Monday, 28 May 2018

Two sides to every storey...

Hi Everyone

Thanks, again, for all your lovely comments from my last post.

This week I have been away from home at meetings so haven't had as much time in the week as I would normally like to do minis in, however, I have managed to make some progress.

I finally decided on whether the front would open to the left or right and settled on opening from the right with the hinges on the left. With this decided I can crack on with the sides of the shop (ground floor only as I'm waiting for the upper, residential, kit to arrive later this week). I cut more MDF to create a pavement that will run down the side of the shop (as though it was situated on the corner of a street) and it allowed me to play around with where the door to the upstairs apartment would go.




Next I built the upper storey section and cut out holes for the windows, lining them up with the door on the side.


Because this kit is built up in separate sections I had to glue the first floor facade to the ground floor one, adding a piece of corner moulding for added strength.



Next up came more egg boxes! I cut out a ton of small bricks and glued them in place. It took a while but I wanted the first floor to have a brick front as the sides are going to be quite plain.





Once these were dry I missed up a dark brick colour from red, black and brown and painted over the whole lot.



By no means perfect but I was more concerned about having a brick effect rather than something that was structurally correct. Once dry I put on a coat of matt Mod Podge and left overnight. This sealed  the colour in so I could paint of it with the main exterior colour, rubbing it off slightly to expose the bumps in the bricks. I'm pleased with how it came out (my first attempt at this) and the colours will all change again when I weather the completed exterior, there will be a more brown finish to it. I also have to put the window frame in so please bear with the pics.




I also painted the inside of the two upper rooms and put three coats on the ceilings. What a difference it makes having them painted, it's so much easier to get an idea of wall colours and furniture placement. In my next post I'll update you on how the rooms are going and my plans for it all but here's a sneak peek at my final decision on the door - it took a lot of thinking and planning but I think that's the best part sometimes!




Don't panic - I will be changing the sofa. I'm also going to try a wood effect on the cabinet an make it look a little less "shop bought mahogany" and that fireplace will be going too.

Have a great week everyone.
Si

19 comments:

  1. Fantastic work Si! The apartment exterior looks just right above the shop. It makes for a really pretty exterior. I’m interested to see how you do the roof now. And what is wrong with the sofa? I like it. X

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    1. Hey honey!

      Thanks so much, that's really lovely of you.
      I'm thinking of a mansard style roof with possibly a French style window (from Alison Davies) and the sofa may need a re-cover. decisions, decisions...
      take care
      x

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  2. Bonjour Simon, couper et coller ce million de briques ne doit pas être très amusant, il faut toujours faire des travaux plus pénibles pour arriver à un beau résultat final. J'attends la suite avec impatience.

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    1. Hi Jean-Claude, thanks very much for you support . I want distress and weather the bricks eventually so they won't look so "new".
      Take care

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  3. Great interesting progress!
    Geneviève

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    1. Thanks, Geneviève. I really apprecaite it.

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  4. Hi Si,
    It is great to see a new post! The building is really coming along beautifully. I love the brick exterior. You did a terrific job and I like the final color you mixed up. It works so well with the rest of the façade detail. I cannot wait to see the interior come together. Keep up the amazing work.
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Hey buddy!
      Thanks as always. It was a case of more luck, than judgement ;-)
      Speak soon
      Si

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  5. Your bricks on the front facade were an excellent choice Simon as their visual texture compliments the smoother surfaces of the storefront below.
    The white bricks give the building a newer, renovated look whilst the red bricks appear more historical, however I'm looking forward to seeing how you will get it everything to come together.
    Your quoining and the heavy vertical trims spanning the second level are Spot On!
    The side door, the bump-out into the salon, and your proposed room arrangement is Marvelous, and I must say, that having added the bump-out for the door, has made the room look even more spacious than it would have done without it. It's a Brilliant way to suggest to our imaginations, more rooms and/or stairs beyond the door, yet allows you to remain focused only on the most important spaces on the street-side.
    I've ALWAYS admired your refined design sensibility Simon, and how you are able to Elegantly set the stage and create a mood, whether it be interiors or exteriors, and your Sotheby's is no exception- I'm LOVING it!!! ❤

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    1. Oh Elizabeth, thank you so much for your great comments. I'm really glad/pleased/relieved that you like everything so far - and I've not really got that far yet. I'm trying to make the most of a small space - each floor only measures 30cm square so everything has to earn its keep lol
      Thanks again for your support
      Si
      ❤️

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  6. Dear Simon, With this post you have taken a few pieces of board to miniature magic. Oh, the wonders of paint, egg carton bricks and your imagination. What fun ....
    Thank you, It surprises me how much room there seems to be in the first floor.
    Regards Janine

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    1. Hey Janine
      I know right - egg boxes hold the secrets of the universe! lol
      The first floor room is tiny, only 30cm square so I'm having to be careful on the size and shape of furniture I'm using. I'm going to put in a "wooden" floor in the hope that the floorboards will help create depth.
      Have a great week
      Simon

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  7. Hello, Simon - You've done such a great job on the egg carton brick front! The texture looks perfect, and your color mix is outstanding. I also like your choice for the door. This is going to be a beautiful, elegant shop and apartment.
    Marjorie

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    1. Thank you so much Marjorie. I was sceptical about the egg boxes but have seen it done so many times and so well - I saved a fortune as cardboard bricks are really expensive.
      Thanks again
      Simon

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  8. Hi Si, this is coming along beautifully. This is one of my favourite house kits (if only it wasn't so expensive to ship to Australia, sigh) and I am loving what you are doing with it.
    Happy Building,
    Anna

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  9. Hey Anna, thanks for your lovely comment. I have to say I am really enjoying this kit - and the egg boxes!!
    Have a great week
    Simon

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  10. C'est une ravissante boutique appartement et la déco extérieur est très réussi !!

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  11. Great job on the exterior quoining and brickwork. The whole composition is coming together nicely.
    Would love to know your tips for wood effects on "shop bought mahogany" Keep up the good work.
    Troy

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  12. Hi Simon! Somehow I missed commenting on this post! (Sorry about being so late!) I think you have mastered the egg carton brick technique!!! It looks fantastic and so authentic! I am interested in how the "first floor" (we call it the "second floor") is attached on your front opening sections! I am always worried that opening sections need to be built so sturdily because they will be moved and bumped into...! I love how your interior layout is shaping up... and I can understand the decision to make the stairs "imaginary"... they do take up so much room! I look forward to seeing more of this wonderful project!

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