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Kitchen dressing and messing

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Kitchenette

Often used to refer both to a small kitchen or a kitchen cabinet which has cupboards, shelves and work surface all together. These days it appears to cover a small cooking area with fridge and microwave and possibly a little more.

In the case of this 1930s – 50s attempt we have a small kitchen – gone is the living room kitchen arrangement but what is left is a small cooking area and a dining room and sitting room.  We have a kitchenette with, on the left, a kitchenette in it (bright yellow and white piece of furniture at the front).

Wiring run

Somebody has been busy?

This kitchen is a bit of a Marie Celeste.  Lots has been going on but no one is around.

If you look very carefully at the yellow cupboards on the left, there are two old Bero recipe books sitting on the shelf.

Views all round

Still an airer to go in here

Conclusions before explanation.
Or is that excuses after descriptions?
Lopsided as ever and whichever decorator the inhabitants had in to do the border must not be asked to do a border again.  Partially due to sloppiness and a lot more to do with small space and inability to tip head to one side and back again for more than a short time, (benign positional vertigo) though I did spread it all out over a week and a bits worth of sortings and stickings.  Self inflicted scrappiness …
Overall, as long as you can put up with wonky then it probably gives the feeling I’m after 🙂

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Meanwhile

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The two parts of the naked woman lamp are drying out nicely and still seem to fit together.

The search for –

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a better lamp/naked woman arrangement

To clear that up for those who have not read previous, I bought a beautifully painted figure from jlon7197 on eBay and wanted to marry it to a lamp.  The one I’d got (a table lamp) looked monstrous next to her and so I’ve been looking for a more ‘torch’ shaped lamp, preferably LED.  I’ve bought a bronze coloured oil lamp and am working on a possible matching together at the moment.

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Now how to fix it so the lamp is handleable – working on it

and a crisper linoleum

New lino for old

Gone back to the kitchen at last.  All worked stopped ‘cos was brooding about the lino yet again.  Loved the pattern but not the fuzziness. I’d built it up from a web photo of a piece of original old lino of the time but our colour printer is not really up to anything that needs crispness of print and this design needed some crispness.

Then on Poppets Dolly Bits I came across the actual lino pattern beautifully printed out.  But, of course I found it too bright so I’ve stained it and messed it about.

Now for the removable larder and the walls

 

 

 

Here there but not quite everywhere

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Doors and no doors – odd views

Strange juxtaposition

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Moving the parts around produced some very odd views of the rooms 😉

Bits

Once the ceilings and walls are in the landing and most of the pictures can be seen through the back bedroom doorway when the two parts of the house are separated.

Back in the downstairs hallway

There’s also a bought hat which I’ve squashed into a trilby shape, the slightly improved girl’s school hat is on a peg and the horrid school cap is on the bottom level with the cat.

I’m thinking of using real plates at the end facing but paper ones on the long side run.  Not so much expense (though that’s a definite consideration) but sideways on the real plates are too deep to really catch a view of the front designs.  This photo is a try-out and I’m still thinking about it, as usual.

Smooth out those sweet wrappers!

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Sweeties, spice, candy dish …

Do you recall small glass dishes usually with some wrapped sweets in them or sugared almonds perhaps? The bowls were themselves decorated with sweet papers – any memory of them?  I can still see foil wrappings being smoothed out carefully and being saved and then, when enough had been collected with sufficient variety, an irregular pattern was made by sticking pieces of them on the outside of a small plain glass dish.  Once that was dry I think the outer face was sealed with black paint or sometimes gold.  Anyone else remember these or am I having a weird fantasy?

Well, real or not, if this house is 30s – 50s then it must have one too – or something similar.

This Saturday is a general klutz day.  My hands are dropping everything and I’ve nearly knocked over more than one pot of paint, so the above is about all for today.

With the exception of these

Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be a little more deedy.