this is what the floor looked like when it was completely dry. I was going to leave it like this, but the more I looked at it the less satisfied I was with it, because it lacked texture and dimension.
|To give the tiles dimension I scored along the lines with a ball stylus and a straight-edged ruler.|
|I aged the floor with a thin wash of brown gel stain and sealed the color with hairspray.|
|To give the tiles texture, I brushed over the entire surface with a slurry mix of drywall compound and water, then wiped it off with a soft cloth.|
|When the floor was dry, I sprayed it with hair spray let that dry and then used a light application of liquid floor polish to give it a soft shine.|
|Afterwards I slipped the staircase back into its location to gage the effect and... |
I LIKED IT!
but when I hooked up the chandelier I'd made
I changed my mind
|The incandescent light made the brown stone look PINK!|
(back to the drawing board )
|I took them out and gave the unit a thin wash of water mixed with drywall patch, and a tiny drop of white acrylic paint. I brushed the mix onto the surfaces and wiped it right off again spray sealed it, tried it in situ and|
repeated this process again and again until the staircase looked right whether the lights were on or off.
Then I built the dividing wall.
|I had already run out of the wall paper I had used for the hallways, so after much trying to match it and failing, I took a lesson from the pages of my friend Janine's real life house. |
Janine has a HUGE WALL PAINTING of the Girl with the Pearl Earring on her bathroom wall, it is Stunning and the visual impact is Immediate! I used the same principal by using a trompe l'oeil print for the end panel of the staircase.
THIS TIME I used MOD PODGE to adhere the print to the wall board. When it was dry, I sealed it with MOD PODGE and when that was dry I gave it a wash with the same slurry of drywall compound mixed with water to hopefully give the print the look of fresco, which
I sealed with more hair spray.
|It doesn't match the green walls but it does compliment the staircase. Above is with the light from the hall chandelier warming up the print and below is with the light off.|
Especially in miniatures.
|So this is where I'll have to leave you. |
I've yet to decide what to do about a handrail. Janine says I don't need one, my daughter Sam agrees, but I'm not convinced. Because of the irregular steps, a normal handrail with balustrades won't work, which is why I am considering running one attached to the wall running in front of the window. This problem will have to be resolved one way or the other before I glue the staircase into place.
more math on the horizon... :(
I think I need a coffee
Next post- LIGHTING and DINING ROOM update