11 Days to Crafted: Day 3 of the Big Build!

You are probably really tired of looking at paint, huh?

I am getting really tired of looking at paint too. Boy, am I ever. Because we are on Day 3 of painting and we are going back tomorrow for more painting. But also to install a floor, so that will mix it up a little bit.


Base coat of heavy cream is now up. I’m loving it, especially over the texture. We used Glidden brand “Duo” which is a paint and primer in one, and the color is “File Cabinet” which I’m not sure about. The name, I mean. It’s a weird name. We are glad we primed with the Killz2 and THEN did the Glidden, because the coverage is just superb, over the spackle texture.

Tomorrow is one more coat of “Raw Sugar”, and then it’s just detail stuff.


See how happy I look here? That’s because I know that there’s only one more day of painting.


This is Captain Sexypants, saying, “No really, you can do it, L’il Buckaroo!”

or he might have actually been saying “Let’s go get lunch, I’m tired of painting.”


The Big Ass Fans are still not working, which makes it very warm in the Crafted building.


no really. They are Big Ass Fans. And they have Magic Blades which angle up or down depending on whether you want heating or cooling. One angle blows warm air down on you, while the other sucks warm air up.


We still haven’t got lights on our side of the building, but the guys were working hard today to get them sorted out for us.

We had a rather exhausting trip to Home Depot (I am now an expert at Home Depot and can find anything in the Flooring, Hardware, or Paint dept., which is a little funny if you consider how much I hated going to the hardware store when I was a kid) and I was inundated with too much information regarding flooring options. Then Captain Sexypants did some disco in Flooring, and wound up climbing on top of a pile of area rugs and having a little rest, which worried the nice Carpeting Man a little bit. “Attention Home Depot Shoppers. Freak in Aisle 9.”

And by “Home Depot Shoppers” I mean, “Security.”

There are no pictures of said area rug lounging, because I was trying to dig my iPhone out of my cargo pants and the pocket was buttoned and I was laughing so hard I couldn’t do the button and then I almost wet my pants from laughing.

Thankfully, Restrooms are just two aisles over from Flooring.

The point is, I missed the photo op.

After going over every single flooring alternative to death, we circled right back around to the laminate vinyl faux hardwood panels which go over the subfloor without a lot of fuss, can be scored with a utility knife, and adhere with some Rhino tape.

There was some suggestion that maybe flooring samples could be acquired and put in the booth to see how they work with the paint, but that’s about when I said, “F*ck it, we’re getting cherry and it will work because I say so.”

I have excellent taste and no doubts that it will be the perfect flooring.

So, that’s tomorrow. I’m bringing my iPod doc and maybe we’ll get the Captain to do a little more disco.

PS: To whomever discovered my blog today by Googling “Crafted At THe Port of Los Angeles Won’t Work”: You are so very wrong.

Here is what I expect, as a vendor.

I expect there to be a few rough edges in the beginning. We all (and by this I mean the vendors) expect this and we are all planning for it, so we can hang in there and be our very best while it gets going.

I expect that it is going to be a learning curve for the vendors, for the Crafted partners, and for the folks in San Pedro. We all expect this, and we trust our Crafted Overlords (the partners and owners) to do their very best for us.

I expect it to take some time. It is an ongoing project that will not be realized in full until 2013. We all expect this, and are doing our part to help raise enthusiasm and awareness of the project via social media and our own fan bases. Because this is OUR marketplace and we are not passive in this process, not one bit. The vendors at Crafted are some of the most generative people I know.

Here is what I know. The City is actively creating a modernized, world class waterfront. There is SO much going on in that one small area, it’s amazing! They – the City of Los Angeles, and the folks in San Pedro’s local government – are very on board with supporting our project in very tangible ways. First class support from the City. Thanks, LA!

Yes, I am taking a risk by investing in Crafted. Here is the thing about risk, aside from the fact that life is just plain risky… I don’t take stupid risks. I’m not a gambler. I don’t even buy lotto tickets. What I know is that given the appropriate logistical support, the right marketing and a little time to get around those learning curves, it is going to work out just beautifully. I believe that Crafted will eventually surpass even long running artisan markets. The precedent for our success is already there. It lies in places like Portland’s Saturday (and Sunday) Market, long established and tremendously successful, huge tourist draws and a boon to their local economies.

None of us signed on for this on a lark. We, the artists and vendors, know it will be incredible. See, here is the thing. We are artists. We are the dreamers of dreams. That’s what we do. We dream them, and then we turn around and we make them real. Not to mention, we’re backed by some of the most savvy business minds in the local art world. Match made in heaven if you ask me.

Take off your pessimism pants!

It is going to be fabulous.

Come down and see us on Opening Weekend! Have something tasty from a gourmet food truck, enjoy some tunes, check out some fashion and handcrafts from our well curated, carefully juried collection of artists.

About Maia Rainwood

Owner and Maker at Maia Rainwood Design. Wearable art for wise women, birth keepers, witches, and world-builders.
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