|The stickers are an embossed plastic so the pattern would stand up to the wet wall patch I was going to apply over it.|
|This is the panel with the dry wall patch applied, the border trim, then some wood trim. I sprayed it with several layers of hair spray, and then hauled out the paints.|
|I gave the panel a coat of Vintage White acrylic paint. Whilst the paint was still wet I mixed dabs of Black Gel Stain and an oil based wood stain.|
|A close up of the wall texture.|
|So this is how the stone was beginning to look|
|between applications of the mix, I would give it a blast from the heat gun which sped up the drying process considerably!|
|Periodically, I would check it against the stairs to see if the color mix was working with the color of the stone I had already done.|
At this stage, I needed to pause and figure out how I was going to finish the interior window
|Finding a solution was going to look awkward no matter what I did. |
The window fame in photo above, is actually the exterior frame, but it gave me an idea of how much of an intrusion into the very narrow stairwell, I could afford.
|I made sure that everything blended with the mural.|
|then decide to add some trim at the base of the stairs too.|
When reviewing this photo I didn't like the way the vertical piece of trim butted into the wood, so I"ll need to make some additional corrections there too.
|More painted trim in the corner, however I 'll have to wait until I permanently install the hall wall before I can finish the trim right up to the ceiling-|
a tricky job which I already expect will make me sweat!
|So there it is! |
I think I'm kinda done for the time being.
Now it is time to play!
or is it?????
It was as I was taking photos that I realized that the stairsteps were very pale.
a very strange looking flight of stairs
"but hey, that's how I roll"
|Anyway... above is the BEFORE-|
|and this is AFTER.|
Once I had aged the steps I felt I needed to age the wall as well.
I added more plaster to places on the wall, as well as chalks, and tea stains, and lead pencil to look like fine cracks.
|Hey, maybe I need a light?|
So I installed that as well. It had to be high enough to clear the head and yet low enough for the homeowner to change the bulb.
Then I needed more aging on the lower corner of the wall.
|I also carved back some of the steps so the treads weren't as deep and therefore, less treacherous.|
|Okay, that's better!|
|and just when I thought I was DONE, I decided to revisit the window once again and make that look older too.|
|A close up of the aged wood window frame.|
|This photo shows what the entry hall should look like once it is permanently installed. The wall-light fixture will be in the stair well and only the lower portion of the hall will ever be seen.|
And if this isn't enough to put me into the Spirit of Christmas,
I don't know what else will!?
below is my own mini contribution.
Later tonight I will FINALLY
put up my Real life Christmas tree
(if I'm not too tired)
|My personal tribute to |
"The Ghost of Christmas Present"
|The box of Laduree macaroons was made by Fats, the bag was a gift from Magda at "17-17"blogspot., and the vintage celluloid Santa came from parts unknown.|
|I thought it might be a good idea to offer any visitors some holiday baking, which it appears they've been helping themselves to, so I think it must taste pretty good! :D|
|More preserves, some specialty oil and a bottle of Peppermint Schnapps|
we have at last arrived at the SECOND ENDING of this post.
I will be leaving you here but know that I shall be back in the New Year with HOPEFULLY something more than MORE stairs, to share with you.
HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!
A SHOUT OUT to all of my wonderful followers, both Old and New- I Thank You! ♥
I wish you all
A HAPPY, as well as a HEALTY
"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given and the government shall be upon HIS shoulder and HIS NAME shall be called; WONDERFUL, COUNSELOR, THE MIGHTY GOD, THE EVERLASTING FATHER, THE PRINCE OF PEACE"