I have been without my computer for three days! It had an “emergency” doctors appointment so I am sorry for the lack of posts.
I wanted to follow up on the popular “Work Station 101” post. I shared how I was able to do multiple pieces in one batch and quickly.
In the first post of “Work Station 101” we talked about the first two steps I take.
#1. Organize your pieces by how they are going to be painted.
#2. To organize your supplies. I keep mine handy on a rolling cart.
The cart seemed to be the pretty big focus, so I thought I would highlight the cart a little bit before I talk about the next two steps.
The cart was a “by accident” good idea. I purchased this cart originally for re-sale. Then one day I stacked a few things on it…rolled it out and “Wah lah”……I had a slap-my-forehead moment of, “Why in the world didn’t I do this sooner?”
And the cart has become a huge part to my productivity.
But let’s move forward to the next two steps.
Important note: I don’t really vary from this basic routine. I use this same method on every big project I tackle.
Move in steps. Treat the “whole” project as one item.
For example…the next two steps.
Step 3. Repairs and dis-assembly.
Go to each piece. Patch……
Take off drawer pulls. Fill holes. Glue legs. Do all the repairs at one time and take this time to take off hinges and drawer pulls.
Now, if you have an item that needs major repair, I wouldn’t put it in a batch of many pieces.
It will slow you down. We are talking about minor repairs.
After they are done. You are ready for the last step of this post.
#4. Sand down any patching and then wash all of your pieces inside and out.
This is important believe it or not.
I used to do this one by one. It is so much more time effective to clean everything in one swoop. By the time you are at the end, the first piece is dry.
I scrub them good. I use any cleaner I have on hand and a scrub brush and towel.
So, your two steps for this post.
#3. Repair and dis-assemble.Â
*patch, glue, take off hardware etc.
#4. Sand repairs and scrub and clean.
I could have broken those two steps into four but that is not necessary. I really treat each step like one. What do I mean? They require the same tools, so it is best to combine them. Sanding creates a mess that needs to be cleaned up…so it can go in the cleaning step. Repair requires tools, so it can be combined with dis-assembly.
It is just making the best use of your time.
I only had a four hour window yesterday and I had some “pretty intricate” (I can’t wait to show you!) pieces I needed to get out.
I was able to finish them all.
This is the before
And you will have to wait on the after.
This is a work-station post people, not a transformation post!
So, learn anything?
Bored to tears?
I will show you on the next work station post, how I wrap up the project and finally storage. We are tight on space. you might be surprised at how we store our pieces.
Do you have any particular questions?
If you have any short cuts please share! We all can learn from each other.
I can’t wait to hear from you!
Here are the links to my CL flipping series btw if you need them. 101, 201, 301 , 401 , 501.
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