but will it fit?
Packing things in, prepping one task, waiting for it to dry/set etc meanwhile carrying on, starting another that needs to dry so, not wanting to be idle, on the side I make a little something for one of the darker corners.
The making bit first
This is a quick run at what seems an oversized peg bag by the side door – don’t think we ever had a coat-hanger one
Bit of old wash line with it, it seems
In relation to understair cupboard – another shot through the dining room doorway
and just visible over the top of the small door of that cupboard, the peg back sticks out into the hallway
The drying bit – much, much later
Well, more of a trimming measuring plus drying. Trying to put together all the walls for downstairs and get the hall/sitting room party-wall decorated on both sides. Also the tucked in corner of the dining room doorway before it gets impossible to get a hand in. Unfortunately trimming its doorway involves making it stick to the kitchen wall too so can’t be done whilst this section is loose.
Which tasks can be done while the walls are loose and which have to be done while performing a contortionist head stand. It’s worked out about half and half I think but I’ve missed one or two that could have been done more easily I see.
View from the side doorway looking at one of the contortion jobs – dining room door surround and new wall joins: one with kitchen wall (out of shot) and this one where the recessed corner meets the new sitting room/hallway wall.
Delft rack was done more or less when right hand wall was loose
Newly dressed and fitted wall
Still shiny but better colour in the hallway with sitting room doorway awaiting its wood work. Should have done that before I stuck the wall in!
On the other face it’s dressed with the sitting room paper and needs its skirtings and ceiling level trim which had to wait until the wall was up as they need to turn the corner on the right
Checking the views
After I’d had the house closed I have reopened to see if there’s any scaring/marking happened. Our friend the telephone corner seems to be unharmed.
And the view down to the kitchen? Need to check that ceiling there – seems to be floating on the wall head
When it was close I tried a shot from outside in. Through the sitting room bay window. Ah – I can see hallway paper peeking round the new wall on the left. A strip of sitting room paper needs adding down the edge if possible.
More of when the house is together?
Shots from the kitchen which should match the views for the observer when the place is more complete.
First shot when house is not quite ‘parked’. Look slightly to the right and you’ll notice a vertical line of light by the curved wall fit to the telephone corner. Fully ‘parked’ in the second photo.
Through the kitchen doorway. On the left is the new door surround for the dining room and the stepped out wall, still needing its skirting board. I also notice that it needs some mending on the lower hall wallpaper strip
Slightly further down the hallway with the two halves of the house now fully parked. Here we can just see into the sitting room doorway. I’d forgotten the porch had a sort of arrow-slit window there. It puts a light pattern on the shiny hallway paper.
Externals when parked
Seems to fit – hurrah!
The next move is continue from the little landing onto the top hallway but to do that a ceiling/floor needs to appear so that there is somewhere for the landing to go.
Up the ladder
Overview of house so far
We’re viewing from over the front door and porch
to cut a ceiling along the entrance hall, around the stairwell and as far back through the kitchen as I can
I think like this
Which gives us a view down the length of the ground floor hallway from the front door
There are five doorways onto this hallway:
the front door where we are sort of standing
the side door, invisible here but it’s back left underneath the stairs
the kitchen door
the sitting room door
and the dining room door, slightly recessed so hidden by the sitting room wall
Why’s the dining room hidden?
I can remember being confused coming out of such a dining room and turning left towards the front door a little too tightly and hitting the little bit of sitting room wall that stuck out, wondering at the time just why it was like that. Well, I can now tell myself that it gives the kitchen a further twelve inches or so of wall space is why. You can just spot the little jink back on the shape of the boarding in the photo of the floor above (under the heading ‘Plan’). Not quite a full inch-worth but the best I could squeeze in and leave room for all the dining room furniture we had around in the 50s.
Arrow to dining room doorway
Whilst up on that landing …
we have an opportunity to work towards putting in the last step at last, the other newel posts and the upper landing banisters too.
One further step to go in to the upper hallway
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.
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.
Something like this but it needs photos and doilies etc
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.
As bought, modern sideboard
More or less but the colourings don’t look quite ‘the thing”…
- 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.
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.
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.
Bugle beads from a 1920s dress and ordinary staples
Must have doily and/or runner
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 😉
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.