Thursday, August 20, 2015

Farmhouse hallway all done!

I hadn't really thought about what I was going to do with the other side of the hallway when I built the linen cupboard and wallpapered the area behind the bathroom.
So when I started on this area things were a little tricky...one reason being that I had very little of the chair wallpaper left. 

Here is the room next to the bathroom. 
The stairs from the lower level will come up just between the windows so there will be a hallway in the back right corner.

The rest of the room will be a bedroom. 

I used almost every last scrap I had of the one sheet of wallpaper I bought when I visited Kim.
The door on the left is where the stairs come up from the entry hall below. There wasn't going to be a door there until I realised you could see into the stairwell through the window. There's not really going to be any stairs in there so I built a door.

Thank goodness for wall panelling! That was one way to make the wallpaper go further.
There wasn't really enough wallpaper to do the two strips down either side of the window however I had wallpapered the end of the stairwell behind the bathroom - where it was never gong to be seen - so I carefully pulled the wallpaper off. I had to join a couple of small pieces.

This is looking through from the linen cupboard hallway.

This is all the wallpaper I have left! 

I was asked how I layered the linens in the cupboard... 
Here's how the linens started out. Mostly folded pieces of fabrics ironed as flat as I could get them. I quite liked the look of them all lying there nice and tidy but I went to look in my own linen cupboard for a little inspiration...and let's just say it's not that tidy...so in the interests of realism I pulled the linens out of the cupboard (the dollhouse one not the real one - haven't got time to fix that when there's miniatures to be made!)

I used tweezers to pull pieces of fabric out from the stack as I held it with my fingers then I glued the fabrics together using a toothpick to push glue between the linens. I clamped the piles together when necessary so they would stay as flat as possible. 
Really the best piece of advice I can give is to look at real linens and see how they fall.

One or two things aren't glued like the pink and white crochet blanket, it's lovely and soft and just stays there on it's own. 
And the edge of the blue blanket above needs sticking into place. I didn't see it had popped out until I'd taken the photos - very, very annoying!



Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The other side of the bathroom door...the hidden hallway

Here's the hallway I've created at the other end of the old bathroom.
I bought the wallpaper with tiny chairs on it when I went to visit Kim in America.

(Yes, I know the window trim is falling off in some of the pics. But if I stop to take new pics this will never get posted!) 
You only get a little glimpse of the linen cupboard through the bathroom door.

 I've always wanted to build a linen cupboard and the hallway seemed the perfect space to create one.
The doorway beside the cupboard is the entrance to the stairs up to the third level.

 The linen cupboard won't really be able to be seen unless you look through the window from the outside...and even then you need to pull the window out to see it properly - which is why the window trim keeps falling off!

Still room to add a few more things in there!
I just have a 'thing' for pictures on glass at the moment. 
When I found the chair picture on the Graphics Fairy site I couldn't resist adding it to the glass to go with the wallpaper.



Sabiha made the window cleaning supplies and I made the tin basket to put them in. 
Sylvia made the wooden box.

Maybe it's still a bit too tidy...yes, definitely room for more in there!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Vintage Lavabo for the Farmhouse Bathroom!

What do you do when you see something (in real life) that you have no hope of ever owning...
well, if you're me...you make it in miniature!
And that's why I had to make an antique lavabo for the farmhouse bathroom.

Oh, how I'd love a real one! But I've never seen one here in NZ.

And here's a little peek through into the hallway behind the bathroom...there's more to see around the corner!

Thank you to all the wonderful people who took time to leave such lovely comments on the bathroom post. I'm thrilled that so many of you like it!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Farmhouse Bathroom Renovation

And so the little bathroom renovation begins...
Here's the room stripped out and ready to be re-done.
I've never cared much for the bathroom. And this room is much too long and deep to be very useful.
So...I've split the room in two. The end with the window will be a hallway and the front two thirds will become a more manageable size for a bathroom.

 I started by making the bathroom floor. Of course I should have made the floor into the hallway all at once but I was in a hurry to see what the bathroom was going to look like...I might have mentioned before 'I like to see results fast!'

Then I made a very shabby old door from scratch!

I made some new walls with rusty tin wall panelling.

And I made a transom window to go above the door. 
The light shines through the pretty window and door glass but it's very hard to photograph!

I loved the way the bathroom looked but something just didn't seem quite right. I didn't know what it needed until I decided to change the floor...

That was what it needed!
Shabby painted floorboards.

 Oh, yes. I'm happy with it now!

The ceiling - with a little mildew...because everything's a bit run down in the farmhouse.

The bath was an unfinished wood one I bought years ago.


I finally got around to painting it.

I couldn't decide whether the bath should be copper or zinc so I went with copper on the outside and zinc on the inside.


There's plenty more to be done!

I've finally realised I need to finish renovating all the rooms before I fill them with the fun stuff - otherwise everything keeps falling over.

The hallway on the other side of the bathroom door is almost done. Soon to be revealed!