Instead of cutting more holes today, I decided to proceed with the final finishes on the front wall of the side addition. Doing the same thing for hours on end can be tedious, and if I wait and do each step one at a time, I'll likely get frustrated and bored.
I finished cutting the filler pieces and taped them to a painting board after numbering them on the back to help with reassembly.
I painted the timber grid with a mix of Staining Medium and Bittersweet Chocolate by Americana. The previous base coat of Coffee Bean by Folk Art underneath created a subtle variegated color.
I finished the filler pieces in the same manner as the front door recess: one coat of matte gel medium and three coats of White Birch satin paint by Americana. I finished the timber grid with Delta Ceramcoat Satin Varnish. Once the pieces were dry, I pushed the filler pieces into the grid from the back. Most were so tight that no glue was needed. A few were looser.
I flipped the assembly over and spread glue into the joins.
I love the colors and textures. :D
The surface assembly will stay separate until I get the windows built, but I placed it on the backer board to fit the top row of egg carton stones. The side pieces will be done later after the walls are joined, but it's easier to do as much as possible while the boards can be placed flat on the work table.
The base coat is Fawn by Americana. The stones will be deeper in color, like the front steps, but I will do the final washes all at once so that the color is consistent around the base of the entire building. So far it's turning out as I had hoped.
With the new boards cut and marked, I needed to start cutting the openings for the windows and doors. I was going to fire up the Dremels, but I am not practiced with them and these need to be precise cuts. If it were easy to just make a new board, I might take the risk, but there was a lot involved in getting the boards ready to this point. So, I am cutting them with a utility blade. The thickest boards are 3/16", so it is reasonably easy and quick.
Since the timber assemblies sit on top of the structure boards, I needed to pad the lower areas that will be covered in egg carton stone. The side addition front has 5/16" thick timbers, so I first added a 3/16" plywood layer.
I then added a 1/16" mat board layer. I could have used 1/4" plywood, yes, but I was trying to use up the scraps I had on hand. The sides will have 1/8" thick timber assemblies, so I added a layer of 3/32" balsa -- again using up the scraps I had on hand.
I have a small Timberbrook working basement window from All About Miniatures that I've added to the lower side wall.
Since you can't take it apart to finish, I decided to try staining it before cutting the opening. If it turned out to be a disaster, I wouldn't have wasted my time and energy cutting the opening for it (and then have to fill it back in). It worked well. :] This is Minwax Dark Walnut.
I'm still trying to decide if I will have any other side windows...maybe in the kitchen on the opposite wall.
Tomorrow - more cutting - there are a lot of openings to address. Maybe I'll give the Dremels a whirl after all. :D
I just used some of my winnings to order the 2014 Creatin' Contest Starting Point Garage kit.
Hmm...what will it be? Well, your first sneak peek is already here! I'll be reusing the Wilton cake tip pendant lamps I made for the Newport.
Not to worry - work on The Brownstone will not cease. Since I will have a better head start this year, I can plan accordingly and keep them both going at the same time. :]
Completed work on the front door. I cut two new sides from 1/4" plywood to fit the kit top piece to form the recess. This mimics the kit construction with taller side boards.
I dabbed on matte gel medium using a foam brush onto the exterior surfaces of the recess after masking the gluing surfaces. I set these aside to dry.
Next up was addressing the interior trim. I used door and window casing from HBS since it coordinates with the 5-panel doors I will use throughout. The trim will surround both the door and the transom window. I held it in place with mini hold wax for measuring purposes.
With the previously textured pieces now dry, I added three coats of White Birch satin paint by Americana. This will be one of the main exterior house colors. I again dabbed the paint on with a foam brush. This texture has the appearance of fine plaster without the added weight, thickness or mess of stucco.
The Opryland doorknobs from qualityminis are bronze, which I think works rather well with the color scheme. I painted a white metal doorbell from my stash for the door frame.
I like to go that extra mile and drill holes for the lock mechanism. :D Just some dabs of black and bronze paint, and it gives the illusion of a lock plate at first glance.
With the paint dry on the recess pieces, I glued them to the door frame.
I used the new boards to mark the cut opening on the front backer board.
The height of my first floor ceiling will be 10 1/2" so I cut another two side boards from 1/4" plywood measuring 10 1/2" long and glued them to the door frame. I also cut two boards to fill in the dead space above the front door recess.
Looks like a fine recessed door to me. :D