Thursday, 19 October 2017

Basement Floor grouted and Ceiling trims in

I've been continuing on with my push to get the basement finished so I can move upstairs to the kitchen and dining room. :)

I finished laying the half cuts of the apartment's brick flooring and gave it a wash of watered down white paint to tone down the red and give it a bit of an aged appearance.



Then I grouted.


Checking fit around the back of the bathroom with my phone. ;P



I'll grout the doorways after gluing and the joins to the wall will be covered up by baseboard.

I used spackle for grout, the type that starts out pink and dries white. I tried using a pallet knife to apply it but I found it was easiest to just use my fingers to push it into the cracks. Messy, but it works. :D

It was so easy to apply in comparison to the mosaic grout however I think I would prefer it to be grey. I do have some grey spackle so I'm not sure why I didn't use it.. Anywhoo.. I may give it a wash of watered down grey/black paint or use some chalk pastels to give it a bit of colour but we shall see, because I don't mind it as is at all.

I'm still testing finishes for the Garage floor. I would really like for it to be brick as well but I'm not sure my mini budget extends to buying clay bricks for a garage floor! :) Not to mention the additional weight it would add.

I was recently trolling around the aisles of Bunnings the other week (as you do) and I came across these drawer liners.


They come in a roll and in several colours, but I chose grey as the most realistic colour for a Garage floor. It's also nondescript enough not to interfere or compete with other decorating choices. I thought the tiny coin mat design reminded me of that rubberised flooring you see in higher end garages & workshops sometimes. Like this.

I cut out a piece and tried it out. I think the scale is right and it's a dream to use, easy to cut straight lines following the circles and then just set and forget. I like it, and I like the fact that it makes the apartment floor slightly higher than the garage floor, meaning a slight step down. I feel it would be that way in Real Life.

I haven't glued it down yet because I'm undecided if the San Franciscan would have this type of floor (maybe the owners were looking for a cheap solution to cover up old cracked concrete :D ) but I would definitely recommend it for a "new" house garage.




The bathroom floor is still undecided but it may remain as is with the tiny square white tile sheet by JR industries. Here is a picture to refresh your memory.


Moving on to trimming out the ceilings. As you can see below I've already planked the ceiling and put in most of the beams, but I've left some unsightly gaps behind due to my less than credible measuring skills. :)

I debated using proper cornice in between the beams but couldn't convince myself that a basement and a garage would have warranted such a finish. So I bought some balsa wood strips to use as simple square trim.



Looks like it's going to work along with a generous serve of spackle.

BEFORE:


AFTER:




DURING:


AFTER:


Much better!

Ahhh Trim, you are a sub-standard carpenters Saviour! 

Next up, window and door trims. :) 








12 comments:

  1. Oh I love how your brick looks! And that garage floor is lovely. Your ceiling looks great. I like the white grout but I can see how you'd want something a little darker.

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    1. Thanks Sheila. I feel like I'm finally getting somewhere. For a long time this build felt like bits and pieces but nothing coming together. I guess all that pre-painting and organising individual elements will pay off towards the end when you can put it all together quickly. :)

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  2. I love every bit of it and can't think of even one thing I'd change or improve! The garage floor is brilliant! And the trims look perfect because they don't try to compete with all of the other elements. I am in love with the brick floor - please don't touch it! :O) As for the bathroom floor tile, I really do like it. I think it is a nice, modern floor that also will not compete for attention with the fabulous marble shower tiles. Not that I am any kind of expert - far from. But I really do like what you've got working here!

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    1. Thanks Jodi! I am pretty happy with my choices so far. I don't think I'm going to change the brick floor. I'm really liking it as it is too. I don't mind the bathroom tiles I just wonder if there is something better out there. Ideally I'd like a slightly larger pattern. I'll mull on it for a while. :) Thanks again for your support and encouragement. It really keeps me motivated. :D

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  3. It’s really coming together Sam, and I think your floor cutting/shaping and wood trimming skills are great! I am happy to read that you use spackle to fill the gaps as for me that really makes the difference in overall finish and takes a nice house to a great house. And as for the garage floor, I think the dotty stuff looks good. This is a modernised San Franciscan, and let’s face it, if you own a San Franciscan, you likely have a reasonable amount of money, so a good quality modern floor treatment in your garage for your Mini Cooper is essential.

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    1. Thanks Shannon! Yes spackle is the key I agree! I hate seeing lovely houses with gaps between the trims, it really ruins the look for me. I'm glad you agree on the garage floor, I think it's a keeper. :D

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  4. Hello Sam,
    The floors and the ceiling are spectacular. I love the finish of the brick floor. It looks very realistic and works so well in the space. The garage floor is a great idea. I Cannot say if it is appropriate for San Francisco, but I hope it is because it looks like what you would see in a real life home. As for the ceiling, I am just in love with it. The beams are such a nice touch and it is so much more interesting then just a simple flat ceiling.
    I will be looking over your blog. I think you are a very talented miniaturist and I look forward to getting to know your work.
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Giac! I really appreciate it. :) I'm in awe of your Victorian English Manor! It's truly amazing. I don't kid myself that I can achieve your level of finish.. but I'm having heaps of fun! :)

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  6. Nice work on the floors! I like the contact paper for the garage. I once painted one of those paper hex tile flooring sheets for a garage, but this seems a better material. :D

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    1. Thanks! Sometimes the best finds are just happened upon by accident. :) It's a great material, kind of rubbery and very flexible. I think it's going to work out well.

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  7. I love your brick floor! That is amazing! The beams also really add to the room. Looking forward to seeing more!

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