Sunday, 21 October 2007

Distressing Times............

So.........due to a viral lurgy which has laid me low for the past two weeks, there has been no 'actual' work done on the shop. However,while gradually recovering from my feverish state, and tucked up on the sofa in pyjamas and duvet, I was able to do some 'virtual' work, ie planning the display cabinets and working out the decoration of the exterior, now that the doors are finally in place.

This weekend, feeling much better, I indulged in some convalescent 'occupational therapy' and managed to complete the following tasks:

  • Solved the puzzle of the non-closing front door
  • Moved the lighting socket on the inside of the front so that not only does the door close properly, the lights in the bay window now work too.
  • Painted the base coat on the tiled roof section and two attic room dormer windows
  • Painted the entrance door and drilled holes for the brass door furniture.
  • Did the initial 'brick distressing' on the exterior front doors.......I intend to have bits of moss growing out of cracks in the brickwork, and around the windows etc to give it an even more distressed look.
  • Painted the fancy bits which will go above the entrance door to house the shop sign.
  • Found the various planted containers which will grace the tops of the bay windows and put them temporarily in position to gauge the final effect.
ThusLooks not bad I far.

However, some niggly, naggly problems have arisen, to which I can find no obvious solution.
The first floor windows have developed a cloudy, crazed coating, which I can't remove with anything, not even plastic polish. I suspect that this has been caused by a reaction with the wood stain which I used on the window frames, despite being extremely careful to avoid any contact with the window acrylic. Probably the fumes from the stain attacked the inside of the acrylic when the windows were laid on newspaper to dry. Very annoying, and there is no obvious solution, aside from buying two new windows :-(

Any suggestions would be gratefully received.................

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