A Quick Update

The removable wall has been started. The windows have been added. Some how the door is too small for the hole I cut, but I’ll be able to fix it with the frame.

All of the areas painted black have their stonework done. Once the windows and doors are in place I’ll finish adding the rest of the stonework.

While I was waiting for glue to dry I decided to start painting the stones. I’m kind of loving it so far.

Lots of touch ups and some weathering in my future. I’ll add grout after the painting is done.

Well, that’s all for now. I just wanted to give you a quick update on how the cork stonework was working out. I’ll be back soon to hopefully share a solution to a problem that had been stumping me for weeks. I just have to make sure it will work first. Until then have a great week!

The Facade

It’s starting to look like something more than a big box!

Thanks to the Cricut the windows came together really quickly. They were cut out, glued together, and painted with a first coat of primer.

While those were in their various stages of drying I made the frames. The frames were so easy to make when all of the windows are exactly the same size. I had them set up like an assembly line and had them done in a night.

They all fit so beautifully.

This next part was mentally holding me hostage. I knew what needed to be done, but man those mean little thoughts that like to creep in and cause doubt are no joke. Thankfully, after that first window was installed I was able to quiet those little voices a bit.

Here’s a glimpse of the chaos I seem to prefer to work in. I had to cut 4 of the windows in half. That was nerve wracking.

Once some of the windows were in I had to test the fabrics I picked for curtains. Originally I had planned on lots of different curtain styles to create the look of multiple apartments. However after seeing the the fabrics in place I think it looks too busy. I think instead each floor will have its own curtain style.

There will be 2 balconies. The one on the top floor will is now glued into place and has a coat of joint compound smeared all over it to help create a stone look. The balcony for the studio will probably be glued to the front wall that will be removable.

I’m avoiding building removable front wall. Those pesky little voices are creeping back in. I know what needs to be done. I know how I want to do it. I just need to do it. So, I decided to paint myself into a corner. I started bricking the facade. I’m using cork. I’ve used it before and hope I can get it to do what I want. The bricking is going quickly, but I keep running into areas that need to be taken care of (windows and doors on the top floor, the removable wall on the middle floor, and the doors for the bottom floor), which then makes me focus on finishing up those areas so I can keep bricking.

This is where I stopped tonight.

Facade to do:

  • Glue the top floor doors into place
  • Insert windows into the top floor wall
  • Build removable wall (including doors, windows, and balcony)
  • Brick everything
  • Paint everything
  • Insert glass into windows
  • Balcony and window railings
  • Curtains in faux windows

Then I can get back to the inside where the list is possibly longer. Ugh! I just have to remember to just keep moving forward. How do you eat a 2 ton elephant? One bite at a time.