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 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 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!


  1. You have done such a great job! That hallway is so beautiful! So many lovely details <3

  2. Adorable!!! Love all your work! So cute wallpaper too!

  3. You've done such a good job putting up the wallpaper; I would never have guessed that you had so little paper to work with - your "piecing and patching" is perfectly done. I love the new spaces that you've created from the original rooms and look forward to seeing the bedroom take shape.

  4. This is lovely. Adore the wallpaper.

  5. Please, don't stick the blue blanket back into place, I love how it shows, it adds even more realism to an already perfect scene !

  6. Looks great Mercedes. You wouldn't know that the wallpaper was all little bits, it loks so good! I love the little rooms off rooms, it adds so much realism and character. And thanks for giving tips on making the linen look natural. I will have to have a go myself. Have a great weekend.

  7. Cada vez me gusta más,todos los pequeños detalles tan perfectamente trabajados,es increíble!!! Esa ropa no colocada en orden,le añade realismo al armario!!!!

  8. Wonderful, i love linen closets. Im always impressed by how much your able to accomplish in mini. My houses take ages and are never quite finished. lol


  9. Just gorgeous!
    All the best

  10. The cupboard with linnen looks very real, I love it! The wallpaper looks very neat, can't see that you had to join pieces. Greetings

  11. The wallpaper is so beautiful! And the linens look perfect!

  12. Que cosas tan bonitas que haces . Siempre me dejas maravillada .

  13. Hi Mercedes! Thank you for explaining how you achieved such a natural effect with your stacked linens because I LOVE your linen closet! :D Also I want to commend you on adding the door at the top of the stairs. A bold move but it is perfectly in keeping with an old farmhouse as well as solving the problems of having to construct a set of stairs. When I was a child I lived in an old house that had a door at the top of the stairs too, so seeing yours feels nostalgic. :D
    I applaud how you've managed to stretch that wall paper to the max! No one would ever guess that you were short on it.:))
    Your wood panelling really looks great as does every carefully crafted detail of these two connecting halls.
    I have really enjoyed All of your Practical, Clever and utterly Charming design solutions and I look forward to seeing what you decide to do with the bedroom! :))


  14. great job, thank you for explaining how you stacked the linens...Im going to have to give that a try

    marisa :)

  15. Your work is fabulous. Thank you for this inspiring post!


  16. Gorgeous -- I love the grey wash coloration. :D

  17. Really a great work came to see here I found it too innovative to makeover the farm house. Thanks for sharing here the beautiful pictures of your home.Sharing something for all about bathrooms as there are many innovative small bathroom makeovers sites with which we makeover our bathroom with creative bathroom ideas and bathroom design and get your bathroom looks wonderful.

  18. That linen closet is perfectly messy! So many great things in this little house!

  19. Your choice of wallpaper is right up my street! Love the pattern. I laughed when I read how you went to look in your own linen cupboard. I thought, if it's anything like mine.... And there was the same result. Organized mess. It's perfect! Fabulous result!


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