Saturday, June 7, 2008

Dumb things to do when it's 96 degrees outside...

The 806 Wine Bar has a new 2nd patio - smoking and non-smoking. Irish Pete and TJay and some other guys built it and after the concrete was poured, they stamped it with an awesome grapevine pattern. Pete asked me to paint the stamped pattern with some really cool cement stains.
Did I mention that it was 96 degrees yesterday? Way too freakin' hot to lay on the patio, but the detail required up-close-and-personal. For almost 8 hours. I drank almost 2 gallons of water and kept a wet rag around my neck, but it was pretty miserable work. It was worth it though. After I finished, Pete put on a diamond coating and it is stunning!

Later in the day, Pete brought me lounge chair cushions and then an umbrella. It helped a lot. I can't even guess the temperature of the cement, but it burned to touch it.
Of course, every moron that walked by, had to joke about how I had it made, laying down to work. Yuk, yuk, yuk. Yeah, right. come lay down on this HOT cement for a while -- see how you like it. @@

The finished patio.
Where was that shade when I needed it?

The grapevine stamp pattern

Detail after diamond coating

1 comment:

Lorchen said...

Gisela, that looks brilliant!! Well worth all the hard work.