Monday, May 22, 2023

Ceiling, Floor and Fireplace

 During the week my order from Amazon arrived. I got Brass Black and Aluminum Black.  I wanted the hinges to be a little darker because they looked suspicously shiny and anything near a Blacksmith's shop wouldn't be terribly clean. 

I made three more hinges and darkened them, I also darkened the ones on the shutters.

For extra hold I used tiny screws for the door hinges.

I'm also lucky that I have a lot of tongue depressors because they're the ceiling and floors. 

I got the first floor ceiling glued on. 

Stained it and then added the beams. The boards are stained with Minwax Chestnut stain gel and the beams are Minwax Dark Walnut.

Making sure everything fit in properly was pretty important. And before I could do the floor for the upstairs I had to figure out how much space the fireplace hearth would take. 

So let's build a fireplace for the upstairs.

Obviously no stone added yet which would soften those edges and make it look a lot less modern. But it gives me the hearth size so I could start the floor for the second level.

More tongue depressors with nail holes. I stained them with Minwax Dark Walnut. It's drying a bit still so I'll sand it down and put another layer, maybe chestnut over the dark walnut. 

The pieces of wood lying on top of the floor are exterior beams to hold up the second floor. They'll go around the edges to support the walls. Purely decorative but they'll look like they're functional.

I took a picture of the inside with the ceiling, it looks pretty good I think.

I'm going over different ways to trim out the roof edges and I've got the chimney tops cut. they obviously need stonework too. I'll probably do all the stone at once. 

So far so good. I need to figure out window placement for the second floor but that shouldn't be too hard. I think. 

How are all of you doing?

Finished goods
Forge Roof/ceiling
Forge Bargeboards
Second floor/ceiling beams
Second floor/ceiling
Second floor walls
Second floor fireplace
Second floor railing (so no one falls down the stairs)


  1. Hi Sheila! Your hinges look fabulous! I am going to remember that brass "brad" trick for the long hinge straps! Such a simple piece of "hardware" made from an everyday item! (I've seen people use the round parts for lids on "jars" made from beads too!) Your floors are looking great... and the ceilings too.... that's quite a bit of cutting from tongue depressors, but they make great floorboards. I like the stain you have used too. And the fireplace is looking promising... I know you will have fun with the "rocks"! :) The front door looks Gorgeous!! As always, I look forward to seeing more!

  2. Your hinges are fantastic. A lot of progress but still a long open list. I love the door.
    As usual I too, look forward to seeing more

    Hugs, Drora

  3. Looking great Sheila! Making good progress.