Thursday, June 5, 2014

Tranquil Nordic Retreat

I have done a little more work on Cami's special commission- "Tranquil Nordic Retreat".
After having put my plaster walls on 2 of the walls, I started the wood floor.  I use the skinny craft sticks, a wood cutter,  and your choice of glue. You can use wood glue, craft glue(my favorite is Aileen's Tacky Glue) or whatever glue you like.
 I work from one wall to the opposite wall going from the front to the back. The way to do wood floors is almost limitless.
Once I get to the last row I use a box cutter to trim the sticks.
Now it's time for color.
For my first coat, I used a brow based wash. I take brown paint and water it down. It has the same liquidity as water. Very diluted, yet it still leaves a wash of brown on the sticks while letting the wood grain show through.
Next, I did another wash. This time I used brown, black and lots of water. The picture above is what it looked like wet.
And here it is dry. If you want even lighter just sand it a bit.
On the other 2 walls I used corrugated cardboard(from the textured scrapbook paper department). I painted the cardboard taupe. Then I coated the taupe with a thick layer of white glue. I waited till the glue was almost dry and painted a coat of white over the glue. Only apply the white in one direction and ty not to overlap your strokes.
The result is a small crackle effect. 
The downstairs is starting to look pretty rustic!


  1. Me gusta mucho el tono de madera que le has dado al suelo!! Y si,efectivamente ya se empieza a ver muy rústico y me encanta!!!!

  2. me encanta ver tus progresos, viendolos asi parece todo tan facil, me encanta



  3. Me encanta como has dejado el suelo.

  4. Привет, Каролин!
    Мне очень нравится наблюдать за процессом твоих работ. Буду с нетерпением ждать завершения.
    С наилучшими пожеланиями из России.

  5. You're really keeping us in suspense here! Love how you did the walls, you're so creative:) I can't wait to see more!

  6. Oh Wow this is coming along so Beautifully - Cant wait to see more! ~ LuV, TiGGy :)

  7. Its a beautiful start already, thanks for the build shots!

  8. Lookin' good already! This one's really sounding interesting! xo Jennifer

  9. That's a very interesting project and I already like what you're showing us.

  10. Hi Caroline! Your tranquil Nordic Retreat is indeed looking very tranquil. I love the way your projects take shape and have such unique and individual personalities. Your creativity and imagination are boundless! :D


  11. Мне очень нравится процесс строительства!!!
    Спасибо за урок!

  12. Hola Caroline, esos palos son fantásticos para hacer suelos, pero lo mejor es lo que haces tú con tus maravillosas casas.
    Feliz semana.

  13. The name sounds really intriguing! I can't wait to see the final product :)

  14. Hi Caroline,
    How are ya sweetie??? Like how your floors and walls came out on this newest creation. Look forward to seeing the finished product.
    Are you doing okay?? Just haven't seen you post much lately..........hope all is well with you.
    Take care,
    Blessings, Nellie

  15. It looks great! Thanks for sharing your tips! You told me how to paint the floor once, and now I can see for myself too that it is great, the way you do it =)
    Great work!

  16. Off to a lovely start, Caroline! Can't wait to see the finished product.
    Hugs to you and Lizzie,

  17. Definitely a familiar setting after my last few weeks! Beautiful floors...
    Alison x