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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / the living room (pic heavy) on: August 25, 2009 05:52:09 PM
somebody asked me if the rest of my house was as interesting as my bedroom. i've done absolutely nothing with the kitchen yet, and the bathroom is in its planning stages. however, the living room is pretty much the way i want it, so here's the tour. I hope some of you are inspired by this. i know i have been by some of the stuff i've seen here. you guys are every bit as insane as i am, and that rocks.

step through the front doo and close it behind you. the first thing you'll see looking forward is this:

hanging on the wall is a print of some cubist impressionist type artist. i got it at a staff sale where i work. the plant is fake. i love fake plants because they don't die, look great, and can be easily hosed off making cleaning a snap. the red on the walls isn't as bricky as the picture looks. i use 10 watt flourescent bulbs and they kind of have a yellow cast. those dots on the wall are the same sort you'll find on the side of a 7up can. i used a poster board pattern i made with a circle cutter to paint them on the wall.

look upwards and you'll see this:

i can't claim responsibility for the geometry of the house, but the red and white shapes it creates are cool.

a little more to the left is this:

that's a painting that my ex did. i found a nice frame for it and created the matching peices on either side for it. i used rectangular peices of lexan from home depot to make them. i laid them over some rocks and chunks of stuff then took a mapp gas torch to them so they would slump down into the weird shapes in the negative space. holding the heat over the same area for a second resulted in these kickass bubbles in the plastic. then i painted the back with a can of that metal texture krylon. the flowery looking things on the front of them are actually melted shopping bags. the torch shrunk them right up into a weird solid flowery shape. it also bonded it to the lexan so i didn't need to glue.

turn your head to the right and:

you can see my ikea dining area. i refinished the top of the table in bright white krylon for plastics. the finish has held up nicely so it works if anyone wants to try that on theirs. i didn't want an off white table on a bright white wall. that's a poster of darth vader and obewan doing thier light saber thing on the wall. its an original freebie poster from 1978. the fake tree came from that same staff sale as the picture earlier. i gaot three of them for like $30 bucks. you should have seen me stuff them all in the trunck of my old corolla.

continuing in a rightward direction....

i built this entertainment center with some pretty cheap plywood i got. i wasn't worried too much about the knotholes because plaster is amazing stuff. the bottom, outside edges, and tops are the same bright white as the walls. the insides and front are flat black. i've got my sixaxis controllers dangling upside down over the ps3 using a pair of chargers i bought at walmart. i hot glued the bottoms to the inside top of the cubby so they would hang there like that. i used some black conduit to keep all the wires neet and i actually tore into the wall and migrated a power outlet and cable jack to the part of the wall directly behind the tv. no wires to be seen anywhere.

if you look closely you can see the motherboard of my living room computer glowing under the blacklight behind the little window here:

the computer is built into the entertainment center. you can access the rear panel by removing the hatch with the silver drawer handles. the computer's front panel protrudes just slighty through the right side of the cabinet, so its easy to turn it on and put in a dvd or game or something. the tv also has a few windings of red ropelight behind it to make it float on the wall a little.

step back into the dining area and you can see the whole room:

the couch is old and ugly, so i used a cover i found at wally world. its really soft and washing machine freindly. it also matches the room wonderfully. that's a red shag area rug and parson's table, and one of those cube ottoman's with the storage inside. that's where i keep all the millions of dollars i save by making all of my own crap. the lamps are made from three sizes of pvc pipes. each of them holds a 10 watt flourescent bulb. that doesn't seem like a lot, but its great for watching tv.

walk back towards the door and you see the shelf i made:

the problem with sectionals like my couch is they have a rounded back which creates wasted space. sure you could stick a tochier light back there with a built in lava lamp, but i decided to make a shelf with a top that curves around with it. its made entirely from plywood and 1 x 12's. i used some flexible molding to sort of fit the curve of the shelf to the back of the courch, since the couch is somewhat uneven due to its age. because the top is curved around and the shelf by the door is only a foot deep, there's a cavity behind the back of the couch and under the top of the shelf. its the perfect place for the subwoofer. i placed it back there and the two rear speakers on top and ran the wires behind the couch. i have tile floors so a peice of foam was used under the sub.

and that's about it. Smiley
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / the blue light bedroom on: August 20, 2009 05:05:14 PM
earlier i posted a naked lady stereo i made, but i think maybe it would help to have some context. this is the bedroom they are hanging on the wall in.

as soon as you walk in the door, you see this:

that's an arcade cabinet i built from some nice cabinet grade plywood. its got a picture tube from an old 26 inch tv. sound is being driven by a cheapo practice guitar amp from walmart, and i'm using the stock tv speakers with it. i hard wired in the board from one of those little battery operated tv games you get with pacman and some other games on it. i made a metal plate to mount the joystick and buttons on. it works great.

look a bit to the right and you see this:

yeah, the bed has steps. its solid white and solid wood. i built it using 2x12s, plywood, and 2x4's. one end has steps, the other end is bolted into the wall, so it has no legs and is completely open underneath. it floats about 2 feet from the floor and fits a queen matress. I have a black comforter on there tucked into the sides. the tv in the corner has an atari 2600 hooked up to it. missile command works perfectly.

standing at the foot of the bed you see this:

there is no headboard. the art on the wall loosely resembling a water molecule is made from plywood and blue rope light. i hard wired it to a switch on the bed that's in the space between the wall and the mattress compartment. there's a good 6 inches there for glasses or beer bottles of your iphone. on the underside is a recessed light about the size of an overhead office light. i used the diffuser from one of those kinds of lights and some blue lightrope to get the glow under the bed. this light is also wired into that switch, so you sort of turn the whole bed on at once.

if you were to turn to your immediate right, you'd see another white wall with the naked lady stereo floating on it. i also have some more pics here to finish the view of the room.

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / naked lady cd player on: August 20, 2009 11:57:02 AM
a freind of mine insisted that i post this here. I've been really busy the last several months, so i havn't been on here in a while.

i was wandering around the flea market one day and found a bunch of these half mannequin things they use to hang ladies' clothes on in store windows or on walls. i was compelled to do something with them, so i turned three of them into a floating (as in on the wall, not in water) cd player.

here's some pics:

from the front. the speakers are in the bottom of the white bodies, facing the floor. they actually sound great, despite not being in proper cabinets.

from an angle

here's the cd player body from the back so you can see the good bits. that's an alpine car stereo and a 200 watt power supply from a busted hp pavilion. in my opinion, the best hp is a torn down and repurposed one.

i've got more details on my site if you want to check it out. i may play around with it a little more because i'm thinking about lighting them up. 

thanks for looking  Grin
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / scratch board - have a seat on: April 03, 2008 06:39:15 PM

this was the first scratch board i ever did. i really like this medium a lot. i'm hoping to find time to do more. Smiley

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / pencil - the huntress and her prize on: April 01, 2008 05:35:20 PM

pencil on sketch paper, based on the face and figure of an old friend
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / pencil - utter madness on: March 30, 2008 11:03:57 AM

pencil on sketch paper - utter madness

i'm sure we've all felt this way. enjoy Cheesy
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / colage - wolves run through on: March 29, 2008 11:27:32 AM

magazine cutouts mounted on paper which was mounted on poster board. the whole thing was covered in wax paper.

enjoy Cheesy
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / from tenth grade doodle to album art - ink to digital on: March 27, 2008 03:10:20 PM
i had a german lady teaching my french class when i was in high school. needless to say, learning how to pronounce certain things was a nightmare. beyond that, she was boring. most of what i post on this site was thanks to her.

this snake wrapped in bandages forming a pentagram was no exception:

I was later able to use it as the cd cover artwork for my first album, along with a composite of a dozen or more other pieces i had doodled in school. I'll probably get around to posting more of the originals found in this composite:

after a couple ex wives and a catastrophic natural disaster, i got around to recording another album, which of course needed its own cd cover artwork. the album was something of a parody, so it mixes gothic metal elements with fru fru bunnies and lollipops:

Enjoy. Cheesy

p.s. if you're interested in the discography these albums are a part of, you can check that out here, but i warn you, if you end up listening to anything, you might want to brace yourself.
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / ball point on paper - ancient gate on: March 26, 2008 03:49:24 PM

ball point on dirty paper, mounted on raggedy construction paper with a glue stick, then aged in a box for 16 years.

enjoy Cheesy
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / ball point on plain paper - clockworks on: March 25, 2008 02:54:32 PM

its amazing the kind of shading you can get from those crappy little paper mate pens.

enjoy Cheesy
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