Tuesday, January 03, 2017

French Country Decorating

Once the tapewiring was done, the decorating has begun. I decided I'd try ceilings - get a textured ceiling done. I used Lomax fine texture additive in my paint, and rolled on at least 2 coats. While the second coat was better, I wasn't liking it. The sanding commenced, as I was going to apply ceiling papers instead. Funny thing, once they were sanded, they were nice! So that is what I'm going to stick with.

The first floor (Living, dining and foyer) has 12" ceilings, and most wallpapers are not that tall, So now I had to make a decision - find and use 12" papers or do chair rails. I've had a challenging time deciding what papers to use, between the ceiling heights and the desire to be somewhat cohesive in the colorways.

I love Itsy Bitsy Mini paper, but hers aren't 12". Brodnax is the perfect height, but not always the perfect pattern/color. Itsy Bitsy Mini won out for the kitchen - a yellow plaster finish. The study got her plaid - I love this plaid!

Living room and dining room are getting Brodnax, and I found a fabulous wainscoting for the Living room as well. Its a World Model white embossed one - my local mini shop owner brought it to my attention.

Foyer was a bit of a challenge, found a creamy swirl pattern that I think will work. Here's how 4 first floor papers look from a side view, as I was contemplating them.



Kitchen in process...


Study is looking nice!


Living room paper and wainscoting set up, with chimney breast I made. Note the marble hearth I plan to use. Paper will go over chimney breast. 

So here (yes, after I have the wallpaper on, I decide to take the picture, doh!) is how I made the chimney breast. My first but it gets the job done.



Turned out really nice! Can't wait to get the sconces and wainscoting up:



I have wanted to use these formica tiles for years, and bit the bullet. I bought a Chopper II so I could cut the larger tiles, and then used my Easy Cutter for the small black inserts as needed. These are Tid-Bits that I have had since 2007 - they are no longer available. 







French Country Gets Electricity

Finally got to the tape wiring and priming in November. Coach lights are working!

In this house I decided to use a newer power source, ditching the Cir-Kit junction splice. I've had issues with them before and grabbed some CR2S (Creative Reproductions to Scale) products during the 2016 Bishop show. It takes an adapter (looks like your laptop power supply) and a power connector.



Here's the power connector I mentioned above: 


Sunday, May 29, 2016

French Country Dormer and Trim Work

The top dormer windows posed a challenge with regard to the color. I started by using the cream base, and used a white to outline the edge and the round circle. Not the effect I wanted. Then I did light grey base and highlights of cream. This was nice but didn't pack a punch.



I  then went to stippling and this gave me the stone effect I was imagining.
 

I then outlined in the cream - and though I liked it...it still needed something.


I finally settled on a lighter grey stippling for the highlighting of the edges and the circle. This is what I settled on.


You can see I've also glued on the stone patio and courtyard wall and painted them with stippling also. I'm very happy with the effect.


Moved on to the quoins - I could have stayed with the lighter grey but ended up with a slightly darker grey stippling to blend in more with the trims along the eaves. Its all now installed.


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Chateau is The Latest

I have just acquired a Lawbre Chateau - smaller sister to the French Country Manor.




Thursday, April 28, 2016

French Country Exterior Work

The exterior stippling has been done - 2 or 3 coats of colors. I feel like its now where I want it to be, so I've moved on to the shingling.


I filled in the remaining areas of shingles and now have 2 coats of color wash on the shingles. I'm also happy with this. I may add some light stippling of streaks, simulating worn areas on the shingles.




Friday, April 15, 2016

French Country Manor

I am the proud owner of a Lawbre French Country Manor! Its a house I've always wanted, and had resigned myself to never owning one. The purchase price from Lawbre is out of this world and so when a partially completed one showed up on eBay, I grabbed it!

The exterior was partially painted with multiple colors, but not the way I would have finished it. The colors were the colors Lawbre recommended - based on their demo. But it needed a lot of work to get the blotches of paint to blend in.

I got my stipple brushes out and began to see if I could salvage it or if I would have to wipe the slate clean and start from scratch. I was able to work on blending the colors, and just added a 2nd color with the stippling technique. I think its where I want it to be now.

Original finish (no flash)


Original (with flash):



Stippled with 2 colors (using flash):




No flash:


Here's the back of the house - huge, isn't it?