The first thing I did on Saturday was to paint the spiral staircase black and then another layer of black metallic. I like how it looks so far.
But afterwards while it was drying I was trying to figure out what I had for the kitchen and bathroom and everything and I found some flagstone paper I could use for the flooring. It's a pretty beige/yellow/brown and it'll look great on the first floor. But the black staircase was going to stand out in a big way. And I didn't know how well the two would mesh.
So I found some of my metallic paint in bronze/chocolate brown and dry brushed it over the black.
Here's the flagstone flooring paper. I think the brownish metallic warms up the black just enough that it isn't too much against the flagstone.
I still haven't figured out the kitchen. But I do have a bunch of different counters and things. I'll have to play around with them in the space to see what I want to use.
I was also debating a feature wall but I don't want to use wallpaper or anything to make it. So I think I'll end up with textured paint on the walls and one of them a different color than the rest. Still working that out. I ended up going through a lot of my stash looking for different things and figuring out furniture.
I was also thinking about the exterior. I like the idea of a modern stucco. But I don't know how I'd finish the corners and edges. The other thing I like is a board and batten look. I have time so I'm still thinking about it.
For the bookstore I spent some time working on the interior walls. I've got ten inch ceilings for the first and second floor. The third floor is nine inches but the ceilings are angled as well. So I had to take those into account.
I worked out where my walls on the second floor would be a few weeks ago. Today I got some of my scrap wood cut and glued to actually build them. I also had to make a false door leading to the non-existent stairs to the third floor.
That took a bit of doing but luckily I had some trim and balsa that worked for the paneling and doorframe.
I did my best to match the paneling on the door I'm using as the third floor entrance. I didn't want them to look too different.
I stained it red mahogany but I'm still debating if I'd rather paint it instead. Maybe a nice dark brown door? Or black? I'm not sure.
The walls for the living quarters were a little more tricky. I had to keep the angle of the roof in mind.
I'm thinking that I might try to do some paneling around the lower/straight portion of the walls and then a wallpaper over a chair rail on the angled portions.
That was the other reason for my inventory Saturday, figuring out what I have for wallpaper and how I want to finish the walls on the lower floors. They'll be mostly covered by the bookshelves but the parts that show would look nice with a dark wallpaper or paint. Still debating.
I also was messing around with some fancy flooring for the second floor. I'm still not sure about it.
I love the flooring but I still think it might be too busy. I need to look into the types of floors that were popular in the Victorian era. I think they mostly had narrow boards. The wider planks were for less elegant homes.
Maybe a couple of popsicle stick floors? We'll see.
The other thing I did was figure out where I'd need to put the chandelier for the ship. It'll need to hang down from the second floor ceiling above the opening in the second floor. So I figured out my walls and where they'd hit on the ceiling and outlined the opening.
That'll also help me figure out where I want the wood moldings. I'm going to paint them to look like plaster. They're just decorative wood trim from Hobby Lobby but once they're painted it'll look like plaster.
At least that's what I'm hoping for.
How are all of you doing? I need to go read blogs after I get some of my chores done. Things are getting a little messy around here.