Well I finally gave in and actually grouted the fireplace. I just didn’t like it without the grouting, even though it is supposed to be dry stack. So there’s a little grout.
Here it is:
The mantel is stained and once the grout is fully dry, I will install it.
I spent the other part of my work time on the house removing the ceilings and inserting spacers, and then gluing the ceilings in. I know I may need to remove them in future, but the screws I used did not support the ceiling properly. It is not that hard to take a scraper and break the glue hold if necessary, and then re glue the ceiling in place once any changes or repairs have been made.
I have to make a decision on the shower design. I have decided not to work with real tile, partly because I do not have the proper cutting equipment for fine tile work. I’m going to use this tutorial to make my tiles from a photo printed on paper and glued to Bristol board:
Don’t let the Dutch language at the top of the page for the above link confuse you. Josje is so wonderful she has the tutorial in English too, bless her! My Dutch is just terrible, LOL! Just scroll down to near the bottom of the page for the English version.
I might print this photo for the tile “stone”:
Or maybe I will dispense with the tile idea and make the walls of the shower full stone slabs like this one:
But with a pebble stone floor like this:
Grouted, of course. I can use aquarium or decorative gravel from a garden store. Jackalope Pottery in North Hollywood has some great tiny rocks which are sold for use in container gardens, including some that look like the above.
I’ve been spending some time before bed at night rooting around through the hundreds of miniature blogs and other websites, picking up lots of great ideas, which is motivating me to make more of my own furnishings, not just the house itself.
I’m definitely having fun!