The orders for Hollister and Sweden came in at the same time. I had about a week and a half to get ready before we would begin, and as I said in the last post, what worried me the most was the shelving. Not once did I ever consider the paint to be an issue. I went online to the paint manufacturers site and was surprised I didn't see the color of the Metallic I needed. Hmmmm, how odd. It is a California company, but thankfully someone was there a bit early that day.
CA: "Harvest Gold has been discontinued."
Me: "WHAAATTT???? When?"
CA: "Two years ago."
Oh my God!! I think I literally had a heart attack. Holy, holy, holy! What was I going to do? And at this time, I did ask the person I was speaking with if they had any left over that they could sell me. I was told no.
|This was the original tile sample I did, but Sweden's order would have no black patina.|
So now I had just finished dropping off Hollister's order, my assistant is back at the studio getting the second set of shelving all done and the tile owner shows me my pallet of tiles.
I looked at it and said, "That's not for me."
Him: "Yes it is, those are the 1 by 1's, 1 by 2's and 2 by 2's".
Me: "But they aren't flat, these are raised. I have shelving for flat tiles. We never talked about raised tiles!"
PANIC!! These tiles sitting in front of me are for a coffered ceiling, meaning they have an indentation of 4 inches. My shelving is for 1 inch. I can't roll these tiles either. What the hell was I going to do? I think after that I didn't hear a word, as I was so upset that I signed up for something and I never even asked to see what it looked like. I had assumed that all the tiles were flat. I was never told otherwise.
|Clearly not flat.|
I ended up buying a sprayer, since the tiles couldn't be rolled. The sprayer worked wonders, and the shelving was re-adjusted. We had to remove 3 pieces in-between to make up for the height difference, and this meant that fewer could be drying. It really meant my sons were going to lose their playroom for awhile.
|New spacing to accommodate height.|
Thankfully she was able to move her fingers, she only needed 6 stitches, but my concern was really no nerve or muscle damage. Phew! Sooo scary. Those tiles can sever your hand, or a finger. Now what was I going to do for help? I called my friend a painter, who had also helped with the Hollister tiles, and he was free that week. He came to spray, and was he a master! He flew threw them, and at times so fast, we were running around like a chicken, trying to copper patina them, dry them, store them, put wax paper between them. I also didn't account for cleaning the tiles, why would I know that some would be caked in oil, like a bottle of EVOO had tipped over on them. One set was covered in oil that we lost almost a whole day cleaning them with Mineral Spirits. Even with cleaning the tiles, and my assistants hand limiting her, we were still ahead of schedule due to the efficiency of the sprayer.
This is great! Then I emailed the owner a picture of the tile to make sure that the patina was a good amount before we varnished. He was also away on vacation, and I didn't hear back until late Thursday night. It went something like this "Looks great, but you aren't painting the backs are you, because you don't have to." I replied, "Noooo, why would I paint the backs?"
|The picture I sent him.|
|The correct side!|
|I love that each one is individual in its patina pattern.|
|We even had to build a custom shelf to hold the moldings when being sprayed.|
|Waiting for the patina and copper.|
|And this was the only FLAT tile, 2 by 2.|
Never again will I ever take an order without knowing what it looks like, what side is up, down. This is something totally new to me, and I am learning. That week was the most expensive, painful learning experience of my career. We overcame a discontinued paint, injury, painting the wrong sides, but they came out amazing. I can't wait to see them installed in the restaurant in Sweden. They should fly me in!