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Finishings off downstairs (1)

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Kitchen

Some time ago I bought a ceiling airer kit from Sussex Crafts but not put it up.  It has lovely pulleys that need inserting into the ceiling of the room and then threading with the ‘rope’.  The whole kit is great and easy to assemble but I didn’t want to have it dangling from the loose ceiling while trying to fix said ceiling in place – reckoned I’d end up wrapping it around everything that was already set out in there.  I’d held off doing it after that as wasn’t sure of the best way to align the pulleys in the fixed ceiling and then fit my arms and head into the small space while the threading the pulleys etc.

Thought about using magnets and a piece of card/wood but the magnets wouldn’t stay up.  In the end I’ve used a strip of mount board the same colour as the ceiling paper so could assemble all the pulley/rope work on the work bench and am pretending the lump of card is an obliging piece of timber that’s been painted to match and to take the weight of the clothes airer as it hangs from the ceiling.

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The remains of the ironing

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and a long corridor view of ironing already done and sitting on the kitchen table. Bought the pile of ironing and iron as one piece from eBay.

Dining room

Entrance hall

There should be a (2) in the finishings off soon for the sitting room, where the dog sits patiently on the sofa waiting for attention.  Think I’ve got everything to hand now so that should be sorted soon-ish and the dog will then be able to have his cup of tea in peace.

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The hopefully completed view of dining room from side door of house.

 

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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

 

 

 

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!