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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fingers Before Forks....And Putty Knives...

This morning I gave the steps a couple of coats of water based acrylic artist's varnish.  Both sides.  That keeps them from curling so much.

I glued them to the steps with white glue.

To keep them down until they dry, I used painter's tape.
 Meanwhile, I put together the log storage unit.  Same method as the rest of the stairs.

I used my best tool to coat the inside with spackling paste.  Fingers work best.  I can get down into the corners and move the stuff around where I want it.  If I used a putty knife or something similar, I would scrape off as much past as I put on.

The brush at the bottom of the photo is what I use to make the lace work in the stucco.  It is from a bag of cheap brushes from Walmart.
Here you can see the result.

I did wipe most of the paste from the corners.  That gives a better, finer lace work.  If you leave it in, you get a lot of big heavy blobs.  And we don't want that.
This is as far as I have worked so far today.  Two steps, the log box and the bottom area.  I should be able to finish it in a couple of hours.  Fingers crossed.
If you are ever doing this, painter's tape is your best friend.

I took a piece and ran it along the edge beneath the step and slashed the opposite edge as I went.  Thus the curve.

When I finished spackling, I just pealed it off.  Nice crisp edge...Please ignore the bit of spackle on the step.  It will wipe right off with a damp cloth.  I didn't notice it until after I took the photo.

After I finish with the paste, I will attach the log box and spackle the front edge of that...That should do it for today. 

By then I will be covered from head to toe in spackle.  I never said I was neat and tidy....Did I?

See you tomorrow.


Giac said...

Hello Casey,
It is worth being covered in spackle from head to toe when the results are this good. It is already looking wonderful.
Big hug, and happy cleanup,

Minteriors said...

You make everything look so simple and easy!

Elizabeth S said...

Your staircase is really progressing nicely Casey. Looks good!


Deni said...

Its a messy job! but such fun!
Its looking really great Casey!

Fabiola said...

I like this staircase. You're a great artist.
Bye, Faby

franca gamberoni said...

It seems to be easy, but....
a very good work! Ciao ciao