This week I focused on getting the cork stones and fireplace completed. Unlike the exterior porch posts, I thought keeping the interior fireplace stone more neutral in color and tone would allow me to indulge in more vibrant colors and patterns for the walls and furnishings. The stain, a Minwax cherry stain pen, is also pretty light and neutral for the same reasons. I still need to stain and apply trim to the landing stair, and stain the powder room door. All in good time...
I played around a bit more with shape and size for this cork stone work. It almost has a flagstone feel in addition to stack stone. I had fun with it, in spite of needing to do a thorough vacuuming afterwards! All those nicks and chips in the stones have to go somewhere, and that place was my floor!
After the last stone was hot glued on to the MDF wall, I applied a base coat of Thunder Gray, just to erase the cork color. It's too hard to envision colors onto an already colored palette for me. After that I began to lay on the layers of Honeycomb and glazing medium. After that I applied several washes of Burnt Umber diluted with water to let the paint seep into the crevices to add dimension and shadow.
For the log grate and the surround, I played with an idea in TinkerCad and then 3D printed them with black PLA. The log grate is made with 7 parts and then glued together. It is really nice having the ability to custom make and fit things into your exact space!
The "gas fire" look light bulbs and logs will be installed later, as will the "glass" panel.
Here it is with the chunky wood mantle, stair landing and seat/step stained. I will stain the doors down the road a bit, to allow myself time to change my mind. I may even warm up the cherry stain a bit, too. Right now I am back and forth whether I like it or not.
In it's place, and then the view from the porch window. I forgot to mention the wooden bannister, too.
So the next task is finishing up the second floor layout plans which include making an enclosed, tiled shower for the main bathroom. I need to finish that piece to get exact measurements for wall placement before I can take the kit out of dry fit for wallpaper and wire channels. Here's a sneak peek of the tile, made with scrapbook paper and matboard.
More next week!