Category Archives: Red Bedroom

Guild Master’s bedroom

Red Bed bedroom not yet sorted


But almost

I’m stuck.  There’s something adrift and I can’t quite put my finger on it so I’m going to step back for a while and ponder.

In the meantime here’s the latest pics and some notes on what I’ve done so far, some materials,  suppliers etc.


Breakdown of the Red Bed bedroom

Dimensions Depth/Width of room to bed back = 55 x 24 cms

Depth of removable section (no bed) = 39 cms

Height at lowest = 10.75 cms /at highest = 26 cms

Walls 3 mm card faced with 1 mm painted card each side and finished with various obeche/balsa timbers and matt varnish

I’ve bought card from both eBay and from 4D Model Shop depending on the current costs and what quantity I could afford.

I find that the layering of different “weaves” of card stop the wall warping and the adding of timber strip wood helps them all work together, thus far.  (Also I press the drying layers between spare timber sheeting (ordinary sizes) with weights on top just in case there’s going to be differential drying.)

Ceiling foam board (4D Model Shop) with white painted cardboard decor
Wall painting inkjet print on canvas paper
Plaster frieze Creative Paperclay (cheapest I’ve found and takes time to get here from States but no carriage) and metal stencil, the sort you get for embossing and card craft
Panelling and door
3 mm card coloured with pastels, blended with surgical spirit and matt varnished
Window shutters flooring pieces and paper hinges with florist’s wire catches
Fretwork shelf
(front left)
random eBay purchase
Candle box scrap bits of wood and card shaped and glued
Built in Bed bed head = carved wooden box lid with extra full-sized and mini mouldings – another random eBay search
canopy = balsa panels impressed with button designs using hammer (see The Bruising Qualities of Balsa for examples)
side walls = 3 mm card with 1 mm card painted and glued on
extra trims = obeche strip wood some with a little carving
Bed footstools Angela Downton (had them approx 3 yrs)
Cricket table, medieval stool, two other stools Ashwood Designs Miniature
Chair Tom Burchmore bought 2nd hand from eBay
Chest by wall painting basic chest/coffer redecorated with
Angela Downton fret panels (also had for years) and various colours added behind
Chest on right eBay buy – ‘small wooden box’ search as above
Cat and rat eBay purchases (Falcon Miniatures)
Swords/goblet/gold money Phoenix Models, sword/goblet from eBay
Shift on the chest
old pillow case fabric with standard sewing thread
Clogs carved from wide balsa strip wood + leather
Leather footstool leather stitched, glued, shaped and stained
Lights front left = LED light (Micro Miniatures)   reduced/yellowed with white paint on cells (can scrape off excess)
bed left = angled LED (Top LED Shop)
double table candelabra = various suppliers
green vase/flask and pewter goblet = eBay
Glues used Mod Podge and Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue – various suppliers and Bostik Glue Dots (various strengths)

See you again in the new year, meanwhile have a good time and stay safe.

An inhabitant for this bedroom


Wishing everyone a happy Christmas season
and a very good New Year

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Puss-cat finds cozy place to sit and have a good scratch

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whilst leaving lots of cat hair 🙂

Meanwhile: still growing the red bed room


The bed itself

The whole mattress area is a removable pallet so that lots and lots of wiring from this side of the whole house can be accessed in the future should the need arise.

And now I’ve finished it (that is the bed) I think. It and the bed posts, curtains and pillows are set in place.

Although the edges of the bed have been in shot in other photos, the last time we saw bed in full it looked like this:

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Red Bed position in relation to this area of the house. Just a bed head and one wall so far.  It does show the bed platform which is in two pieces divided across the centre.

Bed plus

This is at the stage of trying out alternatives for furniture and draping fabric here and there to get a feel for what’s happening.

Need for bedposts – or something

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The removable front section

If you look to each side of the ‘would be’ bed curtains in the above pics you can see there are undressed uprights and a gap to each side.  Bedposts seem the easiest way to dress the area

The bedposts need to be as far away from the bed as possible. Not making any sense? Well the front section of the room (see photo) is removable and will have the bedposts attached along with the LED light set to pick out the underside of the canopy. But the curtains for the end of the bed don’t want to foul the bedposts too much and/or cover the light.

One dressed bed with its bits and pieces

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Whilst this one is taken with only the miniature room lights, shows up some of the detail of the bed canopy OK even if it does spill on the left-hand curtain too.

A lot of this and that


But firstly

A note re absence from the workbench

Dear (please insert your name here)


Apologies for this blogger’s non-attendance for the last ten days. It was due to the happy circumstance of receiving visitors over a long weekend and all the prep work undertaken beforehand. As it was the first time in over seven years that she has been able to do this, due to previous ill-health, I do trust you will accept this note of apology and that I find you well.


Yours sincerely ….


So what’s to do?

There’s a lot of building works to do before I can get to the interesting dressing the set stages so what is being produced will have a grave tendency to not make a great deal of sense to anyone living outside of my head.  Indeed some of what’s “in there” may well need to be edited out as overambitious and too fiddly for the style of the whole building, but we’ll see.

Getting back into the swing of things

There are bits and pieces of the fourth wall for the schoolroom lying around drying through its various stages of production and work has begun in earnest on the right hand front attic bay. Much of this also needs time and space to dry before more can be added, so it’s the usual bobbing about from item to item as it declares itself ‘cooked’.


The dormer in the side roof is slightly different to the one in the schoolroom which it mirrors but I fancied a different shaping for the upper window for this bedroom. As you may have spotted, I’ve also seen a little sense and left some room for me to get at the inner face of the dormer without having to become the incredible shrinking woman in order to carry it out, which is what happened with the other side of the house, and was not much fun may I tell you.

Off to see what’s dry now and ready for more mayhem.