Heat registers

by brae  

My original thought for heating the Heritage beyond the parlor fireplace was to place painted radiators in the rooms.  Even though the rooms are somewhat spacious, radiators do take up a decent amount of space.  Then I ran into this fantastic tutorial by Kris at 1 Inch Minis: gravity baseboard registers.  Perfect!

I followed her notation that the registers would be located on the inside walls not so much for accuracy but mainly because I had already tacked down the baseboard under the bay window and large window in the kitchen.  I didn't want to have them in the more modern under-the-window fashion in the rest of the house while the ones in the kitchen were the old-fashioned kind on the inside walls.  And, why go through the trouble of building fun features only to stick them deep into the house where they aren't readily seen?  :]

When I went to Michael's to pick up a piece of plastic canvas, they also had a hexagon shape with diamond shaped holes.  I thought that might make for some fancy grates, so I picked that up as well.  I still bought the regular canvas with square holes just in case...didn't need to be running back out to the store for it if the other didn't work.  The extra trip's worth of gas would have cost more than the sheet of canvas.  :D  I cut the canvas so that the solid border served as the bottom of the grate.

I've opted for one in the kitchen and one in the parlor, though I made only one just to try out the method.  I'll figure out the placement of the upstairs registers when I get there but will probably end up with one in the bedroom and one in the bathroom for certain, maybe one in the hallway.

This was my first time working with mat board, and I rather liked it.  It was easy to cut but could still be sanded like wood.  And, it doesn't fall apart like wood often does when you cut thin strips of it.  The only part I used bass wood for was the 1/16" strip at the top since I already had the wood in my stash of materials.  For the inside flap, I used leftover scraps of the parlor wallpaper since it is plain black on the reverse side. Nothing goes to waste!  :D  For the lever, I used a black nickel head pin cut to size.

I also painted the floor black since it showed through when I did the dry fit.

I placed the register under the Roper range so it could be seen, though it's one of those details that's mainly for me.  :D  It's not strikingly obvious, but I am glad it's there.

For this house, I'm not going to worry about the cold air returns...but I have some ideas for The Brownstone.  ;]

Pocket door trim

by brae  

With the parlor floor and wallpaper in place, I can now trim the pocket door.  I started by finishing the threshold between the parlor and the kitchen.  I used the same flooring as the parlor, figuring it would matter more to have a clean finish from the parlor leading to the door than it would from the kitchen which is a less formal room.

I cut a small tab of floor material to sit inside the pocket door wall.  This will keep the lead edge of the pocket door elevated inside the pocket wall so it doesn't get hung up on the flooring when closing.

I lined the top of the pocket door opening with 1/8" x 1/16" strip wood, checking all the while to make sure the pocket door remained functional.  This trim was planned when I cut the initial opening and was calculated into that measurement.  All the trim will be painted Vintage White to match the rest of the interior trims before I install it permanently.

Since the house itself isn't square, there is a larger gap between the closed pocket door and the wall at the top than there is at the bottom.

I built a door frame to mask some of the gap and to finish off the lead edge of the pocket doorway.

It doesn't fix the problem completely in the kitchen, but it at least looks more polished.

With the frame painted and installed, the gap is invisible in the parlor.

The painted trim around the door frame really completes the look of the pocket door.  As you can see, the pocket wall is a little warped -- just the nature of thin plywood -- but it doesn't really seem to show except in this head on shot.  :D

Once the interior trims were in place, I could line the kitchen and parlor walls with trim.  For the kitchen, I opted for plain bass wood since it matches the trim used on the kitchen windows.

I again used spackling to fill in the small gaps, shown here before filling.

For the parlor, I used fancier molding to coordinate with the interior trim of the front door.  It's not exactly the same as the front door trim, but it has similar detailing.  There's one of the delightful umbrellas made by Fran.  :D

These small details always increase the realism by finishing off raw edges and giving a sense of completeness.

Front door installation and interior trim

by brae  

I glued the front door in place, making sure it was level and centered in relation to the portico.  I then added the supplied interior trim, painted Vintage White by Folk Art.  I used spackling to fill in any gaps and touched up the paint.  To finish the threshold, I used a small piece of quarter round trim stained Minwax English Chestnut to match the floor.

The trim had broken at some point, but I left it as is for installation.  Just a hint of the break is still visible in the photo above, so I might go back and work on that some more.

To hold the acrylic insert in the upper arch, I glued in a small strip of bass wood painted to match (shown here unpainted).  This should offer enough stability to keep it from falling backwards as it is apt to do.  :\

It does show a little from the outside looking in, but it's not glaringly obvious.  It just looks like a structural part of the door.

Navajo rug update - just about halfway done

by brae  

I've reached the center of the Navajo rug and a bit beyond!  :D

I again set it up with the Bespaq chair, books and wallpaper to see it in perspective.

This is 94.5 hours of work.

Bagnall tall case clock, part 1

by brae  

I am a huge fan of House of Miniatures kits because they can become anything you want - traditional or modern.  I stumbled upon the Bagnall clock when I was searching for other House of Miniatures kits and started stalking eBay for a good price.  This is a more difficult kit to find.

The assembly is more challenging than other House of Miniatures kits I've put together, but I am taking my time and using Minwax wood filler to smooth any rough edges and mask the seams.  So far so good.

I knew it would be perfect for the Haunted Heritage, but I couldn't wait to put it in the parlor just to check the size and positioning.  The stained finish will be darker than the natural wood shown here, but I think it will brighten the far corner in this dark-walled room.

It might be a shame to stick it in the corner between the fireplace and The Chair, but I can just imagine hearing the gentle clicks and whirrs of a clock in this room.  My grandparents had clocks in their house, and I loved when it was quiet and all you could hear were the subtle sounds of the various clock movements.

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