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“I step into my studio and nothing will be the same ever again.” (Franco Paisio)

This week’s WordPress Challenge is ‘Room,’ and these photos show how a farm bodega transformed into a unique studio space.  Enjoy the pictorial!  Z

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August 2008; the fixer-upper challenge begins!

Let’s peer inside the bodega!

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After the shrimp-farm items were removed, the cleanup began!

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“Agua Stop,” a water-barrier latex paint, seals the concrete.

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river house bodega P1560048 BEFORE

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My friend Barbara volunteered to help clean and paint the floor!  She shared amusing Postcard updates as the floor progressed.  Here’s the first of four:  Postcards from Zeebra’s Flying Carpet.

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P1670917 TESTING ONE TWO THREE BODEGA CONCRETE FLOOR

Rather than prep the entire floor and risk damaging the Agua-Stop barrier, we moved from section to section.   We painted the turtle on cotton/vinyl fabric as a test; the rest of the designs were painted directly on the concrete floor.  (Moisture sometimes rises through the concrete and stains the sealed image.)

P1670921 TROPICAL TURTLE BODEGA FLOOR

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Gaining confidence, we brought the turtle to life then prepped the next section of floor. Barb knew that I planned to paint tiles, but she might have mutinied if she’d known what was waiting on the drawing board!

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P1680196 BODEGA FLOOR PROGRESSES

What’s real and what’s painted?

We have a long way to go, but look how far we've already gone!

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The first coat of floor finish protected all of that hard work!

The first section was sealed, and half a year passed before ‘Stage Two’ began.  Every magic carpet needs its own personal compass, don’t you agree?

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In Progress - Compass for the Magic Carpet!

In Progress – Compass for the Magic Carpet!

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The four-foot wide compass area received it’s protective finish, and the tile work resumed another month later.

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Painted tiles – finished and waiting for varnish.

Are you ready to take a peek inside the finished space?

The interior doors were lovingly painted by Barb.

The interior doors were lovingly painted by Barb.

How fun it is to open those bodega doors and step into a magical world!

My friends Sarah and Jonathan with Ecuador Expat Journeys bring lovely new friends to admire the work!

My friends Sarah and Jonathan with Ecuador Expat Journeys bring lovely new friends to admire the work!

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The first Inti Raymi mask painting (poster image above) represents the sun (daylight) side of the two-faced mask. The second painting (in progress) will represent the night.

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Beach trash from the local Playamart serves as a necklace!

Although I often paint at a table, I also work at floor level.

P1970879 studio colors painting in progress

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The rooms sometimes appears to be in perpetual motion!

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“She gave me two white feathers, but I need more than two to fly!”

I agree with my friend Xavier, who often exclaims, “I can never tell what’s painted and what’s real!’     

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Little by little, the forlorn bodega transformed into a unique living space!  It triggers many smiles, especially when visitors see it for the first time.  Thanks for taking the cyber tour of my studio!  Please sign the guest book/comment section below!

Z

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