Too many! With my bookcases due to arrive on Tuesday I have been playing with colours today. I want the flooring to be a deep, rich mahogany with a waxed sheen which sounds quite simple. The floorboards are cut from mahogany so all I need to do is enhance the natural wood.
The only problem being that I don't want the colour to be too red. I am not a great fan of the red mahogany you see on a lot of dolls house furniture. So I have been experimenting.......
Then, using the backs of a couple of pieces of furniture I have been trying out all sorts of finishes for the bookcase units. Again I want a very deep mahogany without the red......As there are so many bookcases I also need the finish to go easily and have depth from the start otherwise I could be staining and waxing until next Christmas!!!
At the moment I think I am looking at woodstain, 2 coats followed by at least two coats of coloured wax.
Or maybe a coat of porcelain paint ( strange but it works ), followed by 2 coats of woodstain and then the wax.
I will be able to see better in the morning when the light is better and before I run out of practice wood!
I have also added the first coat of 'grime' to the ArtMache. There are lots of different ways of doing this but because I am so cowardly my method is slow but safe! I make up my pot of dirty wash with ivory black and vandyke brown acrylic paint plus lots of warm water in a jam jar.
I then paint it on the render and wipe it off with a baby wipe very gently so that I get a variation of depth and colour which you can just see in the photo. Once this coat has dried I then add another and another until I am happy with the level. Lastly I concentrate on particular areas that I feel would be particularly grimy.
I also decided that I would start making some very basic books for the bookcase that I am practising my mahogany finishes on. This bookcase will stand in the false hall behind the back wall door. So I have used some balsa off cuts in different thicknesses and will start the task of filling the overflowing shelves.
This will also give me the opportunity to look through some mini-book tutorials and have a go at some of the techniques for covering the books.
I have a lovely collection of handmade books by many talented people but I want these to be more on show not hidden away on the shelves.
So 50 books to begin.........2000 more to go!
If anyone knows of any good online mini book tutorials I would be very grateful for the links.