Three consecutive weekends of MCM renovating unfurled for your viewing pleasure.
Promised monster renovation post has arrived. Little weekend rest has brought us here. Our Mid Century Modern home in Indianapolis is seeking its fruition. Our toil acts as its catalyst. Your comments are our fuel. Please replenish with high octane.
Have been clear from beginning. Ours is not a restoration but rather a renovation. Initial plan involved one of two scenarios.
1. Find mostly original abode and restore.
2. Find neglected MCM stripped of original accoutrements and renovate with a mix of new and old.
As you know we are enacting plan 2. This said we did indulge in pleasures of restoring our interior clerestory windows.
Windows had been covered with wood panels glued with construction adhesive.
Carefully removed wood. Got better look at what we were dealing with.
To ensure we would better treasure our victory, they added extra obstacle in form of paint on backside.
Light peeking through like the sun before the dawn.
Husband/wife weekend warrior team simultaneously tackle front and back in effort to overwhelm the opposition.
Seeing progress we pushed through.
Dust begins to settle following eight hour battle.
Called it a night at 4am.
Continuing with battle analogies I interject with, "I love the smell of Goo Gone in the morning."
Arose renewed and eager to knock wall out. As such, proceeded eagerly to knock out wall.
Broke on through to other side. Other side being the office.
View from other side revealing there is indeed no grass at all, answering an eternal question. This open space will become built-in desk/office.
Front side will be walled-off concealing pocket door for coat closet. New wall will feature double cone wall sconce.
Planning two built-in projects. Office and media center. More below.
In order to facilitate built-in notions one must have power to operate today's electronic conveniences. Spent whole day rewiring and running new wire.
Closet in living room to become built-in media center. Called on Kerf Design for estimate. Fantastic people but out of our humble budget. Instead procured vintage built-in how-to books on Ebay. Should prove to be a fun blogable project.
Pause to enjoy new word creation - blogable - the ability and nature of a given thing to be blogged about.
A recap view of office side. Center support comes out. Living room side gets new wall, creating enclave for which to insert built-in desk and shelves.
Have been in five of our neighborhood's twin Mid Century Modern homes. Each appears to share a slight structural miscalculation. Drywall where bedrooms meet center beam is prone to identical cracking. Attempted resolution.
Dug deep, creating greater separation in drywall panels.
Applied seam tape and repatched. Looks great so far. Have yet to paint. Success will be revealed in winter climate change as studs contract.
Continuing restoration efforts we wanted to restore original General Electric Air Wall registers.
Only two of these registers remain in our home. Need four more. These are a challenge to find. Twitter friend and Mid Century Modern enthusist, @nycarl07 quickly found set of six on Ebay. We quickly bought. Haven't arrived yet. While we wait restoration begins.
Becoming well aquainted with Goo Gone.
Several hours of scraping, steel wooling, and sanding. Traveled through six genrations of paint. Can actually read the branding marks now.
Hit with silver spray paint.
Long ago hinted at floating shelf project using existing nesting cube collection. Floating shelf project has come to pass. Detailed process below.
First: Located studs.
Second: Planned layout based on stud location.
Third: Cut hanging strips from spare wood.
Fourth: Screwed strips into stud.
Fifth: Checked for level. Added screws to each end of strip to balance.
Covered screw holes with joint compound. Painted hanging strips to match wall. Invisibility is good.
Shelf one hung.
Fast forward two and three.
Wife has been diligently conquering pee-yellow paint slung all over by previous owners (known affectionately as "the flippers"). Corners are being turned. Pictures are being taken. A Mid Century Modern home is being revived.
End of May provides much candy for Indy's MCM sweet teeth. Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana is hosting a Mid Century Modern home tour of W. Lafayette, IN. Full weekend of events including lectures at IMA. Don't make plans 5/27/09 - 5/30/09. Next Atomic Indy blog post exclusively covers this subject.