Watson Mill - update 2021

by brae  

I've been working on Watson Mill off and on since the end of 2015, building several other mini structures in between bouts of mill construction. I am back to the mill once again.

I had the structure covered while in storage in my workroom, so the dust didn't build up. The wallpaper in the bedroom buckled, though, from the fluctuations in humidity. I should have glued the thin, vintage paper to a backing paper to make it more substantial before gluing in place. I don't think I have enough to redo it, unfortunately. I would love to find the wallpaper again, but that's a long shot. It's vintage MiniGraphics called Gallery Flower. There were at least two colors of this paper, and this is a lighter beige.

After masking the edges of the wood floor, I wet the paper surface to weaken the glue.

I used a palette knife to scrape the paper away. It was rather easy work with such thin paper.

When I removed the wallpaper from the bedroom, the wall light did not survive. There's no way to rewire it, and of course it's discontinued. By miracle of miracles, I found another! Just have to wait for it to arrive. As for the wallpaper, I will have a look through the papers I have on hand and do a quick search for alternatives.


Comment from: Jodi Hippler [Visitor]
It's wonderful to see you back again and resuming work on Watson Mill! It's a little disappointing about the wallpaper and the fixture, but if anyone can take a tragedy and turn it into a triumph, it's you, Brae! Can't wait for the next episode!
04/26/21 @ 14:19
Comment from: Sheila Lester [Visitor]
I'm so bummed about the wallpaper. Too bad there isn't enough to patch it. I recall my grandmother's house had wallpaper that had gotten messed up due to a leak? I think. My grandfather had some extra and he matched the pattern and patched the area with the excess paper, I think he stripped off anything bubbly and then put the new on over the edges of the old. The trick was matching up the pattern apparently. I guess I'm used to old houses and all the work arounds my Depression era grandparents would use to save money.
04/27/21 @ 10:34
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you, Jodi and Sheila! :>>

I will look at the scraps of the paper just to make sure I can't squeak out enough before moving on, but I do have a secondary paper that would be just as cute. :yes:
04/27/21 @ 11:34
Comment from: betsy rogers [Visitor]
Hi Brae! It's wonderful to see another post from you. And to see you are back to working on the Mill is great fun. I am sorry the work you already had done is needing an "up-grade" already. But better now than if you had finished it all at one go and then it got bubbles in the paper. Sometimes having long gaps in a project works out for the best. I am glad you found another light fixture... who would think so many mini items get discontinued so quickly! I hope you get the paper figured out too! I really look forward to seeing more progress on this charming building! :)
04/28/21 @ 17:55
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]
I'm really sorry about the wallpaper, but it's lovely to see you working on the Mill again!
04/28/21 @ 20:44
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]
Oh yay for working on Watson's Mill again, thought it's sad that the wallpaper misbehaved and that the light didn't make it. As always, thank you so much for sharing your master-level attention to detail and sheer artistry with us.
04/29/21 @ 18:49

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