Watson Mill - main room furnishings, part 1

by brae  

Now that I have the general layout, I can start making the final furnishings.  I've raided my stash of furniture kits and took out a couple that I would not likely use otherwise. For the kitchen area, I will make two Queen Anne Side Chairs from The House of Miniatures. I don't recall starting these before, but the kit is mid-assembly.  It's also possible they were started by someone else when I bought them.  I have purchased a few lots of HoM kits before, so who knows?  :D

I've built enough furnishings to be able to handle a piece already started.  These are simple chairs with just enough interest.  I have sanded the legs, but I never fully round them as the instructions or photos show.  I like a bit of structure to cabriole legs even if it is not in keeping with the true style.  The foam in the kits has been damaged, but that is easily substituted.

The table kit has a resin top and wood legs.  I could not tell you where it came from, though.  :\  I bought it quite awhile ago.  The legs have extra length and are easily shortened as needed.  I'm not sure if I will paint the top or leave it white and just finish the legs and apron.  I like the small size of the table, 2 3/8" square.

As you can see, I still have to cut the legs to the final height.  I do like their lean shape, so I might substitute shorter legs and put these back in the stash.  :]

Two Chippendale Benches (also HoM) will replace the footstool and round stool I've been using as placeholders.  The similar legs will go well with the chairs.

These are what I planned to finish with the bargello embroidery.  One of these might seem a little large for the work table, but in a small home, furnishings have to do double duty.  Once I have the work space set up, that should help, too.

I have a Houseworks 2" kitchen cabinet kit for the space in back.  This will coordinate well with the dumbwaiter on the other side since that has a kit from the same series as the base cabinet.

These pieces fit well and use up some of my stash of kits.  :D


Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

Don’t you just love being able to find things in your own stash? :)
This room is really coming together. The benches are a great idea. Their low profile keeps line of sight clear. :D

06/11/17 @ 09:29
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]

I agree with you, I love those table legs. The turnings are so elegant. Now you’ve got me so curious about the colors you’ll use on the wood, paint or stain?

06/11/17 @ 11:09
Comment from: Pepper [Visitor]

I swear your stash of kits is like a magical, bottomless bag of mini supplies. You must have bought gazzilions over the years :0P I’m so excited to see the final layout of the rooms with all of the furniture in there :0)

06/11/17 @ 11:34
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]

Hi Brae! I like the way your main level is taking shape, but it occurred to me that for the table height you might wish to gage it by measuring it against Gustav himself. Character figures such as he, may require a little more fiddling with the scale than an average doll would.

06/11/17 @ 15:22
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you! :>>

I want to make the bargello pieces before I decide on the finish for the benches. I also have fabric in mind for the chairs and want to try a couple of finishes to see how they look with that fabric.

Let’s not even discuss the size of my kit stash. :crazy: I have actually started a photo inventory – quick low res pics taken per box and put into a file on my computer. This way I don’t have to actually open each box over and over. Of course, I’ll have to update when I use pieces, but it helps me narrow down to which box and reminds me of what I have. :))

I will definitely sit Gustav at the table with a cuppa before cutting down the table legs. :yes:

06/11/17 @ 20:00
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]

I love the table. It’s so hard to find a nice looking small one and yours fits the space beautifully.

06/12/17 @ 02:45
Comment from: brae [Member]

I agree - of course now with my drill press, I can make tabletops more easily. :yes:

06/13/17 @ 06:57
Comment from: Jodi [Visitor]

I’m liking the way things are filling the space - good choices for a guy with lots of interests but not much square footage. That’s always a challenge! Shopping at home from your own stash is so much fun, too! No waiting for packages, and you can customize and make even the most common items special with your talents and creativity!

06/14/17 @ 07:57
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you! :>>

06/15/17 @ 07:42

It’s looking great, but I have a thought: when I used to live in a tiny flat like this (my very first!) my dining chairs did double duty (sometimes triple: one replaced the original cardboard box as a bedside table, so when I had more than one guest I’d have to move everything from it onto my bed so my guest could sit down. Then again, at that stage I didn’t have a dining table, so my dinner parties happened off the top of my ironing board!)

Anyway… If I were Gustav I’d be using one of my dining chairs at my work table, and saving having an extra bench seat. I’d also possibly be thinking about upgrading the other bench seat to a slipper chair or similar so it could work as an extra armchair for visitors and also at the dining table if needed :-)


06/17/17 @ 00:26
Comment from: brae [Member]

All excellent ideas! I’m sure I am not through playing. :))

06/17/17 @ 06:29

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