First and foremost let me follow up to my last post and show you the set. I was really pleased with the way this one turned out. Sheri and I think it's one of the best we have ever done. Combine it with talented kids and a great performance and the whole experience was, again, truly enjoyable. No wonder I love volunteering on it so much.
The play was an audience participation murder mystery, and each evenings performance concluded with a different ending.
Back to the set itself. The basic set with the walls and trim was constructed by "Willy" Williamson with Classic Home Improvements, in Chandler Arizona. For the styling, the starting point was an inexpensive fabric which we used for the wallpaper of the set. I had original picked other colors from the fabric but ended up going with the sage green as the main color. As part of the story line we had to age the set so after creating this beautiful set we stained the walls, the fabric, and the furniture and we distressed the doors and wood trim.
The walls and the fountain in the garden were constructed of insulating styrofoam used in construction. Carving and creating with this material can be a lot of fun. If you can handle all the snow that is left lying around after you cut, trim and shape, you can spend many happy hours carving away while you let your imagination go to work. I also used fishing line to create a water effect coming out of the lions mouth.
Our faux library was created with very thing wood molding to create the look of shelving and book and trinket cut-outs were glued to a canvas wall framed on 1x2's. Each door swung open and gave the hint of part of the house, including a dining room and a solarium.
After 10 sets I'm still looking for a way to do something creative at home with this styrofoam. There is always my husbands train set to work on.
Until next time, keep creating, keep smiling.