Okay, here’s Part 2 of our series on our Clubhouse renovations. If you missed Part 1 and you’d like to catch up, jump over here for a minute. We are spending every spare minute turning our old craftsman house into a beautiful place for making Brave Girls Club tick.
Part 2 is all about the living area. This is where we meet as a team every morning. It’s also where we have lunch and where we spend at least part of the day just sitting and talking. No conference rooms, no conference tables…it’s all about being comfortable and surrounded by beautiful things…and most importantly comfy sofas.
Here’s what we started with…it looks so sad, doesn’t it? *bleh*. I feel so sorry for the people who had to work here before. You can see that we had to roll up our sleeves and get to work on this room right away. First we took out the oak reception bar thingy. Don’t worry…it found a nice new home.
Next came a problem to solve. We had big plans for the back wall…we planned to hang Melody’s gigantic ‘I Have An Idea’ painting there. The problem was that a 4′ x 8′ painting needs a great background, and that plain wall was so sad looking…so how about brick?! The guys on our team were happily enthusiastic (they may or may not have just been humoring us…but I suspect they liked the idea as much as we did). So, we jumped in the car and took a little road trip to the rock store. I know they don’t call it the rock store, but I can’t think of what they call it right now. It’s the place where they sell rock and brick and stuff. We saw lots of displays for brick that you put right on the wall…it’s called Thin Brick, and it’s real brick but it’s cut into thin slices so that it’s light enough to adhere right to the wall. The sample walls looked amazing! Here’s the brick we picked out in the showroom. We wanted it to look like brick that might be original to the house and we thought the colors in this style were just right. Isn’t it gorgeous? This is exactly how we wanted our wall to look.
We placed our order and then loaded my car with super-heavy boxes of Thin Brick (by ‘we’ I mean the guys), and headed back to the Clubhouse…after a quick stop at Chik fil a …
As soon as we got back, Carl got started on the wall. From this point on, it was Carl’s baby. Here he is adhering the first rows … he made these nifty cardboard spacers to make every row absolutely perfect. It looked so great already! He is a meticulous craftsman.
Once the wall was covered completely, he piped concrete mortar between the bricks using a big canvas piping bag, exactly like the one I have in my kitchen, but much bigger. Then he smoothed and shaped it to look EXACTLY like real mortar. This photo was taken while the mortar was still wet and dark. This was either day 2 or 3 of the project. Just keeping it real…it was a big BIG job…definitely more than Melody and I could have handled.
And here is the finished wall! Seriously, it is completely authentic looking. Carl did an amazing job! Next we hung Melody’s ‘I Have An Idea’ painting. We have named her Tawanda, and 1000 points for anyone who knows why. 🙂
PS…did you know there is a smaller version of this project available in the Free area of Soul School? You can join as a Free Member and access it on your BG Dashboard at my.bravegirlsclub.com. And if you’re already a subscriber, just login and look for it in the Free column on the left hand side. Just thought you’d like to know…it is a GREAT project, and anyone can do it. Promise. Anyway, back to renovations….
Next…that ceiling fan just had to go. We found an absolutely gorgeous chandelier on Overstock.com that was just the right combination of elegant and sparkly, but not too feminine. After all, the fellas work here, too. It came in just TWO days! Here are the guys getting it installed…wait until you see how it looks!
Rewind just a bit….while Carl was working on the brick wall, Lynette painted the walls an olive-y earthy green. This was the RISKY paint color that Melody and I chose. We pulled the color from the flowers on Tawanda’s head piece. Actually Tawanda’s flowers dictated the whole color scheme for this room as well as my office (in Part 1) …teal blue, an earthy olive green, chartreuse. As the green paint went up, everyone started making funny faces and saying things about baby diapers. But here’s a tip about decorating…never judge a paint color until the whole room is put together!! There was definitely reason to question this color at first, though….
Once the walls were done and the chandelier was hung, we added a big rug and a few other touches. It’s not 100% done yet, but HERE IT IS…and we have already broken it in by using it every single day. We have a big old oak coffee table that we’re working on for between the sofas, but that will come in due time. Here’s a shot of the almost-finished room from the same angle as our sad sad saaaaad ‘Before’ picture….
…and here’s how it looks from the doorway of my office. We LOVE IT!!!!!
So to recap….
In Part 3, we’ll take you upstairs to Melody’s art studio and office…. as for me, I’m headed to the kitchen to scrub the paint off my hands. It’s been a g0000000ood week! 🙂
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