Sunday, March 15, 2009

Recent Projects

As the finishing touches are being put on the bathroom, I felt the need to give it a little color. If you can't already tell, putting color into everything is what I do a lot. We painted the bathroom bright white, and the only color in there was the yellow tones of the gold shower doors and wooden blinds and wooden toilet seat (do I sound like a Martha Stuart, or a gay interior designer?). Anyways, the doors to the linen closet were taken off in the process of painting, and we decided not to paint them white like the rest of the bathroom, but cover them in some fabric instead. So I documented the process, just so if anybody was interested in doing the same, they can see how to do it. I think it's a great way to change the look and feel of a room, and when you're done with it, you can always change the fabric or take it off entirely without showing any damage to the doors. Here is the process:

Fabric Door Panel
I used carpeting tacks/staples which I nailed into the wood to secure the fabric tightly on the door panel. You can get them at Home Depot.

Fabric Door Panel
Stretch and staple one dimension of fabric at a time, ie. parallel sides.

Fabric Door Panel
The back of a finished door panel.

Fabric Door Panel
The front of a finished door panel. I also put a door handle on.

Fabric Door Panel
The last thing was installing the hinges. I did this over the fabric, making small holes in the fabric for the screw to pass through and into the wood. Pre-drill your screw holes.

Fabric Door Panel
The door was installed and is now ready to use! Go ahead and open it!

We have also been working on organizing the garage and setting up all of Romy's tools. As you can see in the next few pictures, we put a peg board up, and got a metal work bench. The work bench came from an old autobody shop which was being torn down in the middle of downtown Oakland. The body shop guy was renting the shop and he got evicted. The owner of the body shop put many items on craigslist after he kicked the renter out. We saw the advertisement on craigslist, so we picked up a few items.

Our Garage
Romy welding on his new-to-us metal work bench.

Romy Welding
Hello, Romy.

Welding Gas Tank
The welding gas tank which we got a while ago from Sebastapol (see previous post).


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