Club project - shop box

Club project - shop box

Sunday, 1 June 2014

2 Shop Fronts

Admittedly, I got lots of advice on my previous post, not to redo the brickwork, but I suppose I had already sort of decided that it wasn't good enough. It didn't look like any of the pretty village shops we have around here. Even the brick pattern wasn't right...

I did take your advice and I really tried to colour the brickwork, a bit like stencilling with very little paint on the brush and this worked on the side of the box, but on the front some of the bricks came off. I glued some back on, but it just became a ridiculous job.

Then I remembered that I should have another box file lid, as the shop is made of 2 boxes to provide extra depth for some furniture. The door wasn't fixed in place yet and the window came away with very little effort. Decision made, I had to find the other lid.

You would think that something that big was easy to find, but not in the mess in my dining room. I had unpacked the cupboard with most of my mini supplies to move it away from the wall when this wall got soaking wet this winter and turned all mouldy. It's been drying out ever since the wall was repointed, with a dehumidifier on 24/7. One thing led to another and I ended up painting 2 of the walls, moving the cupboard back and sorting through almost all of my mini supplies. Of course, the box file lid was in one of the last boxes!

So over the last 4 days, this is the result of  about 10 hours of egg box brick making, glueing, painting and varnishing.

The sides are a bit red, but if it still bothers me next week, I'll do something about it, maybe...

And just to prove I now have 2 shop fronts:

Now I can concentrate on the very blue sign over the shop, which isn't what I had in mind, the handrail by the door and some more signs and a few flowerpots to finish off the outside. And then finishing off the inside and the lights. Nearly there!

All in all a very productive half term holiday!



  1. now that looks very good!!
    persistency works :)

  2. Hello Idske,
    It might have been a lot of hard work, but the brick looks wonderful. Very realistic and accurate. You made the right decision.
    Big hug,

  3. me alegro de que hayas encontrado la segunda tapa y asi poder repetir la fachada , te ha quedado muy bien , buen trabajo



  4. De aanhouder wint, Idske, het is nu echt een plaatje geworden, uh, mooi muurtje ;)! Het bord is idd wel heel erg blauw, waarschijnlijk beïnvloedt die intens blauwe kleur ook de kleur van jouw metselwerk..?
    En natuurlijk zit wat je zoekt altijd in de laatste doos......bij mij altijd wel, hihihi ;)!!
    Prima werk en toch nog van alles gedaan in je vakantie, hè :D!
    Groetjes, Ilona

  5. Thank you all! And the blue sign is definitely going. I'll make something a bit more suitable, not quite sure what...


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