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Monday, July 8, 2013

The King of All Sideboards

Lots of work done on all the pieces of furniture for the house this week and I'm still no where near finished!  In the second bedroom, the bed has been painted and assembled and a simple bedspread in pink with a white lace overlay has been added.  I made the obvious choice and said the huge dresser was too big and dominating for the room and moved it down to the Dining room where it looks right at home.  In it's place I've currently placed a beat up old table which will be turned into a dressing table to suit the room.  Um, unless I change my mind again.

 Next door the bathroom has been rearranged again and the shelf unit has been painted.

The Main Bedroom has also been rearranged.  Again.  And again.  I'll stick with this layout.  Absolutely, definately maybe . . .  proabably not.

The chairs for the Rec room had a slight setback and need a bit of revision before I show them to you, but here's the rack for the pool cues.

And now for the king of all sideboards, the Sitting room sideboard.

Not only must it be one of the largest single pieces of miniature furniture I've ever made, it is also one of my personal favourites.  To compliment the hint of gothic style in this room I used the last of my supply of gothic laser cut panels to create the lower cupboard doors.  After staining the wood I filled in the panels with faux leadlighting paint for a lead-lit look.  I still need to clean up where the red ran a little across the front of the panels.

The upper cupboards were also treated with some faux leadlighting.  For these I used some black outliner to create a diamond pattern and then lightly frosted the "glass" (plastic) of the doors and backed this with a piece of mirror paper.  A big piece of mirror paper was used for the main mirror with scrapbooking corners glued over the top of the mirror to finish it off.

Countless toothpicks lost their heads to create the galleried top for the sideboard.  The sideboard really makes this room start to look good,  I can't wait to see this room with the chairs recovered (hey, you didn't think they were going to stay that icky pinky colour did you?).

If the Sitting room has the King of sideboards, then the Dining room must have the Queen.  As this started out life in the bedroom it was painted the same dark chocolate brown as the bed.  Not sure at this point whether to repaint the rest of the dining furniture to match the sideboard or leave it all mis-matched.

 Mirror paper was used for the central mirror with another scrapbooking corner ontop.  The fancy heads of more toothpicks decorate the back of the upper shelves.

In the entry hall part of the room, the settle has been upholstered in a burgundy velveteen and a shelf and mirror have been added to the left wall in place of a proper hall stand.

 And finally for this week, the kitchen furniture has been painted.

In the scullery area at the back of the room the shelf unit has been painted and installed.  Either it or the back door is crooked.  You can see the gap between them in the photo, but not with the naked eye.  On the right wall the sink from the original house has been reused and the new dish rackhung over it.

Along the right wall of the main kitchen the various furniture has all been painted except for the desk chair for which I'll make a slip cover to go over.

On the left side, the dresser/hutch looks more unified now it's all one colour.

 Still lots of painting and upholstering to get done, but overall, the house is starting to come together.


  1. I like the furniture of your house. Very elegant.
    Greetings, Faby

  2. it's starting to come together ;)

  3. What a massive sideboard. That must have been a huge project. A grand house needs a big sideboard..it's great. I like your uses of fretwork in the doorways. A nice touch. Indypoppy

  4. This is looking so good. I love the sideboards and your creativity!