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It’s the small jobs that take the time?

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Moving things along so can really get to the remaining internal spaces and then have a go at the outer face, but there’s plenty of jobs to do first.

They are various and today’s challenge was to make the fourth wall for the boys’ bedroom.

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Copying the dining room fourth wall layout, (lower half of photo) this time with a bought in, original watercolour painting.  As the other pictures in this bedroom have a basic frame I needed to mock one up to more or less match with them though I went for a lighter shade for the wood.

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View through the bedroom window of the first offering up of the wall to the rest of the room – hump of blanket tent at the bottom of the picture 😉

There’s just a little more fiddling to do with this and then it’s the checking of the wallheads to see if they are reasonably level so ceilings can go on I think.

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My evasive manoeuvres

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putting off the inevitable

There are two sections of the house – no, probably three – that I’ve been avoiding.  The sitting room, as I wanted to know what would be left over from the rest of the house for cramming in there; the shed outside the side door entrance for housing the wiring, and the bathroom.  That sitting room is still going to have to wait as the shed may come first there.

I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions but should really have known better than to keep avoiding the major question of what might be called “the facilities”.  I had fancied a super bathroom suite but, as it cost approximately £100 and I have spent far too much getting this far, a compromise has been made.  I mean, we needed a new, full-sized, real wash-hand basin and that didn’t cost that much!

Bathroom it is then but until I’d fiddled out where to put the porcelain pieces I didn’t want to cut out the windows.  Not many folk want a huge window looking directly onto the bath or toilet affording them too much ventilation in all the wrong places.

At first I fussed around, worrying if the plumbing for the waste would work out if it were real, but soon saw reason in favour of the fact that it is just a dolls house 😉  Still going to cause problems, though, as would like to add external pipework.

I also wanted to take into account my proposed floor covering for the bathroom, but more of that much, much later.

Placing the porcelain

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Two images that aren’t at the same angle of left and right of the room.
Much still to sort out but I reckon this is the preferred layout though I could yet swap the bath and loo over.

There’s been no equipment or area dedicated to heating the water, so assuming it’s immersion heater only, the hot water cylinder (a very small one) could be in the bathroom airing cupboard which sits directly over the pantry.  I’m actually using it to hide the lighting extensions that run out of the side wall down to the as yet unbuilt shed.

Windows and back wall closure next

The back face of the kitchen and bathroom are the only areas of house that need their own reveal.  They are not exposed in full by the removal of the slice of cake.

Downstairs in the kitchen the opening wants to be as wide as possible so the viewer can nose around, but upstairs there is a need for less opening and more wall space to house the equipment.  The first opening wall was made ages ago pre purchase of bathroom goods, so now, knowing the sizes and probable placement of them I had to cobble together a new one.  This new wall is not a very sensible shape but I’ll just see how it goes.

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Erratically shaped back removable reveal wall.
With bath etc more or less placed I could then mess about with where to put the windows.  Knife in hand I hacked away very roughly like I was making a house out of a cardboard box.

Windows as viewing posts

I do enjoy a good view through a dolls house window.  The aim here is to be able to see from the bathroom, down the corridor and into the small front bedroom and, of course from the front through to the bathroom.  Along with that a further view of more of the bathroom from both the back and side faces of the house would be nice.  The same goes for the kitchen windows.

Going to mess about with that back wall and see if it really works.

 

Only a little bit today

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Mostly touching up bits of woodwork and cleaning off any debris.

Sorted out a few things though

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The lamp is a Heidi Ott pink shade but I painted it yellow and is, at present just running on a square battery until it gets fully wired in.
Does help make the room look cheery and, when the ceiling light goes in they should work nicely together.

More bedroom …

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Time to make the beds up with suitable bits of fabric.  Each bed came with a mattress which I’ve decided to use so it’s just a case of wrapping them in various bits of cloth one way or another.

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The mattresses for both beds are a bit thin but this is the overall result of holding in place with loose stitching.
It also means that, when you want something different it can all be easily released with no extra marks to the bed frames or mattresses
The sheets are odd scraps of reclaimed cotton, the blanket is from an old coat lining and the tight waffle bedspread is a piece from an elderly, much shrunk tea towel

Meanwhile, when no one is looking

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You turn your back and this happens.
Not very 1950s but I do so like these pipe cleaner bears 🙂

Tent building

This is a clothes horse tent, by which I mean a blanket thrown over an H frame two-piece clothes horse made from a Jane Harrop kit.  It’s a great size and shape but very light and fragile.  I’ve given it a scrap of its own carpet (stuck to its outer legs) in order to hold it open as otherwise, when you put the blanket on it just folds up.

Other bits added

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Stepping even further back to check that the colours/tones are OK with room below