Q: when is a bike shop like a national art gallery?
A: when the floorboards are reclaimed from Tate Britain.
OK, so it’s not the funniest joke I’ve ever made, but it’s true and it’s so exciting!
Work comes on apace at RRC Nunhead and earlier this week we had a lovely man from a flooring company pay us a visit with the samples pictured here, and more. We loved them all, to be fair – solid wood, preferably reclaimed, was what we had in mind, so the Antique Oak Flooring Co pretty much hit the spot. Left to decide between them, though, we plumped for the narrower boards; there’s something almost velodrome-ish about them, we thought!
So, another day, another nice man, when someone came to see us about actually fitting the flooring. Seems to be all good so far – minimal reinforcing required, and some jiggery-pokery with the skirting boards, and we’re golden. I’m too excited!
Speaking of the skirting boards, this week’s hard graft has mainly involved sanding. Sanding and stripping. Walls and wood, of course, we haven’t gone all burlesque on you…!
We’ve uncovered some remarkable – uh – features, too; gold effect wood paint, anyone? And a borrowed paint stripper machine (giant hair dryer?!) made light – and photogenic – work of years of well-loved decor. Huge thanks to Alan and Darren for the loan of these toys, and also to Darren for a good day’s hard graft on the walls.
Extra special thanks though have to go to super-trooper Carl (pictured L, with Pete) who has put in more work at the shop this week than either of us, sanding, stripping and sugar-soaping like a man possessed. Carl, you’re a star.
And one more progress shot (why not, eh!?)
Next big jobs? getting the flooring in, fixing up the shop front and then the shutters and bars have to be installed. It’s all coming together though! Watch this space, folks!