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And the last kit – right along on in here, please

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The strange pull of domesticity?

Mostly at the moment I’m bouncing between my full-sized autumn clean (much the same as spring …) and sorting out the fit of the cake slice and front two bedrooms etc (mini).  It’s coming along nicely and I hope to have those two rooms more or less ready for the furniture to come back by next week.

In between, in the down time from sorting and cleaning and while other things are drying, I took out the last kit I have to hand.

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Jane Harrop Clothes Horse a little pre-handled by me, sorry

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A very rough layout of where the clothes horse will be used. Hopefully with a bit of judicious stitching/gluing, some of the clothes horse and the chair also under the blanket will eventually be visible 😉

In other news

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Seriously, I never finished off and set up the furniture and other gubbins in the sitting room, which has become a sad storage place and general disaster area with small, sad dogs begging for help.
Looks like the first room worked on is going to be the last room to finish.

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The long blank wall(s)

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After the first posting done today, a reblog of some magnificent work from “A Beautiful World“, I hesitate to post any of my scrabblings around, but here goes with today’s update before I totally chicken out.

Long, closing walls
in the main piece of cake

For the ground floor sitting room, the closing wall for the hallway has a large framed photo as well as the sitting room doorway to break up the flatness of the wallpaper.  For the upper landing, the wall is longer and I fancied something different to break up the span.

A piece of ‘floating’ furniture perhaps?

Before that wall can go up I need to know what weight it might have to carry other than the ceiling.  Having decided against yet another picture my next fancy was for a three-leafed dressing screen actually attached to the wall so that it floated when the slice of cake wasn’t there.  I got it all built along with its own bit of flooring to brace it but couldn’t shake off the worry that when the slice of cake comes back it may well miss knocking the screen off on entry but that the strong money was on it definitely making contact on the way out again.

Not attached to the wall then.

Think I’ve settled the screen, which I’d still like to use and the wall dressing too by a slightly different means.

Think I’m going to put a dwarf wall behind the screen, overlapping and matching the long wall to give the screen extra stability.  The nice dark plush fabric representing a robe will be visible around the mini wall and will face the viewer when viewing the slice of cake (the whole room block) separately.

Overall, though not a lot fo dressing to the blank wall it may well do 😉

Tub chair with Lloyd Loom leanings

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(link to Lloyd Loom chairs)

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Tub chair to partner the ottoman/blanket box – rug from eBay seller

You know those things that might be OK if, as in the Bog Hope movie “when the wind’s in the east you lean to the west” sort of thing?   Or you squinny up your eyes and look at it upside down, perhaps?

Well this is one of those.  With all good intentions for the shape, the finished product has:
the arms wrong – squared off too much – should flow in one curve with the back for a better look
exceptionally saggy and shapeless back with no elegant line to it

This little chunky friend is here to stay

As we view it almost head-on, sitting in the curved end of the curved window it does the job and hides its saggy bottom nicely from the viewer.

I think, if doing it again, I’d leave out the darts at the bottom and make long slits from the top edge, flair and bend it and papier-mache over the gaps, rubbing down etc, till I got a more shapely shape.

Better luck next time eh 😉

One-piece deco style bedroom fireplace front

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Too windy to go out – again

In frustration with the weather and no possibility of a walk or gardening, I had a rush of blood to the head, and as there was a ready prepared sheet of homemade tiles to hand I made a fireplace that I thought I might share.  The previous fireplaces I’ve done by sticking the tile sheet to 3 mm cardboard, but I thought it might be a good wheeze to try making one as you would make a cardboard box lid.

I do tend to go into far too much detail not wanting to miss anything out, I’m not sure whether I’ve erred one way or the other with this attempt at an explanation.  Probably a bit hit and miss – hope there’s not too much I miss.

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I started with my sheet of tiles made in the last week or so with thin card, shades of paint and a sponge or two

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and ended up with this

Accident dropping the knife there on the right and some rough cutting and folding here and there but it may well do the job in the boys’ bedroom.

Ingredients

  • Tiling 1 cm squares –
                         NB:  all descriptions of sizes are based on this measurement so, if you are going for a different size of tile you’ll need to adjust all the following figures accordingly.
  • Scalpel, glue, scissors, bits of scrap wood strip

I think I did the following

Cut a section of tiling 9 cm tall, 7 cm wide

Found centres top and bottom

Decide on size of grate opening – this one’s about 2 cms wide.
For the height of the grate I would like a finished height of 3 cms but would also like to turn one layer of tile under (1 cm) for extra rigidity, so have cut at 4 cms height for opening with that in mind.

Let’s go on with photos

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I’d already done a dry run so this piece is cut and scored as I was too lazy (and didn’t have spare tiles) to make a fresh start for you.
You can see the grate opening at 4 cms height.

Because the overall width of the tiling sheet is an odd number the grate opening leaves a half tile each side at the front.

  • One tile in, gently score up the long sides (on the painted face of the tiles) and bend back to create the outer edges that will meet the chimney breast.
  • Score and bend the grate opening inwards.  I like to cut mine this way as it gives a finished face to most of the return edge of the grate opening.
  • Similarly, one tile down from the top score and bend that row to become the mantelpiece
    and one tile up from the bottom of the sheet, score bend to create a base, ready for cuts to be made there later as well.

Now for some of the cuts

Here we’re trying to make the dropped mantlepiece look with two small side niches, each 1 cm square and 1 cm down from the top mantlepiece ledge.

Bottom scoring and cutting

If not already done, score along the bottom one tile row up.  You can see when you bend it backwards to form a base that the outer edges of the whole fireplace need one tile releasing with a cut so it can bend at 90° under the base and similarly at the grate opening each side.

Because of the narrowness of the remaining face of the fireplace, when trying to stick down the two now released 1 cm squares at the bottom I found that I needed to trim at least one of these newly freed tiles so that they did not overlap each other and make the bottom wonky.  The second photo below shows the cut and bent in tiles at the base.

I do hope this is not all gobbledygook and apologies if I’ve missed too much out.

It certainly made a change from sticking card tiles on yet more card but now I must work out how it will meet the chimney breast.  I reckon that once the hearth is added and the whole thing is more stable I could add a closely fitted thin card or even paper across the back and use that as an anchoring point with museum wax or similar perhaps.