Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Servant's Bathroom

Have you ever built a bathroom in a day?  Wish real life worked that quickly!  I spent the day working on the servant's bathroom in the sub-basement.  I had previously wallpapered the ceiling, added lighting and installed the floor I made from print-outs.

I started with building the wall of cabinets that line the back wall of the bathroom.  They are made out of matte board and are non-opening.  I purchased the handles and pulls.  Once that was done I papered the two side walls.  As the cabinets were going to line the back of the wall, I didn't need to paper it.

I papered the two side walls.

I installed the wall of cabinets and drawers.

Then I built, stained and installed the wainscoting.

Finally, I added the crown molding and moved in the fixtures.

The bathroom is located between Reginauld's (the butler) room and the cook's room.

All that's needed now are accessories and bubbles!

I have some finishing work to do in the stairwell and butler's pantry and then it's on to the scullery.  I had originally painted the bathroom cabinets gray with a white wash finish that turned out pretty nice, but I thought it would look much better in the scullery.  The mangle kit I ordered came yesterday, so at some point I'm going to have to attend to that.  It's going to be a daunting task . . .

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Outdoor Furniture

Work is continuing in the basements, but I took a few moments to enjoy the outside of the manor.  I made the balcony furniture from kits from Phoenix Model Developments in the UK.  They went together easily and are painted with enamel paint.  Have you ever painted with enamel paint?  It's very strange.  It comes out of the bottle very watery and within seconds starts to thicken.  It freaked me out at first!  I need to give the furniture one more coat of paint and then make some seat cushions to finish them off.

Long view of the balcony.

Lemonade on the balcony.

I placed the balcony furniture on the steps of the gazebo
so you could see them better.

The roses are from Kraig Councell.

I purchased wicker furniture for the gazebo which is amazing.  It is made by Wicker Miniature on Etsy.  It took a long time to get here from Russia, but it was worth the wait.

I spent a lot of time outside this weekend doing yard work which feels really good to get done.  It's supposed to rain this afternoon and I can see that the clouds are gathering, so I'm off to play at the manor.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Sunday, July 26, 2020

I'm M-e-l-t-i-n-g . . .

I feel like the wicked witch of the west - melting not from water, but from heat and humidity!  There is supposed to be a break in the weather starting tonight with thunder storms and it can't come soon enough.  All I can say is, I'm grateful for air conditioning!

So while I'm beating the heat by staying indoors, and since I'm waiting yet again for supplies, I decided to go ahead and build the one dresser kit I had on hand (still waiting on the third and final one), three night stands - one for each of the servant's rooms - and some roses I got from Moonflower Miniatures.

Everything went together beautifully and other than the last dresser, the servant's rooms are furnished.  I would like to add at least one chair and perhaps some other do-dads once I spend some time figuring out each of their personalities.

Built and waiting for staining . . .

All turned out beautifully.

Reginauld's room.

Isn't this night stand the cutest thing?

Flower kit from Moonflower Miniatures on Etsy.

I used super glue to mimic water and hold the roses in place.

Rosemary's vanity arrived and as it happens I had to move furniture around to make the room make sense and give enough room for Rosemary to move around.

Wish I had thought to remove that middle/end wall . . . ughhhh!
Since I had not one, but two, wire fires from the light for the butler's pantry, I ordered a different fixture altogether and am awaiting its arrival.  I did manage to get some of the wallpapering done and the flooring done for the butler's pantry, but until I can get that light installed, I'm at somewhat of a standstill.

The floor here is dark walnut wood flooring which I varnished.  I also had to add on 6 inches because these rooms are 24 inches deep.  It was not easy wallpapering way, way, way back there!

And with some of the furniture I've ordered for this room.  Brian gave me a generous budget and I used it all!  LOL!  I was going to build some cabinets, but I wanted something very particular and I wanted the doors and drawers to open to display silverware, napkins, candles and the like.  So far, two of the mahogany china cabinets have arrived.  I need to take a picture of the fronts . . .

I also got the scullery all wallpapered since I was able to cover the wires from all the lights from the sub-basement that lead down this side of the basements.  I've ordered a mangle (creepy name isn't it?) from Phoenix Model Developments and am looking forward to building it and adding it to the scullery.  I'll be building cabinets in here the same as the kitchen cabinets with the exception of a couple of sinks.  This room is going to be fun since I'm going to make it look very "worked" in.  LOL!

Look how tidy these poor girls look doing this hard work!
Brian cut and routered a board for me this morning that will sit between the basements and the manor.  It will also give me eight extra inches for landscaping!  For now, the extra spandrel I needed for the turret roof came on Friday, so I think I'll go play with that . . .

Monday, July 20, 2020

So Happy Together

Do you remember that song by the Turtles circa 1967?  Yeah, it's stuck in my brain . . .

This past Friday all the lights arrived for the sub-basement and I was able to get them all installed.  A friend of mine came for the weekend and as we were sitting and admiring the manor, all of a sudden I smelled something burning and saw smoke coming from one of the wires!  I quickly unplugged everything and was able to minimize the damage.  Is there such a thing as a miniature fire department?  LOL!  Anyway, I'm not really sure what happened but a portion of the wire to the light in the butler's pantry burned up.  I was able to replace it and after a good deal of time monitoring it, I deemed everything safe.

Once we were safely in the clear, Brian helped me put the manor on top of the basements and WOW the effect was incredibly exciting!  It is impressive to behold (if I do say so myself).

I spent Saturday afternoon building the widow's walk.  I couldn't believe how long it took to build this little decorative addition and that's after spending an entire movie painting it beforehand.  At any rate, it's done and I'm very pleased with how it turned out.

I ran out of trim and had to order one more piece to finish the turret.  I knew I should have trusted my instincts and ordered that one extra piece the first time around!

Now that the lighting is complete, I can turn my attention to finishing the wallpapering, crown molding and baseboards in the servants bedrooms.  I have a simple white bathroom suite on order and am still waiting for the staircase that will finish the sub-basement stairwell.  I'm looking forward to this bit as I'm going to modify it to have a right hand turn that goes up into the dining room.

And now I'm going shopping for furniture for the butler's pantry . . . I'm looking forward to this part!

Stay well and stay safe!

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Somewhere in Time

I just love this movie!  Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour made the perfect couple . . . until he found that darn penny in his pocket!

I don't remember exactly, but I think it may have been this movie that spawned my love for all things Victorian.  The beauty, gentleness and decorum of the era tugs at my heart strings.  Not to mention the romance spelled out in a single bouquet of flowers and the ornate buildings and decorating schemes.

Ah to go back . . . somewhere in time . . .

"The man of my dreams has almost faded now.  The one I have created in my mind.
The sort of man each woman dreams of in the deepest and most secret reaches of her heart.  I can almost see him now before me.  What would I say to him, if he were really here?
Forgive me, I have never known this feeling . . . I've lived without it all my life.  Is it any wonder then, that I failed to recognize you?  You, who brought it to me for the first time?  Is there any way I can tell you how my life has changed?  Any way at all to let you know what sweetness you have given me? 
There is so much to say . . . I cannot find the words.  Except for these . . . I love you.  Such would I say to him . . . if he were really here."
Doesn't your heart just break for her when he is torn from her life?  Ah, such is a good romance movie . . .