Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Mystic Path....Part 2

On Thursday, we took a look at the bare bones of the roombox I'm working on, The Mystic Path. Today we'll take a look at some of the more decorative aspects of this project.

Once the interior walls were in place and the wooden floor installed, it was time to finish the flooring and start adding wallpaper and trim work to the store on the first level.

Now I can't say that I actually "stained" the floors.  what I actually used was a very diluted acrylic paint in a nutmeg color.  After a few applications of the stain (wiping off excess between coats and letting each coat dry between applications) I sealed the floors with a satin sealer.  I think in total I did about three coats of the sealer, sanding between each layer. 

May not be a perfect, pristine floor, but this is an older building after all and the store gets a lot of traffic in and out of it.

After the floor was completed, I painted the ceiling with a sealer coat and then two finish coats of a cream colored acrylic. 

Behind the door to the left, I built a false wall at the back of the box and wallpapered and added trim work so it would appear there is a hallway beyond the door.  There will either be a small table or a set of shelves out there that you can just see through the partially opened door.  This picture shows a test of furniture and was taken before the trim was added.

Rather than glue the wallpaper directly to the walls, I used a thin mat board and glued the wallpaper to it.  Then each wall was put into place.  The bookshelves in the rear were stained and then I added a small wall sconce above each section of the shelving.  The wires for those lights are run through the wall and attached to the tapewire at the back of the box.

Once I had the wiring completed for the sconces and all the wallpaper in place, I painted the crown molding and baseboard trim with acrylic paint.  After the pieces had dried, each was cut to length and attached to the walls.  This not only helps hide the rough edges of the walls, but also gives the room a completed look.

Here is the metaphysical shop, all ready for furniture and accessories.

And if you are wondering what the room looks like with just the lighting on and no outside lights....

Our next installment will show the wallpaper and some of the work that has been done in Madam Aspen's room upstairs. 

Till later!


  1. Beautiful work Dale. I love the little hall way room. The lighting and floors look awesome. Love the mummy and cat :) can't wait to see your shop loaded.

    Victoria ❤

  2. Thanks Victoria. i really wanted the viewer to feel like they could go through the door. When I start accessorizing, I'm going to put a sign on the door advertising the fortune teller upstairs.

  3. You do beautiful work, Dale, in everything you do!!!

    I can't wait to see it all finished!

    ROTFL, too funny about never knowing what time it is!!!!


  4. Hi Dale, Thanks for calling over to my Mini Links Page. I've added your blog link to the list.
    My main blog is:-

  5. Marsha, what a great compliment. :-) You sure know how to make a guy smile first thing in the morning (guess it is afternoon here huh? Well that goes back to the time thing. HAHA). Debbie, thanks for the link on your Mini Links Page. Truly an honor to be included in all those great pages!

  6. Hi Dale, just popped over from Victoria's blog and I am so glad I took her advice. I love reading how others tackle their projects so I was very interested to see how you dealt with the floor. I think you have more patience than me!
    Really like the way you work. I look forward to visiting again.

  7. OMG! Just looked at your portfolio. Love your dolls. I think the little witchy girl was my favourite.

  8. Me encanta como te ha quedado, la fotografia con la luz queda genial, has conseguido profundidad en la puerta del fondo, me encanta.
    besitos ascension

  9. wow. all I can say'm so impressed with your house!

  10. Fabiola, Janice, Ascension and Marisa, thank you so much for your very kind words. I have so much catching up to do. Amazing what you miss when you are gone for a day.