Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Window Woes

So I completed the bay windows only to discover that I painted them wrong!  After looking longingly at my inspiration picture, I realized I didn't paint the exterior window sashes in the right color.  Only the inner exterior trim.  Whaaaaa . . . .  I gently pried the windows apart and repainted them in the gold they should have been painted in the first place.  Satisfied that I got it right, I set about gluing and reinserting them.  Then I discovered another faux paus!  I painted the interior sashes cream instead of staining them!  Sigh . . . I feel defeated.  My only recourse now is to paint them as close to the stain color as I can.  As a sometime perfectionist, this irks me, but I'll have to live with it.  Needless to say, I was much more careful with the remaining windows.


I'm loving this little breakfast room addition!
Yesterday, I sanded, painted and stained the double bedroom window, the third floor hall window and the two dining room windows.  They turned out well, but I noticed this morning that one of the dining room windows is crooked.  EEEgads!!  I tried to pry it off, but I glued it on so well it isn't budging and rather than create a real mess, I decided to leave well enough alone.  This window will be covered by the screened porch, so I'm hoping it won't detract from the overall appearance of the manor.




However, if I loose sleep over it tonight, it might be coming off anyway . . .  Question:  Why is it that when you dry fit everything fits perfectly, and then when you glue it things turn out wonky?  Enquiring minds want to know!

I also cut out the opening for a single French door from the bedroom to the deck over the breakfast room.  I had originally ordered a full glass door, but then I thought "why'd I do that?" when clearly it should be a single French door!  Ah well, all's well that end's well.

I centered the door over the breakfast room's bay windows.  I had to pull out hubby's big saw to cut through the plywood and then finished the little bits with my utility knife.



Then I found a piece of scrap wood to fill in the space left by the original window opening.  And voila!  An opening for a French door (to be installed upon arrival).

I'm working on the ceilings now getting ready for lighting this weekend when my friend arrives to help me out.  I'm not only looking forward to lighting the manor, but spending time with my friend whom I haven't seen in several years.  It will be fun catching up!

4 comments:

  1. Hello Teresa!
    Your 'Enquiring Mind" is not alone- I ask that same question too! My guess is that the window will drive you nuts until you bite the bullet and fix it, because crooked does that to you, just ask me how I know..... ;D
    But I have to say that your additon with the little patio above is nothing short of WONDERFUL!
    The gold paint really accentuates the window and looks simple yet elegant and ideal for your Pennethorne Manor -
    LOVING IT IMMENSELY!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments Elizabeth! I'm afraid you're right - I'll be pulling out that little window today to straighten it out. It will haunt me forever if I don't fix it now. Building a dollhouse is like taking one step forward and three (hundred) steps back! Sigh . . . You know what I mean! LOL!

      Hugs,
      Teresa

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  2. Oh how I know your pain! Usually, it takes me a couple days to come to terms with the fact that there's nothing to it but to re-do it!
    I have used my hair dryer on high along with a spackling knife to loosen the glue enough to pop off whatever piece. Works good, just try to avoid direct heat on the window plastic.
    Also, they have mini levels available that do come in handy. A lot of times when we "eyeball" things, we live to regret it. Here's an Amazon link for a set that may prove useful to you:
    https://www.amazon.com/Darice-91095-01-Level-Picture-Hanging/dp/B0054G62KW/ref=pd_sbs_201_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0054G62KW&pd_rd_r=9506a602-c324-11e8-85d4-ef9f8da44be6&pd_rd_w=1wBS4&pd_rd_wg=hPLR1&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=53dead45-2b3d-4b73-bafb-fe26a7f14aac&pf_rd_r=DP6920BCXF8F3254JX4B&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=DP6920BCXF8F3254JX4B
    Do not despair, instead look at all you've accomplished and what you love, so far. There will be more challenges and re-do's ahead, bit you can handle them! If it makes you feel better, just remember this is normal, and we're all here to console you!

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement and information Jodi! I tackled the crooked window yesterday and made a real mess. However, it all turned out in the end and the window isn't crooked anymore. I'll be much more diligent in future! LOL!

      Hugs,
      Teresa

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