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LoriLovesTiki
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Posted: 2012-10-11 6:27 pm   Permalink

Looking good. Love those beams!

 
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mike and marie
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Posted: 2012-10-21 7:43 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the encouragement ... finally getting a chance to post some more updates. Here's how the beams look once installed on the shipwreck ceiling:



the original vintage light fixtures reminded us of lighting in old nautical restaurants:



A ground-eye view of the wreck hole with one of the beams going across it, as modeled after the Fort Lauderdale Wreck Bar:



 
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mike and marie
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Posted: 2012-10-21 7:50 pm   Permalink

The next step was to finish the portholes. We ended up painting the windows and the window wells with the ceiling color matched from the Wreck Bar's 'water':



For fun, we mounted a vintage barracuda in one of them:



Closed them up with plexiglas and used brass eyelets and screws on the trim for a nautical look:





 
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mike and marie
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Posted: 2012-10-21 8:01 pm   Permalink

Then it was time to move our attention to the tiki hut area, which at this point was still chaotic:



Now that the ceiling there was painted black and the hut was in place, the next thing to do was to replace the paneled wall in this area with something more tiki:



Glued up some lauhala matting, imported from Chicago (specifically, the Hawaiian shop at the Hala Kahiki!):



Then came the bamboo trim and wainscotting:





The bar itself was a whole new project...

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littlegiles
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From: Lancaster, SC
Posted: 2012-10-22 3:51 pm   Permalink

WOW! Looking great. Love the Baracuda looking through the window. It really gives it a sense of being underwater.

Loving the updates.

- Dale


 
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mike and marie
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Posted: 2012-10-22 5:50 pm   Permalink

Thanks Dale. The bar in the tiki hut was another big project because our goal was to match the bar from the old Careless Navigator in Treasure Island, aka Exhibit A:



To get there took 17 sandings and coats of various types, from orange shellac to varnish and stains, to more false paths and restainings and resandings...













But after a few days we got it ... the pic of the Careless Navigator (Scuttlebutt Lounge inset) is in the center here:



 
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mike and marie
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Posted: 2012-10-22 5:55 pm   Permalink

In the bar area inside the hut we hung fishnet on the ceiling a la Old Tony's, added some bamboo trim around the walls and used a basket to cover the light fixture:







 
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mike and marie
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Posted: 2012-10-22 6:06 pm   Permalink

To make an awning over the door to the beach, we carved a few small pieces of bamboo:



mounted them above the doorway:



attached a long connecting piece to both with raffia:



then laid some raincape thatch on it:



(placement of the spoon and fork was inspired by the door handle of the Bahi Hut; the beaded curtain on the right is from Oceanic Arts)



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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2012-10-22 8:35 pm   Permalink

Love to see your ideas take flight...keep up the great work.

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2012-10-22 9:09 pm   Permalink

Wow, this is looking terrific, Wendy

 
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mike and marie
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Posted: 2012-10-23 5:54 pm   Permalink

Thanks you two! We're posting some more pics tonight because we really want to get up to speed here so we can get to the other side ... and to an ever-growing list of questions and things to do!

A few small details worth mentioning. Found a big piece of interesting driftwood while beachcombing that really did look like part of the wreckage of a ship, and after giving it a thick coat of poly seal we mounted it with L-brackets to the side entrance of the Wreck Bar:







Mike had the idea to use part of an old stepladder to make it look like a ship ladder coming down from the ceiling ... plus, this would mean more much-needed surface area for "stuff" ... and what have you know, but the next day we saw someone throwing out the most beat up, trashed, weather worn broken down stepladder you've ever seen. In other words: perfect! It was already broken in half and weighed about two pounds because the wood was so rotten. So we carefully stained it and put on the poly, which is really what is probably holding it together. There were metal discs on the sides and we painted them to match the Witco stuff:





Then mounted it up from the ceiling and used the rungs to hold our Wreck Bar memorabilia:



We knew we had to make some fake poles for the Wreck Bar, but the challenge was that we didn't want to ruin the floor when doing so. We took some large fence posts from the lumber yard and let them sit out in the garage for a month so that they would begin to warp. Then we painted them with the same greenish blue from behind the bar and more polyurethane. Then using some plumbing cap connectors and shins we were able to secure them very strongly to the ceiling, and covered the tops and bottoms with rope. Because they're so warped they're a little bit crooked and look like they're going to give way:





 
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mike and marie
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Posted: 2012-10-23 6:14 pm   Permalink

The next big step was to set up the 'live mermaid show' behind the bar. We set up the area by making a hole in the wall and putting down a platform that was low enough below the hole so that you couldn't see it from the bar:



Then this whole area was put 'under water' with the aid of shower curtains of just the right watery shade:



But to make it look about two fathoms down required just the right lighting. This part took a lot of tweaking to get the light to have the same watery glow as the other portholes, but we eventually saw the light:



Now legend has it that Treasure Island, Florida had originally gotten its name from a buried treasure that was somewhere off its shore ... and we read how in the early 50s the group of developers who were known as The Rat Pack of Treasure Island had pulled a stunt where they had buried a huge sea chest not far from shore and made a big deal about unearthing it ... or maybe this happened in the 1940s ... and maybe we found the old sea chest, but in any event we had to set it up so that it would be right at home in there with the mermaid:



Then the mermaid herself -- we found one at a local prop store. She was a vintage store mannequin and we outfitted her with shells, fins, and wig.

The homemade shell top:



The mermaid:



Then the hole was covered by a plexiglas porthole and mounted with the same brass nautical fixtures as the other portholes, and surrounded the edge with heavy nautical rope:



Before we turn on the lights for the show, here's the mermaid's view of the hut and bar area:




 
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tikilongbeach
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From: Long Beach, CA via Dallas, TX
Posted: 2012-10-23 6:32 pm   Permalink

Wow, that really looks terrific! You two are doing a great job. If you're interested in more taxidermied fish I've seen piranha for sale online.
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Tabu
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Joined: Sep 07, 2004
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From: Port Hope, Ont.
Posted: 2012-10-23 7:08 pm   Permalink

Careless Navigator. Thank you, I have been trying to remember the name of that place for a long time. On the way out kids got to pick a treat out of the treasure chest. Paper pirate hats and kid friendly grog bowls.
Used to love going there. The room is looking amazing.
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Q-tiki
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Joined: Sep 22, 2011
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From: East TN
Posted: 2012-10-23 7:16 pm   Permalink

Holy Merman balls!! You guys are really doing a great job! VERY creative ideas that you are implementing. Kudos to you both.

Thanks so much for the continued posts.

Cheers!!


 
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