HOW TO BUILD A SPORTS GEAR ROOM IN 129272 EASY STEPS.
GOTTA START SOMEWHERE..
evict the field mice.
demo the plaster. (discover a false wall with no studs)
de-wire. (cloth wrapped?) re-wire.
insulate (for the first time in 90 years)
rip up the carpet. gross beyond words.
find and rip up the linoleum (50’s?)
refinish the pine floor boards.
source the exact ‘National Park Service Brown’ pantone shade. (makes my heart happy)
wainscott clad the walls (chair rail down). more staining.
paint the walls.
OOPS. and damn.
wrong gray. paint again.
sand some 70-year-old lockers. hit em’ with black.
black lacquer paint a turn of the century coffin table. (yes, it was used as a coffin stand originally)
weed out every piece of sports equipments newer than 1950.
de-hoard–a dozen years of sports gear.
weed some more.
fill a dumpster. fill a truck for church charity shop donation.
obsess of black iron hardware
(( whew. ))
DOOR IS NOW OPEN TO THE NEW HOME FOR OUR:
hockey sticks. (thanks to all our friends who donated them!)
pucks. (thanks, Ogilvy!)
shuffleboard sticks + buckets of pucks.
ice skates (how the hell did we acquire 26 pairs??)
snow skis. poles.
polo stick? where the the hell did this come from?
lacross gear? yes. who knows why.
random assortment of golf clubs. (but gorgeous wood- wish i knew how to use one)
basketballs. baseballs. softballs. stickballs. footballs, soccerballs, tennis balls. whiffle balls.
balls and more balls. and at least 3 pumps – who knows if they work.
shuttlecocks! (the real feather kind, the best)
tennis rackets. paddle board rackets.
5 bows. dozens and dozens of arrows. 6 quivers.
more fishing buckets, rods, tackle boxes, life vests that you can shake a stick at.
volleyball nets. tennis nets. ping pong nets. basketball nets. butterfly nets.
croquet sets. (4 and counting).
AND AT THE END OF THE DAY…
we still have an literal truck load of gear that just wouldn’t fit back in.
so if you happen to cruise the local elkhorn thriftshop and find an enormous amount of vintage sports equipment, you’ll know why. because we have a hoarding problem.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, YA’LL!
here’s to making room for more… stuff in 2016.