Wall Options. Hey! It Is What It Is.

I took out the insulation. BUT?

What’s worse than dock shots? Wall shots! To think this is the countdown time to Dora. And I am milking days with dam wall choices. I am conflicted, because I want boats as well. But this is the universe that is all about boats. an 1800’s Boatyard for sure qualifies. But I know, I know. I promise some Dora goodness since many are Show…ing up to just bask in the Palm Gardens of it all. But today I have some more wall options. To be honest, I would snap if I was prepping for Dora anyway. AHHHHHHHHH! Just thinking about it all gives be the jitters. So I am focusing on what wall to put up between zoom meetings.

I added a shelf and used some of the inventory of huge pipes and bolts

Thats one beast of a bolt

Okay here is where I am at. I need help!

As is now. Exposed . Trim will be the bottom from the Chris Craft. Note the shelf

Insulate and plywood. Then tools and crap over that.

Paint the plywood Bilge red.

Or battleship Grey!

Thats my hell. The plywood seems like the best to me, but I dont trust myself. I am in a design swirl. All the options work. I would age the plywood BTW to feel old. As to the grey and red bilge color, there is a clean look that will help. So see? Or leave it exposed as it was as a set of frames. AHHHHHHH

44 replies
  1. Matt
    Matt says:

    Ahhhhh, I need to cheese poppers and greasy fries. I can actually feel the blood flowing through me since being healthy for a while. Its a strange feeling! HA

  2. John Bailey
    John Bailey says:

    Further open the wallet, look in the couch at home and check between the seat and the center console of your truck. The solution is mahogany 4×8 sheets of plywood! You already have gallons of stain…

  3. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    I too think the plywood alone is the best option, however you have not added the tool outlines yet. That may make a difference. Maybe you need to photoshop in some white tool outlines which would make the red or grey POP more.

    We might even hit 60 on Friday. Makes me itchy to get a boat out.

  4. Rabbit
    Rabbit says:

    Here’s the answer: Insulate, plywood (stained to look aged… easy), THEN use aged (or stained) 2×4’s to frame over the plywood. My good friends built a new cabin in Wisconsin using this technique and it worked in spades. It looked like a vintage uninsulated cabin in the inside.

    You’re welcome.

  5. Duncan of DE
    Duncan of DE says:

    My choice is a dirty,yellowed white on plywood, then hand painted outlines(satin grey black) of the primary tools that would have been on the board, (on nails). Then just hang whatever on it as a true shop would have done. This could be an ever evolving collection as more people drop off the tools they know you just couldn’t do without and need to have.
    Reedville Railway and Matt’s’ Hoardatorium

  6. Darthtrader
    Darthtrader says:

    Rabbit has a brilliant plan for the wall! As far as outlines the word “Tool” implies more than one meaning. A true craftsman knows what goes where. I immediately wonder when I go to a shop where everything is dymo labels and outlines. It says “I have too much time and I am really don’t use my tools very often.” Use Edison’s shop in Greenfield Village as a styling benchmark.

  7. Dan Smith
    Dan Smith says:

    Did the original shop have insulation and plywood? I think that’s your answer….. the walls look great just as they have from the beginning……………use the cost of insulation and plywood to establish a fund to pay future heating bills. I vote to leave alone, if I have a vote?

  8. Roberta
    Roberta says:

    You could use some slat board painted for hanging tools and stuff instead of plain plywood. Love the place.p

  9. Andrew Blaydon
    Andrew Blaydon says:

    As an architect, let me tell you. Trying to create that “Woody Boater Header’ image in a days worth of work is challenging at best. Things such as visually appealing clutter just need to happen organically over time. An architecture professor described such things as ‘Noton” (No-Tawn) or that intangible presence of age, time and beauty that you can not put your finger on but know it is pleasing when you see it. It’s that wear through the varnish on a mahogany gunwale because that’s where the owner placed his hand ever time he got into the boat over the last 40 years…. and you can not re-create that look in 15 minutes by sanding through fresh varnish… it will not have “Noton”, it won’t look the same. My free professional advice is to leave it, organize it, use it, clutter it, clean and organize it, repeat, and after a few weeks, months, years, it will organically become the image that you seek.

    • Matt
      Matt says:

      Thanks Andrew, I have often felt this , but didnt know the term. This is my goal on this entire project. Noton explains it all. The trick is to modernize things so they are usable, and I can work in there. I am scaveging old materials around the place to give it that feel. No plastic, or modern anything that can be seen. AND FELT. I am foreging through the dumpster and slowing removing stuff and reusing it. I am also trying to use old tools that create part of the texture.

  10. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    Insulate, cover with b/c plywood, “c” side (rough side) out. You might even rip panels down into 10″ planks and lightly sand the edge, then install. Leave raw or put an oil based light sealer/stain on for aging.

  11. Greg Seibold
    Greg Seibold says:

    Don’t mess it up now. That place is too cool. Make it period correct. Good old wood. Hell, I’ll throw $100.00 for a donation. Others probably would too. That old wood SMELLS good too. Throw some old Kapok items around adds to that wonderful true nautical smell.
    So far it’s great!

  12. Mike D
    Mike D says:

    Matt I think you are playing us like a fiddle and enjoying it. I’ll bet once you decide in the wall covering, and the next day you will have a discussion on the paint/don’t paint, then a couple days later there will be the outline/not discussion. The alphabetical vs. ? layout discussion should take up a couple days then ??? it’s time for Dora. You sure are clever. LOL

  13. MO Whaler
    MO Whaler says:

    I see unpainted 12 or 10 inch deep cubbies on the right of the window and unpainted 12 or 10 inch shelves left of the window repeating the pattern and look and feel of the dividers below the existing bench – – Cubbies next size larger, or so, from the nut and bolt area – –

  14. John F Rothert
    John F Rothert says:

    Vertical T one eleven…..stained…foilbacked styrofoam behind it for the insult….so you lose an inch….hang stuff on the TIII,

    John in Va. weather if great…GOING BOATING tomorrow and thru the weekend!!!!

  15. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P )
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P ) says:

    I weighed in on the wall yesterday. Today I’m thinking Dora! Next year I’m going to make it.

  16. Dick Dow
    Dick Dow says:

    I like John Rothert’s solution above – heating and working in an uninsulated space in that part of the world makes little sense unless the work is all physical. In the summer you’re hot and sweaty anyway and in the winter you’re working hard and staying warm as a result. Not going to happen sitting at the desk! I’m surprised no one has mentioned finding a stash of aged shiplap somewhere… 😉

  17. Better Yet
    Better Yet says:

    Better Yet
    How about 2 large video screens scrolling thru the vast pictorial data stored from all he years of doing this.
    Will drive everyone crazy trying to pick out weather it is Phillips or R&P!

  18. Bill C Anderson
    Bill C Anderson says:

    We have been here since 1st feb,biggest diff is behind PALM GARDENS has been sold.some of us that rented little houses in back r gone,,palm gardens is the same I,brought fishimg boat this year again,next year willbring 2,1 for show,,BILL

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