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The Rock-A-Hula Hut
Lucky Jackson
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Joined: Feb 06, 2011
Posts: 35
From: Beaverton,OR
Posted: 2011-02-25 11:58 am   Permalink

Aloha! We recently purchased a 1950's ranch home that included a funky little shed in the backyard. That funky little shed is slowly becoming the Rock-A-Hula Hut. Here are some pics of the build so far...

I have big plans for the exterior, but that will come after the inside.


I'm covering the walls in burnt wood.


The wall behind the bar is getting a multi-layered diorama. It's going to look like a window to the outside.


The wall will get a coat of paint (blue sky or orange sky?), then this piece of glass will sit in front of that...


This will go a few inches in front of the glass (still more painting to be done), and then some palms and such in front of this...


My mugs will be housed in a "lava wall" that has red LED lights hidden throughout.




Cheers!


 
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Matt Reese
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Joined: May 09, 2005
Posts: 1148
From: San Diego
Posted: 2011-02-25 12:30 pm   Permalink

Great stuff already. I love the fake lava rock. Go man Go!

 
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Mr. NoNaMe
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Joined: May 10, 2006
Posts: 1918
Posted: 2011-02-25 12:43 pm   Permalink

Awesome start! And so much potential on the outside.

 
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arriano
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Joined: Jun 13, 2006
Posts: 1279
From: Dog Patch - San Diego
Posted: 2011-02-25 1:16 pm   Permalink

I agree, excellent start. I like the name as well.


 
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pwest71
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Joined: May 04, 2007
Posts: 81
From: Pittsburgh, PA
Posted: 2011-02-25 1:42 pm   Permalink

Holy cow!! That shelf/hole in the wall mug area is killin'. Please keep us updated...Awesome work!!

Paul


 
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Murph
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Joined: Jul 11, 2006
Posts: 719
From: SoCal
Posted: 2011-02-25 2:33 pm   Permalink

Lovin' it! Keep the progress pics coming.

 
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Lucky Jackson
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Joined: Feb 06, 2011
Posts: 35
From: Beaverton,OR
Posted: 2011-02-25 3:02 pm   Permalink

Thanks guys!

If anybody has any experience with creating a multi-layered diorama, I would love to pick your brain...


 
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MauiRose
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Joined: Feb 28, 2009
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From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2011-02-25 7:54 pm   Permalink

This looks like it's gonna be good! Thanks for sharing.

 
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moan tiki
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Joined: Feb 13, 2011
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Posted: 2011-02-26 2:30 pm   Permalink

i love the lava wall. very excited to see the finished product.

 
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mrsmiley
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From: Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 2011-02-26 2:56 pm   Permalink

ZAZZ! An awesome start and plan!

 
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DejaVoodoo
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Joined: Feb 07, 2008
Posts: 137
From: Woodbridge, NJ
Posted: 2011-02-27 4:12 pm   Permalink

If you don't mind my asking, how did you create the faux lava rock?

Soon I'll be working on a small mug display and would like to use your lava rock idea to showcase certain mugs at varying heights so they aren't just all lined up on a shelf. I originally thought I wanted to use standard retail clear acrylic risers but then my mugs would look like they were for sale in a store, not nestled in an exotic locale. Would you mind breaking the illusion for me (us) and sharing some of your process here?

Thanks!


 
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Lucky Jackson
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Joined: Feb 06, 2011
Posts: 35
From: Beaverton,OR
Posted: 2011-02-28 2:53 pm   Permalink

It was pretty easy. I learned a lot as I got farther along in the process.

My biggest tips would be to...

1. Do as much of the spray foam on the ground as possible. It can be a pain to get it to cling on the underside/face of the shelves.

2. If you are adding red lights, don't fully cover the spray foam in black paint. The white areas really enhance the lava effect, and show detail. This will only work in a low light setting (it looks half finished in full light).

3. WEAR GLOVES!


I started by covering a basic shelf with foam panels...




Then I strung red LED Christmas lights on the shelf, and spray foamed the foam panels...


Painted the spray foam...


It's almost finished!



 
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Tikiwahine
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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
Posts: 3288
From: Victoria, BC
Posted: 2011-02-28 3:41 pm   Permalink

It's looking super awesome Lucky!

Do you think you might be part of the
Tiki-Kon home bar tour this year?
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Lucky Jackson
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Joined: Feb 06, 2011
Posts: 35
From: Beaverton,OR
Posted: 2011-02-28 3:58 pm   Permalink

I wish! If you guys make it down for the Kon, you guys will get a private tour for sure!

 
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VampiressRN
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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2011-03-01 09:50 am   Permalink

That is going to look great...keep up the good work...love the progress pictures.
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