But I worked on another lantern. This time I had to hide the batteries somewhere besides under the lantern. Raised base lanterns are so much easier to work with. So this one took me a lot longer.
I made a grandfather clock to hide the battery cases in and it turned out pretty well.
I went with a slightly different type of ornaments for the Christmas tree too.
I managed to get the paneling and wallpaper on.
I put a layer of corrugated cardboard under the floor so I'd have a way to cut a channel for the wire of the tree lights. Then got everything glued in.
For the outer windowsill I painted it black and then layered on different colors of grey to give it the look of concrete.
Part of me is tempted to put some black wood around the outside but I'm not sure about that yet.
Once I finished the lantern I got back to working on the bookshop.
I started by gluing the roof pieces to the top of the walls.
While they were drying I put the parlor stove together and wired it with my fire lights.
I might not end up using it but if I do, I'll likely end up putting it here. Depends on how cluttered it makes the room look.
I added some 'soot' to the stove and made it look a bit less shiny.
It still looks cleaner than the pot-bellied stove, but it's not pristine either.
By the time I got all that done the glue on the roof pieces had dried and I could start with my wallpaper, flooring and wainscoting.
I added wallpaper and flooring to the 'hallway' so if the door opened it wouldn't show the bare wood.
I stained the floor with Minwax Brazillian Rosewood but decided to paint the wainscoting.
The blue comes across very bright in the photos so I aged it a bit with some very watered down black paint.
It's not much but there's a bit of a difference.
I like how it looks with the wallpaper and flooring.
Not sure where I'll put the stove yet. But I tested it out in the little nook.
It might be a good place for the bed. Not sure yet. Need to measure a bit. And make the bed. Easy right?
How have the rest of you been doing?