吧檯素描

某個週末下午,客人L坐在靜岡桌,時而抬頭觀察吧檯,時而低頭舞動畫筆。幾天後,L寄來這張彩色素描恭喜暖暖蛇三周年,Y老闆很是喜歡。

吧檯是一家咖啡館的心臟,當初在籌備暖暖蛇時,Y老闆一心想要一個用火燒磚砌成的吧檯立面,為了找磚頭還費了一番功夫(http://ppt.cc/bz0tr)。吧檯的杯架,則是以兼具實用性和美感為考量而自己施工釘到牆上的。至於牆上最吸引目光的是奧地利畫家席勒的自畫像 ─ 幾年前Y老闆去巴黎瑪黑區的某間書店,一進門就被垂掛在天花板下的許多海報所吸引,而這張自畫像中的席勒眼神英炯深邃,讓人很想收藏。

經L同意後,Y老闆把這張畫在此與大家分享。謝謝L把暖暖蛇的吧檯畫的這麼傳神,也讓我回想起當初打造這家店的點點滴滴。:)12249575_810689645708964_6933480548670662274_n

𨑨迌咖啡工地現場10-粉刷(下集) / Café Flâneur Live Construction Site 10 – Painting Part 2

原本預計粉刷DIY一個禮拜應該可以完成,真是太外行也太天真了!大面積的牆壁還好,窗框門框真的是精細又耗時的工作,結果我們總共花了三個禮拜才完成粉刷工作。還好有隔壁油漆老師傅阿伯的熱情幫助,不然可能到現在還在刷…..看著換上新裝的房子,真的整個都不一樣了,原本老舊斑駁的室內空間,不只活了起來,還充滿生氣。感謝隔壁阿伯的幫忙,以及工作夥伴們的辛勞。油漆完工!接下來可以進行內部裝飾了。

ps.感謝友人W提供照片

We originally expected to be able to complete the DIY painting in a week, but we were far too inexperienced and naïve! Large sections of walls were fine, but window and door frames required meticulous and tedious work. As a result, we spent a total of three weeks to finish the paint work. Fortunately we had the help of the passionate old master from next door, otherwise we would probably still be painting…After the house had been face-lifted, it looks completely different. What was an old, dilapidated interior, has not only become alive, but also fully of vibrancy. Many thanks to the old master’s help from next door as well as to my working partners labors.  The paint work is finished! Next, we can start interior decorations!

ps. Photo courtesy of Woodstock

𨑨迌咖啡工地現場9-天井塗鴉(下集) / Café Flâneur Live Construction Site 9 – Patio Graffiti Part 2

天井的塗鴉完成了!真的很感謝潘仔還有他的女友牛奶,很辛苦的特地從高雄騎摩托車奔波來台南,還且還跑了三次。看到結果,比我想像中的還要更好,當初那個被鐵皮遮蓋住的陰暗天井,真的是煥然一新。

The patio’s graffiti is complete! Really thankful to ‘Pan Zai’ and his girlfriend ‘Milky’, who travelled from Kaohsiung to Tainan by motorcycle, not just once, but three times! After seeing the final result, it’s certainly better than I imagined. From a patio that was dark and gloomy, covered by a metal roof, it now has a new look.

上次潘仔用噴漆畫了電影《終極追殺令》(Léon)的Léon和Matilda,這次畫的則是尺寸更大的倫敦"名產"雙層紅巴士Routemaster,而且是一筆一筆用油漆刷畫的。動筆前須測量牆面尺寸後進電腦合圖,作畫時先描底圖,再用大油漆刷上面積較大的區域。之後再用小油漆刷勾勒細節、色彩層次。最後則是用噴漆畫上車體廣告。當初腦中想像的紅巴士終於出現在𨑨迌咖啡的天井了!

Last time ‘Pan Zai’ spray painted Léon and Matilda from the classic movie “The Professional: Léon, but this time, the size of the painting is much larger as it consists of London’s most famous double decker Routemaster red bus. What is more incredible is that every stroke on this wall is hand painted!  However, before the painting could start, the measurements of the wall itself had to be recorded and matched with the picture on the computer. With the proportions of the bus sorted, the base picture was super-imposed onto the wall, and then the larger areas were painted with a full sized brush.  Afterwards, the outline, the color gradient and the finer details were completed with a smaller brush. The final touch entailed spray painting the advertising and text onto the body of the bus. The bus from my mind has finally materialized in the patio of Café Flâneur!

𨑨迌咖啡工地現場8-粉刷(上集) / Café Flâneur Live Construction Site 8 – Painting Part 1

終於進行到裝潢工程最重要的步驟:刷油漆囉! 為了節省花費,決定DIY。上次自己刷油漆是幾年前在台北租房子的時候,那時候是小小的一間頂樓雅房。這次要刷的則是一整棟房子,真的是大挑戰。粉刷前對油漆的種類和特性做了些研究,但書上教的還是不如當面解說來的清楚,還好挑選的油漆行很專業也很友善,幫我上了一堂漆料入門。這次選的漆幾乎都是環保的水性乳膠漆或者水泥漆,雖然不便宜,但無毒、無臭用起來才安心。

We have finally reached the most important part of the redecorating process – painting! In order to save on spending, we decided to go DIY. The last time I painted anything was a couple of years ago in Taipei, when I was renting a tiny room on the top floor.  This time however, it’s an entire house, which really is a great challenge.  Before painting, I did a little research on the various types paint and their characteristics, but the explanations in the book are insufficient compared to someone else’s explanations.  Thankfully the people in paint shop, who were very professional and friendly, gave me a quick crash course on the basics of painting.  The paints that were chosen mostly consisted of environmentally friendly latex or cement-based paint.  Although the paints weren’t cheap, they are odourless and non-toxic thus providing us with peace of mind.

刷漆真的是需要體力、技巧、耐心的工作,第一天刷天花板一天下來,脖子、肩膀真的是很酸,一整個累。好在我和工作夥伴漸入佳境,越來越能習慣。看著原本髒污剝落的牆面穿上新裝,即使搞得全身漆也滿足開心。不過我們畢竟是外行人,進度頗慢,但某天隔壁的阿伯來串門子,一聊才知道阿伯是退休的油漆師父,是四十年工夫的師仔喔! 阿伯主動提議隔天要來幫我們粉刷,雖然我們禮貌性的推辭了,但熱心的阿伯還是熱情地隔天真的來幫忙了。老師仔果然功力不凡,刷子在牆面快速穩定平順的運行,一下子工夫就抵過我們一兩天的進度。真的很感謝阿伯的幫忙,一樓的天花板、牆面和廁所總算粉刷完了。

Painting truly requires physical strength, technique and patience. After spending the first day painting the ceiling, my neck and shoulders ached so much and I was so exhausted! Fortunately, my workmate and I got better, and we became used to the work. Seeing these old walls with dirty and half peeled off paint transform with a fresh coat of paint made us extremely satisfied despite getting paint all over ourselves.  Yet, since we were amateurs, our progress was dead slow, but on one of the days, an old man from the neighbourhood popped by.  After chatting with him did we realize he was a retired painting master, with over forty years of painting experience! He even volunteered himself to help us paint, but we declined in politeness. However, he would not take no for an answer, so the next day he really came to help us paint! The old master’s skills were certainly extraordinary, where his brushes were swift yet steady and smooth. So what he accomplished in a short while would have taken us two days of work! We are most grateful for uncle’s help! Thus, the painting for the first floor’s ceilings, walls and bathroom can be considered finished.

𨑨迌咖啡工地現場7-天井塗鴉(上集) / Café Flâneur Live Construction Site 7 – Patio Graffiti Part 1

𨑨迌咖啡的天井本來被包的暗無天日,但當初這棟房子吸引我的其中之一處也是天井,想像之後改造成小庭院的模樣:把鐵皮打開,讓陽光灑下、雨水滴落在綠色的植栽上……但歐式、日式庭園都不是我想要的感覺,那到底是?在這裡先賣個關子,下集分曉。而我想到庭園中的元素之一是塗鴉。剛好有個朋友喜歡塗鴉,於是特別商請他拔刀相助,特別從高雄來台南幫忙。雖然我個人也很喜歡塗鴉,但卻從沒看過塗鴉的實況,這次有幸一睹傳說中晝伏夜出的塗鴉客作畫,真是興奮。沒想到塗鴉的事前準備工作可不少,最花時間的是準備(詳見各圖圖說),實際作畫所花的時間反而短暫,畢竟大部分塗鴉客都是邊躲警察邊作畫的,不快不行。經過八九個小時的工作,第一幅畫總算完成了,結果……真是令人驚艷啊!效果比我想像中的更好,友人潘仔真的太有才了,大滿意!大感謝!期待這個週末的另一幅塗鴉!

Café Flâneur’s patio originally was covered in darkness, but one of the reasons that this house attracted me was its patio. I imagined it could be changed into the form of a mini-courtyard by removing the metallic roof to let the sun shine into the patio and the rain to fall down onto the green pot plants.  However, European or Japanese styles were not what I wanted, but one of the main elements of the ‘courtyard’ was graffiti. Luckily, I had a friend who loved to graffiti so I called him to do me this favour and especially travel from Kaohsiung to Tainan. Even though I myself also like graffiti, I have never actually seen a live graffiti before. This time I have the good fortune of witnessing a legendary graffiti artist in action, really exciting stuff! However, I didn’t think the preparations for graffiti would be so much. In fact most of the time spent was preparing and only a small amount of time actually doing the graffiti.  Then again one has to be quick in order to avoid the cops.  After eight to nine hours of work, the first batch of graffiti can be considered complete and the result is…amazing!  The effect is much better than I had anticipated. My friend ‘Pan Zai’ is truly talented, I am so satisfied!  Thank you so much! Look forward to the next graffiti this weekend!

𨑨迌咖啡工地現場6-倒帶3-長高的吧台 / Café Flâneur Live Construction Site 6 – Backtrack 3 – The bar that got taller

當初在規劃吧台位置的時候,幾經考量,決定把吧台設在沒水、沒插頭的第二進平房。遇到的最大難題是給水和排水的水管要怎麼鋪設?因為不想破壞美麗的磨石子地板,所以捨埋管而採明管施做。問題是以後在吧台煮咖啡走動的時候總不能要跟地上的水管跳竹竿舞吧?解決的辦法就是把吧台用木架子墊高,而這樣冰箱、流裡台也都要墊高了。所幸水電工班不只會做水電,還會泥作,竟然用磚頭讓我的冰箱、流理台長高了,不愧是水電的藝術家。火燒磚吧台面、阿母和我一起到嘉義購買的流理台、尋訪不下十家餐飲設備行才找到符合需求規格的二手工作台冰箱,看著他們團聚的模樣,套句水電師傅董哥說的: 安ㄋㄟ麻卡五形嘎逼ㄊㄧㄣ!

When initially planning the position of the bar, there were several considerations, but eventually decided to set it at a room with no plumbing or plugs. My biggest problem was how to provide and drain water to and from the bar.  As I didn’t want to destroy the beautiful terrazzo floor, I could only lay the many pipes on the floor. However, I can’t make coffee and jump over the pipes at the same time, could I?  So the solution was to raise the bar by putting a wooden platform underneath, thus covering the pipes. This meant that the heavy fridge and basins also had to be raised. Fortunately the plumbers and electricians also knew cement work, so they used bricks as the base for the fridge and basin. Behind the fired-brick bar was supposed to be the basin. My mother and I travelled to Chiayi to buy the basins and searched at least ten restaurant equipment brokers until we found a used basin that matched our criteria. With the fired-brick bar and the basins in position, the place now looks like a café!

 

𨑨迌咖啡工地現場5-倒帶2-傳說中的火燒磚 / Café Flâneur Live Construction Site 5 – Backtrack 2 – The legendary fired bricks

騎摩托車在台南的巷弄中閒晃(個人相當喜愛的休閒活動),偶爾就會看到紅磚牆,而有些紅磚帶著燒過的黑色與稜稜角角,特別有味道,詢問友人後才知道這種磚頭叫做火燒(火頭)磚,我很喜歡它的紅黑交雜和粗糙的質地。因此在規劃𨑨迌咖啡的空間時,我就想要擁有一個火燒磚砌成的吧台。沒想到這種磚頭已經過時了,各大拍賣網站也找不到。幾經詢問,終於問到在鶯歌還有一間窯廠在生產,不過跟一塊只要3元的普通磚頭相比,火燒磚一塊要17元,還得付運費從北部運下來。不過看到火燒磚在師傅的巧手之下一塊塊疊了起來,從塊變成了線、又便成了面之後,心裡高興做了正確的決定。至於廁所的地磚,選來選去選到了進口的,價錢與台製相比自然不便宜,還好鋪設的面積不大,花費才不至於爆表。有了吧台立面後,看起來有點咖啡店的面貌了。

When I was riding my scooter, wandering through the alleyways of Tainan (one of my favourite hobbies), sometimes I would see red brick walls and some of these red bricks seem to have a burnt black colour on the edges, which seemed especially tasteful. I asked my friends to discover they are called fired or firehead bricks. I really like the mixing of the red and black colours as well as the rugged characteristic of these bricks.  Therefore I decided that within Café Flâneur  I would use these fired bricks as my bar.  Little did I know that these types of bricks have ceased production, and I couldn’t find them online.  After asking around, I found out that there is still one factory in YinGe(鶯歌) that produces these bricks.  A normal brick costs around NT3 dollars, but a fired brick costs NT17 dollars, and this doesn’t include the transportation costs required to move them from the North.  But after watching these professionals skilfully pile these bricks together and transforming them into the facade of the bar, I am glad I made the right decision. With regards to the tiles of the bathroom, after much consideration, I chose imported tiles, which were more expensive than locally produced ones.  Fortunately, the area was not too big so the cost was not too excessive.  After setting up the bar at the back, it starts to resemble a café now.