Bedroom lighting plan

by brae  

Before I can actually apply the wallpaper to the Heritage bedroom, I need to wire three table lamps. I'll use my usual faux outlet technique.

I have the vanity light on the outside wall.

I have the battery operated light for the dresser in the front corner.  This is a rather dark photo, but the lamp has a gunmetal finish.

I have a small, simple ceiling medallion for this room, and I'll use this Ray Storey light there.

Lyssa and I reviewed the two bedside lamp choices and decided these Heidi Ott lamps were the best match for the bed, the other lamps and the overall décor.

Here are the original ones I had taken from my stash.  Back into the box they go.

Even though the Heidi Ott lamps are huge, they are the perfect color and the clear glass makes them the right visual weight.  All of these lamps will complement the vintage feminine ambiance of the room.  :]

The Art Studio - more modifications

by brae  

For the bathroom in The Artist's Studio, I used Greenleaf vinyl tiles.  I have split these before to do a diagonal layout, but I prefer the way they look when used whole, without splitting between the tiles.  The drawback to this is sometimes these sheets have obvious large patterns that cross many tiles.  I put the shower floor and toilet onto the full sheet of tiles to see where I could get the cleanest layout.

I split the tiles along these lines and cut through the paper backing.  I tested out the fit while keeping the paper backing on for now.  I won't be ready to install the tile for some time.

Another project for this long weekend was cleaning and organizing.  When I went through the box of components, I found a Houseworks octagon window.  I decided to use this in the bathroom for some visual interest.  I'll have to scout around for a fun stained glass window.  My model helped me determine a good height.

To make the opening, I drilled holes all around the template line.  I'm using a power tool!!!  :D

There were some excess splinters where the drill punched through on the back, so I cleaned them up with a straight blade...the kind you use to remove stickers from glass.

I then chipped out the sections between the holes, once around each side and then more where needed.

Hmm...the popped out insert kinda makes me want a Reese's peanut butter cup.  ;]

I cleaned up the hole with my utility blade and then checked the fit.  Marvelous!

It's a good snug fit, too, to keep the window aligned properly.

I filled in the original door opening with sheets of balsa and basswood since I had it on hand.  I've put in a spare piece of foam for the front floor until I get the cut pieces of 3/8" plywood back from my parents (they have better power tools).  :D

I cut the new door opening on the other side and made the removable bathroom wall from 1/4" plywood.

I glued in the plugs on the back wall and filled in the remaining loft support notch.

Next, I need to plan the deck so I can buy a piece of wood for the landscape base.

Bedroom wallpaper - test run

by brae  

It occurred to me that even with plain paper templates cut for the bedroom wallpaper, I might run into problems matching the pattern.  I decided to do a test run with photocopies of the original scrapbook paper - Out of Time by Recollections.

Using the original plain paper templates, I cut the photocopies and fit the pieces into the room.  The two angled walls at the front of the room need taller pieces than the straight wall templates.

I cut the two angled templates first, using only one sheet of scrapbook paper, aligning the top of the templates with the top edge of the scrapbook paper copy.

I lined up the next full sheet of paper with the left side angled piece.  I had to cut about 1/4" from the side of the full sheet to get the pattern to match.

I taped the long wall template onto the printed paper copy along the bottom since this area will be cut off.  The excess at the top will be removed as well, but I didn't want to risk tearing the paper on that edge.  Baseboard trim will cover any mishaps along the bottom.

Since there is a door opening at the back end of this wall and the door trim will cover the uppermost part of the wall above the door, I just split this long piece through the middle of the doorway.  For now, I will leave the two pieces whole without the door opening since larger pieces are easier to work with.

The two pieces fit well.

I cut the right side window wall template next.  It lines up well with its adjacent angle wall piece, but I couldn't take a photo of the pieces in place since the paper kept falling down.

I used the waste piece from the large window opening to cut the left triangle piece that completes that wall.

It all works!  Hooray!  Unlike solid cardstock papers, printed papers often have a white paper core.  When you score along the paper to make a crisp edge, the white core can show.  I will have to use a pencil or marker to darken these edges using scraps to test out what method will work best.

I used another waste piece to make the other triangle piece for the right wall.  Again, no picture of it in place.

As noted, the two side angled pieces had to be cut from one sheet due to my limited paper supply.  Since it wouldn't be possible to have the pattern continue along the front wall and match both side walls, I decided to center the front window wall template onto its own sheet of printed paper.  Visually, it will make sense and, as long as the pattern flows horizontally, you shouldn't be able to notice the pattern doesn't match vertically in the corners.

Of course, I'm going through all this trouble for a paper that is so dark it's hard to even tell there's a pattern.  You can see it more readily with the paper copies since I upped the contrast to see what I was doing.  :D  Nevertheless, it's great practice for other patterned papers, and I wasn't sure how it would work over all without this test run.

I used the equivalent of four sheets of scrapbook paper, and I have five originals.  This gives me a tiny bit of breathing room in case something goes wrong in the actual paper application.

With all adjustments made and these templates showing the best possible fit, I will use these secondary pieces to cut the final scrapbook paper pieces.

Daybed, rug, and a cookie swap

by brae  

I'm just about to start working on the Heritage bedroom paper, but I had a few things left on my work table that were quick to finish.

During my spray painting task yesterday, I changed the color of the daybed from white to burnished copper.

It now flows better with the rest of the furniture.  I also tried out a new rug.  This is the Janet Granger After William Morris rug that I made with custom colors.  I thought the square shape might work better with the furniture layout.

Here is the room with the white daybed and rectangular Navajo for comparison.  I'm still thinking the Blue Medallion rug might work here in the studio but it's too soon to tell for sure.  I need flooring and wallpaper in before I can make a final decision.

Here's the planter outside the door.  I think it will work well, so I'll just extend the side deck to leave enough room for it.

I also plugged the openings in the back wall with scraps of mdf cut to fit, though I haven't glued them in permanently yet.

In other news, I am participating in a mini cookie swap this year, and there are still a few spots left if you want to join.  The full details can be found on Dolly's Gallery Miniatures.  Please contact Gail by tomorrow if you are interested in joining us.  :]  I'll be making white frosted leaf cookies, which I also have listed in my etsy shop.

Thankful for a great day for spray painting

by brae  

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you celebrating the holiday!  Winter is due any day now, but today it was in the 60s.  The winds were a bit gusty at times, but I managed to get the spray painting I had wanted to do out of the way.  This is likely the last day for such outdoor makeovers until next year in early spring.  :]

I sprayed a lot of minis, but I have only two to share right now before the big dinner starts.  :D  First, I took the lovely planter Jeannette gave me and gave it a copper penny finish.  It now looks like something you might find in a Smith and Hawken catalog.  This might end up outside The Artist's Studio.

Here's what it looked like before, shown with some of the other minis Jeannette gave to me.

The other transformation I will share with you today is that tall Windsor chair I picked up at the Wee "c" Miniatures Show.  I gave it a spray of flat black and then hand brushed on a thin coat of satin varnish.

It seems a more stately and substantial piece in its new color.

Much better than the overly shiny mahogany, no?

Okay...I am off to stuff myself silly.  :D

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