Watson Mill - foundation, part 2

by brae  

Continuing work on the foundation.  I had egg carton bricks on hand, so I didn't bother to reinvent the wheel.  Most of the time, I will measure my board and determine how many bricks across I need and adjust the measurements accordingly.  It's a small foundation, so I didn't think it would matter much once landscaping is in.  Since my bricks didn't end well at the corners, I opted for corner stones cut to fit.

I chose brown based bricks instead of my usual brick red.  :]

I started with an even brown base.

I then stippled on the other colors to create variations before sealing with Delta Ceramcoat Matte Varnish (which always dries shiny with how thick I put it on).

After it dried, I grouted with spackling following my usual water clean-up process.

I added a couple of dark brown and black washes to tone down the grout, then finished off with a spray of Testors Frosted Glass to dull the finish.  There will be more aging during the landscaping process, but I love how it looks so far.  You can still see the subtle color differences.

10 comments

Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

I think it looks wonderful as is! :D

06/16/17 @ 21:42
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]

Corner stones! I like it.

06/17/17 @ 02:10
Comment from: Samantha [Visitor]

The foundation looks fabulous. Great technique. I particularly like the frosted glass spray at the end. I have the same issue with matte varnish drying shiny. I will have to try this. Thanks!

06/17/17 @ 03:42
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you! :>>

The additional aging will just be a bit of dry brushing dark brown along the ground edge.

As for the spray, there might be less expensive dull finish sprays; I just used up what I had on hand. :yes:

06/17/17 @ 06:28
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]

I really love how it looks. Just gorgeous! And I’m going to remember that corner stone trick for my next foundation.

06/17/17 @ 06:45
Comment from: Jodi [Visitor]

I love the variation of colors! It’s going to make the perfect backdrop for what I know will be a spectacular landscape!

06/17/17 @ 09:50
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]

Your bricks look Solid, and I love your use of the cornerstones, Brae. Your coloration of them as well as the matting down with the frosted glass spray makes them look even more authentic with Great Results!

06/17/17 @ 14:46
Comment from: Kristine [Visitor]

That last spray of Testors Frosted Glass just makes it! I can’t wait to see how you add your landscaping features, they always blend seamlessly!

06/17/17 @ 19:05
Comment from: Pepper [Visitor]

I’m busy grouting a lot of stone so this is helpful to see. I need to make the grout less WHITE!! and more aged so a dark wash it is, thnak you :0)

06/18/17 @ 02:02
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you, everyone! :>>

06/22/17 @ 06:54


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