Front of garage before.

Garage to Studio, Phase III

My apple butter bribery worked….the Texan and I got back to business on my art studio this weekend.  It’s a big moment….the front of the garage is the part we see from the house and the view has been a bit too deep-woods distillery for my tastes (if it was actually a distillery you know my feelings would be different).

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Front of garage before.

In addition to pure aesthetics, we needed a strong dose of function.  Those old barn doors (though lovely with their eons of peeling, different colored paint) were so gap-toothed that full-sized tumbleweeds could blow in through them (in addition to a lot of dirt and dust).  Additionally, we had a frightening wind storm last winter that actually ripped one in half, and, as a quick fix, we screwed support boards to the inside that rendered one whole set of doors inoperable. In a nutshell, those doors needed to go (though I am keeping all that glorious chippy, painted old wood for other projects).  In order to use this space as an art studio, I need to be able to shut the dirt and debris from the outside world out, and shut the mess I make in.

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Oh man….those hinges: a study in every kind of bad bolt and flathead screw known throughout history. All painted into place.
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The Texan removes each bolt by hand and loses quite a bit of knuckle in the process.
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The Texan, mid-curse, as he deals with the dreaded flathead screws.
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After he frees one side of one hinge (of ten), we get a close-up view of the layers of paint. Am I the only one who thinks this is pretty? The Texan doesn’t.
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WHY!? Why do these exist?!!
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This project is flushing a lot of these out to play.
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Finally! One door is off….but the hinges defy logic.
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Millie does quality-control on the trim for the new doors.
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At the end of the day, the doors are off…but the hinges are still taunting the Texan.
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The white dog weighs in on the hinge. She decides we’d better bust out the reciprocating saw.
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Millie manages the job site.
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Routing out plywood for the new doors.
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The router is my new obsession in life.
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I am starting to regret allowing chickens in the construction zone.
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Millie rocks the catwalk. Then she and the rest of her cohorts get banished to the back garden. I don’t need chicken**** on my freshly-painted doors, thank you.

The good news is that, since Phase IV is the interior of the studio, I’m not going to wait until after that to reveal the outside of the garage/studio.  The bad news is that Phase III took a lot longer than we anticipated, and it still isn’t ready for the big reveal either.  🙁  I know I am really dragging this out (not intentionally!).  So for now, how about a glimpse at the ‘after’ of the doors to tide us all over.

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New weather-proof (hopefully), easy to operate, snazzy-looking carriage doors on my soon-to-be art studio.

What paint color is that, you ask?  It’s called ‘blood, sweat, tears and four-letter words’.  Exterior semi-gloss.

6 Comments

  1. Haha! Love the “color.” I can SEE the words. (“Close your eyes, my sweeties. This is a PG post.”) Looking good! I’m really looking forward to the interior shots. You and Jonathon – and all the feathered and furred assistants – make a great team. Cheers!

  2. Looks great! 🙂

  3. What a difference! You two are amazing!

  4. Brooke

    Adam really needs to get Jonathan some new tools!!! Doors look amazing!!

    • farmhouseK8

      Hahaha! Thanks, B! 🙂

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