So I've been working away on a couple of House of Miniatures cabinet kits for the fireplace wall in the San Franciscan's Dining Room.
I love these kits, they really aren't difficult to put together and if you aren't going for a stain where you would have to be more careful with sanding and glue application, you really can't go wrong. Lucky for me I like painted finishes. These cabinets will get an aged Gustavian grey treatment with a taupe interior.
First up a spray of white primer and a quick sand.
I decided while I had the spray can out I may as well spray the new windows and doors for the San Francisco Townhouse I recently acquired. :D
Then a coat of grey chalk paint on the exterior pieces and both sided of the doors.
This is what they look like after several (many many) washes of Mars Black. Not quite dark enough or distressed enough.
Amazing what a bit more black paint, (I found pushing it around with my fingers gave the best finish for my purposes) some strategic sanding for age and a bit of styling can do! I'm really loving these cabinets. Accessories are just stand in's for now.. nothing is finalised... is it ever though? lol... I just really wanted to see what white china looked like against the taupe interiors.
I just need to add the hardware, which is currently drying from it's coat of Rustoleum Aged Bronze and I'm done!
So then I decided to play with the room to reward myself.. as you do :D
It's just about time to start trimming out this room. I just need to do the horizontal boards in the bay window area and entry door wall and I can start on the cornice, baseboard and window & door trim. I've decided against a door between the dining and kitchen. There just wasn't enough room in the end. There will still be an opening and I'll still be closing in the top of the wall to create a proper doorway, but it will just be without a door. For a first floor with no rooms requiring privacy, I think this is ok. It will also free up some valuable wall space in the narrow kitchen area for a calendar, clock or wall art of some sort. Then I need to sort out the stairwell hole (it's terribly finished) and attach the spindles and rail to the stairs.. from what I've read, that should be a fun job.. said no one, ever!..
Oh and I'm contemplating a "tin" ceiling... Something to ponder, while I work my punch list. :)