Monday, September 10, 2012
Farmhouse Project WIP - Update 11 - Painting and Mortar
Lots of photos for this update. Painting is pretty much complete. As with the car port, I mixed the Slate and Titanium White Earth Pigments (2-3 parts slate to 1 part white) to be used as the mortar. A little variation in the mortar color probably isn't a bad thing so I didn't used a measuring spoon to get an exact measure. Given the inexact method of mixing mortar on the ground and measuring things 'by the wheelbarrow full' as we did in Zambia, my approximations here are on par. I did, however, mix a big enough batch to at least finish the house so the color will be consistent on this project. It turns out this mix was a little too white so I ended up giving the house a dusting of Natural Umber (not pictured) to tone down the white a bit.
Here are a few shots of the house pre-mortar:
By the way, there is a such thing as too much gloss varnish when applying it to make the removal of excess weathering powder. I got carried away with it on the house even after practicing which made it difficult in places to get any mortar at all to stick. Overall I think it turned out, but it took way too long to get it to this stage (compared to the car port which was fairly quick & easy).
The covers that go above some of the windows still need to be worked on and the windows/doors need to be glued in place - some of which may need a little filler to take care of some small gaps. The base needs a little flock and I'd really like to add the Rhodesian Boiler, but it will have to go in the 'details if there is time' list. There are still several fence boards, a board of three storage buildings, and hopefully a driveway board to work on. Bits of all of them have been started, but there is still a lot left to do on them in the next three weeks...