Sunday, June 16, 2019

Books, Testing & Paint

This weekend I spent a lot of time trying to figure out the color for the Loft kitchen.  I finally decided on a color, put the first coat on the boxes and then I called it quits for the day.

I also put some wood putty on the boxes to fill in some of the little cracks where the wood joins up.  While it was drying I tested out some colors on a piece of the wood I used for the cabinet doors.



Left to right, Cherry stain, Early American stain, Dark Walnut stain, Midnight Blue paint, Bark Brown paint, Oyster Beige paint.


I went back and forth a lot and got opinions from Kristine and some of the other mini folks on Instagram.  I tested the blue lowers and Early American stained uppers but they didn't look right.  So I'm going with blue cabinets.  I have some open shelving I'm planning on and those will be stained with the Early American.

I'm planning on a good amount of lighting so I don't think the kitchen will get too dark.  Here's the first pass with the blue on the cabinet boxes.


Saturday I started out making more books.  I'd purchased some more as well, I've got one box that's pretty full now.


I decided it would be a good idea to test out how many books it would take to fill the shelves.


Filling this shelf set took half the books I had.


But I'd had enough of making books for the day so I decided to work on the actual shop a bit.

I measured, cut, (and then did it again for some of the angles) and stained the crown molding.  I'm using basic large crown from Miniatures.com and augmenting it with Victorian skirt baseboards.  It makes the crown molding look more substantial.


It's not the best picture, I'll try to get some more next week with better lighting.

That was pretty much all I did this weekend.  We're running back and forth every evening between our house and another cat sitting until Sunday and of course this coincides with my work's period end closing.

I'm hoping the rest of you have accomplished more than I did!

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Books, Trim and Kitchen

This was kind of a weird weekend for me.  I was off on Friday so I spent part of it working on the bookshop.  I wanted to get any trim and structural work done because we had people coming to the house on Saturday and I knew pretty much all I'd be able to do was make books.

I'd gotten some paper/cardboard trim from Miniatures.com to embellish the trim on the first floor of the bookshop.  I got it painted out the way I had the wooden trim and finished and glued it up.





I also measured out and glued in the baseboards after I did another test of how the bookshelves would fit.  Now that the baseboards are in the bookshelves are fixed in place.





I also got the trim up around the second floor windows.


Saturday I cleaned a bit.  Not because I wanted to but it was sort of necessary.  And then I made books.  My husband printed up a bunch of book covers for me so I modge podged them and got to work.


Lots and lots of books... I started with these.


I took the ones that don't have covers out.  And then I took out the ones that looked very fake.  I can put some of the covers I have on those and make them look more like real books.

This is what I ended up with.


A little more realistic.

Sunday I worked on the Loft kitchen again.  This took most of the day.

I needed a front for the cabinets and the cabinet doors.  So I did that.  And I made some cabinet uppers.  I want to do open shelving between the fridge and pantry.




I also made myself some double oven doors.


I'd ordered a stove top which came on Friday and it's perfect.


I really love it.  It'll be perfect.

I still don't have any clue about what color I want the cabinets to be.  But I made sure I cut all the cabinet doors with the wood grain going the same way in case I ended up using a stain.





I need to make a fan for over the oven to fit between the uppers and the double oven cabinet.

So far I think it looks pretty good.  For color... I'm thinking maybe something slightly darker than the walls?  Or maybe go with a medium brown.  I'm planning on using the same countertop as I did in NOLA House since it's earth tones and it would go nicely with the walls.

The other option is using the dark blue from the feature wall on the cabinets with natural wood open shelves and some pale uppers?

Argghhh!  I'm still not sure.

Any opinions?  Here's a picture of the feature wall to give you an idea



I like the idea of adding color because I've seen some really funky mid-century kitchens lately but I'm trying to do a slightly modern take on it.

I'm still debating.  Not sure.

How are the rest of you doing?

















Sunday, June 2, 2019

Kitchen, Paint, Second Floor

It's hard to believe May is already over!  But I feel like I got a good amount accomplished this weekend.

I made a start on the Loft kitchen, getting the layout drawn on the length of wood that will serve as the back of the cabinets.  And then I cut the full floor to ceiling lengths that will surround the fridge, the double ovens, spice/baking sheet cabinet and pantry.




And I did a test fit of the stairs to be sure they'd fit next to the counter under the window.


Right now I'm not sure if I want to do an island or not.  And I'm still debating the cabinet finish.  I'm not sure about a dark color because the stairs won't really stand out.  I have time to think about it.  Maybe some blonde wood, that's very mid century modern.

The other thing I did was paint. And paint. And sand and then paint some more.



I'd mistakenly reversed my paint plan, putting the lighter color in the main space and the darker in the bedroom and bathroom.  So I had to correct that.

I also glued the main part of the house walls to the floor.  The addition isn't glued in yet so I've got space to maneuver and work on things but after a while not gluing the walls in just feels like procrastinating.

I'd been using Jodi's Hip to Be Square lamp from Shapeways and got the base painted.  The shade arrived and I painted it a nice dark blue to match some of the blue on the feature wall.



I think some polish for the base and it'll be good to go.  I like the matte look to the shade.

But that was all I accomplished for the Loft this weekend.  I worked on the bookshop after that, lots of staining.  Didn't end up with a ton of pictures because most of my day was staining spindles, newel posts and railings.

You know how you save things and now and then you think, 'I should throw that away' but you don't because you never know if you'll need it?  Yeah.  I'm so glad I saved the spindle spacer from the Gothic Victorian.

I took some photos with my phone of the railings getting glued in and put them on Instagram.  Not my finest work. Lots of glue and clips.

6/3/19 Got the images off Instagram!




The end result is nicer looking.


I glued the second floor in and the back walls for it.  Then tested out the bookcases.  I need to know where they fit exactly so I can put the baseboards up against them.  I don't want to put the baseboards behind them because then they won't stay flat against the wall.




The third floor isn't glued in yet, but I wanted to make sure everything still fit correctly.

I'll have to start on the rest of the trim next week, baseboards for the first and second floor, crown molding for the second floor and the window trim for the second floor.  Then the electricity will have to go in.

So rather than box up the bookshelves again I left everything inside and did another dry fit of the whole house.



Once the electricity goes in I can add the brick.

Feels like I'm making progress.  Hope everyone else is having a great weekend.


Monday, May 27, 2019

Paint, Trim and Wall Assembly

This weekend was nice. With Memorial Day I had three days off and I spent part of each working on the dollhouses.  My Shapeways order arrived last Monday so I could work on the Loft.

I got the faucet on the sink.  And worked on the lights some more.



I ordered some ceiling plates for the hanging lights and got them attached.


And I found some old tubing for the bathroom lights which hide the wires nicely.


I also managed to get the addition ceiling cut.


Then I started painting the walls.


I had to fill in some of the cracks with wood putty and sand it down before I could paint.  And some of the wood putty is still drying so I couldn't paint that portion.


But I could finish the addition ceiling with the same blue I used on the main house.


It might need another coat.


It looks pretty good I think.

I worked on the bookshop a lot too.  First, and I would have been better off doing this later, I added the 'plaster' to the ceilings.  I used the same paint that I used for the WQRC stucco and used a stiffer brush to make swirling plaster motions.



The circular brush marks aren't completely visible but I know they're there.   The next step was to add the floors.


I used Minwax Dark Walnut to contrast with the trim and the shelves.  The doors pop nicely against it too.


I began to work on the trim while the stain on the floors dried.


This is the crown molding for the first floor.  I had some chair rail which I used as trim for the second floor opening and the opening for the staircase.

I'm using magnets to hold the front to the rest of the shop, and while the glue is drying they're kept from pulling out with some painters tape.

While the crown molding was drying I glued the walls onto the base.



This is why dry fits are so important for me.  My second floor broke part and I reglued, but I didn't get the front pieces perfectly lined up so I need to sand one of them down a bit otherwise the front of the store doesn't fit properly.

But I did get the back glued on. At least partially.



I haven't glued the back of the second story in yet.  I want to add the railings to the second floor first.

But so far so good.

I have to work tomorrow. But I hope everyone had a good Memorial Day.