More sitting room windows

Tonight, I needed to finish the walls and windows of the sitting room. The south-east corner of the room is the bottom of what will be an octagonal tower on the third floor–thus the intriguing shape.

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I cut out an opening for the window in the first wall and added studs to support the back.

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And put the wall in place.

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Did the same for the second wall piece.

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Likewise for the third piece.

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Then I had to make a decision: did I stop there or add another wall section?

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Wasn’t quite sure, but I think the extra section is good. It gives a better sense of the octagonal shape from the outside.

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And the corner just looks a lot cozier when you peek around at it.

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Also, the opening is still big enough to show the room well from the side.

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Placed a long piece of board over the top of the rooms to get a better idea of how it will look. Here’s without the extra piece:

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And with it:

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I think I will go with the extra section. Besides, doesn’t it make this little corner look comfortable and inviting?

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So here’s the east side of the house for now.

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Good night.

Addendum: upon reviewing the photos one more time before going to bed, I now think the room looks better without the extra wall section. Hmmmm…

Walls and windows

Added studs to the wall between the sitting room and the drawing room tonight. Left room between the studs in the middle so I could slide two pocket doors between the walls. The two little wooden bits underneath are spacers to keep the wall opening open until I put the doors in…then they will be placed under the doors to give them something to slide on.

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Then glued the sitting room wall to the other side and weighed it down as it dried.

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And placed the wall between the rooms.

Cut out the opening for the window in the second half of the drawing room bay window.

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Propped it up in place…

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…and was undecided as to whether to leave it there or not. I think the view inside the drawing room is better without it, so I may leave that window and wall out altogether.

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Next, I decided the other window in the drawing was a little two low, so I raised it up a half inch (you can see the difference in height in the two previous photos). I think the proportions work better this way, considering how high the ceiling will be.

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Next, using this new window height, I cut a hole for the double windows in the sitting room (on the left) and added studs to the back of the wall.

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I realized I was tired (and sick with a nasty head cold), so I decided to call it a night. Here are the two rooms so far:

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I’ll need to cut out the window openings and add studs to the walls that go around the octagonal tower corner in the sitting room next. But for now, here is a lovely bouquet of roses I just acquired, as well as a metronome and a stereoscope.

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Good night.

More foundations

I needed to add foundations to the second part of the house tonight.

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So I emptied the section of anything that would move, tipped it over on my worktable, and added a wooden foundation. The 9-volt power strip will be stowed under the back stairs, where I’ve left an opening in the foundation (on the bottom right, here) for the wires to pass through.

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Then I put the whole thing right side up again and placed the furniture and accessories back where they belonged.

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Then I measured and glued on the studs for the far wall of the sitting room. Unfortunately, I had made the doorway too small so I then had to tear all the studs off, re-cut the doorway, and then re-cut and re-glue the studs (with slits left open in the stud-work to pass the studs of the other side of the wall, the hallway, through…they will be part of the third section of the house and need to be separate).

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After which I realized it was bedtime. But I’ve got the two back walls ready to be decorated and I’ll add studs to the remaining sitting room and drawing room walls next time.

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Until then, good night.

Starting up again

Life seems to have calmed down a bit, and I seem to have carved out a bit of time after the baby is asleep to work on the house again, now and then.

The house itself has been moved to the second floor office and I made a cloth cover for the box that surrounds it.

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The sides can be lifted individually for easy access, while the thick cloth keeps the sunlight out so the colors in the house won’t fade.

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I’ve also set up a worktable with all my supplies in front of the window. So now I’m ready to get back to work.

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When I made the back portion of the house a year and a bit ago, I left out the foundations, which will house the electrical wiring. (Hence all those wires sticking out to the right.)

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Would have been better to add the foundation earlier, but there’s no time like the present, so first I had to empty all the rooms of anything that was loose.

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And tip the house over on its side in a rather undignified manner in order to add the foundation pieces. I also attached the lighting strip to the underside of the house. The hole in the foundation wall through which the wires pass will be covered by the outside cellar doors.

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Then I tipped it back over right side up and replaced all the furniture and accessories.

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When I get to working on the outside of the house, I will cover the foundation with bricks so it looks more realistic.

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Next I will need to add a foundation to the second section of the house and start work on the sitting room:

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And the drawing room:

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I will also need to figure out how to make these photos better…since I’ll be working only at night, I won’t have the benefit of natural light. Plus having yellow walls in the office is making it difficult to adjust white balance.

In the meantime…so happy to be back at it!

Setting up

So I realize I haven’t made any progress on the house for many months.  Let me show you why:

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His name is Sebastien and he’s three months old now. He takes up most of my waking hours…and a lot of my sleeping ones as well.

But I have not forgotten the house, and tonight I had some time (after the baby was in bed) and decided to set up so I could start working on the house when and if I got the time again.

So I now have a little work table in a corner of the living room:

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And the dollhouse components are safely under plexiglass (to protect from the dog and the baby), a plastic drop cloth (to protect from water that sometimes drips from the skylights above) and a sheet (to protect from the sunlight).

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Not the ideal place for it, but since I no longer live alone, I can’t really take up the entire dining room anymore…

I had already set up most of the rooms, but I still needed to place the cans back on the pantry shelves in the correct order:

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I used museum wax to secure them in place so I will hopefully never again have to insert my fingers into that narrow space to set them up.

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Then there were a couple pieces that had broken in the move that needed re-gluing:

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And all the extra furniture and knickknacks needed to be stored away in back of the house so I had access to the rooms I need to work on.

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As you can see, the lights still work and those two front rooms have a ways to go before they look like rooms. I have the plans for the drawing room parquet in my head. Whenever I next find the time, I will start to work on that.

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Until then….be well.

Moving Day

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Operation move the dollhouse to Philly one piece at a time so it’ll be there safely by the time the movers come for the rest of my things is underway.

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Started with the back section this weekend.

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After packing up all the little miniatures inside, I had to separate it from the rest of the house…

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…and bundle it up snuggly in the back of the car.

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(With just enough room for Cider to ride alongside…luckily he’s a very calm road-tripper.)

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Everything came out safe and sound on the other side.

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And happily, I have enough photos of the rooms (on this blog) that I could put everything back in place quickly and easily.

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I haven’t posted anything for the past five weeks….that’s because I haven’t made any progress on the house. I seem to have under-estimated how exhausted this pregnancy was going to make me. After working and teaching and getting through the basic necessities of life, I don’t seem to have any energy left in the evening to design and make miniatures.

But I do have a plan in mind for the design of the drawing room floor, and the drawing room fireplace arrived in the mail….so hopefully I’ll get to it soon.

Until then…be well.

Drawing room walls

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Drawing room…the room where women ‘withdrew’ after dinner (hence the name), so the men could sit around and drink and talk politics or other such things.

Which makes it the most feminine of the formal rooms in the house…and although out and out pink has never been my style, I think I will concede a little here and use a pale peach tone among others.

So here is my inspiration photo for the drawing room (on the left), as well as for the less formal sitting room which will lead into it (you can click on the photo to make it larger and easier to see).

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The idea of the stenciled ceiling especially appeals to me, being very late 19th century, although I have no idea how I’ll pull that off yet.

In any case, I started with the walls I had already cut out for the room. (The furniture and chimney here are not right, but I can’t seem to find exactly what I want online and I happen to have these laying around, so they will have to do for now.)

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The peach and cream cloth in front will be used for the curtains for those windows propped up on the sides.

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I started adding studs to the north walls, as well as cut out a hole for a window.

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Placed those where they needed to be.

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Did the same for the west wall, enlarging the archway which will lead to the dining room.

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It’s late, so that’s all I’ll do tonight, but the south walls still need to be done, and then I need to start thinking of a design for the parquet floor.

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For now…good night.

Pantry and stair details

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Started by cutting out the pieces to finish off the final floorboard on the landing and more of the wainscoting.

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Had to cut them twice to make them fit properly. Then stained them and glued them in.

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The second flight of stairs needs a set of wainscoting, but I can’t really do that until I’ve added the next floor, so for now, the stairs are done.

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Next I added the light for the pantry.

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Which will look like this with the stairs in place.

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And like this with all the lights on. (There will be a light for the second flight of stairs, but once again I have to wait until I build the next level to put it in.)

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Then I started to cut out the pieces for the pantry shelves.

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I was using this photo as inspiration for the brackets under the shelves…

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But when I got them done…

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…I decided they were too bulky for that tiny a space. So I cut out pieces of trim to use instead.

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Cut out and prepared the long shelves as well…

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…then glued all of them onto the walls and filled them with tins and jars.

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With the stairs laid back in place (I’ll glue them when I get to the next level), the pantry will look like this:

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And the stairs like this:

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Here’s a view of the pantry and of the pantry as seen through the kitchen doorways:

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And the entire side lit up:

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I need more things on the shelves and leaning against the wall under them, but for now, I’m declaring this room done.  Seven rooms done, seventeen to go…

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Good night.

More stair baseboard trim

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So tonight I decided to cut out the baseboard for the second flight of stairs, and do it correctly this time…

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It takes a long time to carve out the slots for the treads and fit the trim to each of the steps.

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Then the other side.

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Stained them both…and placed the stairs in place.

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Doesn’t look like I did much, but all that took quite a while. More finishing touches on the stairs and some shelves to add in the pantry tomorrow.

For now, good night.