progress gets made.
step 1: tiny loft space (16 feet long, 9-ish feet wide, starting at 90″ high and ending at 24″ high) full of ungainly shelves screams potential.
remove shelves. (which, incidentally, were each made of one long board. maybe 12 feet long. that i decided to pry out. by myself. no help. at 11 on a friday night. in the dark, because there are no lights up there. sore shoulders? you betcha.)
step 2: paint. (benjamin moore “summer shower”) also at 10.30 on a friday night. in the dark. video track: ocean’s 11 (with clooney, not sinatra)
step 2.5: flat-pack furniture assembly. video track: project runway 3.
step 3: add couch. the door to the studio loft is only 30″ wide, so more flat pack. i thought, with two college degrees and almost a master’s between us, my sister and i would be able to assemble a three-piece couch in less than an hour. with no help. (and no video track! my TV with built-in player, carted from residence to residence lo these many years, decided that it no longer chose to recognize the validity of the DVD as a format earlier that morning)
um….4 hours later, we had finally figured out the way the allen screws went into the arms of the futon. and then my non-helping dad came and sat on it and the arm fell off.
repeat step 3.
step 4: work tables. video track: leverage season 3. (iMac to the rescue! poo on the futzy DVD player)
bonus step: shelves! i removed the long planks because they were so huge and cumbersome, but now that i had a comfy place to sit i wanted to create a reading nook as well. by sheer luck, the leftover shelves from the modular built-in system in the basement (left by the previous owners) were stacked neatly in the garage.
bonus step 2: sleeping upgrades.
the first two weekends, i slept here.
then, my mattress got delivered–but not my bed.
this weekend was the big “move.” we worked with college hunks hauling junk, and they were awesome. very helpful, friendly, professional, and i considered the price completely reasonable. my bed was part of the haul.
only it had shifted during transit and the screws were loose! disaster! after again applying 2.5 degrees from accredited institutions of higher education, my sister and i uncovered the bolts that could be used to secure the bed.