but before I do, I wish to apologize in advance for some of the fuzzy photos. I am still working on the quality of my shots but I do still have "Fails" every now and then. ><
Now where was I?
It all started with rummaging through the junk drawer, trying to find some spare doors to pass onto a friend of mine named Dave. Dave is building an "A" framed miniature cottage from scratch. I knew that I had extra doors that he could have, and while culling through the lot, I found the Original Arthur kit front door with those MASSIVE DOOR HINGES STILL ON IT. I took it out of the junk drawer and looked at it again, this time with NEW EYES.
I recall, my dismissive distain that I felt towards this Arthur door back in 2012, but just as I had second thoughts about the Big Tiles, I had a second look at the Arthur front door.
What would the cottage look like with the original Arthur front door instead?
I am a visual person and so I had to give it an actual audition to see what it might look like IF I had opted to use it.
|the original ARTHUR kit front door |
with a pretty green satin bow,
hot glued on for life .
|The original Houseworks front door that I have had on the cottage for over 2 years.|
I bought a new 6 panel door which looked identical to the one above, and removed 4 panels.
|(The new door painted red, the panels removed, "glass" inserted and divider installed)|
|The finished exterior front door from the outside.|
But what did it look like from the inside?
The "before" photo below,
is what the solid door use to look like from the inside.
|sorry but couldn't find a better picture|
the door "BEFORE"
I thought I was finished with the side wall next to the fireplace but I changed my mind about the oval mirror that use to be on it.
I replaced it with the narrow shelf unit that you now see.
|The new shelf unit is made from sections of filigree fan slats, courtesy of |
Thanks Linda! :D
by the way Linda has a Brand new Blog
Make sure that you go and check it out!
The filigree sections were doubled up and glued together to re-enforce them, then glued onto a mat board backing. Wood shelves were added and faux drawers. The layers of applied color are reflective of the corals and blues that are elsewhere within the room
The shelf was built to house;
some old but favorite books,
Kaiser porcelain cream and sugar bowl,
a floral china ornament,
Kaiser tea cups, and saucers, that I have had for years,
as well as a favorite green floral teacup, saucer, and Toby mug by Canadian I.G,M.A artisan, Janice Crawley.
To soften the shelves, I topped it off with a trailing house plant, which I must remember to water.
I am quite satisfied with the way it looks and especially, with the extra storage that it now provides.
|yep! another carpet change|
to the parlor ceiling.
I re-plastered and then re-painted the ceiling a dark, greyish- brown. I also added 2 heavy cross beams to it. It was very tricky to do. It took me a quite a few days to complete, and I pinched a nerve in my neck in the process, but it is all better now and it was worth the pain.
Are you curious as to why? Then let me give you my reasons.
If I don't go and change my mind...