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Puzzles and some play therapy

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A yucky morning

It’s suddenly turned back to winter here with sleet and hail and the plants looking sad, blossom freezing on the bough etc.  I think my brain has fused with the drop in temperature.  Too many puzzles, some or which are important like what’s going on in the world and some very trivial such as those posed by designing a mini something.  Then add in no phone line all morning; I’m sticking to the puzzles I can worry about with the hope of getting some sort of easy answer.

Minis
Landing window

There’s a quarter landing that needs a large window, usually a leaded/stained glass sort of thing.  Taking a piece of clear acrylic sheeting, I tried out bits of mock stained glass trim, full size for normal windows, but selected usable strips.  Didn’t like the darker yellows and oranges available on the roll so have cut out some and added others.  It’s an asymmetrical design but it might be OK.  At one point I tried a piece of the same opaque patterned stuff used in the front door but didn’t take to it, so that came out sharpish.  Still looks a bit overdressed and clashes a bit with the current wallpaper but I’ll see if it grows on me.

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First run with opaque texture over on left and current version without on right

The wallpaper

Puzzle #1

Basically do I like the wallpaper for this area – too bright, too perky?
May yet try out a different paper, something a little more depressing perhaps?

Puzzle #2

The repeat pattern is very busy and a little baffling and the lovely paper it’s printed on is rather unforgiving when a join in the pattern is needed.  I’ve done it – looks OK in some areas but rough in others.  Can be hidden behind a first ceiling height run of beading if necessary – from ground floor ceiling level to top or stairs to join the skirting board on quarter landing.

Circling some of the mess

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Horrible, horrible join that can be disguised

Carpeting

Too much choice or just not able to get the ‘look’ I fancy?  Have changed the colour of the woodwork to a sort of donkey brown which does help but …

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Shades of brown and dark tan I think

Kitchen wall

For continuing the works in the hallway, the kitchen/hall party wall position needs addressing and for that final decisions on f and f placement in the kitchen need to be made.

Therapy

All of which, of course, meant getting out what’s to hand ready for the kitchen and taking advantage of …

any excuse to play

I’ve had ideas on the siting of sink and cooker, cupboards and electrics but have done nothing about firming them up as have only half the goodies for the job as yet.  Can’t find the cooker I’d like, though I’m working on a possibility for that, not sure what I want to support the Belfast sink on, and as for the washing machine I fancy …  don’t ask.

Part of the plan is to have many cupboards, some in which you can see the crockery or dry goods and some closed.  I’d bought two dressers – Victorian/Edwardian style – with the intention of using at least one, possibly repainting it.

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Lovely dresser that had done me no harm.
Lots of open display space.
Doors open too

However this one has now come to grief under my tender care as it’s been hacked about, removing frilly bits and mouldings, as well as an attempt to repaint.  Am aiming for a 50s style white and mustard ‘something’ and am only halfway there at the moment.  It certainly needs a good rub down and repaint on some of the edges and possibly a little more hacking at the sides of the original work surface, to make the sides of the unit flat.

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Still a long way to go with this but am enjoying ‘playing around’

As you can’t quite see, I’ve hacked off the top moulding trim (making a right mess).  Paint-wise, I’ve left the bottom section of shelving the original dark green, lined the next one and am making an attempt at Deco-ish doors for the top.  Either I’ll manage to make them look less here and there and put in some opaque ‘glass’ in the shaped holes or I’ll make some solid doors to replace them.  The colour is mustard, though it looks more acid yellow here.

Also added a cardboard version of an enamelled metal work surface that will have some legs below to support it as it will always be fully extended.  Am thinking in terms of no other kitchen table, though more than likely another dresser arrangement of some sort plus possible wall cupboards of a 50s styling.

Might board over the panel doors below, not sure, but am prepping up some oblong handles to try out for them and the possible doors above rather than the little round ones – always assuming I can get these three original ones off.

Forecast?

We’re advised the weather is going to continue like this until Thursday night/Friday morning, but at least the phone is back now, hence being able to post this.  It went off early this morning – the overhead line fell in to the river overnight so, with the land line down and there being no mobile signal here, it was like the old, old days 🙂

Musings on fighting a banana

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It’s the stairs

Working away a bit at a time on the hallway but getting different levels time and again.  And then I looked at the staircase – bent as a …

If you lay it on its back flat side down, the two ends are in the air.  If you bend it (with or without steam) it’s back to bent within the day.  So I’m working with it.  I flatten it and do what’s needful.  In this case I want a small, plain skirt edging to both sides; one to give an edge at the wallpaper side and one to provide a straight support (and edge) within the solid bannister that I’ve decided to have.

Possible further action?
May have to cut through the backing hardboard to release the pull and encourage it to stay flat rather than expecting just gluing it in place against the wall and its supports to do the job alone.

et voila the banana

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Weighted down at one end (top pic) you can see the other end way off straight (btm pic)

Think that, when flat, the stairs meet the quarter landing fairly at the level and am going ahead with that assumption.

Walls

The wall over the stairs is a long drop for wallpapering whether full size or mini.  How many joins do I need?  How will I disguise them?  I’ve chosen a wallpaper that comes in a large size as opposed to A4 but it’s not quite long enough to do the full drop.

It’s also a busy pattern, with old style colours (mostly) but with perhaps too modern a twist to them(?)

To go with it I’ve a mid brown runner carpet for hallways and stairs and a somewhat sickly woodwork colouring which reminds me of 50s ladies underwear perhaps.  May try out a different wallpaper, something more nebulous but equally as busy looking and see how that feels.

For the moment it’s this:

Upper wall

Going for an embossed strip at the head of the walls here, probably in white but possibly off white, above the doorways downstairs.  Would like to put a sort of Delft rack – but no Delft on it instead have plates handed down in the imaginary family arranged on it, so that their background is the embossed paper.

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Some examples of what might go on this shelf but against the floral paper at the moment – photo should enlarge a little if clicked.
The second from the right is one of those semi-3D scenes that seemed to be everywhere when I was a kid.
Dunno if the plans will work but will give them a go 😉

 

 

One step at a time

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and never be without your ‘House Manual’ too

Working on at the join

Hallway and stair time

Bannister trouble

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The Manual in question …

Was having trouble balancing memory and my (understandable) desire to avoid messing about with bannister spindles for the staircase.  I thought I remembered filled in bannister but could not, at that time find photos.  So I consulted with the wonderful folk at Dolls House Past and Present and was directed (thank you Zoe) to ‘The 1930s House Explained’ – Trevor Yorke which is a very useful book.  Then I came across the Haynes Manual on 30s houses.  And there they all were – lots of the shapes I needed.  Haynes, who I’ve always associated with cars and various pieces of machinery, also produce handbooks on various aspects of health.  In this case the 30s book shows all sorts of DIY tips about maintenance of the real thing including, well everything more or less.  They also have a Victorian House Manual and one called Period Property Manual.  I find the one I’ve got fascinating and incredibly useful.

Make room for making rooms

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As much working access as possible

The time has come to join things up a little.  I had planned to work on the fourth wall for the sitting room next, but, as this would limit access to the hallway, it has now gone much further down the list of walls to do.

A walk around the walls

Fortunately I’d marked up the floor with the room spaces, so, working to that for the wall placements and the windows I’ve cut holes and tried out some of the frames but not yet cut doorways.  The kitchen and bathroom windows haven’t been prepped and added yet but two of the four involved are in a removable section so they can go to way-down the queue for the moment along with the sitting room fourth wall.

Does it work

Hopefully there’s now access room to work on each of the ground floor areas and the semi-floating wall pieces are firm enough for all the manoeuvring that will take – with the possible exception of doorway cutting.

Hallway I think first, then that sitting room fourth wall (to be attached to the hallway) might find its time to go in.

Having said that, I’ve started on the dining room because I’m running away from putting in the stairs!  ‘Twas ever thus – give it time, it’ll come around 😉

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One wall panel and the dark lino floor – trying them in place to begin with.