SHOP TAKING SHAPE

 

Well, WELCOME my friends to:  Carpy’s Cafe Racers.

 

Well, you know what it is like when you move into a place, it takes bloody ages to get it how you want it and I had an idea of what I wanted the shop to look like, but so much work to do on your own, lucky I have Dakota with me to help as I have busted my Arse on so many projects on the other shop and I don’t want to go as mad this time, this will take many many months to get how I want it, but in time it will be a warm and Vintage style workshop and I sure hope I can pull it off.

 

What everywhere, not my cup of tea, so Black will be used as much as I can as it is easier to maintain, as well as keeps the heat down too.

This little area I shall have a work bench and tools on the wall as I like tool boards and not much room here for other stuff.

 

I am now in another shop, this time I have 2 units back to back, so I can concentrate on a few things, one area will be R&D, whilst another area will be fitting, I will have a dispatch area and a little store front/will call at the front.

 

I like getting back to basics and now feel like I am on the right foot once more, getting 10 pounds of gear into a 2 pound bucket was no small feat, but somehow we managed it and now we are in the shop.

 

I shall be adding signs and cool banners as I go along and of course, every day we shall be processing orders and making sure that these get out to you, but wanted to show some progress that is happening, as many of you email me asking how things are going along these days.

 

Once I got Dakota back down, we started to make more progress on the shop as these things are fun but take time, and-I didn’t want to bring contractors in to do it, when we can easily get this stuff done.

 

 

I wanted a Window in that little workshop area as my plan is to make it look like an old Brick Gas station from back in the day, so we marked out the window area and put Dakota to work to cut the hole in the wall with my sawzall.

 

 

So we have a hole for the window and things are starting to take some shape.

 

Now we are getting somewhere

 

 

 Next up is to make some lines up with good old painter tape, this is a long process, but so worth the cool outcome.

 

 

 

Then once that’s done, put up the Vertical lines and there you have the Brick shapes I was wanting.

 

This is a long slow time consuming job and people thought it would not work, but this is a killer way to make this work.

 

But by a few simple lines in painters tape can really transform a plain white dry wall into a small work of art.

 

 Tape all up and the Plaster thickly all over the tape, completely covering it all.

 

 

 Just whack it on there nice and thick as it needs to be built up for the Brick look.

 

 

 A lot of compound is needed and you have to apply it in layers, else it wont stay on.

 

 Pull the tape off and there you go, instant Bricks!!!!

 

 Bloody marvelous eh?

 Now leave for a day to crack and simply paint the plaster with dye.

 

 

 Doesn’t that look killer?

 

I have the header board up and I shall be painting that Green and then cutting some letters out to say Service Station.

 

 

 

I will also try and hunt down some original gas station lights to hang above the sign board.

 

The area over by the bathroom was just white too but I changed it by making a bench and a tool board, and its looking great.

 

 

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