Sunday, July 16, 2017

Almost Ready

I always have trouble with the order in which I need to do things.  I need to paint the walls.  But first I need to texture them.  Before that I need to know where my lights will go.  So I need to know furniture placement.

Battery operated lights can really help with that but I don't want everything run on a battery.  So it becomes this big jigsaw puzzle of where to hide wiring.  I probably made it harder on myself by putting the siding on the outside before I did the lights and wiring but its too late to change that.

So while I was thinking about all that I decided I'd work on the fridge and a couple other things.

For the fridge I started out with the Houseworks kit but quickly got impatient with all the details.  I wanted one of those old fashioned rounded fridges similar to a Smeg fridge and if I kept the hinged doors on the kit I wouldn't be able to do that. 

So I glued everything together and used my dremel to round off all the edges.  Then I painted it a dark turquoise and added poly.  I think it looks pretty good for my first try.

While it was drying I drilled and sanded handholds into the ladder and then stained it.  I like it so far I think. 

I'm waiting on some of the fixtures for the bathroom and until they're in I can't add the ceiling, light or any of the trim on a permanent basis.  So I've been working on the sliding door. 

I started with a narrow door and took it out of the frame which wasn't easy since they aren't made to come out.  The engineering of a barn door isn't easy for me to understand but I endeavored to persevere and came up with this.

I notched out part of the door and put a drawer pull upside down for the interior handle.

A lot happening this weekend.  But the last thing I did was test the kitchen layout with the windows in so I could make allowances for the trim.

I need to move the island in a little bit so it doesn't push into the living area so much.

I think with the small lower cabinet between the stove and the fridge it works.  I was concerned it would be too much color but with neutral cabinets in a pale color and dark floors I think it'll all work. 

In progress is a narrow upper cabinet with a wine rack inside it to go above the small cabinet next to the bathroom wall. I need to make a cabinet to go above the stove as well.  Then I think the kitchen will be ready for paint and the backsplash.

Almost ready to take the house apart again.

So I feel like I've gotten something accomplished for the weekend.

Monday, July 10, 2017

What I Made Today

So last week we had three people on vacation at work.  It made the week very interesting for those of us who were not off.

This week I had Monday off.  It doesn't feel like enough after the craziness of last week but it's better than nothing.

So I decided to do something with the dollhouse with the extra time. 

I'd been going back and forth on how to access to the loft.  I really wanted to do some stairs but there really isn't room for the stairs I wanted to do with the compartments and cabinets under them.

I'd like to do these for another build maybe.

So I started looking for alternatives.  A ladder would be the most practical.  Space saving for certain.  But I didn't want something boring.

I saw this ladder on pinterest and thought a longer version of it would be great for the house. 


But of course they don't make anything like this in miniature so if I wanted it I'd have to make it myself.

So that's what I did today.

Now mine isn't as pretty and rounded, and its not stained yet.  I need to drill some hand holds in the sides but most of it is done.

A view through the window by the fireplace.

A view from above the loft.

Laid out flat.

And folded in half.

I attached the extensions to brace it in place while its open but they aren't strictly necessary so I'll end up cutting them down some.  I figure I'll stain it with the same stain as the floors but maybe a touch lighter.  Not so many layers. 

I've got an idea for attaching it to the loft floor.  A set of hinges and then a brace that can be taken up and down to hold it up when the ladder isn't being used.

The only other thing I did was start building my fridge.  I'm still debating about what color I should paint it.  The stove is a dark red.  Maybe turquoise?  Or something neutral?

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Quick Opinion Post

I'm trying to decide on the flooring color. 

The samples are sitting on the fireplace mantle and the strip of wood on top of them is the color of the door trim for the bathroom door.

What do all of you think?

From left to right, the first color on the top is Cherry.  On the bottom is Cherry with Red Oak over it. Thin layers of both.  The second is Early American and the third is Red Oak, one with several layers and one with only two layers.

I'm honestly leaning towards the several layers of red oak, a dark color than the built ins.  Though the layers of cherry and red oak are nice as well.  Early American looks yellow to me.

Kitchen cabinets are going to be a cream color, maybe the Oyster Beige?  Keep things in the same color family?  Something neutral and light to brighten up the kitchen corner.  So a dark floor will be a nice contrast.

What do all of you think? 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Kitchen Layout & Bathroom Construction

So before I start to paint, I have to figure out where I want my lights.  And before that I need to figure out the layout.

I mostly had an idea of where everything was going to go.  I just needed to get the particulars down.  So I took all the cabinets I'd made and the stove I bought and got them set up in the kitchen corner.

I actually need to make a fridge and it'll go next to the stove rather than have the little half fridge under the larger window.  But I'm planning on making a little desk to go where the fridge is now.  A nice workspace.

Bathroom walls and you can see how they'll come right up against the fireplace built-in bookshelf.

I'm planning a sliding barnstyle door for the bathroom.  The stairs/ladder to the loft will go next to it, I'm working on a way to have them slide up and down so they don't take up so much floor space.

But in the meantime I had to build out the bathroom.  I'm going with Shannon's suggestion (I think it was Shannon who suggested it anyway) of a room that slides in and out so I can get to everything in the kitchen behind it. 

So basically building a box to go in a box.  And that means making sure the loft floor is level with the ceiling of the bathroom and the bathroom floor is the same height as the rest of the house.  The lighting for the bathroom will have to be powered off its own battery since the room pulls in and out and I don't want to break wires every time I move it. 

But I managed to get it built and a reasonable facsimile of the sink to go with the tub and toilet.

The view from the doorway so far.

And the view from the back opening.  Space saving toilet and a temporary sink.

I thought about using something like this for a sink base but it's too wide I think.

I want something a little narrower so there's room on either side of the sink.

I decided on the beige speckle peel and stick tile floor from so it won't get too thick.  And for the walls I went with Venus Teal by Behr paint.  I made the shower surround out of tile samples, cutting them into strips so it would look like the wood tile that's so in fashion now. 

I'm not quite sure what color for the ceiling though, maybe the Oyster Beige? I put one coat of paint on the walls so far.  It could probably use another coat.

The bathroom needs some baseboards but so far I don't think it looks bad.

I've been throwing around the idea of some texture on the walls of the rest of the house.  So far the only thing that seems to work is getting some textured scrapbook paper to cover the walls and painting that.  Or using some of the plaster ceiling paper and painting that. 

I had some of the plaster paper so I tested my wall color out on that.  I'm not sure about it.

What do you think?

The color my test sample is on top of is Voyage by Behr paint.  I'm going to paint the ceiling with it.  A pop of color where it's not necessarily expected. 

I've got some can lights coming to use on the ceiling.  They operate off of batteries which I'll hide in the chimney.  And I'm going to make a few sconces to go next to the picture window above the bookshelves. 

I'm planning on using on of these lights in the bathroom.  I have two of them and I'm debating about using one in the entryway as well.  The question is, do I make some lights to go on either side of the bathroom mirror?  Or just have the one light? 

Rubbed Bronze Schoolhouse Ceiling Light

Whatever I use I'll need to hide the battery for it in the sink cupboard since the bathroom lights can't be on the same system as the rest of the house.

Was going through all my lights and found these lamps.  If I turned them upside down and figured some sort of chain to hang them from the ceiling they might work as pendant lights on either side of the bathroom mirror. 

What do you guys think?

The kitchen light is something else I'm working on.  I'm going to try and make a craftsman style light to go on the ceiling. 

Not a bad day's work really. 

Any opinions on the wall texture?  I've tried spackle, texturing it with paper towels, toothbrush bristles and cottonballs but it just seems to crumble when I add paint even though its totally dry.  So the paper on the walls and painting over it seems like my best bet.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Walls Paint Color

We've talked about how I can't do anything the easy way right?

So now that I've got the interior window trim fixed up and stained I started to think about the paint color I want for the walls.  I want something neutral since the house will have quite a few bright colors in the tiles and the fabrics I'm using. 

So I got out my paint and started testing it on the interior wall that comes with the house and put one of the little windows and the fireplace next to my test colors.

I know it might seem like they're all the same but they are different paints.  I was smart this time around and numbered my samples and the matching bottles.

My paint colors are:

  1. Pacific Khaki - Behr Ultra
  2. Mystery color - Behr Ultra
  3. Buttermilk - Americana
  4. Warm White - Americana
  5. Oyster Beige - Americana
  6. Bleached Sand - Americana
  7. Coffee Latte - Folk Art
  8. Mix of 2 & 5
Here's the window up against the colors:

The khaki seems a little greenish to me, and the mystery color just blends right into the cherry stain.

And the Buttermilk isn't bad but its very yellow looking.

The Warm White is too stark.  The Oyster Beige is the best so far but I'm not in love.

Here the Bleached Sand is just a bit blech and the Coffee Latte is almost the same color as the stain.  No go.

I got my husband's opinion and we both liked the Oyster Beige the best out of all of them, but the mystery color was a close second.

So of course I decided to see what would happen if I mixed them up. 

So of course I like it best.  Creamy and neutral but not boring. At least not to me. 

I painted some other wood samples just to see how it would do, and to have a sample I can bring with me to Home Depot to get it matched.

I still like it.  And I would have just mixed up a bunch of color like I did NOLA House but I don't have a lot of the Oyster Beige and I also don't have all my walls cut out for the bathroom. 

So I think tomorrow after work I'll go to Home Depot with my paints and samples and ask them to mix up something to match it. 

Oh, and here it is with my fabrics. 

It's neutral but its still a color if you know what I mean.

I think it'll look pretty good. 

What do all of you think? 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Fabric Choices

You would think that I'm someone who plans shopping trips carefully.  Everything listed out, things I need to match safely stowed in my purse.

You would be very wrong.  My approach to shopping only rarely meets the above criteria.  Usually its more of a 'I need to run to Hobby Lobby at lunch for stuff'.  And stuff always ends up being a lot of things that I'll use but not a lot I planned for.

This occasion was one where I did have a short list. 'Find Fabric for house'.  But did I bring my beads/tiles to match? No.  Did I bring a sample of the cherry stain? No. 

In short, did I bring anything that would help me make this purchase easier?

No. Of course not. 

But in spite of all that I don't think I did too badly.  Hobby Lobby was having a sale on quilting/calico fabrics so I got 30% off.  That was nice.

And I lucked out in that I think I found some winners.

Here's all four of the fabrics I bought together with the fireplace.

One pale teal with white dots. One off white with multi colored dots/circles.  One plain turquoise.  And one darker teal with white flowers and darker teal centers.

Here they are, one by one, next to the fireplace.

Teal with white dots

Darker teal with white flowers and darker centers

Turquoise... looking a bit washed out for some reason.

Off white with multi colored dots
Of all of them, I think the multi color is something that matches multiple colors of the tiles and will look the best as the window seat cushion. 

I don't think I want to make an upholstered chair with it, mostly because it'll be too much.  But I do think a set of chairs in a plain offwhite or maybe a creamy tan will look good and I can make cushions out of this fabric. 

But I could use the turquoise to make some trim for the cushions and chairs.  Tie it all together that way?  Not sure about that.  Have to see.

The darker teal with the flowers will be nice as a bedspread, with some off white sheets and pillows?

That's the other thing I was thinking of.  The bed in the loft.  I was thinking of doing a Murphy Bed, folding up into the wall.  Then I wouldn't need a huge loft. 

But it would have to be something like this, to have the side of the bed as the axis, not the head or foot, otherwise it wouldn't fit properly. (I think I'm using the word axis properly. Hopefully.)

Obviously I couldn't do anything massive like these pieces of furniture but a simple box with a hinge, a cabinet next to it for the pillows and it'd be all set.

My other question is window treatments.  After all the trouble I went to on the trim and mullions, I'm not sure I want to fuss with curtains or anything. 

What do all of you think?

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Windows, Windows, Windows

Guess what the theme of today's post is? 


Ha! No, you're right, it's windows.  Although there is a door in here too.

Most of the weekend was dedicated to fixing up the windows so they looked more craftsman in style.  My dremel got a workout because the smaller windows didn't come apart the way the larger ones did. 

And I stained them all a nice cherry once the glue dried and tested them out.

Forgive the bad light on this last one.  I'm thinking of doing another layer of the stain before adding the poly to seal it, just to get the color a little darker.

I added some mullions to the smaller windows.  I think it's just enough to make them fit into the house without getting too fussy.

I also got the window trim cut and painted for the exterior but I haven't wanted to put it up yet until I'm ready to glue the windows in.  Too easy for the trim to get knocked off the house when I'm moving the walls around.

I did adjust the trim around the front door and painted it.  I think it looks a bit better. It'll mirror the trim on the big window.

I like that a bit better.

So now I'm looking around for door handles.  I really want to find (or make if need be) something like this.

Or like this.

That wall lamp is something I'd like to find or recreate for the house as well.  It's the style I want.

The trim for the rest of the house is in progress.  I ran out of the right width of wood so I've ordered more.

I also went shopping for fabric for my chairs, bench cushion and bed.  I forgot to take pictures though so I'll try to do that after I get my stain and sealant done.  That way you can all see what I'm thinking of and let me know how you like it.

Hope all my fellow Americans have a Happy Fourth of July.  And for my lovely readers in other countries, enjoy the rest of your weekend.