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It turns out that applying B-I-N Sealer under a tarp can have a serious affect on your mental capacities for the rest of the day. 

Briana Holt and I learned this the hard way. On Saturday we started painting B-I-N on the vinyl walls. What amazing stuff, truly! We had no problems with the sealer adhering to the vinyl, it covered all manner of moldy sins, and it dries almost instantly even in 30 degree weather. 

It also makes you feel crazy. After our work day we went to the store, where Briana left the car door open (for the duration of our grocery shopping). And I couldn't form coherent sentences. 

 Kendall, Galen, Briana, and Max getting that paint on!

Kendall, Galen, Briana, and Max getting that paint on!

Let this be a lesson, seriously, though. If everyone tells you that a substance will make your head hurt and your eyes sting, and you still apply it in a 27 foot space with no ventilation - you will suffer the consequences. Luckily, the B-I-N sealing is over and we moved on (in one day!) to painting. 

Before Briana showed up this past weekend, I spent a rather boring couple of days working away on the interior and getting Cilla prepped for painting. I riveted, I taped, I scrubbed some missed mold. I unscrewed outlets and patched weird holes... and by Friday the Airstream was ready for paint. 


 Briana, Kendall, and Max mid-paint.

Briana, Kendall, and Max mid-paint.

 Evenings in my parent's backyard in Stonington, Maine. Just a few minutes from the worksite in Deer Isle. 

Evenings in my parent's backyard in Stonington, Maine. Just a few minutes from the worksite in Deer Isle. 


Painting is more fun when it's a party.

Saturday night Briana and I were joined by some other Portland, Maine friends - Kendall Mackey and Max Brooks. We played a little scrabble, sat around the fire, talked about politics (what else is there to talk about), and in the morning set off to paint, paint, paint. 

Choosing colors is so fun... But when you're painting a mobile sound studio + roving exhibition space, neutral is really the way to go. I chose the ever-boring-but-oh-so-beautiful "Simply White" and a very subtle blue-green "Seafoam" for the ceiling panel. It is so damn beautiful.

Briana suggested the ceiling color - she's from Martha's Vineyard and says that everyone there paints their porch ceilings a blue-green to "welcome the sea." That seemed very appropriate, so I went with it. And with the original 1970s bathroom vinyl (flower power) it looks amazing. 

 A little sample of the 1970s theme happening in this part of Cilla. The tarp is still on so everything looks a little more blue than it really is... 

A little sample of the 1970s theme happening in this part of Cilla. The tarp is still on so everything looks a little more blue than it really is... 

Many hands make light work. Painting took a couple of hours. A coat in the morning, and one in the afternoon.

And now I head back to Portland to work on other projects for a few weeks... It will be strange not to work on Cilla every day. The next adventure in renovations is a little more complicated. I'll be figuring out the solar power and electrical, and working on the very minimal plumbing. Someday, we'll even be able to put the floor in. I can't wait. 

 Mid-way through the painting session, view from the outside. 

Mid-way through the painting session, view from the outside. 

 Max, Briana, and Kendall at a favorite hometown spot.

Max, Briana, and Kendall at a favorite hometown spot.

 - GK

 

airstreamGalen Koch