The Brownstone - timber grid stonework, part 1

by brae  

We had a near miss with a buyer that didn't end up working out, so it's back to sprucing the place up daily and awaiting random showings.  :D

lovely orchid on my kitchen table to entice buyers

I moved all the completed dollhouses out, and The Brownstone has been stacked in a flat formation in the closet.  Since this selling and buying business requires patience, I'm going to be working on The Brownstone as time permits to keep my sanity.  I can continue with the prep work on the walls and with any luck it will be time to move before I start gluing the beast together.  :O

Alright...where was I?

As noted, I forgot to add the stonework to parts of the timber grid as shown in my mockup color study.  I started with thin cardstock templates, each numbered so I could match them up again later.

Instead of using the 3/4" x 1" stones I had been cutting for the base, I determined the layout using the individual templates.  I thought it would look off to have partial stones, so I cut three even strips slightly wider than the base stones.  I then cut the length to make a pleasing pattern, gluing the stones to the cardboard template.

I'll paint the inserts with the base coat of Fawn by Americana.  Once I create the final two grids for the side walls, I'll make the stone inserts for those as well.  I'll then paint the final washes and glazes when I do the base stone so it will all coordinate in color.


Comment from: Deb [Visitor]

I’ve missed reading your blog! So glad to see you back, if only for a bit. Hopefully the next prospective buyer will step up and love the place!

While you’re on here for a bit–do you know of anyone with a door handle like a business (old) might have–with the upright curved handle that had the thumb button on top? I’m doing a bar and would love to find one of those, but so far no luck.

07/08/14 @ 20:21
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]

Hooray, you’re back! :)

07/08/14 @ 22:32
Comment from: Pepper [Visitor]

I’ve missed seeing your updates. I hope your house sale is settled and over soon, so that you have a bit more ‘me time’ =0)

07/09/14 @ 06:58
Comment from: grandmommy [Visitor]

Glad to see you and your great work back! Good luck with the house. it will be sold at the exact right time and circumstances! ;-)

07/09/14 @ 10:44
Comment from: Veronique [Visitor]

Hello Brae,

Slowly making my way back and I will have lots to catch up on. I hope your house sells quickly so you don’t have to pack everything away.
Thank you for you post on my blog.


07/09/14 @ 12:07
Comment from: Betsy rogers [Visitor]

Hi Brae! so Sorry your buyers fell through…. it can be a challenge to keep everything so tidy for the “viewings"! I wish you luck and a quick turn-around!
At least you do have some steps you can complete while it is still flat…. but I would be tempted to set it up anyway and have it be part of the “decor” or covered with a big sheet in the corner! LOL! It seems so unfair that we have to make a house look not lived in to make it sell-able!
I am glad to see you posting… I was just thinking how I missed seeing your fascinating work in progress!

07/09/14 @ 16:36
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]

Here’s hoping the right buyer shows up soon–and may I tell you how much I admire your attitude through life’s ups and downs?

07/09/14 @ 17:36
Comment from: Nancy [Visitor]

Add me to the list of “we miss you” friends ! Your work & blog is some thing I “go to” when feeling the need to be inspired, get ideas or just plain chill out & relax. Selling/moving can be sp stressful so here is a wish all goes smoothly & you can bring your projects back out into a workable space!

07/11/14 @ 08:41
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

*rubs hands together eagerly*
Looking forward to seeing more of this project :D

07/11/14 @ 19:53
Comment from: Karin [Visitor]  

I sympathize with your house sale. We’re in the same position; our first buyer fell thru & we’re now waiting on the 2nd buyer’s bank to give approval. Viewings ARE a pain so I thought you could use a chuckle:

just had a lady come to the door:
“Is there an open house? I saw the sign in front of the driveway”
“It’s just to show that it’s this house that’s for sale”

“Well I’ve phoned your realtor several times but she’s never gotten back to me”

> long pregnant pause

“………I was told there’s an offer on the table”
“we’re just waiting for bank approval so the deal can close….”

“Maybe I should phone her again…”

07/26/14 @ 14:20

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