I have been working hard on the main bones of the ground floor over the last few days and have nearly finished the painting.
The black and white tiles are copied from what I have seen of photos of the Honeydukes in Universal Studios. I purchased these mini ones from Romney Miniatures and they were extremely easy to cut and glue down. I did have to lightly sand the edges of some of the tiles to ensure they were completely straight but this didn't take long.
The cobblestones are from one of my favourite suppliers Richard Stacey who has a website and an Ebay Shop. These were very simple to lay and cut and are all made of real stone. I also bought his cutting tool which worked great. Wish I had bought one of these five projects ago and a snip, excuse the pun, for £4.50!!
I spent some time pondering the paint and eventually got a large jam jar and poured in two acrylic paint colours I thought would give me the green I wanted. Then I poured in white to tone it down a bit. This is the second coat and it is still a bit too dark, this photograph has lightened it up a bit.
I have now spilt my mixture into two jars. This darker shade I will use on the weathered outside of the shop and the new mixture I will add more white paint to and give the shop furniture a 3rd and definitely last coat tomorrow.
The pink shade of the staircase I am happy with. In fact there is a lot less pink in the shop than I thought so I won't have to mess around with that colour at all.
I persuaded my other half to cut all the cornices for me tonight so I will give them a last paint before fixing them in place.
Acrylic paint is a very matt finish so I am going to give everything a coat of gloss Modge Podge both to seal/protect and to give everything a nice shine.
I went out today to get a few bits and pieces for the bay windows today. Not quite the supplies I normally go miniature shopping for but I am hoping my plan will work. Really want to get all the painting out of the way now so I can start messing around with the windows.
It's been an incredibly wet and miserable weekend here but I hope the sun has shone in your part of the the world.