Sunday, 6 July 2014

Pavements & Brickwork

Hi Guys

Well, I have finished "laying" the pavement in the brick paper and I think it works quite well. I cut a square area out and put back in a section of brick that runs at an angle to the main "grain" of the brickwork. I also increased the depth of the front step. Oh, and I varnished the wooded moulding before I stuck it down.

In the picture below you can just make out the brickwork and the yellow base colour on the step that I'm painting the stonework before I attack it with umber!


So, after much fiddling about, with different shades of Umber, this is how it now looks. I'm pleased with it so far but I think it needs a lot more layering of detail before it looks right. There is also a lot of architectural detail I need to add still - French flourishes etc, not to mention the dread roof!!



In the second picture I put a piece of mirror card behind the nearest window (the kitchen will be here) and you can see how well it work. I also want to get a couple of smaller planters for either side of the door.

As well as doing this I have been working on my kitchen layout. I have broken my rule of up-cycling and bought an oven kit from Elf Miniatures. it was relatively inexpensive and arrived the next day!! I haven't made it according to instructions but I'm happy with how it has turned out - not too shabby for my first oven! It will add a much needed modern touch.


Ok guys, I'll leave you all in peace now. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I'll post more when I have it. Incidentally, thanks for your lovely comments on the Book of the Week post.

Catch you later...
Si

32 comments:

  1. The house looks better every time I see it. I love the brick pavement. It ties in the brick on the house.

    WOW Congratulations on your wonderful stove. It looks perfect. I wish I had a gas one in RL.

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    1. Aww, thanks Catherine. I have it finished in my head already but it will take a bit longer till then lol things never go as quickly as you'd like.
      Glad you like my first-time cooker.
      Si

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  2. I would love to be able to sit and watch or take a class with you on brickwork. It looks great!

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    1. Thanks, I'm afraid the class wouldn't be too long as I cheated - it was all cut from embossed paper ;-)
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  3. I LOVE watching your progress with this amazing project......it is everything and more!!!!!

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    1. Oh, thank you Linda, parse indeed.
      I have to say, I am stalking your Blog for inspirational pictures - No one does French architectural photography like you!

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    2. Very kind of you to say so...thanks!

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  4. Hi Si
    Your brickwork and wooden base have really enhanced what is already a stunning house. I had never heard of Haversham, but what a treat.... they have gorgeous styling, I think would look fab in your house... Your wee cooker looks lovely. I really look forward to each post..so don't keep us waiting too long :) lol
    All the best Si
    Vivian

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    1. Hey Vivian
      Another good website is Clive Christian for amazing kitchens.
      I've done a bit more since this post, this time on the inside so I might have something different to show the next time, I'll try not to keep you waiting too long ;-)

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  5. Oh Simon, it is looking Gorgeous!!! The combination of the brickwork with the mahogany base and the sandstone is just Delicious!!!
    And that kitchen range is fabulous! I can't wait to see more!!!

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    1. Thanks Betsy, as always. The range looks a bit odd on it's own but I'm trying to figure out how to build the cabinets around it. Believe it or not I've never done a kitchen before!!
      hugs

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  6. I like the stonework on the house very much both walls and pavement, and the front door, the detail on it is very impressive. Very excited to see what you are planning for inside. Pam

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    1. Thanks Pam.
      I've got a lot of ideas in my poor head, it's difficult keeping them under control lol
      Hugs

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  7. Hi Simon, I do like that wooden base, it looks great with the building, and I love the contrast between brick and stone work. What is the mirrored card behind the window for? That range cooker looks good too!

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    1. Hey Andy
      The mirror is blocking the window so I can create a wall behind it for kitchen cupboards. There are too many windows on the ground floor and not enough wall space.
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  8. As I said before: it all looks so beautiful, Si, great work :D!
    Maybe I haven't read all well (language barrier, huh ;o?) but is that kitchen range.....isn't it too modern for your French house, or is that your intention? If so, sorry for asking.
    Hugs, Ilona

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    1. Hey Ilona
      You're right, the range is not in keeping with the the age of the house, but I'm trying to make it look like it's an old house that someone has renovated for modern living. That's the plan at least ;-) x

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  9. Bel avancement: le sol est très beau.

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    1. Thanks as always, Jean Claude. Your comments are much appreciated.
      Si

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  10. Hi Simon,

    I can barely keep up with your progress and posting - you are on a roll!


    It is looking fantastic, the stone work is just beautiful - there is a lot of wrought iron work here in Lyon, beautiful Belle Epoque railings and tiny 'balconettes' for window boxes, if that is any help. Next time I'm in town I'll take a few snaps (at the risk of being taken for a dreaded tourist!!)

    Jonquil

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    1. Hi honey
      Grab your camera and start taking pictures ;-)
      The ironwork is a worry as I'm not too good with a soldering iron! The more pictures I have to look at, the better.
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  11. Hello Si,
    The stonework is just wonderful. I love the brick base, it really makes the house stand out and adds a lot to the illusion. The stove is wonderful. I love ELF miniatures product's. I can't wait to see more, you are doing incredible work!
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Hey Giac, thanks very much.
      It's a bit daunting as there is so much still to do, and so many ideas in my head, that I'm trying to keep all the plates spinning! All good fun though. I saw a similar base in the Mulvaney and Rogers book and thought it worked well at making the house look a bit more like an object rather than one of my usual houses on a table lol
      Speak soon
      Hugs

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    2. Hi Si,
      I just had to come back and have another look. It is superb...I can't imagine what it will look like when it is all finished.
      Big hug,
      Giac

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  12. You're definitely on a roll with this project. The mahogany trim makes the whole thing look very expensive and I wish I had the talent to paint details like your front door panels - these are lovely. The brick paving has worked out very well too.

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    1. Thanks Irene.
      The details on the front door are cast in the plastic of the door - I'm afraid my skills don't run that far. They are pretty though and one of the things that drew me to that range.

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  13. Si, it is really looking gorgeous, already! Great work on the stone and brick and you've given me a case of "stove-envy." (I have those exact same urns and they snap off if you so much as look at them wrong so be careful!

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    1. Lol yes they are a bit if a worry, those urns! I swear my hands and fingers are getting more clumsy as I get older!!
      (Don't worry, the stove looks better in the picture than real life ;-). )

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  14. W-O-W. amazing, what a change.
    Jaw-dropping!
    Hugs,
    Gee

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  15. Hi Simon! I love the stone and brickwork that you have done! Your house is so interesting to look at with all these different layers and textures. Quite lovely!

    elizabeth

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth, I'm trying to control the look a bit before it gets carried away. It's starting to take on a life of its own! Ha ha
      Huhs

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