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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.

 

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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

 

 

Last bedroom rebuild

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Take the paste brush in your left hand

Re-motivation has been a little lacking of late but with a push from behind the decorating is mostly done and it’s time to put everything in place.

On your marks, get set

This room seems to have a pseudo Enid Blyton Famous Five manner and I can’t seem to influence it much.  I imagine the two young boys probably look as if they’ve come straight out of an illustration from one of the books, though I see them as being younger than those characters.  So be it; its personality has definitely moved out of my control.

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Couldn’t quite recall how I’d wanted to place the rugs but here goes.
The flooring flap/cover on the right will be under the chest of drawers but it gives access to the button for the battery LED in the dining room fire below

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There are books and pictures in place along with the electric fire and a clock

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Overall what we have so far is this. (The train may yet go somewhere else in here)
The beds need dressing, the door finishing off and putting in place while the tent and further adornments have to be added to bring a little more life to the room.