Wallpaper time

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Having fiddled around with ideas and experimented with mirror angles it was time to commit to something and actually do it – as you may gather this is not my most favourite moment.

Moments of first gluing – yikes!

Wallpaper is sort of homemade from a sample of a web pic from part of a repeat pattern.  I could never get the section quite horizontal but did what could to make a complete repeat area and resized it down considerably for 1:12.

The stairs still bug me a little.  As the very narrow ‘corridor’ space created (<2″) gives a narrow kitchen doorway, the appearance of a cottage style bent stairway shouldn’t look as odd as it does.  I think the bottom step is not quite at the right angle to the viewer of the reflection and have built it out all but the wallpapered area a little along with an extra boost of sliver of card under the bottom step riser.   The coat (bit of fabric) and the rucksack (paper print) are stuffed to give them shape on then glued on to the totally flat surface.

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The picture is cut from a ‘For Sale’ online image and was the nearest to an adequate angle of view that I could find.
This side view of the items suck on the surface fully illustrates the twist problem. The bit of the flat photo that is furthest from the original viewer is now – in the way I’ve used it – nearest to the mirror, so perspective is totally blown to blazes.
I’ve tried angling that end of the wall next to the doorway away from the mirror and do gain a little improvement but not enough to make the loss of room space at the front worthwhile.

Angling the mirror away would only give a poor view of down the corridor to the kitchen and a better reflection of inside the front room instead.  Compromise, compromise.  Or remove the stairs.

The two sets of books on the stairs are pics, distorted in Paint Shop Pro and flat printed.  The bottom pile has a little card boost under its front edge nearest the rucksack.

Will tidy up the stairs a little and ponder and then move on.  Am thinking of adding other items to this hallway which may well distract well from the silly stairs; bike if it will fit, mirror, pictures – who knows?

A bit of this a pinch of that

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Lots to work out and make or alter

Been another busy week but sneaked off to do little bits and tried to sort out my thoughts on this project.

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So far the illusion looks like this.
The photo on the left makes the stairs look wavy and on the right they look bendy.
This is probably due to them being a loose piece of paper waving around and should be a bit better when glued in place

Not that sure the stairs look particularly convincing but think I’ll still use them.  The kitchen photo has a different floor added and warped for a try at perspective and I’ve messed with various small photos of small sections of period patterns to create repeat pattern wallpapers and iron-on fabric prints.  Not sure how they will turn out but it’s certainly worth a try and was fun to do too.

Daily doings and decisions made

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Now I’ve actually seen the end of the Park book nook box I feel energised by new prospects.

Aiming for what

I constantly need reminding that the point of all these boxes (other than the enjoyment, the puzzle and generally trying to keep an old brain ticking over) is to use up as much material (raw and finished items) of what I have to hand and the current project is driving towards something to house the remaining two pieces of the 50s matchbox suite (pic below).

The sofa and single remaining chair are rather bulky as a pair so part of the puzzle would be working out whether they both can be shoe-horned in to the same 8” cube while leaving space for an optical illusion of some rooms etc beyond the main body of the box shape, per the other book nook illusions.

Marking out the practicalities

Whoever ‘lives’ in this place is going to have to do without fireplaces for a start!  Absolutely no room to be used up with something so cushy so will be setting the scene probably in the 70s or 80s when many fireplaces were not just boarded over but chimney breasts removed.  Also lots of doors may well be still flush panelled over so those would be much easier to make.  The definite switch to lots of white painted woodwork or unpainted wood would make things simpler too.

Because of the difficulty housing both remaining pieces of this suite I’m now going for a three-layer build of boxes; this one will be the ground floor, the one above a shared bedroom and the top box the attic bedroom.

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On the left – three floors possible for a ‘full house’

Who lives here?

The period gives an opening for a wide mix of furnishing possibilities and, as the main theme I’ve picked is student housing, it can be a real mix and match job of nearly up-to-date bits and twenty year old items which the imaginary landlord has shovelled in to furnish it for the tenants.

I started out all bright and perky with building a Deco style bay window a little like in Nostalgia Close.  If the floor space was being cut down by an optical illusion corridor then the room needed a bay adding to squeeze in a little more floor to make up for it, perhaps an inch or two.  It could at least house the odd chair or bookcase.  So I set out to build a curved deco bay.

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A blocked gutter at Nostalgia Close – but that curved bay does give extra floor space

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Making a rounded bay and my ever faithful bendy ruler to hand for measuring round the baking paper inner roll and the bent foamboard

Got so far with it when it struck me that in one of my storage boxes there was a bay window; not with a floor and probably not intended to have much of one, but definitely in need of using.

So am at present working on building out an overhanging box shape to house this.  It may also need a little sliver of roofing added to the ready-made sliding sash bay I bought a couple of years ago as the bay may push it forward leaving a gap before its ready-made roofing.

Another couple of days passed

and I’d built the second bay.

Also because I can’t squeeze both sofa and armchair into the space so with the three storey arrangement there’s room in a bedroom for an armchair – though it’s likely that lots of the furniture and the floors may end up semi disguised with student clutter.  Therefore been collecting extraneous bits for messing up the place and made notes on that too.

Later still

At this point, with decisions made, things tend to fly in many directions; space v furnishings available, decor v furniture colours etc plus what is to hand that can be used up before I go shopping.

I do find that time spent letting this happen is useful and even more so with these box illusions ‘cos space restrictions are so tight.  Using up approx 2” of depth from the back wall to add the mirror etc for other parts of the house is all well and good but it means stuffing the remaining space and dressing it sufficiently to give a viable ‘storyline’ of period, inhabitant(s) and daily doings.

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Reflected in the angled mirror – a possible orange kitchen down the corridor?

So I’ve been taking a great deal of play time with bits of furnishings, lengths of paper and floor coverings and making notes of possible additions to colour schemes.  And, of course, shopping!

Was busy staining the door pieces of the room divider (based on the Remploy design) when overcome by the familiarity of shape and colouring and turned around as I realized I had full sized storage cupboard behind me – made by a different company – seen above next to the kit pieceLink to current Remploy site.

 Also bought in other Jane Harrop kits to furnish the other boxes of the house (time and fate allowing 🙂 )

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4 x chairs, one floor lamp, a Utility bed and set of bunk beds.

These should certainly keep me quiet over the coming weeks and months. 

In further items in the parcel delivery chain there should be some more hopefully suitable bits of fabric to set about the ‘house’ as curtains and cushions and strewn clothing.

Next up

Beginning a couple of the kitchen/dining chairs for this first box to go with the sofa and while each bit of the chair glue stands and dries I’ll have a go at painting and papering that bay before I change my mind about the overhang it causes.

 

Greenery everywhere – last bits of work nearly done

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Been busy with this and that, health and weather but have reached a point where I believe there are only a couple of things needed to finish this piece – at least for the moment.

The drake is just visible on the right side of the pool …

All the greenery – excluding the back of the waterfall – has been gleened from a photo appearing on the Waymarking site and is of St Andrew’s Gardens.

What’s next?  Dunno really; probably a more room box sized piece to hold the remaining pieces of the matchbox sitting room suite from the 1950s.  If so, I know exactly how I’m going to dress it.