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From the album: Tudor Cottage, 1:24 Buttercup BashI was having a hard time deciding what to do for the first floor of Tudor Cottage. Kelly (Kellyannmo) encouraged me to do a slate floor which is authentic in Tudors. I want the front door to be a working door, so I can't have anything very thick on the floor surface. Then I got an idea based on a technique Brae (Otterine) used for her Brownstone. After a quick experiment to see if it would work, here's what I did. I gathered a few paint swatches in five different colors that looked like slate to me and were close in color. When I think of slate I think of flat gray tones with swirls a
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As described in this thread: http://www.greenleaf...showtopic=36495 I've used real slate (gathered and cut myself) for mini roofs in the past, but not for floors. And I had neither the time nor the inclination to add real slate to this particular project, but I really wanted the look—in a room where there's a wood fire going and a lot of heat being generated by the sugaring process, for months running, a slate floor just makes good sense. This faux-slate floor came out great, with no materials at all except paint . Note: The base of the 2014 HBS Contest kit is MDF, so it has
See the previous photo for a step-by-step description of how I did this floor. It's been said that it also looks a great deal like soapstone, so if you've ever wished for mini soapstone countertops, you may want to give this method a try. I'd probably ding it a bit less for soapstone, though.