There’s been a lot of jumping around the bedrooms with no firm results but mostly making sure that there’s furniture that fits each (or can be made to fit) and that no further manoeuvring of walls or doorways is likely to be needed. I think it can now move forward a little.
But first it’s jigsaw time
Hunting for all the pieces
Along the way I’ve made the odd bit and piece to go here and there and stored them safely away.
Did I hear a hollow laugh at the back there?
Of the prepped items I’ve lost the upstairs banister bits and had to cut and paint up some more. Mind you only one set of stuff having ‘gone walkies‘ is not bad for me, you should be mildly impressed!
With what looks more or less like a full set of the this and that to hand, the time has come to work on the hidden space central to the first floor (second floor if you don’t follow UK naming).
The upper landing
– this is an almost ‘dead’ area, totally enclosed by the upper rooms and which can only be viewed through their doorways – there are four rooms up there giving varying angles to the space.
Small oblong at top of the stairs – but as yet, no banister rail in place
- That banister construction needs to come first now.
- But the small front bedroom short wall, with the door in it is part of the landing so that must be included on the ‘now’ list too.
- Which brings us to the matter of wallpapering the long wall of that small bedroom, which then becomes the remaining wall of the upper landing containing the main bedroom doorway, so ditto for going to the ‘now’ list.
The split decor on the long, closing wall – on this side part landing with main bedroom doorway and part small bedroom while the other side is all main bedroom
As you can see from the top photo, the small bedroom short wall is partially there with half its doorway unfinished and 3 (the ‘where am I’ wallpaper wall) has been dressed up. Also added door surrounds on both of these walls but can’t stick long wall in until banister has stopped fighting me; or is it me fighting the banister?
The Hidden Space
another space to play about in
I’m very fond of Dutch painting of the C17 and the views to other rooms and outdoors that they contain. Of course, the perspective boxes are amazing too – very hard to explain but well worth a look.
A web search for A View Down the Corridor’ by Samuel Van Hoogstraten you can come across an amazing mix of work. Here’s some of Van Hoogstraten’s paintings and feigned letter racks.
My favourite painting is Les Pantoufles, a complex painting of a simple subject with, half way into the picture there are slippers lying on a threshold ready to pop on, or trip over, left between doorways in a corridor.
The encased upper landing I’m working on is certainly no artistic effort at trompe l’oeil but is only a tip of the hat to the hidden vistas of the Dutch paintings. In this model it’s hopefully going to add another dimension to viewing the slice of cake dolls house. I will be adding a pair of slippers just outside the bathroom door and possibly something thrown over the banister too.
This is about as straight as I can make it. Needs a coat of sealant again I think before the long wall goes in for good
There are the odd cross views, here from small front bedroom through the main bedroom doorway
and here from what will be the bathroom catching the boys’ bedroom and the main one
When slice of cake section is not there the viewer gets a look at the landing through these two doors
and from the small front bedroom too through to the bathroom
Stepping back we get four doorways which, hopefully when the house is lit up will show the views including into the kitchen