Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Doing Something Fun!

Just for fun in the firebox I decided to go with stone as opposed to brick. I have a partial roll of the Magic Ston sticker stuff, so this was a great opportunity to use it up.


For those of you who have not worked with the Magic Systems products before, here's how they work...

1. Paint the area you are going to cover with what you want to be your grout color. Let dry.


2. Cut out enough length of the sticker to fit the area. I like to remove the stone or brick stickers before I apply them to the surface - it is much easier. Affix your sticker to the area, making sure to firmly press down all of the lines.



3. Mix your mortar with enough water to achieve an oatmeal type consistency. If it's too dry add more water in tiny increments. If it's too wet you're screwed........  nope, just kidding. Just add a little more mortar mix a bit at a time until it thickens.



***Side note - the Magic Systems kits come with an assortment of colored powdered mortar mix. It is also sold separately. Don't get tricked into spending a bunch of money on this stuff. Regular powdered sanded or un-sanded grout mix from the hardware store is exactly what this stuff is. It is a fraction of the cost of the stuff sold for miniatures. One box should last you a lifetime of mini projects. Buy a light color - you can always add acrylic paint to the mix to achieve the color you want. Want a rougher surface - add some sand.***

4. Using a rough paintbrush, dab out a fairly thin layer to cover all of the stickered area.



5. Gently peel back the sticker paper and see the pattern left behind. You can gently smooth rough edges or pat down for a smoother look,



6. Let dry. Once dry, you can paint with color washes or sponge on more texture to achieve the look you want. In my case, I wanted my firebox to look as though it had been cleaned and painted for use as decor only. That is why the stones and grout are the same color. If I had been using it for a "real" functioning fireplace the grout and stones would have more contrast.

I like the stuff, it's easy to use and kind of fun. It goes a lot quicker than egg carton stones, but I like doing those as well. In other words, what is six to one is half a dozen to another...



I didn't care for the brownish tone once I'd held it up against the fireplace, so I just coated over it with a lighter grey. I also added some of the ceiling paper scraps to the niche and gave that a couple coats of white. I'm thinking I'd better not attach it to the house just yet. I'll have to fiddle with the roof, and that is not nearly next on the To Do list.

I've also been working on the inside trim - did I mention that there is a lot of fussy work on this project? I certainly need to work on my "fitting molding together nicely" skills. Oh well, in the end it is supposed to be a little shabby. More on the interior transformation later...

One last thing... Do something that makes you really happy today! Sometimes the "have to's" make us forget that life is to be lived and enjoyed!

10 comments:

  1. jodi, stone walls are a real challenge - well done!

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    1. Thanks Marion! There is more stone to come, but with egg cartons this time. The grouting always makes me a bit nervous, but I hope in the end it looks realistic and complements the house. What have you been up to lately? I'm hoping for some amazing posts on you blog to come soon! :O)

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  2. I like your stone firebox. It looks 'grate'!

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    1. Ha lol! Thanks for the giggle this morning! :O)

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  3. Love how it looks. Can't wait to see the whole fireplace/chimney all finished. Are you going to do the same type of stone on the outside?
    Do something I love...I can handle that!

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    1. Thanks Sheila! I have been debating with myself on the outside for quite some time now. The kit is meant to be Tudor style, but that's just not what this little house wants to be. Russ and I were at Mt. St. Helens last summer and I took a couple photos of the stone wall bordering the path. I think that I am going to try to replicate that look with some of the millions of egg cartons I have saved. I would also like to work in some shingles and some bead board, all white of course. You know how your mind can go back and forth on these decisions and then eventually you just have to jump off the cliff and hope for the best! :O)

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  4. I'm really liking the look of this stone Jodi. Where can a person buy these "stickers"? Being on the east coast of Canada it will probably have to be online, I guess. We don't have too many places to source mini stuff in this area. - Marilyn D., Oromocto, NB, Canada www.charminis.blogspot.ca

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    1. Here are a few of the web sites that carry it, Marilyn. Some may have better shipping charges to Canada than others:

      http://www.oakridgehobbies.com/magic-systems-1-inch-scale-dollhouse-miniature-magic-stone-2-sq-ft-white-sw512.html

      http://www.jeepersminiatures.com/browse.cfm/magic-systems/2,234.html

      http://earthntree.com/miniatures/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=88

      It goes a long way, so ultimately it is a good value.

      Hope that helps!
      Jodi

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  5. Jodi, you always seem to read my mind...first the water stuff and now this! I've always been curious about it but didn't want to invest in case it was a bust. But this is awesome. I procrastinate soooooooooooooooo much when faces with egg cartons and mat board bricks and stone. This looks amazing. Gonna try it next time. Thanks!

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    1. Oh that's awesome, Kat! I think your little one will be able to help a bit, too! It really is fun stuff to work with!

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