As with every post I write now, a huge welcome and hello to the new followers! Welcome back to those of you who stop here to see what I am doing.............I appreciate you all!
I have spent the past several weekends working on my second "Versailles" patterned floor for the "Salon" and also in creating my own "French" inspired wall panels. I have a huge respect for the "French Style" and this is my attempt, though not architecturally correct, at giving a "Nod" to this amazing style of architecture.
I have said in a previous post that I am not a "carver" so I decided to use my good old "jewelry findings" to make the ornate part of my walls................so here is your first look at them "in the raw"!
Another view with the Mantle piece I will be using...........I'm not going to insert a full mirror in the over mantle space because you will look at yourself when you look into this view of the room.........architecturally incorrect I realize............oh well........ this is my house after all and has to reflect me......no pun intended.
These are the parts I am using from JAR-JAF. The wood strip that you will see next is 1/8" half round
This picture gives you a better look at how I decided to lay out these parts. I did cut some of them to remove whatever did not work for the look I was after. The wood half round strips, I cut and fitted and will fill any gaps between them and the "Findings" once I have primed them. I glued all these pieces with Crafters Pick "Ultimate" glue.
Here is the left wall of my "Salon" primed. I am considering adding a raised panel in each of these openings which will make them a bit more architecturally correct, but we will see how that goes........those shapes are tough to cut. As yet I have not decided what color I will paint this space. I will pick something that coordinates with the "Dining Room" which can be seen through a doorway in this room.
The second time around at this kind of floor is not as bad as my first effort. This is about 5 hours worth of cutting and fitting the grid to my pattern. Thank goodness for AutoCAD! What a huge help it is to have that program in my computer and to have someone who is expert at using it...........thank you Scott!
This is how much of the floor I have done so far. What you see here represents about 20 hours worth of work...........and worth every minute of it. I LOVE this pattern.
So that is it for now..............I just thought I would share some progress as it stands today.
Thank you for getting this far and for looking at my "Naked" architecture and floor! I will be pushing it further along this next weekend. Also, good news for me..........Susan Bembridge has agreed to work on a paper for me for this house! I am so excited with this! I love, love, love, her exquisite wall coverings and fabrics! Check her out at http://www.susanbembridgedesigns.com/............you will be hearing more about her from me as this progresses. She will have wall coverings and fabric in three of the spaces I have yet to do.
Take care all! I wish you well and hope you will come back and spend more time with me.
Respectfully submitted by Ray