Welcome to the Mill Pond Cottage Build Part 4. We last left off with constructing the structure of the second floor. Now we will move on to the floors and the walls.
Second Floor – Flooring
Again, I made a wood floor to see how this technique was achieved follow along from the Mill Pond Cottage post. Just create a template of your floor, cut your wood planks, attach, sand and stain.
Second Floor – Walls
For the walls, again use your templates. I am going to use a neat technique to create a textured plaster look without the plaster. You will need some tissue paper yes the kind that you use to stuff packages or gift bags, PVA glue, acrylic paints, chalk and a clear matte sealer.
Your first question may be what is PVA Glue? Check out my article on What is PVA?
Take the tissue paper and crumple it up the more that you crumple it up the better the texture of your walls. Do not flatten this out because you still want all the texture and creases. Continue working in sections, apply the PVA Glue and begin to start tearing pieces of the tissue paper and laying them down on to the template. You do not want to flatten out the tissue you want to leave creases to create high and low points and overlapping areas. Make sure you wrap and glue the tissue around the sides and onto the back. At this point, trim off the excess when the piece has dried. If you need to add more pieces of tissue to fill in some areas go ahead and add more.
When you are happy with the look, apply another layer of PVA over the entire surface. Meanwhile, allow your piece to dry, cut out your window areas and trim off the remaining tissue on the sides and back.
Second Floor – Painting the Walls
Now that your pieces have dried, you can go ahead and apply a base paint color to your walls. I used Apple Barrel Antique White. (To create more of an aged look to the walls, you can apply a water based stain. I recommend Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Vintage Photo. This would be a great way to make antiqued book covers etc…) Next, I dry brushed Folk Art Linen and Apple Barrel Snow White acrylic paints on top of the Antique White.Again, once your paint has dried you can now rub different colors of chalk on to the surface to create the aged distressed wall effect. This step will really highlight all the texture from the tissue paper and bring that plaster look into effect.For the last process I uses a pearlized chalk in a neutral color to add some glint so that it would resemble quartz stone on to the wall you can skip this if you do not like that effect.Lastly, apply your sealer on to the walls. I used Americana DuraClear Ultra Matte varnish. However, I would recommend using a spray sealer instead of a liquid version. Consequently, the liquid will smear all of your work that you just did with the chalks. I found this out the hard way but I don’t mind the more dirty muddy look of the walls.
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