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Needed – bendy wood and an extra hand

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Sideboard glue time

A small operating dilemma:  the top half of this construction is curved;  strip wood does not curve willingly.  Avoided the issue by using lots of different materials to get ‘around’ it 😉

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As you can see I used a variety of solutions. The trim at top long curved edge is foamboard and the woodwork for the two curved side doors is cardboard. The cotton cord is added here and there, both on the very top and where the new bit meets the base cabinet

Overall, although it’s very light coloured, I think it will go with the bookcase and desk that have yet to be added.

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A little trot down memory lane

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Do you remember this make-over?

While still waiting for the fat quarters I’d like to use for the bedroom curtains, I’ve moved on a little to the sitting room, first started much, much earlier in the year.  I’m going to have a go at a make-over of a make-over.

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A combo image showing top left, the original bought in sideboard and top right the ‘aged’ style achieved with bits of veneer, colouring and edging, and a change of feet.  This work was done back in June, I think.

I did this piece with the dining room in mind and then decided to use an original vintage miniature that I subsequently bid for and won.  (See A pinch of this and a bit of that” for the sideboard I did use).

Waste not want not

I have a fancy to use the sideboard that was discarded somewhere and think it might do well in the sitting room.  Only thing is I’d like to add an upper, curved section to it that would represent a drinks cabinet.  It’ll be non-opening but hopefully give added interest to the wall it will stand against and provide varied levels on which to put glassware, vases or photos that might fit the period.

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I thought about it for a long time and have, so far come up with this.

Using a cut up cardboard cabinet that didn’t get used in the kitchen, the general idea is to have a three-door upper section with the same trim and handles and all (or most) of the bits to finish it are prepared.   It looks a bit small but I think I’m sticking with it.  Haven’t found an online photo to show you, but am using the cabinet we had in our sitting room when we were kids as a rough basis for the idea.

All the bits may well be more or less ready but unfortunately it’s going to go slowly as I’ve managed to distress my hands doing ordinary domestic things 😉  Silly me, should have stuck to the mini jobs.

And the last kit – right along on in here, please

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The strange pull of domesticity?

Mostly at the moment I’m bouncing between my full-sized autumn clean (much the same as spring …) and sorting out the fit of the cake slice and front two bedrooms etc (mini).  It’s coming along nicely and I hope to have those two rooms more or less ready for the furniture to come back by next week.

In between, in the down time from sorting and cleaning and while other things are drying, I took out the last kit I have to hand.

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Jane Harrop Clothes Horse a little pre-handled by me, sorry

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A very rough layout of where the clothes horse will be used. Hopefully with a bit of judicious stitching/gluing, some of the clothes horse and the chair also under the blanket will eventually be visible 😉

In other news

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Seriously, I never finished off and set up the furniture and other gubbins in the sitting room, which has become a sad storage place and general disaster area with small, sad dogs begging for help.
Looks like the first room worked on is going to be the last room to finish.

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.