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Shrunk in the wash possibly?

Another running around week but got time to try out my first go at painting metal items.  Ideal job when you’ve only got so long to spare as each layer/coat needs a fair time to dry satisfactorily.  Still seems to come out feeling sticky.

Mixed results but ‘useable’ I think 😉

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Though bought cream and green pans and enamel ware, fancied doing the bread bin and scales in the white with dark blue trim
Went for a worn look to go with the bought enamel items which have wear and tear built in too.

 

 

 

Another furniture experiment

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Sideboards

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Our Deco type sideboard with silvered metal and black tab handles plus the ball feet on a stretcher

Bring on the small

Both the sitting room and the dining room need cupboards/sideboards for holding this and that.

Decided to mix and match old pieces of furniture where possible in the house with modern built and ‘adapted’ and adopted items. One or two of the vintage furniture I’ve bought have two shades of wood – a wardrobe for one and I’ve a plan to make a dressing table to match it.

Sitting Room

Another vintage piece sold to me as Barton‘s wooden sideboard 1950’s 1/16th scale sideboard for the sitting room on which I’m a-thinking of placing an old style (modern made) radio.  I only say “sold to me as” because I don’t have the knowledge or experience to be sure, but I like it very much.

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Something like this but it needs photos and doilies etc

Dining Room

The mini dining room sideboard needs to be placed directly below the handy hatch through to the kitchen but I’ve not found quite the fancy affair I’d like so I’ve bought a cheap modern sideboard and sort of dolled it up as it were – with some of our full-sized sideboard’s features in mind.

  • Thought of trying for a bit of filigree carving for the glass doors but chickened out and blanked them instead using wood veneer to match the drawer section – the cupboard doors are still open-able and the wood blanks can be removed if I decide on something else.
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Two tone wood effects – barrel drawers with handles

  • The central open section of shelves I’ve sealed off with mock drawer fronts and trim.  They look a little like a wine barrel gone wrong but heyho.
  • The drawer trim is repeated at the bottom skirt.  Its’ a strip of the padded card sold for card making and scrapbooking.
  • Added a back rise/ledge to the top surface; this and the feet are all pinned and glued – I use cut down dress pins for this along with a thick needle as a bradawl as they both are less likely to split the wood.
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One cut down dress pin at end of back ledge

  • When searching for vintage furniture I’d noticed how certain models relied here and there on staples and one or two used them as handles so, as you can see in the photos, I had a go using a staple with bugle bead threaded on.
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Bugle beads from a 1920s dress and ordinary staples

Must have doily and/or runner

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Two lace strips flat hemmed edge to edge with pieces of top motif chopped to make up the ends. Done some button-hole type stitches on the raw edges at each end to add finish of sorts 😉

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and with the runner

Well that’s one more piece of furniture off my to-do list for the moment and it might just work once the room is full of other distracting furniture and knickknacks, lamps and chairs …

Possibly put on the top odd display bit of ceramic – a vase or a plate leaning against the wall behind.  Oooh and possibly a cake, that would be nice, though a tray of used dishes and left‑overs would be interesting too.  I’ll see when I get there.

A low mirror

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Actually some boarding and a low mirror.  I’ve set the mirror at a height for those of us who are small but also for who ever is on the phone at the time (not yet added to the table) can view themselves when seated.

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Went for a lighter wood colour than the stairs themselves but still a ‘woody’ tone

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One low mirror over telephone table, chair yet to come

I’ve used a sliver (or rather two slivers) of the full size stick-on faux stained glass you can buy by the roll for the tinted sides.  Strange things reflected in the mirror in this shot, though it’s a minor miracle that the ‘glass’ actually looks vaguely spot free here.

 

New borders and a clock

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A bit here and there

This last month has been a distressing and busy time on all fronts due to a family bereavement – much travelling and paperwork.  Still lots to do and people to talk to.

But so it goes.

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In the mini world

I have to say a big thank goodness for the mini‑ing as a break now and then, and also thank you for your forbearance whilst I indulged in a bundle of semi-mindless playing around as my light relief.

We’re sneaking a bit of a break from the real world’s organisational things at the moment, and I’m trying to catch up with what I was up to with the mini stuff I can still identify amongst the items abandoned on work surfaces back in mid-May.

Results of worktop archeology

Firstly

  • The ‘back’ door was going to be in the kitchen so that the room had three doors, exactly the way I remember a particular house when I was a child: one from the hall, one on the pantry and one to the outside.  As a kid I was always getting told off by our Aunt for coming in too quickly from the hallway or the garden as she could easily be clobbered by a flying door or knocked on the head when trying to use the pantry.

However, once scaled down there just wasn’t enough door to wall to floor space so the ‘back’ door has moved to under the stair landing and the kitchen has now got just the two doors – one from the hall and one on the pantry.

Second bit of firstly

  • Now that the door conundrum is more or less sorted and I’ve stopped playing around as a distraction, I’ve plumped for decisions on the base/main decor in the kitchen.
  • There’s an attempt at a deco style kitchen clock and a bag of shelf supports sitting ready for use once the tiling etc is up in there.
  • With the colour scheme ‘pinned in place’ as it were, the snazzy new 50s design kitchen table has been put away for another day and the original green one has made a come-back, but with a plainer ‘Formica’ top look to it.
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Not a brilliant finish but will look better with a cup of tea and a plate of chips on it

Secondly

Must have been trying out a revamp on the hallway, keeping the paper but fiddling with possible half panelling lower down.  Not sure, as yet why but no doubt it will come to me …

 Thirdly

Am pre-laying-in wiring runs for upstairs and the rest of the ground floor so all come out at side of pantry wall at the side gable end.  This sounds more grand that it is; I’ve just put three three-gangs up and over the roofline wall and threaded their plug ends through the hole in the wall to the outer where the power block will roughly sit in the coal bunker and/or garden shed.  All in the hope that it will ease the setting up of the upstairs electrics and, at the very least, remind me where it has to end up.

Kitchen set up so far …

In order to give some sense of space I’ve removed the very small cupboard from beside the cooker with its faux heat-resistant tin enamelled top.  It may come back, will have to see.

Either way am still aiming for a kitchen that needs to reflect elements from throughout the period of 1930 – sink set up – to late 1950s.

Plan to-date, is the doors in kitchen will be green.

Next job, shelves above the cooker I think.

When next we meet

Back again, when I can, with a bit of here and there when I’m here, and not there 😉