Sunday, December 19, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Rejuvenation is sponsoring “Mid-Century Modern and the Recent Past: Documentation and Preservation” at the Architectural Heritage Center on June 19th, 2010. The Architectural Heritage Center is a non-profit resource center for historic preservation.
What: Mid-Century Modern and the Recent Past: Documentation and Preservation
When: Saturday, June 19, 2010 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Architectural Heritage Center 701 SE Grand Ave. Portland, Oregon
Cost: $20 (Includes lunch)
More Information: Visit the AHC website or call (503)231-7264
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
I started my search for door options. Flush panel, floor to ceiling doors were the easiest and most affordable option, but they seem too heavy and dark for the small, dark area at the end of the hall. Hmmmm. Then I found this photo of a shoji screen door design and knew that was an excellent option. Now, where do I get them?
We really like the natural look of the panels in this photo, but most shoji screen closet doors I found have glass panels. Time to get creative!
Several years ago I was given a roll of grass cloth wall paper. (Thanks, Ty!) At the time I didn't know what I would use it for... I just knew that I loved the look and would find a way to use it in the house. Grass cloth paneled doors are just the thing I need for the closet! We contacted our favorite door supplier to see if we could get the doors made without the panels. Then we could make and insert our own panels covered in grass cloth wall paper! Easy.
Apparently, I am developing this nasty habit of asking for things that are nearly impossible to create. And if it can be built, it will cost a fortune! Once my eyes stopped burning from viewing the door frame bids (seriously, ranging from $1400 to $2200 for ONE SET of 60" x 92" closet doors... just the frames...OUCH!) I started drawing up plans. Steve has tools and skills. I knew he could make these frames.
Here's the plan:
6) 3" x 8' Hemlock boards
2) 28" x 88" Masonite boards
2) cans of spray adhesive
1) roll of grass cloth wall paper
1) standard closet hardware kit
1-1/2 inch brads
1/2 inch staples
oxford brown paint
Simple frame construction. These are fairly light weight so they didn't need to be over-engineered. Steve just toenailed the pieces together with 1-1/2 inch brads.
Primer coat on.
Final coat of Oxford Brown. (2 coats)
Preparing to spray the Masonite and grass cloth with adhesive. (Hint: I had Lowe's cut the Masonite to the exact size I needed. They offer this service at no extra charge and there's no need to get out the jigsaw or table saw at home. Yay!)
Trimming the panels. We cut the wall paper a bit bigger than the Masonite so we could get a perfect edge for trimming.
The grass cloth panel looks amazing!
Attaching the panels to the door frames. 1/2 inch staples did the trick just fine.
Installing the the closet door hardware. This is just basic, bedroom style sliding closet door hardware. We didn't show the metal track we attached to the ceiling, but trust me... it was super easy to hang.
The finished doors in place. I've gotta admit that it's much better than looking at all our junk in the closet... and it's far better than the gold and glass doors that were there when we moved in! We still have to put up a piece of trim to cover the metal track that the doors are hanging from, but that project can wait for another day.
Total cost: $75
Time: About 3 hours labor; 4 hours of paint drying
Yeah, I'm pretty impressed with this one. I never thought we'd be making closet doors, but I never thought we'd be renovating a house from top to bottom either!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Now... what's next on the list....
Sunday, March 14, 2010
I thought that hanging the vertical wall supports was going to be really difficult, but it turned out to be pretty easy. Just used a level and 2" long screws. Since the wall is T-111 siding, we didn't have to mess with stud finders or sheetrock anchors.
The unit came with four long supports, two shorter ones and one corner support. We didn't use one of the shorter supports or the corner support. There are three corner shelves and one good size corner desk, but maybe we'll use those in one of the kids rooms someday. This will work just find for us... for now.
We had to reposition things a few times, but overall, everything fits, looks good and we like it. The Eames chair we picked up in Long Beach CA looks great at the desk.
I really like the book/magazine display shelf. Note the Atomic Ranch Magazine and the Julius Shulman book. Both are packed with great eye-candy.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
So with a can of Krylon orange spray paint for plastic in hand, I carefully applied a coat of paint.
I think they turned out pretty dang good. The color's almost an exact match of the original. I managed to avoid any drips or paint puddles. All that was left to do was let them dry overnight and as the Fonz would say, "Sit on it, Potsie."
Ahhhh..... we like this more than the blue.