Puzzles and some play therapy


A yucky morning

It’s suddenly turned back to winter here with sleet and hail and the plants looking sad, blossom freezing on the bough etc.  I think my brain has fused with the drop in temperature.  Too many puzzles, some or which are important like what’s going on in the world and some very trivial such as those posed by designing a mini something.  Then add in no phone line all morning; I’m sticking to the puzzles I can worry about with the hope of getting some sort of easy answer.

Landing window

There’s a quarter landing that needs a large window, usually a leaded/stained glass sort of thing.  Taking a piece of clear acrylic sheeting, I tried out bits of mock stained glass trim, full size for normal windows, but selected usable strips.  Didn’t like the darker yellows and oranges available on the roll so have cut out some and added others.  It’s an asymmetrical design but it might be OK.  At one point I tried a piece of the same opaque patterned stuff used in the front door but didn’t take to it, so that came out sharpish.  Still looks a bit overdressed and clashes a bit with the current wallpaper but I’ll see if it grows on me.

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First run with opaque texture over on left and current version without on right

The wallpaper

Puzzle #1

Basically do I like the wallpaper for this area – too bright, too perky?
May yet try out a different paper, something a little more depressing perhaps?

Puzzle #2

The repeat pattern is very busy and a little baffling and the lovely paper it’s printed on is rather unforgiving when a join in the pattern is needed.  I’ve done it – looks OK in some areas but rough in others.  Can be hidden behind a first ceiling height run of beading if necessary – from ground floor ceiling level to top or stairs to join the skirting board on quarter landing.

Circling some of the mess

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Horrible, horrible join that can be disguised


Too much choice or just not able to get the ‘look’ I fancy?  Have changed the colour of the woodwork to a sort of donkey brown which does help but …

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Shades of brown and dark tan I think

Kitchen wall

For continuing the works in the hallway, the kitchen/hall party wall position needs addressing and for that final decisions on f and f placement in the kitchen need to be made.


All of which, of course, meant getting out what’s to hand ready for the kitchen and taking advantage of …

any excuse to play

I’ve had ideas on the siting of sink and cooker, cupboards and electrics but have done nothing about firming them up as have only half the goodies for the job as yet.  Can’t find the cooker I’d like, though I’m working on a possibility for that, not sure what I want to support the Belfast sink on, and as for the washing machine I fancy …  don’t ask.

Part of the plan is to have many cupboards, some in which you can see the crockery or dry goods and some closed.  I’d bought two dressers – Victorian/Edwardian style – with the intention of using at least one, possibly repainting it.

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Lovely dresser that had done me no harm.
Lots of open display space.
Doors open too

However this one has now come to grief under my tender care as it’s been hacked about, removing frilly bits and mouldings, as well as an attempt to repaint.  Am aiming for a 50s style white and mustard ‘something’ and am only halfway there at the moment.  It certainly needs a good rub down and repaint on some of the edges and possibly a little more hacking at the sides of the original work surface, to make the sides of the unit flat.

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Still a long way to go with this but am enjoying ‘playing around’

As you can’t quite see, I’ve hacked off the top moulding trim (making a right mess).  Paint-wise, I’ve left the bottom section of shelving the original dark green, lined the next one and am making an attempt at Deco-ish doors for the top.  Either I’ll manage to make them look less here and there and put in some opaque ‘glass’ in the shaped holes or I’ll make some solid doors to replace them.  The colour is mustard, though it looks more acid yellow here.

Also added a cardboard version of an enamelled metal work surface that will have some legs below to support it as it will always be fully extended.  Am thinking in terms of no other kitchen table, though more than likely another dresser arrangement of some sort plus possible wall cupboards of a 50s styling.

Might board over the panel doors below, not sure, but am prepping up some oblong handles to try out for them and the possible doors above rather than the little round ones – always assuming I can get these three original ones off.


We’re advised the weather is going to continue like this until Thursday night/Friday morning, but at least the phone is back now, hence being able to post this.  It went off early this morning – the overhead line fell in to the river overnight so, with the land line down and there being no mobile signal here, it was like the old, old days 🙂


2 responses »

  1. Bizarre weather over here on the west coast of Canada too, but your sounds even more extreme!
    An overhead line falling into the river and no phone service sounds Pretty Bad! When our common luxuries suddenly vanish due to a storm or other kind of catastrophe, it makes us REALLY re-appreciate them when they are finally restored to us.
    Meanwhile, the window is turning out well but which stair carpet is the “donkey brown”?
    I am AMAZED by the transformation of the hutch- WOWeeeee! It’s looking GREAT! 😀

    • The weather has been a bit moody but the wind has not been bad enough to bring down the line, nor the ice I should think. Must have just been ‘tired’ of hanging there and gave up I guess. Apologies, but it’s not the carpet that’s donkey brown. The woodwork was and underwear puce colour and it’s that that’s now donkey coloured-ish – I think I forgot to put that photo in but will do it now. Re the kitchen dresser: would have liked to make one more like one we had when I was a kid, but too complicated. How our parents got a kitchen cabinet that looked like what I now find is a hoosier cupboard in Yorkshire in 1939 I really don’t know. It was a bit like this but more complicated would you believe – really useful thing it was too

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