LOVE SHACK PROJECT– HEAR ME ROAR!
June 15, 2012

This last project has me re-evaluating what I thought I was capable of,  and realizing that most of my percieved limitations and barriers have been self-imposed!   This feels like some kind of awakening!  I’m feeling so greatly empowered,  strong and capable;  and yet at the same time,  bittersweet at the realization that I’ve been my own biggest limiter!   I don’t necessarily need to  know  how  to  do everything, or how  it’s all gong to come together, before I can start.   I JUST HAVE TO START!   WOW!   I feel like a self-help guru this week!

This week I was tackling my tiny living room!  The living room  is a narrow rectangle, and  not separated from the kitchen;    so I decided to build a wall!   Thereby dividing the rooms, and  creating more wall space to hang my very large paintings.

I went back to  home depot, where the fine folks there helped me plan out how to build a 5 foot room divider wall.  Since I was doing it all myself, I picked out  the lightest sheet rock available,  ( 1/4” since that was as much as I could lift! ) and  used 2×3’s to  make the frame.  I also wanted to avoid  disturbing the plaster walls,  so my entire wall would be almost free-standing, only anchored by a few screws into the exposed support beam along the ceiling.

THIS WAS HARD!

Just getting the sheet rock home was a challenge!  Each piece is like a giant  heavy  4 foot by 8 foot  cracker,  ready to snap at any moment!  I drove home very slowly with it all strapped into my  truck, tailgate open,  red flag hanging off the back,  and hazards on.     Then I almost blew away trying to get it  all into the house–  it  was like a sail!

Once inside–  I  hard to figure out  how  to  build the frame ( did I mention,  I’ve never done anything like this before!)   Then once the  frame was built,  size and cut up the sheet rock and attach it!   Once the sheet rock was all mounted, I had to tape and spackle the ends and seams.   After that was dry,  I used a scrubbing sponge from the  kitchen to smooth over  the  spackle (its less messy  than sand paper).   Then finally, it all had to  be  painted !

THIS WAS REALLY  REALLY HARD!

BUT I DID IT!!

I BUILT  A  WALL!!

I CAN DO ANYTHING!!!

(  I may be roaring, however my back is whimpering,   and has requested that I keep the  heavy lifting to a minimum )

THANK YOU!!!

here are some pictures of my wall!

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