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Renovations

Ekiben's picture

Just before Christmas we decided to take a portion of our savings and use it to make the school more attractive. Our mission; Paint the bitch. There is really nothing we can do about the outside of the building which is a shame, but we definitely needed to do something to the inside. Having absolutely zero experience painting I hit the net for some tips. I was happy to learn that the actually painting isn’t that hard and everything comes down to the preparation. Still, there were a lot of materials that we needed and the amount of time it would take with only two of us seemed daunting.
We made the decision to enlist the help of my wife’s previously estranged father, who does painting and various other jobs for a living. He has only recently been back in the picture in the last 2 or 3 years and their relationship is tenuous to say the least. But dear old dad seemed keen on helping out, maybe trying to make up for the uncountable mistakes he made in the past concerning his family.
So he put most of his other jobs aside and at a very reasonable rate we hired him to work on painting the school. The first thing we did was the stairwell. While I was at work my wife and father-in-law would be masking and mixing and painting, and then I would finish up and join them between jobs. It took about a week to get all the walls, stairs, railings, fixtures, and boarders painted, but we are very satisfied and the place looks much better without the ugly green on green motif that had been there previously.
Before we got into the classroom, we had to do a major dumping of all the crap. I spent the next week chucking all the books, old games, old computers, bookshelves, TVs, and desks. Just getting rid of all the crap was a monumental task in and of itself. We used her father’s truck to haul everything away. In fact, we just loaded all the junk on and he would go take care of it. The last item to be removed was a relic of a photocopy machine that hadn’t been used in over three or four years. Felt good to say goodbye to that bad boy.
We were now ready to tackle the inside. We bought some mix it up hole-filler and repaired all the holes. We wiped down everything and since we were working with white walls, went right into the painting. Painting the large walls turned out to be way easier than the tedious work we had to do in the stairwell. We managed to do a room a day, kitchen, office, and classroom, all with two coats each. Didn’t miss a beat with the classes either. Just moved them into another room, kept the door closed, and apologized for the paint smell. No one seemed to mind or at least never voiced a complaint.
After helping us install a new door and cocking the windows and air-conditioners, we sent Pappi back to his regular work. All told, we paid him ¥120000 and that included the labour, paint, and all the materials he used like tape, brushed, drop-cloths, and all the other miscellaneous jobs we had him doing. Handy guy to have around that one.
Phase three involved making the inside look better. We couldn’t just keep all the leftover junk in there now that the walls were painted. So the hunt was on. Every weekend we would hit the furniture stores and Hardware places looking for deals. I only recently heard that there is an IKEA in Kawasaki, I can’t help but wonder if I could have made out better had I gone there. Still, our new Nitori store has some good prices and we got a really nice, large table for almost half price because there was a scratch in it. We put in the new table and chairs, bought curtains to replace the terrible dust-collecting venetian blinds, and got a dresser to put all the cards and games into. We took the large white board we have off its broken steel rack and mounted it directly to the wall in the room where the office previously was, essentially turning it into our main classroom for adult lessons. The larger room was stripped clean and we have plans to use it exclusively as a kid’s room.
The Winter Renovation project went really well, and we thought we might have even managed to save enough of our cash for what was coming next. It was time to get serious about advertising.

Comments

Spanx's picture

Re: Renovations

Well done my friend! It looked good when I was down there last and the advertising looks first rate. Keep it up dude.

One night, after a beer party,
the Danes settled in the hall
for sleep; they knew no sorrows.
The evil creature, grim and hungry,
grabbed thirty warriors
and went home laughing.

Yoked's picture

Re: Renovations

Can't wait to see the new place!

I am Japan and So Can You!

Spanx's picture

Lots to be updated here

Lots to be updated here Ekiben!

One night, after a beer party,
the Danes settled in the hall
for sleep; they knew no sorrows.
The evil creature, grim and hungry,
grabbed thirty warriors
and went home laughing.