Sunday, April 14, 2019

Newel Posts & Doors

This weekend I don't feel like I got much done.  I accomplished a bit, thought about stuff, did a bit more.

I started work on the posts for the loft railing.


They're drying now and I'll dry brush them with the metallic brown after they're done.

I also worked on the flooring for the loft second floor.  I got it measured and cut, and that's as far as I got on the loft.  I'm still thinking about the kitchen and how I want to do it.  I was wondering about having the back wall a row of cabinets, fridge and stove, with the sink under the small window and an island going from the support post towards the stairs.


This is a view from the kitchen window.  I think a wall of cabinets, stove, and fridge with a nice hood would be striking.

The shop shelves are all dry. I've got two more on backorder that I'll need to paint and finish when they arrive.  But I tested out how the brass sconces would look.



I like how they look.  I need to add some trim to the single book cases so they match the triple ones but so far so good.

Then I started to think about the doors on the shop.  I'm debating on the color I want to paint the front.  But I needed something eye catching for the doors.

While I was considering that I taped off the bronze doorknob for the fake door and painted it so it looked more like brass.


I also started thinking about the flooring and how I wanted to finish the bottom of the door frame.  So I went through my wood and found some trim that would work.


I had to buy more wood flooring so I went with some black walnut.  I'll add a cherry stain to it.


The narrow floor boards are simple but they'll work well for the flooring.  I can use something wider on the third floor if I don't have enough of the walnut.

I dug through my metal finishings, and found my extra doorknobs.  I had some plain brass ones without a plate and some more intricate ones in gunmetal grey.  So I got my jewelry findings out again and started to make fancy doorknobs and kickplates.

First I painted the doors,  I had to remove them from the front of the shop, which took a little doing, but I painted the insides black and taped off the windows on the outsides to make a black frame.



While the paint was drying I started gluing and painting the finishes.


I also made some framing for the interior of the doors to hold the windows in place.


I used the blue paint from the Craftsman Cottage on the exterior.  I think the dark metal doorknobs/plates look nice with the black and blue.

I was thinking I might do the front of the shop with the blue and age it with some black, or darken the blue with black and then do a bit more aging?  I'll have to mix up some colors and test them out.  And I need to add kickplates to the front of the doors.

Here's the interior of the doors.  I added some more brass trim to brighten them up a bit.


So I need to let them dry.  But I think they look pretty good.  At least so far.  The kickplates need a bit more aging I think.

The last thing I did was paint my trim for the fake door and glue it on.  When I dries I'll add the finish.


It needs a bit more darkening up, so I'll fix that before I add the finish.  The doorknob needs a bit of aging too.

I'm going to think about colors and how I plan to stick the front to the rest of the building.  I need to start working on the spiral stair for it as well.

For now, I'm going to get myself a drink and think about colors.

Hope you're all doing well!




24 comments:

  1. It seems to me that you did a lot! Good progress.

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    1. Thanks! I like how it all turned out. I think it needs a little more aging but I'm feeling pleased.

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  2. Although you say you didn't much mini work this weekend, I think you made again great progress! I like your plans and what you did on these doors. They look fantastic and yes I agree: a bit more of darkening will be needed ;).
    Hug, ilona

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    1. Thanks Ilona. A little more aging and kickplates for the exterior.

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  3. I love the embellishments and door knobs - they really give the doors a lot of nice character! Planning and layout testing can take up so much time and brain power, but once it's settled, you have a direction and can make a lot of progress in a little time! Working on two at a time is ambitious but you're inching forward every weekend and making the most of every design opportunity!

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    1. Thanks Jodi! I figured inside the shop would be a good place for some fancier touches, suitably worn/aged for high traffic areas. I need to dig out my fridge and stoves for the Loft to see how they measure out. Slow and steady at this point. I can't believe we're halfway through April!

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  4. All the detail you added - just great. :)

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  5. I love the door trimmings, especially the door handles plates. Again you made big progress in short time and everything looks really good.
    Hugs,
    Drora

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    1. Thanks Drora! I knew those jewelry findings would come in handy eventually.

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  6. It’s looking good Sheila. There are always times when progress feels slow but you know what direction you are heading and everything is gelling for that. I like the idea of the kitchen along the back wall. It would be realistic and fit the overall plan for the apartment. Have a good week. X

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    1. Thanks! I'm excited to figure something out for the loft kitchen.

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  7. Love what you do with the jewelry findings! Wish I had a stash to look through for inspiration. Where do you purchase them?

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    1. Thanks! I tend to get them whenever Hobby Lobby is having a sale on jewelry or metal findings.

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  8. Those doors with the jewelry finding trims are absolutely gorgeous. And "thinking about stuff" really does count as getting stuff done.

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    1. Thanks! If thinking about stuff counts as getting stuff done I've been super productive for years. LOL

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  9. Lol.. I seem to be doing a lot more thinking than doing at the moment too.. but I would say you still made some good progress. I like the idea you have for the kitchen on the back wall. It will probably have the most impact when viewed if it's there. How great do those black doors look! Love the findings fancying them up! :D

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    1. Thanks! I'm trying to pay more attention to how Jodi's been embellishing her houses and the findings always look so great when she uses them.

      Lots of thinking. I need to do some measuring to get more accuracy to my thinking. LOL

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  10. Hi Sheila! I Love the added trims you are putting on the doors! They fancy metal really makes a difference! The colors are lovely too... I am a fan of beautiful blues in any combo! As for the kitchen ideas, I am hopeless when it comes to kitchens.... the only one of my kitchens that is finished is the Medieval one in the Castle. And all it really has is a Fireplace! LOL! I am sure you will design a wonderful space and I look forward to seeing it come together! :)

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    1. Thanks Betsy! I'm a sucker for blue. I want to use it everywhere! I love kitchens and bathrooms. I just always want things to look real.

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  11. You accomplished more than you thought. I love the brass trimmings, and your paint colors are beautiful.

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    1. Thank you! I really wanted the doors to pop. Especially as it'll be hard to see them.

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  12. Your doors with the additional embellishments, are looking great Sheila! Looks like things are consistently moving along, even if it's not as quite as quickly as you'd like, but this is a familiar feeling for all of us at various stages of our builds so don't get discouraged.

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth! As long as I get something accomplished each week I feel pretty good about it.

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