Welcome back to the Mill Pond Cottage Build Part 3. Today I will be focusing on building the ceiling and lighting for the bottom level as well as constructing the second level.
To form the textured ceiling, I used a pre-mixed tile grout in bright white. You can find this at any local home improvement store. This particular brand dries in about 5 hours, but I let mine set overnight. You can also use any color acrylic paint to color it.
First, lay your ceiling/second level floor flat on your work surface, place the bottom level upside down centered on the piece, an draw and outline about 1/4″ in on all sides to create a border. The internal dimensions are what you are after to create a ceiling template. Once you have your template, go ahead and place your stone walls back inside, you want to start trimming down your template so that it has a tight fit in between your walls.
Now spread a thin even layer of grout over your template, you can sandwich this in between wax paper and put something heavy on top to keep it flat while it dries. Don’t push down on the weight because you don’t want to make the texture smooth. Set aside and allow drying over night.
Once your ceiling has dried, take a piece of sandpaper and lightly sand the surface to knock off any raised areas and to help make the surface more even. At this point, go ahead, paint your ceiling and apply chalks for aging. I ended up trimming off the small section that went around the stairs because it was just too fragile. I used Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint in Antique White.
To create the wood beams I used 1/8″ square basswood dowels and cut two pieces the width of my ceiling. To make the holes for the lighting I used a 3/64″ drill bit to place the holes in the center of the beams. Then I stained them with Miniwax Wood Stain in English Chestnut. When they were dry, I used Gorilla Glue Super Glue to attach them to the ceiling and then finished drilling the holes through the back of the ceiling template.
Here comes the fun part…lighting! I love using these model-building lights, they are completely customizable and work flawlessly when you want to build your own lamps, ceiling fixtures and whatever else you may need for lighting. The LED lights that I will be using for this project are the pico size lights from Evan Designs/Model Train Software.
If you are using the Mill Pond Cottage base there is a hole in the base right under the main floor so I am going to drill a hole in my main floor away from the side of the wall but not in center of the floor. This hole is going to be the main spot where all your wires will run through. Therefore, I hope you have not attached your flooring and walls yet because you will need to be able to hide all the wires.
Next, you are going to feed your wires into the holes that you drilled in the ceiling beams and out the back of the ceiling. See pictures above for the example. I am not going to finish off all the electrical right now because I want to add more lighting on the additional levels. This is what your ceiling should look like once you have installed the lighting. Remember to install it upside down so the no textured side is facing up. The tiny little yellow specs are your lights in the middle of the beams. Leave enough slack in your wires so that they will fit behind your walls and under your floor. At this point, still do not permanently install your walls, flooring or ceiling. This is what the bottom level of the Mill Pond Cottage should look like now. Again, nothing is glued in place yet.
Be sure to follow along for the next part of the Petite Properties Mill Pond Cottage build when I build the flooring and the walls for the second level. Mill Pond Cottage Part 4All content and images are Copyright ©2010-2017 Angelic Creations LLC All rights reserved.