Kitchen wall, flooring and more books

by brae  

I've been busily sewing a dress for an upcoming holiday party, so mini work has been sparse this week.  I did install one of the last two outer walls - the one on the side of the kitchen.  I used a trick I learned on the Greenleaf forum of putting a couple drops of super glue (I used the gel kind) to hold pieces in place while the regular glue dries.  Ingenious!  The wall had a bit of a warp to it, and the super glue held it better than masking tape.

I also began working on the dining area flooring.  Here is what it looked like out of the package.

Lyssa wanted raised floorboards in my old house, so I cut the paper between a few of the pieces.  This should allow for enough give for the wood to warp and lift.

I used Minwax Plantation Walnut stain on the walnut floor, and it worked well for a start.

I then added a few dark washes of black and brown acrylic paint.  Now we're getting somewhere - all those years of grime.  ;]

I sprayed the floor with matte sealer and once dry I sanded the hell out of it.  I brushed on a thin coat of satin varnish, which I wiped away before it dried.  I'll mess with the finish more when I install it, but it is at least the basic color I was looking for.  The table is a House of Miniatures kit - assembled but not yet finished.  I am awaiting the chairs I hope will work with it.

The darker floor works better with the checkered floor.

I finished up another batch of books for the house, sixteen more for the collection.

I even included some coffee table books on lacemaking, birds and the Great Barrier Reef.  :D

And, in other news, there is now another kit in the house!  :O  I used part of my Greenleaf winnings for the Glencroft.  I assured Jasper this one won't be started while the Heritage is under construction.  I just couldn't pass up the 25% off sale since I'd like to build the Glencroft next.

I have some fab ideas for it, but you'll just have to wait and see.  Maybe around this time next year?


Comment from: Natalia [Visitor]
Brae, thank you for sharing a tip about glue! That is great! New project, hmmm, I wonder where the wave of imagination will bring you now... Anyway, good luck, I am sure everyone will be waiting for updates till next year!
12/07/11 @ 19:49
Comment from: ModMom [Visitor]
It looks amazing! I love the tip w/the super glue! I will definitely give it a try!
12/07/11 @ 20:05
Comment from: Jeannette [Visitor]
Ooooo, I can't wait to see what you do with the new kit! The Glencroft has always been at the top of my wish list! It is the most beautiful kit in my opinion. :o)
12/07/11 @ 20:48
Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]
Yea for lifted floorboards! I love that color of the floor, too. Looks fabu! I think, we should build the Glencrofts at the same time. :) I will be able to finish the Orchid after the holidays. :)
12/07/11 @ 20:51
Comment from: craftland [Visitor]
The colour of the floor is so wonderful. It is the same as the checkered floor. Hugs from Craftland
12/08/11 @ 06:13
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
I love what you did to the floor and they are a perfect match. I'm so glad that you will be doing the Glencroft. It's one of my favourites also.
12/08/11 @ 09:27
I love looking at your tiny books--they're wonderful! Congrats on your new Greenleaf kit--how exciting! :-)
12/08/11 @ 12:43
Comment from: heather [Visitor]
Super glue! What a great idea. The floor looks lovely and I really love all the books you have made. The Glencroft is a great kit. Can't wait to see what you do with it. Even if it is next year.
12/08/11 @ 19:41
Comment from: Evelyne [Visitor]  
I love the Glencroft! Can't wait to see what you'll do with it. And next year is just around the corner, so... it'll be soon, yay! :)
12/08/11 @ 20:20
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you, everyone! Yes, Lyssa, we can build together, but you know's going to be a long process. :))
12/09/11 @ 09:15
Comment from: Margriet [Visitor]
The dark floor is very beautiful!!! And I really admire all the books you have made...I need books for a big bookcase...but I keep procrastinating..I don't really like making books, you always need more then you think ;-) But yours look wonderful! Oh, can't wait to see what you will do with the new kit!!! I saw your inspiration photos....I'm sure this will be another wonderful project!!!
12/10/11 @ 00:31

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