Thursday, October 26, 2017

ORC Week 4: The Cabana Floor

So I received some new this week about the ORC that made me a bit relieved...
due to many states experiencing natural disasters, 
Linda (the host of the ORC) has extended an extension by one week. 
Some folks are being affected due to shipping and receiving goods. 
While it is an unfortunate situation for many, I'm glad they get an extension and...
I'm glad it's passed on to the rest of us...
So what's been going on at the farm, you ask? 
Well the cabana got another fresh coat of paint... 
on the floor that is.
I knew from the start of this project, that I wanted a dark slate floor... however... I'm on a budget... 
but that never stops me from achieving the look I want.
So to achieve this faux slate floor, we started off by power washing the concrete.
And getting all the old yuck off.
I knew to make this floor look realistic, my tape lines were going to need to be on point. Most natural slate floors have tiles of different sizes.
Most people when they paint a faux tile, 
they just do one size and one color... to me it always looks obviously fake.
I knew I would have to more to mine to get the look I wanted.
So we started by laying a few regular box grids.
I used a .25 painters tape.
Then I went inside those boxes and started laying 
individual boxes and rectangles...
Once I was satisfied with the placement, and pattern, we started the painting.

We purchased two gallons of Valspar porch paint in a pre-made light grey and dark grey.
This paint can be purchased at Lowes.
Now here's the bummer, because the rain was coming in the next morning, we hustled... and I mean hustled to get this floor done before dark.
So I don't have many in between photos... well actually I don't have any...
but I'm going to explain what I did.
We started off by painting one color of each... my husband laid a coat of dark with a paint roller and extension pole... while I would brush  a coat of light to a couple of squares here and there. My original thought was to have mostly dark squares with a few light mixed in. But they weren't really looking how I envisioned...Well as the night grew on, I got extremely tired, my back was killing me, knees...etc so needless to say my "I don't give a f@#% attitude" kicked in and I started rolling all over the squares, and something pretty amazing happened... they started looking like slate. So here is what I mean....
I would be painting a light square next to a dark square and before each were dry I would roll over both of them back and forth and they started to blend...but still be different shades.
So I did this all over... just rolling dark over light and light over dark, because some parts were already drying, they would stay mostly the original color with just a bit of a haze of the other color... which gives it that two dimensional slate look.
The only bummer was when we pulled up the tape, some of the paint had seeped through underneath... but my husband suggested we use the dremel and sand the lines to remove the paint... and it worked. So here I am the next morning sanding away...
I can't express how much of a physically laboring job this was... by the time we went in to get ready for bed, I could barely walk...bending, stooping, squatting and hunching over took it's toll... but let me say this... it was worth every sore muscle. I am so so happy with the outcome and looks so much better than the pictures.

Would I have loved to have the real deal?... well yeah of course
but for a $52 "slate tiling" job it really ain't too shabby and you would have to really 
be looking hard to even tell it's not real.


What's Left
1. Paint (ceiling, posts, windows & frame)
2. Shiplap the part of the wall that was not framed in with windows.
3. Redo the chandelier, yes there is a chandelier there, but it's so dark you can't see it...
(Clean Chandelier)
4. Finish the steps
5. Stain the Steps
6. Paint concrete to look like tile.
7. Fix Hot Tub Cover (it broke last winter)
9. Install an EZ Lift for Cover
8. Make Bahama Shutters
9. Curtains
10. Dining Table & Chairs
11. Landscape (if weather allows)
12. Decor/stage
13. Curtains
14. Cupola for Roof (if Time and Money allow)


 Be sure to check out the other projects at the link above and I will be back soon!

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