Thursday, June 27, 2013
Gesso Again, Then Tile...
I left the jar ajar last night so that it would thicken a bit. This morning I applied it with a stiff brush and used a cheap foam rubber stencil pouncer to see how it would work....It did. In fact, I think I like it better than the regular bristle stencil brush that I usually use.
On to the floor. I decided to use the gold paper with trim on the edge.
I laid the paper in the corner and held it there while creasing the outer edge. Then I cut it about a quarter inch outside of that and cut Vs In the bent part about every half inch. This eliminates a lot of excess overlaps.
I wanted the interior of the porch to be higher than the sand, so I simply cut another layer of the foam core to fit the space.
That brought it up another quarter inch. You can also double up on the walls if you want them thicker. I do sometimes. I didn't this time, because I wanted to make it as simple as possible.
As usual, Tessie helped....She stood on the door way tile until it dried nice and flat. Oh. I used Yes glue to do the main part and plain white glue for the boarders. The white glue holds quicker and is stronger.
I found out why Tessie is being so helpful... She announced that, "I want my old hair back. These silly ribbons are getting in the way and my bangs are all messy again. Reverse it please." This must be serious. She never says please...But I did have to promise not to take any bald photos when I do it...No fun at all.
I am now looking at my cigar box collection and trying to decide if I want to do more. I think that I have a bad case of box pox...Stop groaning...
I repaired the glass with caulking compound and the shelf is back in place....The only way that you can tell that it was broken is, There is a pile of books exactly the right height under the middle now. That will keep it from happening again. It is by no means perfect, but it works.
The one at the top left broke a long time ago because of the same situation...the glass shelves are supposed to slide into a slot where the light sources are...Sometimes they don't stay put and then they drop in the center...
I don't want to get rid of the unit. The shelves are way deeper than normal book cases and perfect for mini rooms and houses on top. They don't see a need for making these anymore....The center unit, where the southwestern room box is, used to be for a big old TV. Stupid flat screens made this obsolete. Don't get me wrong. I love the flat screen TV. I just miss the depth that used to force manufacturers to build deep units like this one.
Anyway, the one that broke this time was the bottom one on the right. I put in a lot of books that I don't read anymore, then put an antique photo in front of them. Thank goodness I didn't carry out my plan to take those books to the used book store!
Back to work.
See you tomorrow.