with a back area in my store that is equal in size or greater than the store area in front (and full of inventory) it suddenly dawned on me that i should incorporate that space into the store. next comes the big shuffle, where to begin? it has felt kind of like playing that little puzzle game where you have to move 15 numbers into correct order. sometimes it takes 3 moves to get 1 number into it's place.
first step was to move the cabinets from the unfinished wall and put up some reused plywood, paint and trim. the wall color was determined by 6 left over cans of paint that we mixed together. with all of our renovations, we have an abundance of leftover paint and this was a great way to use it up. and i actually love the color!
the next step was to move two sections of shelving and tubs filled with vintage fabrics to their new space in newly designated work room. (this followed moving lots of junk to make room for them!)
after the shelving and tubs were moved, the brick wall that had been badly burned in a fire years ago was ready to have the crumbling plaster removed.
dawning a respirator, hubby proceeded to chip and scrape off plaster, completing the task in less than 1/2 a day. the concrete patch hides a very poor repair job where a window was removed years ago. after digging thru our scrap metal, he found an old rusty piece of pressed brick pattern tin that will lend character and hide the patch.
off to bed now so i can get up early and vacuum the area and adjacent room that are covered with a fine layer of dust. watch for more progress in the days to come!