  It was long overdue and it looks beautiful now.  The store was next.  The week I’d planned to do it, I came down with a stomach virus.  No need to say anymore. 

The boutique had been painted the same fleshy, neutral color as our lounge area about 10 years ago.  I also had some great wall grid left over from my video store that I thought would be cool to hang our new line of clothing on.  By the way, all of our Stonewear Yoga wear is 75% off now.  That’s like…..free clothes people and it’s going fast.

Of course, what was supposed to be a two or three hour project turned into a nightmare. 

After the yoga class on Sunday, my fellow teachers helped me clear out the store which involved the heavy rug I’d brought from home way back when.  The rest of the stuff wasn’t too bad to move.  The boutique is actually an old bank vault as our building was a bank at one time.  The floor is concrete like the rest of our lounge and entry space, except in this vault they had painted the floor about 24 inches (or more) all the way around with the wall color.  We’d noticed it had been getting sticky and wondered who had spilled something in there.  Once the rug was removed, I mopped it.  Revelation time.  The floor had been painted with flat, latex paint which cuts with water.  So with the high humidity in the basement, this paint had turned tacky. 

Uh oh.  This is the part where all the other people leave because they have something else to do.  And it’s OK.  This was my idea, my project and I was going to handle it.  Classic independent Kirsten.  Not needing any help from anybody.

Practicing what I preach, I decided to nip this in the bud with no anger.  I stayed calm and focused on what I had to do.  I ran home.  I got a swiffer-like paint scraper on a pole.  I did a small area before I thought I would die.  I tried to not think too much about the outcome.  I stayed present with the task on hand knowing that this paint would eventually dissolve.  

Then, I asked for help. 

I called my husband to see if he had any other ideas.  He showed up shortly with a shop broom and an extra bucket.  We scrubbed the entire floor with water and that shop broom.  Then we scraped the rest of the paint away.  We had a bucket full of paint when we finished.  Too bad we didn’t have a place to use it.  This took about three hours and mind you, this area is only about 9 x 15 feet or so.  I was extremely grateful for the help.

After that was  finished and I’d mopped it a couple more times, I could prepare to paint. 

Finally.  Sheesh. 

The painting only took a couple of hours.  I let the paint dry over night and returned on Monday to put the place back together. 

Boutique Before

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Boutique After

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Fountain Balance

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Three years ago, I asked the nice people that owned the building (and that hold the license to our studio) if we could paint our studio space.  It was white and dirty from hands and feet.  I offered to do all the work and purchase the paint, after all, it was my idea.  On Memorial Day they called and asked me to come down and check out the paint they tested on the walls.  They’d had someone paint the entire place.  The whole thing.  All of it, and it’s quite a large space.  I stayed all day that day, and helped as we moved stuff around.  Our massage therapist had moved out, so they let the studio take over her space as well.  We now had our own entryway, lounge space and boutique.

The lounge, entryway and our boutique areas, have been this color you see above for a long time.  Neutral flesh is what we’ve decided it call it.  It’s OK.  It went with our eclectic array of stuff and our funky rugs and whimsies.  Rugs are great.  Especially on a concrete floor in the winter time in a basement.  But on occasion we have a lot of rain, or ice or snow that will melt.  Wet rugs are not fun.  Then there’s the funk and the weight that goes with that.  I like to improve stuff.  It was time.  A couple of us picked out this great color of paint.  It was a metallic, silvery jade.  We wanted shimmer and we needed shine.  I went to purchase that cool paint to find it was a two part process.  Yep.  That’s right.  The first gallon is a base coat that costs $30.  The second gallon, the shimmer coat, costs $40.  What?  I about died.  What if we had to paint this area twice?  No can do. 

This time, I didn’t ask.  I just went for it.  Hope I’m not in trouble!

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So there I was.  At Lowe’s.  All alone with no swatches of anything for ideas except the thought that I’d already painted the cabinetry, our lamp and our bookcase black.  The studio is already green, so Wasabi was out.  I went for an antique gold.  It has hues of green and it’s warm and bright at the same time.   I picked up the flower panels at Tuesday Morning.  Uh oh.  We forgot to paint underneath the counter.  Amanda and I painted the entryway.  

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I found an affordable place online to purchase some interlocking foam squares for the floor.  They can get wet and they came in lots of colors.  Sold.  We got black and red.  I also recovered our barstools that used to be covered with this dated tapestry.  This area turned out amazing.  It looked so good that in fact, it made our lounge and fountain area (which is quite large) look bad.   So all alone yesterday and the night before, I tackled the job.  Flesh color be gone.  I also removed a door which we never close, it’s pictured in the before photo, it’s a big, white door.  I jacked my shoulder up moving that, so I’m hoping it’ll work itself out in class tomorrow.  Granted I can get out bed.

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 Fountain area before and after. 

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The balance practice that I taught all week really came in handy while wielding a paint brush and standing on the edge of this fountain.  I’m not a tall person.  It was quite the stretch for me.  I was so tired afterwards I failed to get a photo of the completed area.  That’s OK.  There’s always later as I need to get the artwork back on the walls.

The students that don’t read this blog, will be in for a BIG surprise next week.

Happy Fourth and 5th and 6th……………


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Where’s My Kitchen? Part 2

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It’s all happening, sort of!  The tile, is going up on the backsplash for the kitchen remodel that we started in February 2007.  Patience my friend.  It’s tattooed on my back as a reminder that one must not get in a hurry!  Hit a couple of snags, as usual.  Can’t call it a “true project” without some not so smooth sailing.  I’d purchased some neat little creamy glass tiles, to insert you know, here and there.  Total pain in the ass.  Decided against that, too time consuming.  And the fit wasn’t quite right and it looks great without them!  I thought we’d trim the window with them instead.  Also, instead of wrapping the tile on the corners, I’m going to paint the wall.  Just tile the back wall only and be different! 

Here’s where the smooth sailing comes in.  This tile, flushes up to the edge of the window frame with a finished edge, perfectly, no cuts, no buts!  The glass tile is out!  Oh, but it will be used.  I have a couple of mosaic projects in mind for it, and, I got the glass stuff for $20 so it’s not a big deal. 

Hope to finish the opposite wall this evening.  This tile is heavy, and reminds me of stoneware.  It was hard to nip it when needed.  Even when scored, I had a hard time with it.  Of course, that’s why I have Frank!  I can’t believe how straight he got these tiles, inserting them one at a time!  We got a great deal, on discount, since these were loose.  Just kidding.  They were on a 12×12″ sheet.  We’re not that cheap, or that crazy!  In stock at Lowe’s if you’re interested and not expensive!  Thanks honey, you rock!  Can’t wait to finish the opposite wall, I love it!

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