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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Up to My Elbows in Chalk...Really Pastels.

Still working on the attic. As you can see, in the first photo, I stained the floor. I used Provincial Minwax stain. There are some spots where the stain didn't take as well...I anticipated that. When some of the glue oozed up between the boards, I just wiped it, without attempting to get it all off. I wanted some wear and tear and this is one way to get it so that it looks like some of the stain has worn off or something has been spilled that damaged the stain.


Next, I went for the rafters and the baseboard trim. Somewhere in time, the owners had plans to turn it into a rec room. So they painted over the existing rafters. I used 1/8" b5 1/16" stock to depict these. I used one inch scale baseboards around the bottom edge, because the roof slants to the floor in some places and in others it is cut off and goes straight down. I hid the fact that it did this with the wider boards.


I painted the rafters white before installing them. I didn't feel like either turning myself or the house upside down to paint them after they were installed.


The last step was ageing the walls a bit. The homeowners never got around to putting a Foosball table up there. Instead they started hauling no longer needed furniture and other things to the top of the house...


It is hard to see in the photo, but effective in real life. I used brown and charcoal grey pastels that I shaved into a paper plate. I put them on with a brush, along the top of the baseboards and part of the way up on the slanted ceiling.


I still have to finish shingling. I am down to the tower now. That is fun....Not. It is curved inward. I have to allow for the curve and curve the edges of the shingles on the ends.


I must be going now.


See you tomorrow.

10 comments:

Nicole said...

I really like it how the attic looks so far, Casey! But where is Tessie? The little girl looks like she know something about her... watching TV again?

Caseymini said...

Nicole, You should know by now that if there is dirty work to be done, Tessie leaves!LOL She still has season 2 of Vampire Diaries to watch....

Deni said...

looking good Casey
So hard in small places to paint your doing great!!!!

Nina said...

Tessie may be slacking off but Casey has been a busy bee! The attic looks great so far. Thanks for the step-by-step instructions!

Kathi said...

The floor looks great. Like it's been like that for 100 years...
Who IS that little girl? Does Tessie know she's there? She's cute. :D

Audra said...

I love how your aging with chalk. Easy to rub/fade/blend??

Heather said...

Loving the look of this!

p.s. I just watched my first episode of the Vampire Diaries on Netflix the other night. good guilty pleasure!

Norma said...

Using chalk for aging is an interesting idea Casey, thanks for sharing. It's all looking really great.

Caseymini said...

I should have said in the entry, not chalk as such. They are "soft pastels" for drawing. Also sometimes called artist's pastels. You can get them at Michaels and other art supply stores. I am going to add that into the blog entry now.

otterine said...

I love using pastels for aging - so simple to use. Good for dirtying up fireplaces and around stoves. :D