Since the outside of the box had already been painted, I just gave it one coat of house paint to freshen it up. Then I decided the inside needed painting too.
2. Garden tool hanger. The bulldog clips are a handy place for seed packets and gardening gloves.
3. Hand towel holder. The clips can hold shopping lists or notes.
So, when I started my whole ‘clean out the shed, get organised, streamline my life, find the circular saw’ kick, I found this little beauty and briefly considered tossing it out.
Briefly. Very briefly.
I just couldn’t do it. Sometimes a vision is worth pursuing.
I was seeing it as a lamp. Or a clock.
A clock doesn’t need wiring so that won out. I bought a clock mechanism on ebay and proceeded to rip the guts out of the heater. Actually, I didn’t rip it all out. I loved the coiled springs so I kept those, just took out all the wiring.
I had to drill a hole in the front mesh to fit in the clock, then put it all back together.
Then promptly pulled it all apart again… The clock mechanism I got came with simple black hands which just didn’t work. Too dark.
I took it apart and sprayed the hands with Antique White USA gloss. Much better.
I put it all back together. Admired it a while. Then daylight savings ended. Now I avoid looking at it cause I have to take it apart again to change the time.
The grooming room is slowly taking shape. I’m moulding it into ‘my’ space.
And by ‘my’ space I mean I’m slowly filling it with things which I love, I made or which suit my needs.
Don’t know if you remember the tap coat rack I made a couple of months ago…
So I made this quick chalkboard, lead hanging thingy.
Ok, the spacing between the taps is off. No idea how I managed that as I actually did measure it all out before drilling holes… But I’m talented that way.
The chalkboard part is part of a box I’d pulled apart. I made a key storage out of one part, and I still had one door and a couple of box sides left.
I used the door for the chalkboard and one of the sides for the tap rack. I had a bit of the green paint I used on my meat safe towel cabinet left over…. it was almost dry but I managed to dry bush it onto the timber piece.
Do you get a sneaky feeling I like green? That antiquey greyish, bluish green?
Why on earth would you think that?
Yes! I’m in the new grooming room!
Its not finished. Well, not entirely. But then again, is anything ever really finished?
Ok. So the grooming room is usable-finished. I began using it as soon as I got the vinyl down on the floor. Even before I had most of my stuff moved in there. Or the door finished. But I have a new cupboard for my towels!
I’m sorry I don’t have any before photos – cause when the urge to paint hits, well, its all I can do to put on painting clothes!
***** I found the before photos. Well, more like the ‘almost before’ photos. Here it is with legs and masking tape…
And here it is with the painting just finished.
I got this little meatsafe/cupboard from a tip shop a few years ago. It had no top or legs, and was a stained and varnished wood colour. But the metal screen was fine.
I used a piece of pine I had to make a top for it and searched my leg collection for some legs that would work with it. I wanted it tall enough to be out of ‘pee’ reach.
It IS a grooming room after all!
Since I chose not to sand, I mixed some fine grout into the paint, making it a chalk-like paint and just slapped it on. It took 2 coats. Once dry I gave it a light sand to encourage a chippy look.
So here’s a pic of the other side of the new grooming room, in use! Erik lies on the table with the dryer on him. Such a good boy. He didn’t move while I changed cds and took the pic!
There’s a lot to do but I’m taking my time. The old grooming room wasn’t perfect by any stretch, but I got used to it – I worked in there for 7 years! It kind of grew around me. It’ll take a while for this room to grow around me too. I’ll need shelves and hooks for my tools. I’ll need pictures on the wall and hooks for leads…
I’ll need to put the window on the door! And a door handle!
Its a work in progress.
The ceiling was the hardest. I used 3mm MDF sheets to cover the flakey, gappy, holey baltic pine ceilings. I’d have loved to remove the baltic pine to reuse but the job would have been way too big. I opted to just cover it, last thing I wanted was stuff falling down on me every time I groomed a dog. Now I have a smooth surface to paint.
The electrician is coming tomorrow to put my lights in – fluoros so I can see! There are no windows, just the one in the door, so I need plenty of artificial light.
Speaking of windows, I’ve made the window/door frame and have perspex to put in it, it just needs to be painted.
As you may remember, the right hand wall is covered in recycled masonite. It needs a good wash before painting. And everything needs undercoating before I paint the entire space white.
I’m leaving the center panel with its shabby paint look. I love it.
It was really hard to do this room cause nothing is straight. The ceiling and walls don’t have straight edges. Look at the gaps! I did all kinds of dodgey patches to try to minimise gaps. I also ended up lining the back wall which I thought I’d leave as it was (ie old) but I had pine left over. Not enough to go all the way up the ceiling though. I used leftover bits of MDF at the top. Very unevenly. I figure once the entire space is painted white and I put things on and against the walls no one will notice.
Don’t look at the mess in the workshop outside the inner door.
This is better. Forget you saw that mess.
The room is clean now, swept, tools and rubbish cleared out. I just have to wash walls and move the compressor back to its spot in the garage and I’m ready to paint.
Outside in the tiny yard I’ve put flashing against the bottom weather boards to stop rain soaking in over the concrete slab. Hopefully that will stop any dampness – not so much in the new grooming room but in the old one.
I’ve sprayed weeds and have cardboard and newspaper to spread over the ground, then I’ll get pine bark to fill the space which will keep it from getting muddy.
Meanwhile, it’s been so windy here that I’ve had to go to extreme measures to save my little silver birch. There was a huge cosmos flowering to the left of it but it was broken by the wind. So sad.