Evoking time and place with pattern, colour and ‘flavour’

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Min-ing in the spaces in between

Today, in the glorious sunshine, the cobwebs are hanging and draping beautifully in the big house, so it’s time to sort them out.  Hence no big mini-ing today, but, as I must have my mini-ing appetite topped up it’s designated a sorting and reviewing day between the duster waving and general cleaning in the big world.

Kitchen

Originally I bought in a lovely patterned and brightly coloured lino card but it is so highly finished that the home-made items (which is most of them in the kitchen) don’t look right with it.  Since then I’ve printed out multiples of designs, in so many varieties of shades that it’s a case of sticking a pin in one of them and making a choice before we run out of trees.

What’s wanted then?

Two colours of tiling making a check is usual and I’ve got a nice green and off-white printed out but want to use that for the tiles round the sink and don’t want it on the floor as well.  More of that another time.

The mint green (above) looks too pale and the darker shades of that pattern might be too ‘organised’ looking(?)

Printed out a scrapbook freebie which I turned into a repeat for A4, intending to use it for the table surface instead of the dark one I’ve stuck on but realised that it might do for the floor.

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The bouncy one on the left and the possible other colour-way of the mint one on the right

Why fancy the ‘accidental’ one?

It has the bounce of a Deco design about it and the colours act as a pick-me-up for the whole room without taking over like the original bought card colouring and pattern.  And it clashes with the wallpaper but in a nice way 😉

Doesn’t the pattern on the left make you think of wrap-around aprons?

I sound as though I’ve made my mind up – well, at least for today.

Back to the vacuuming 🙂

The Story of a Mangle

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The tale of a cover-up

Ink-bleed and porridge paint
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cooking up a washing machine

Recipe

I used various photos on the web of different makes of 50s washing machine but of the same sort of size, so have ended up with a bit of a mix and match result (along with the porridge!)

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Semi end result

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This is what you’ll see more or less from the removable viewing panel, all being well, once the room is complete

The ingredients so far:

Using 2 mm greyboard I built a framework …

Still with me on this?

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I’ve now re-covered the panel, but it needs rubbing on more firmly I notice. It is hiding some of the bleed. Am now waiting for the porridge mangle to thoroughly dry to see if it all drops off.
Plan to elegantly drape a tea towel over it if the paint stays in place – and probably if it doesn’t as well!

 

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Photo taken before previous one with new covering
Sink and half-made drainer on chocks at the moment, but hopefully the drainer plus a tea towel will disguise all but the spirit of the would be washing machine 🙂

Links:

Hoover Advert for the MK1 Washing Machine (Above) – 1952

Hiding under the stairs

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Playing in the cupboard

Couldn’t resist putting in

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the electric and gas meters.
Bit flat but added wiring to one and a gas pipe with off tap to the other. Won’t be able to see much of them when the other walls are in but it’s somehow nice to know that they are there.

Most of the rest of the workings involved gluing in what you’ve already seen, so not very exciting but it was good to finally stop working around balancing half the items.

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Work so far

Yes, it’s the bannisters

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It takes me some time to get my head around the basic engineering aspects of building things or decorating; what needs to be done and how, and the general order of play for each stage.  The stair banister, the way it meets a quarter landing and turns, and the infill below the stairs has certainly been one of these “tell me your tasks in order” sort of jobs.

All wound up and ready to go

then fall flat on the job

Panelling or paper?

Will wallpaper the under stair wall and give cupboard a ‘wood’ door that matches the planned ones for rooms.

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Standing back a little

Only the basic framework to support the stairs is fixed in place.  Once a further layer of paint and matte varnish has been added to the stairs, I’ll have a go with carpet.  Then some of the fixing can be done; card with the wallpaper, the stairs themselves and the under wall and possibly the landing window too.  After that will need to finish off whatever’s left of for the cupboard that didn’t get tackled before the wall went in.

Further down the line …

it will be back to that kitchen wall that meets the stair head so that we can head ceiling-wards and tackle the turn in the stairs.  I think I’ve got all the furniture for the kitchen except a washing machine, whose dimensions are a known (I think, depending on how I build it).  If I can get their arrangement more or less firmly sorted and ditto the window openings in there, then and only then can the whereabouts of the kitchen door be settled and that dividing wall finally be added.  Definitely an “up we go, up we go” moment  🙂