Thursday, 22 March 2018

Progress

Hi Everyone

Well, progress continues with, and this is where you fall off your seats... my new (amended) project -
It's an antique shop!!! Yes, I know, I did that before but this is slightly different in that I've building and heavily adapting a modular style kit. The shop consists of a ground floor room box and the upper floor and attic are a separate build (which I haven't bought yet).

I know! Your shouting at your screen, "but you've already done an antique shop!!". What can I say?! This won't be so much an antique shop but more like a branch of a high end auction house like Sotheby's or Christie's. There will be accommodation above the shop but this will be done at a later date after I get on with the shop part.

Here's a picture of how the ground floor kit is "meant" to look - sorry for the really bad quality, its a picture of the [so called] instructions.


And here's what I did next, outside and inside.



I removed the central strip of wood from the window to make it larger and more versatile. I'll build a raised platform for the window displays later on.

The next pic shows the outer detail which I switched around.


By putting the original bracket piece (just a piece of wooden moulding) at the bottom of the pillar like a foot I was able to get some little treats from Sue Cook to add some pretty details.


You might recognise the doors from the old project which meant I had to widen the space in the wood as they are larger than the kit doors (yikes! I still get chills recounting the amount of "projects" I've been through!). I also had a tiny piece of brick effect wall moulded in plastic that fit perfectly along one side. I thought it gave the wall a solid feel. I also added some old plastic fencing underneath the window to add some detail and suggest a basement window cover or something.


Finally, in these pictures you can see the lamp and an over door I made to fill in the gap. It is just a piece of thick card with an old moulding I had. I also painted the fence/grill part to tone in with the rest of the facade.




All in all I'm really pleased with it. In the three spaces above the main window (currently with painted card behind them) I am planning to stick in decals of royal warrants from the Queen etc. I've no idea how this will turn out as it's my first time but the paper has been ordered and the printer is ready...

Obviously there is still a lot to do like finish the top area running across the whole front, probably with a name if I can think of one. I also want to make a stand for it like I did with the French style house I built a few years ago.

Well, that's about it for now. I'm hoping to get some more done this weekend and will post more when I have it.

Enjoy the rest of your week and stay safe and warm, those of you with snow, like us.

Simon

28 comments:

  1. This looks already more than great Si ! Kit or not...what you are making of it, is the very difference ! Magic made by your hands ! Chapeau ! Love this very much 🌹
    Hugs from Pipi

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    1. Aww, thanks, Pipi. You are too kind - you know I am a huge fan yours!
      Have a lovely weekend
      Simon x

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  2. It already looks fantastic. I am really looking forward to watching you build this one. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Catherine, I have to say I am quite enjoying it now that I've removed my own restrictions. lol

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  3. Well, it is looking amazing so far Si! Don’t stress about going through projects. This is a hobby. You seem to be a little like me - a lot of the enjoyment is in the planning and ideas stage. And that is totally fine. It is not meant to be a chore. Have a great weekend. X

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    1. Hi my dear. Hope you are well?
      You are so right - it's all about the FUN!
      Have a great weekend, too -x-

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  4. Looks very stylish and beautiful allready, love the color and moulding details!

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. It's much appreciated.

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  5. Great project! I love your door with the overdoor and the lamp, perfect for that kind of shop. The fence under the shop window, great detail.
    Geneviève

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    1. Thank you, Geneviève, I'm so pleased you like it.
      Have a great weekend
      Si

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  6. I especially love the light fixture. It's so elegant. I can totally picture a branch of Sothebys here.

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    1. Thanks, Sheila. I did chuckle to myself when I ready your lovely comment as you hit the "name" on the head...
      Best wishes
      Si

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  7. Bonjour Simon,je suis heureux de découvrir votre nouveau projet, je vais le suivre avec grand intérêt. J'aime déjà votre nouvelle porte et la couleur de l'ensemble.

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    1. Merci beaucoup, Jean-Claude. Je l'apprécie vraiment pour le moment. J'espère que tout va bien pour toi.
      Passe un bon weekend
      Simon

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  8. A very promising start to a new project Simon. Quite a transformation from an otherwise simple store front. Lovely detail. The doors looks wonderful against that paint colour, what is that called, greige?
    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Hi Josje
      Thanks for your very kind comments. The darker colour is Mouse's Back and the lighter is Old White, both Farrow & Ball.
      Enjoy your weekend, too.
      Hugs
      Si

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  9. It looks FANTASTIC so far Simon and I love your idea of making it an up-scale auction house. I find that your mastery of beautiful architectural details, leaves me breathless and I enjoy seeing how you are able to completely transform the ordinary, into the Extraordinary!

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    1. Oh, Elizabeth, thank you for your generous and kind comment. It's already progressed a lot since I did this post so I hope you enjoy the next one.
      Best wishes to you
      Simon

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  10. Hello, Simon - I really admire your skill in adapting this kit to suit your purposes; all the details are beautifully put together. The fencing piece under the window is a perfect addition - it adds so much character and interest. You may have downsized the scope of your projects, but you've certainly not downsized the scope of your talent! I'm looking forward to seeing more of this antique shop/auction house.
    Marjorie

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    1. Thanks so much, Marjorie, thats so nice of you. I am trying to make this project last longer by enjoying all the parts of the process, rather than skipping forward to the ones I think I'm only interested in (if that makes sense).
      Best wishes
      Simon

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  11. Hello Simon. I have just stumbled across your fabulous blog this morning. Being a complete newbie at this and not even having built a house yet, 'Fore Street' is one of the kits I was first looking at. It is insanely expensive to have it shipped to Australia so it is not going to be, but I am will follow your progress (and take mental notes) of your project.
    ... now I must go and meander through your older post.. Just Wonderful!!
    Best, Anna

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    1. Hey, Anna! A huge WELCOME and thank you for taking the time to comment (and read through previous posts - you will need strong cuppa!).
      Shipping can be a real turn off, can't it. I have seen so many lovely kits but the cost to get them into the country is immense (I appreciate we are in different countries but the same theory applies). I liked the Fore Street kits because they were reasonably priced (sorry) and because you can increase the scale of the project as you go. I'm putting in my order for the upstairs kit later this week.
      Thanks again, have great week
      Simon

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  12. Hi Si,
    It looks amazing already! I love...LOVE...the architectural detail around the door case and it looks so realistic. I actually think it is fun to see a great artist make 2 of the same type of project and compare the 2. Keep up the amazing work my friend, you are always a great source of inspiration.
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Hey Giac
      Thanks for your lovely comment and support - coming from you means a lot. There will be similarities between this one and the previous shop but I'm trying to keep them very different. We'll see how it turns out ;-)
      My best to Jo
      Hugs
      Si

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  13. Hi Simon! Sorry I am so late to comment here! I love to watch the transformation of your shop from "ho-hum" to "Awe-Some"! You have such an unerring eye for the sophisticated and elegant details! It is things like the grill added to the front.... and the embellishment over the door.... the removal of the clunky window dividers.... it all adds up to drop dead Gorgeous design!!! I really look forward to seeing more!!!

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    1. Hi honey
      No need for an apology!! Thanks as always for your lovely comments - flattery will get you everywhere ;-)
      Best wishes
      Simon

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  14. You're off to a great start and I love how you put all the individual decorative components together to such great effect. I've a lot to learn! I know all about jumping to the bits that interest you more - I'm guilty of that too! Off to catch up and savour all the pictures in your most recent post now. Take care - Irene

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    1. Thanks, Irene. I think it was all a case of more luck than judgment lol.
      I keep telling myself it's ok if I get bored with something and I can always move on to something else and come back to it. I'm really looking forward to seeing how you are getting on with your Spitalfields style house.
      Have a lovely weekend.
      Hugs

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