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Joining the two piece egg

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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

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.

Newly dressed and fitted wall

Checking the views

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.

Externals when parked

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Seems to fit – hurrah!

Bring out the sky hooks

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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

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We’re viewing from over the front door and porch

Plan:

to cut a ceiling along the entrance hall, around the stairwell and as far back through the kitchen as I can

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I think like this

Balancing act

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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.

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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.

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One further step to go in to the upper hallway

 

 

Somethings new to me

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but old

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No sooner had I completed the make-over sideboard for the dining room than this vintage one popped up for sale. I don’t yet know which I’ll use for here.

and I got the steam iron out

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Flattened the bulky ‘hollyhock’ type flowers.

Another vintage item and a trip down memory lane

About 30 years ago I bought some iron-on transfers for embroidery.  When we were children on rainy days or when new items were needed, we were sometimes given cushion covers or tray cloths etc to embroider and they’d have the transfer either already put on for us or one of us would do the deed.

I’ve had this modern purchase of vintage transfers stored away and yesterday I vandalised one of the border strips for a small tablecloth to go on a drop leaf table not yet bought/made.

Another furniture experiment

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Sideboards

Full size

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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.

Sitting Room

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.

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Something like this but it needs photos and doilies etc

Dining Room

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.

  • 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.
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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.
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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.
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Bugle beads from a 1920s dress and ordinary staples

Must have doily and/or runner

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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 😉

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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.