Saturday, February 21, 2015

Stempunk Gameroom Remodel

Steampunk Gameroom
Well finally, here it is, the steampunk gameroom job as it stands.. I do have several plans for additional details but alas time has not permitted those to become reality just yet.

Steampunk Gameroom Construction
Many of you saw these starting images back in November of last year. Everything had to come down and be stuffed somewhere. All the carpeting was also removed. This meant the filing cabinets had to be emptied so the carpet could be pulled out from under them.

Steampunk Gameroom Construction
The couch, chairs and cabinets were the biggest problems. British Racing Green was the other problem. From days gone by when the room was built it was a great color.

Steampunk Gameroom Construction
The theme is to have a worn brushed metal appearance, very industrial, with a girder and rivet look.

Steampunk Gameroom Construction
To start, lattice strips were hung along all the wall tops and every two feet vertically. Corners were also trimmed in the lattice strips.

Steampunk Gameroom Construction
Where counters, permanent shelving and cabinets are the vertical strips were cut to fit.

Steampunk Gameroom Construction
Here's an overview during the girder phase.

Steampunk Gameroom Construction
All girders are up, corners and ceilings covered, time to add rivets.

Steampunk Gameroom Construction
Using bronze upholstery tacks, we nailed one in every 12 inches. Lost count after 200.

Steampunk Gameroom Painting
Next came our base coat of paint. Using a dark green/brown we covered everything. This will give our metal coat a nice base to show through.

Using a metallic paint called "Molten Penny" from Lowe's Valspar Brilliant Metals collection, I applied it in alternating 45 degree angles. It was brushed on lightly, building up a few layers and avoiding the corners and edges along the girders. This is where dirt and grime would collect the most.

Steampunk Gameroom Painting
Here with the flash you can get a better look. The darker background paint showing through begins to look like wear and tear on a former shiny metal surface.

Steampunk Gameroom Painting
Another view, you can see the wear and tear look a little better. The shelving supports were all painted flat black.

Steampunk Gameroom Painting
Last wall painting step is the patina which we applied with various sponges.

Steampunk Gameroom Painting
The final painting stage was the floor. Here we used a PPG Porch and Floor Enamel. To keep things consistent the paint was carried up the only remaining block wall by the stairs. You can see some of the bronze patina on the wall too.

Steampunk Gameroom Painting
OK, shelving going back up!

Steampunk Gameroom
File cabinets back in place and a new area rug from The Home Place. The cabinets will get a wood refacing in the near future.

Steampunk Gameroom
Refinished gaming table in its new home. If you want to see how we did the table project, check the hobby blog.

Steampunk Gameroom
And there it is, our Steampunk Gameroom.

Steampunk Gameroom
The far corner received an old frame and print from a garage sale.

Steampunk Gameroom
The bow case, blaster and goggles all have a new home now too!

Steampunk Gameroom
Cabinets will get done when the weather warms up a bit.

Steampunk Gameroom
And the doors will also get a new facelift at that time.

Steampunk Gameroom
So, for now its time to sit down and play some games!

Enjoy



Thursday, February 5, 2015

A Little Hollywood!

Haven't had images from all of Hollywood's work lately but I stumbled on a few old emails with a couple attachments. I need to get more to post from him too.

This first is a beauty! Hand striping is truly an art and this one really does show the kids talent. The symmetry on this lion is crazy.  If you don't know what I mean, try drawing and S and then a mirror version of it.

Harder than it looks.

The next is a safe restoration paint and stripe job.

And this last one is a license plate insert with a bit of lace work for the background.

Enjoy!