Two-way traffic space

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Downstairs hallway

Planned in is a small corner just to the left of the front door, just where the removable house section breaks away.  It’s a semi landing at the foot of the stairs where the phone plus table and chair, various loose boots/shoes and coat pegs need to lurk.

I’ve played around, bought in, re-measured and re-planned but not found a satisfying combo of chair and table for the corner shape and still  leave breathing space for the imaginary folk to get up and down the stairs without climbing on the furniture.

Build one of them?

Well, I can’t build a chair but I’ve had a go at a sort of deco looking table affair attempting to blend with the hall stand across the hallway.

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Shaping and shelving for the back of the phone table

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Pencils and envelopes and room for telephone. There’s a vintage green one on its way which I hope is not too large for the space

And the landing itself has lots of room left for two figures to shimmy past each other there now.

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The space with the narrow hanging but still got too large a wall light – I’m working on it …

 

Paraphernalia

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Shrunk in the wash possibly?

Another running around week but got time to try out my first go at painting metal items.  Ideal job when you’ve only got so long to spare as each layer/coat needs a fair time to dry satisfactorily.  Still seems to come out feeling sticky.

Mixed results but ‘useable’ I think 😉

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Though bought cream and green pans and enamel ware, fancied doing the bread bin and scales in the white with dark blue trim
Went for a worn look to go with the bought enamel items which have wear and tear built in too.

 

 

 

Another furniture experiment

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Sideboards

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Our Deco type sideboard with silvered metal and black tab handles plus the ball feet on a stretcher

Bring on the small

Both the sitting room and the dining room need cupboards/sideboards for holding this and that.

Decided to mix and match old pieces of furniture where possible in the house with modern built and ‘adapted’ and adopted items. One or two of the vintage furniture I’ve bought have two shades of wood – a wardrobe for one and I’ve a plan to make a dressing table to match it.

Sitting Room

Another vintage piece sold to me as Barton‘s wooden sideboard 1950’s 1/16th scale sideboard for the sitting room on which I’m a-thinking of placing an old style (modern made) radio.  I only say “sold to me as” because I don’t have the knowledge or experience to be sure, but I like it very much.

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Something like this but it needs photos and doilies etc

Dining Room

The mini dining room sideboard needs to be placed directly below the handy hatch through to the kitchen but I’ve not found quite the fancy affair I’d like so I’ve bought a cheap modern sideboard and sort of dolled it up as it were – with some of our full-sized sideboard’s features in mind.

  • Thought of trying for a bit of filigree carving for the glass doors but chickened out and blanked them instead using wood veneer to match the drawer section – the cupboard doors are still open-able and the wood blanks can be removed if I decide on something else.
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Two tone wood effects – barrel drawers with handles

  • The central open section of shelves I’ve sealed off with mock drawer fronts and trim.  They look a little like a wine barrel gone wrong but heyho.
  • The drawer trim is repeated at the bottom skirt.  Its’ a strip of the padded card sold for card making and scrapbooking.
  • Added a back rise/ledge to the top surface; this and the feet are all pinned and glued – I use cut down dress pins for this along with a thick needle as a bradawl as they both are less likely to split the wood.
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One cut down dress pin at end of back ledge

  • When searching for vintage furniture I’d noticed how certain models relied here and there on staples and one or two used them as handles so, as you can see in the photos, I had a go using a staple with bugle bead threaded on.
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Bugle beads from a 1920s dress and ordinary staples

Must have doily and/or runner

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Two lace strips flat hemmed edge to edge with pieces of top motif chopped to make up the ends. Done some button-hole type stitches on the raw edges at each end to add finish of sorts 😉

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and with the runner

Well that’s one more piece of furniture off my to-do list for the moment and it might just work once the room is full of other distracting furniture and knickknacks, lamps and chairs …

Possibly put on the top odd display bit of ceramic – a vase or a plate leaning against the wall behind.  Oooh and possibly a cake, that would be nice, though a tray of used dishes and left‑overs would be interesting too.  I’ll see when I get there.

A low mirror

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Actually some boarding and a low mirror.  I’ve set the mirror at a height for those of us who are small but also for who ever is on the phone at the time (not yet added to the table) can view themselves when seated.

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Went for a lighter wood colour than the stairs themselves but still a ‘woody’ tone

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One low mirror over telephone table, chair yet to come

I’ve used a sliver (or rather two slivers) of the full size stick-on faux stained glass you can buy by the roll for the tinted sides.  Strange things reflected in the mirror in this shot, though it’s a minor miracle that the ‘glass’ actually looks vaguely spot free here.