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Monday, April 23, 2012

Undercoating and Priming....

I didn't get a lot of mini-ing done today. The rocker that you see to the left is a mini of sorts. It was April's rocker when she was little. It has been sitting in our garage/April's storage space for a long long long time.

She and Amare came over this morning and we took off LOTS of dust and grime. Then, between the two of us, we got one coat of primer on it. May I say that I hate painting big furniture with lots of spindles...Even kid's furniture with lots of spindles.

I managed to shove a splinter from the chair under the pinkie fingernail on my right hand. I managed to find my curved nose tweezers, while yelling a lot. I pulled it out, and I am not exaggerating, the part that was under the nail was as thin as a needle and 1/2" long. April will vouch for this! When I laid it next to the nail in question, it was longer than the nail itself!

Now I know what they mean by torturing someone with bamboo splinters under the nails. OUCH!!!! It still hurts.

After they left, I started the texture on the chimney. I sprayed it with water and used a knitting needle, my ball stylus and Exacto knife to manipulate the stones. It still needs more. I will do that as I go along.

Next I used Trail Tan Ceramcoat to undercoat the whole thing, with Tessie's help. She comes in handy when I have to get the bottom back side of the chimney. She may need new clothes before we finish. It's a tight squeeze, even for her.

It doesn't look like much yet, but it's coming right along.

I also put a coat of paint over the window patches.

There will be half timbers covering the seams.

For some reason, the right side looks finished. The left side, because of shadows I guess, looks like it wasn't painted. Weird.

Anyway, if I want to get anything at all done today, I had better get back at it now.

See you tomorrow.


Lucille said...

Casey, the stones look good! Lucky for you sometimes that you have Tessie. Notice I said "sometimes". Insert a grin! Hope your finger heals well. I know splinters can be so painful. Take care!

Kathi said...

I have a little rocker just like this one. I've been moving it around for years! It hasn't been painted and hasn't been used in about 30 years. LOL
I'm saving it and some other kid's furniture and toys for my first grandchild. Sigh... I hope he or she comes along soon!
Give Amare a big hug from me, k?

Jennifer Berkeley said...

I have an almost identical rocker that was mine when I was 5 , about 50 years ago. My daughter loved it into pieces, but it is in the attic ready to be put together.

Giac said...

Hi Casey,
I just love the chimney. It really does look like one of Gaudí's creations in Spain.
Just loevely, great work,

Claudia said...

Ouch on the splinter!

I, too, hate painting spindles. Takes forever and it is hard to get the paint on uniformly.


April said...

It looks so evenly coated in the photo!