Sunday, July 14, 2019

More Books!

This wasn't a terribly productive weekend.  After spending a lot of vacation on the Downtown Loft I made more books this weekend.

If I wasn't making books I was cutting out the covers to make more books.


I have a lot more to cut out, which is okay because I have a lot more books to make.


I pretty much need to fill this box and another box and a half like it.

I'm hoping to maybe cut out covers a bit at night this week and then make books on the weekends.  Then I need to get going on the building again.

Not very exciting this week.  Sorry.  I've got three more days of vacation coming up so I'm hopeful that I'll get more done next weekend.


Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Downtown Loft

My vacation (finally) started on June 29th and I was sooooo ready for it.  I haven't had any extended time off in almost a year, because work has been so insane.

So I took the first weekend off.  I made a few books for the shop but mostly I sat and watched tv and enjoyed writing.

Then because I'd started on the Loft backsplash the weekend before I began work on the kitchen of the Loft.  I had to redo that first backsplash because the design of the beads on the front caught way too much of the spackle/grout.  So I pried them off and flipped them over to use the flat side as my tiles.


You actually see the 'tiles' rather than tons of grout so I think this works better.

I'd cut shelves to go between the kitchen window and the upper cabinets in the corner. But I thought they looked too boring.  So I got my Dremel and sanded the edges irregularly.  It gives them a live edge look and that's more modern which I enjoy.


I did the same with the shelves that go on the first backsplash above the coffee station.


With a lot of measuring and making templates and then gluing the 'tiles' to my cardboard templates, I got the backsplash behind the stove and sink done.


Here's a view of the area behind the stove side of the counters.  It looks pretty good.


Once I glued the shelves in place I really liked how the live edge looked.  And it echoes the coffee table that I love for the living room.

I added some thin strips of wood to go along the side and bottom edge of the backsplash.  There's the slightest gap between the tiles and the cabinets and I didn't want to add spackle there because it gets all over the cabinets and that white just doesn't always clean up.



I added the pot filler faucet from Kristine's Shapeways shop to the stovetop backsplash because I knew I'd never get it to stay on if I glued it after I put the backsplash on the walls.

While all that dried I added my flagstone flooring to the first floor.  And used the very sophisticated technique to hold it all down flat.


Once the paper was dry and stuck down flat I could glue in the cabinets.  Interesting process, lots of clamps, glue, cursing, wondering why something is square when I make it, but doesn't fit perfectly into the square building.

Thankfully the backsplash hid any gaps.




Gluing the staircase in was a little nerve wracking, but I got it and the lights I'd chosen in.



Here's a picture of the other side.


I added a strip of silver to the top of the fridge just to make it look more like an actual fridge.


The little spot lights are moveable so I'll be able to turn them to light the other side a bit more.

My only concern is fitting the couch and coffee table with the living space.  It seems smaller to me and I wonder if I made my kitchen bigger than I'd originally intended.  That's entirely possible.





This angle works best for me so far.  I love this coffee table.


So I'm still debating.  The couch is beautiful and I love it, but it's just a bit too big to put beneath the long window next to the feature wall.

I can go through my stash and try to figure something else out or leave it like this...or I can make this front area the dining room and the small part with the fridge half of the kitchen the living space.

Before I did all that I worked on the bathroom.

I made a small area of shelving and left it bare wood with the live edge look again.  It goes just behind the shower wall.



I made the toilet paper from cardboard and (you guessed it) toilet paper.  The book against the wall behind the shelf unit is to hold the other tile flat against the wall while the glue dries.

Once the wider wall was dry I glued the shelf unit and the shower into place.


I think the barewood look will be nice with the barewood cube shelves.

The tile was a little more difficult but eventually I got it in.  I wanted a fun look at the edge where wood meets tile.



The tape is holding the tankless toilet up while the glue dries.  But I added in the other furniture for the bathroom to test out the look.




The painters tape and clips are to keep the railing and staircase straight while the glue dries because they wanted to lean over.

But once everything was pretty dry I could take off the tape and clips.  It looks pretty good.


I need to paint out or trim out the edges of the loft. But so far I like how it's going.

I don't have to go back to work until Wednesday, so I'll probably make some more books.  It feels good to have made progress on the Loft though.


Sunday, June 23, 2019

Loft Kitchen...More Books

This weekend I wanted to make some progress on the Loft.  So I worked on the kitchen again.  I'd put one coat of the blue paint on last weekend and I got another coat on Saturday.

I painted the doors and went to work figuring out a better version of the oven doors.  I ended up using thin cardboard, pearlescent scrapbook paper in black and steel gray and plastic from a package of windows.





I think they look better than the first version.  So I started to work on the handles.  I cut two lengths of wood and drew two ovals over the edges then used my Dremel to round them off.


I taped them together so they'd end up the same shape.


The cabinets needed handles so once I got them positioned and glued to the boxes I started to paint my hardware.



I got the handles from Jodi's Shapeways shop.  I decided to go with black hardware in the kitchen.  It's a modern look and contrasts with the browns in the countertop and backsplash.




Once they were in place I got the ovens glued on and started to work on the countertops.


I added poly gloss finish once everything was glued on and that helps to bring out the details a bit.  That had to dry before I could do anything else with the cabinets so it gave me plenty of time to get the inset for the stovetop done and the sink painted and set in the countertop.



I spent so much time on the Bookshop last weekend that I worked a bit more on the Loft this weekend.  I got the first portion of the backsplash done.


The blue in the greyish/brown stone gets picked up more once it's next to the cabinets.



They need gout added but I like the look so far.  Just this section took a lot of the beads though.


Once I got that portion grouted I put the cabinets into the Loft.  I'll work on them more next week.  I need to order more beads.

A view from the front door of the Loft.






Then I started to work on more books for the Bookshop.


And in the mail I got a lovely gift from Barbara whose blog link I seem to have lost.  She sent me more books and a cute little sign.  The leather bound book is an atlas with beautiful little maps inside.


Aren't they gorgeous!  Thank you Barbara!

Deborah sent me some of her spare blank books since she works in half scale and they're 1:12 scale.  She also sent me the sweetest little readable copy of Pride and Prejudice.  I have it safely put away so I can't lose it.  Thank you Deborah!

Everyone has been so kind I can't thank all of you enough.