Saturday, December 13, 2008

Making the Pottery Studio more inviting

The floor was the biggest problem with lumps and holes and very rough patches that were impossible to mop or sweep. Floor leveler helped to even it out after we patched the holes with a few bags of concrete. Rick and I did this before Jay came to help us.

The walls were stone at the start.

Jay and Rick parged the walls to make them more even. Jay also filled in several large holes in the walls between the basement rooms. Rick has been avoiding this for several years.

Then they were painted. None of these were fast or easy steps. Notice, the clock spontaneously started working again after the wall was painted. Nice.

Rick patching the lumpy wall over the work bench.

Rick Painting the wall.

There are some leaf stamps on the dungeon door to dress it up. It's already dusty again from the concrete work going on.

The floor is coated in an epoxy paint that has to sit to get ready for 30 minutes and then allows a 2 1/2 hour work period followed by a 12 hour drying period. We painted the floor in 2 sessions and did every other stair each time. It was important to remember which stair to walk on.

The walls look nice after they are repaired and painted. Not gorgeous, but nice.

This is the basement phone when clean.

These are the storage and ware shelves. The 2x4 supports were never painted until now.

The shelves will stay a bit tidy for a while.

The basement stairs are much more inviting now with the epoxy paint. The paint chips keep it from getting too slippery.

This cupboard was originally in our kitchen. It now holds kiln shelves on the right and posts in the drawers. The top is our old kitchen counter that was replaced with Corrian a few years ago. Another chunk of that counter is an extension in the table saw.

The new shelves are from Linens N Things. Sad to see them go but these are nice strong and clean shelves.

This small collection of junk may inspire me or I may never use them.

Diagram of location of glazes and raw materials.

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