Chests, coffers trunks and fun vandalising perfectly good objects

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Messing around with my toys to make them mine

No, I haven’t chewed them or done anything similar

In the midst of taking inventory of all the items I’ve bought and hoarded over the last 18 months so that I could pick out bits for the Great Hall.  After a day or so fiddling around with minute beakers, apples etc I needed a break so I broke out.

Amongst the treasures squirreled away are far too many items (7 or 8+) that I need to ‘do something with’ – ie make me like them more.  Why did I acquire them?  Well, the answer to that falls into the category of ‘you know what thought did, don’t you’; because at the time of purchase, I thought they were what I needed.

Two in particular are matching chests for clothes and general storage to go in bedrooms but they need a spruce up or, as is more likely once in my hands, vandalising.

A family tree of  two chests – images of their offspring

Both items were bought second hand, in need of a good sanding down, where the wood will take it and generally cleaning where possible.  The wood is very fragile and a little soft and makes dust rather than a good surface.  The panels won’t clean up too well, even with a gentle version of wood varnish remover, and the surface so I decided to thoroughly do them over.

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Chest one: I tried faux carving

theinfill - Medieval, Tudor to Jacobean dolls house - coffers and chests - changing things

Using small scale, detailed moulding I cut 6 strips in left/right handed mitred pairs and glued into the existing panel shaping to give a not quite linenfold look. I’ve rounded off all edges to give them a bit more flow.  They probably need sanding down a little further as they seem too bulky for the chest when viewed from this angle

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Looks better from above – almost passable

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And even better in the dark!

 

Chest two:went for a bit of a Medieval look and got over fiddly.  This has the more gummy panelled surfaces of the two chests and I decided to cover them over completely.

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Used an Angela Downton screen fret to overlay bright chalk colourings of the three front panels and painted its feet matt black

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Varnish still wet and it looks generally ‘sad’ – gold/copper edging doesn’t come over too well.  Lid is painted matt black as are the half bead blobs.  Possibly needs a little green adding somewhere?

 

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One can only hope that it will look better with clothing etc strewn across it at the foot of someone’s bed – again possibly in the dark

 Results

As ever, a little mixed.  Glad I had a go at them, as probably wouldn’t have used them in their original state and will probably make more use of them now.

Back to the gluing down of small objects

Well not glue:  I tried the tacky wax and we didn’t get on so am now using a white tac look-a-like which can be pulled out into threads and used in very small amounts.  It’s a bit like chewing gum but stickier and seems to clean off fairly easily.  We’ll see what happens after it has a chance to dry out and harden off.  I don’t think it can possibly end up as disobliging as the tacky wax.  One can only hope.

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