Several years ago my hubby bought me a Sid Cooke shop from a seller on ebay. The shop kit had already been made up and was used as a sweet shop. It looked super with all its little glass jars of sweets and chocolates, but the person who owned it only wanted to sell the shop.
It has sat here on the shelf looking sad and neglected and desperately in need of a face lift. So the work started.
I removed the shop front and i removed all the glass. It was easier to paint this way.
I repainted the inside in a lovely Laura Ashley emulsion paint in a pale blue colour, and painted the shop front in a cream and beige to brighten it up. The front paved area had been covered with tapestry canvas and painted green, which i was unable to remove so after much thought I decided to just cover it with air drying clay .Thankfully it worked well.
After everything was nice and dry i set to work distressing the paintwork on the shop front so that it had the lived feel. Anyone who knows me will know that i don't do neat and tidy with my miniatures . I always like the well worn and lived in look. I think it looks more natural, more realistic and gives it more charm.But then that's just me, everyone has their own tastes.
Here it is now..