Thursday, 26 July 2012

Girl Cave Power (Phase I) - Reclamation

When we moved into our house 9 years ago Darling Husband automatically assumed possession of the garage and at the time I was content to let this happen as this was a novelty for him, not having had a garage at our previous house, only a tiny shoe box of a shed.  He spent many a happy hour in his new garage, organising tools and accoutrements on his newly purchased Ikea Gorm Shelving System. The obligatory Black & Decker Workmate also appeared, an item he had lusted over for many years but never had the space at our old house, along with a variety of power tools to fill those empty Gorm shelves.   I was happy too, in the knowledge that much decorating and carpentry would soon be taking place in our new home so everyone was a winner, even Darling Daughter who now had storage space for her paddling pool, sand pit, swing-ball, all those outdoor room toys which previously would have to stay propped against the side of the house all through winter.

The car did not get a look in of course, consigned to the front drive but then, in these days of rust-free cars, who on earth parks their car in a garage? Garages are destined for men not vehicles!  The Man Cave had  arrived!  

As the years went by though, the Man Cave did not quite live up to its promise, for me at least.  It wasn't the hive of DIY activity I anticipated.  Various bits of home-brewing equipment started creeping in, along with a dart board.  Before long it seemed to have morphed into a micro-brewery/bar/wine cellar/general dumping ground for junk and become a den of inactivity.  Now, almost a decade later, projects to transform rooms linger on from year to year, and plans to renovate the house seem to have been shelved on the Gorm Shelving System.

What is certain now though is I need a studio space to produce my art work so I am making a stand for women everywhere and claiming what is legally half mine by taking over half of the garage - well a quarter at any rate. This of course has not gone down too well with DH as he feels I have encroached on his space. To make matters worse I am also laying claim to the huge solid work bench that we inherited from the previous occupent when his removal men refused to move it because it was too heavy to lift, so it was left behind.   This will be just perfect for my painting, dyeing, printing, mixed-media work and hopefully, maybe even a bit of re-upholstery and furniture renovation. Let's face it, the bench hasn't seen much action in recent years!

This then is the start of the big clean up, de-clutter, reclaimation, call it what you will but Girl Cave Phase I has now commenced.  More updates to follow.

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