Kitchen ceiling finishing

by brae  

The kitchen ceiling board also finishes the front bay window, but it has a lot of imperfections.  First, I had left the original stairs components intact to keep the board whole.  I had replaced these stairs with Houseworks narrow stairs in the middle of the house instead of the kitchen where they would have taken up all of the available space.

Second, the board is made from two separate pieces, joined together with wood glue.  The original plan called for splices or pieces of wood to be glued over these joins.  It seemed ugly to me to have these odd pieces of wood glued to the ceiling, so I omitted them altogether.  With the flooring added on the second floor and some ceiling paper on the first floor, I figured the wood glue would be enough to hold it together.

In addition to these issues, the board itself was too short front to back.  I added a piece of strip wood to the back end to make up the difference.  Once the ceiling board is finished, you won't even know it's there.

I started the finishing process by priming the ceiling with white paint.  To make sure I wouldn't mess up the interior finishes once they were in place, I next worked on the bay window roof.  I marked around the existing trims and cut the excess from the ceiling board, leaving a little overhang for finishing.

I painted the edges and top black.  I will finish the rest of the bay window roof when I install the swinging window on the second floor.

To finish the kitchen portion of the ceiling, I used a piece of textured scrapbook paper called Pressed Tiles - Brown, by The Paper Studio.  Love this paper!

I cut a piece to cover the ceiling from the open back to just past the join.  I glued it to the ceiling board and once dry, painted it with a few coats of white acrylic.  The paper buckled in a few places, but I like that imperfect look to it, as though some of the tiles have popped out of place over the long years.  :D

I left the original wood for the remaining kitchen and the bay window ceiling but painted it with a few coats of white acrylic to even out the tone.  The wood is in good shape and the minor imperfections it does have only add to the realistic age of the house.

The ceiling board is cut in such a way to allow for its installation around the front sided walls.  This leaves two obvious gaps on either side of the bay window.

Since I find it easier to finish a ceiling board before it is in place and this issue needs to be addressed after the ceiling board is in place, I decided to cut a piece of strip wood to bridge the gap of the bay window to add after installation.  I painted it white to match the ceiling so it will look like a structural element while covering these gaps.  It's just taped in place right now, so you can still see light coming through.

Even with pressing, the ceiling board had a rather obvious warp making the center of the ceiling dip in the middle.  To fix this problem, I added a solid wood beam across the width of the kitchen just beyond the ceiling tile paper.  I used tacky glue, super glue and some nails hammered in from above.  It should hold.  :D  I then painted it white to match.

I have a few more things to work on in the kitchen before I can install the ceiling board permanently, but it is starting to take shape!  There are gaps that will need to be addressed, but trim can cover these remaining problems.

With the furnishings in place, the textured ceiling really adds that vintage feel.

Bespaq bed makeover and bedroom layout

by brae  

It's fun to take a piece of unfinished furniture and spruce it up just so.  It's even good to take a relatively inexpensive piece and change it, even paint it, to make it fit into a scene better.  But, I feel as though I am going to get a collective GASP when I say I intend to redo this Bespaq bed...including the finish, which I intend to paint.


I love the bones of it, and the detailing is wonderful.  But, the stain is all wrong and the bedding is just deplorable for scale.  Changing the bedding alone still wouldn't fix the problem with the color. 

As a refresher, here is the paper for the bedroom.  This is by Recollections and has the macabre name of Out of Time.

And the coordinating fabric, though this may change now that I've had some time to consider other options.  ;]

To cover the varnished surface, I first sprayed the bed with grey primer.  This is how it will stay until probably after the first of the year when I get a chance to paint it.

Since the kitchen is the same shape as the bedroom, I've used it to determine the general layout of the bedroom.  You'll need to do some imagining here with me.  If you look at the top of the front and side walls, you can see where the two swinging windows will be -- there won't be a bay window up front.  The rest will be solid walls.

This leaves room for the big bed, one or two small nightstands on either side, and the narrow door on the inside wall.  There won't be a door where you see the pocket door, of course.

I will set up the Chrysnbon Victorian chairs and small table in front of the swinging window.

On the outer wall, there will be a wardrobe (where the bookcase is) and a vanity and chair (where the Mackintosh sideboard, Lundby mirror and black chair are).

I think the layout works well, though there are the roof peaks to deal with concerning the height of the wardrobe.  I might end up with a short dresser instead.  :]

Navajo rug - a few hours in

by brae  

I've been busy with real life and have had only a small bit of time for minis, which I've spent on the Navajo rug.

This is a scant 5.75 hours worth of work.  I am thinking I should be done by...July 2012.  Hahahaha.

Navajo rug - restart

by brae  

Hmm...I wonder how many of you noticed my pattern error in the last update.  :O  Since I had so little done on it, I decided to restart on another piece of the fabric instead of ripping out the stitches.

Hmm...looks like a triangle doing a little dance, no?  :D

I also changed my color palette since the colors seemed a little Olde World Christmas, not the look I was going for at all.

With the fresh beginning, I am getting into the groove of it.  Since I plan to continue working on the Heritage, I've set myself a goal of stitching at least ten hours per week.  That should keep a steady pace going.  I also decided this will not be for the Heritage after all, but it should be completed right around the time for me to start the house it will likely belong to.  ;]

Fancy parlor flooring

by brae  

When doing wood flooring in miniature, I love using pre-made wood sheets.  They are quick and easy to use, which to me makes up for their cost.  I also think they look wonderful once finished and installed.

For the parlor, I wanted to make a fancier floor.  I picked up two herringbone wood flooring sheets to use with the regular walnut flooring.  Since I wasn't entirely sure what I wanted to do or how things would look, I made color copies of the flooring sheets that I could cut, tape and rearrange until I figured out a good layout.  I could then use the copies as a guide for cutting the real deal.

Keep in mind, the coloration of the color copies is off.  I plan to stain the actual wood darker so the pattern will be more subtle than it looks in these photos.  There will also be a rug for the middle of the parlor (not the Navajo rug, though).

I've decided to use Houseworks narrow doors upstairs to have a more open foyer.  That gives me a very precise measurement as to where the stairs need to be.  This will still allow for trim around the pocket door.

I started with the herringbone placement first since that is the main element of the floor.  I taped pieces together to cover the entire area.

I put the wallpaper in place to see the overall look, and as I expected the herringbone is a little much all by itself.

So, I continued with my original plan, adding a plain wood border around the room as well as the area under the stairs.  Already better!  :D

I've borrowed the marble hearth from the Newport and continued the border around it.  I didn't continue all the way around since I'll need to make a hearth for the Heritage fireplace first.  This just gives me a rough idea of how it will look.  I then put in the furniture to see how it all looks together.

I love the way it looks in mockup, but I want to see how it will look with a thin inlay border between the outer border and the middle herringbone pattern before I make my final decision on a layout.

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