The conservatory continued
Monday, March 02, 2020
Because the walls panels in the conservatory are made from MDF I cut down and glued in coffee stir sticks to create an all wood surface that will take stain. Once the glue was dry I applied a coat of a new product to me, Unicorn Spit, which I like, so far, though the finish was very chalky feeling when dry. That meant it was easier to sand it back off places I didn’t want it, but it did have to be sealed. I used an ivory colored finishing wax.
I may have to wax the exterior side of the walls too, they pick up every speck of sanding dust off my table and cling to it.
When I buffed the wax some areas on the windows wiped back down to bare wood, which is okay with me, I deliberately left imperfections on the walls to ‘age’ them. Because of the manufacturing imperfections (gaps and glue smears) this is never going to be a pristinely finished build.
The roof is meant to be removable, but since my frame is wobbly I am going to glue it in place. I think I clamped it too tightly during assembly. I am leaving the back wall removable, so won’t need access through the top too.
Next to my to-do list is to ink the rest of the roof pieces, cut a new floor from thinner wood, and figure out which glue to secure the windows in place with.
After a brief rant about how stupid the windows are I flipped them over to discover the panes fit into a recess on the other side. Duh. There is no trim, but if I glue carefully and sparingly with the right product I may be able to avoid both discoloring the panes and trimming. Silicone, perhaps?
I am planning a brick floor, so need to determine glue and grout for that as well. Tacky glue should do the trick there, and if I don’t have grout in the mosaic supplies I haven’t touched in a decade and a half then I’ll probably use spackle. I need to figure out spacers as well, for when I glue the bricks down, I’m not so good at eyeballing things.
Lots to do, lots to do, but my husband has been ill the past few days and I woke up this morning with a cough, so...
You are off and running with this!
So much work and attention to detail.
Posted by: Susan | Monday, March 02, 2020 at 08:28 AM
You're so ambitious! This will be so much fun to watch. I haven't touched my conservatory yet.
Posted by: Sheila Lester | Monday, March 02, 2020 at 08:58 AM
I love the way you cut the windows, and also how neatly you did so.
Posted by: Nancy Enge | Monday, March 02, 2020 at 01:55 PM