Tuesday, 29 January 2013

A Little Bathroom Takes Shape

This week I commenced work on the bathroom of the eBay house (which I think now I will start calling the "American House" - because it is looking more and more American for some reason). I have been looking at countless pictures of Victorian bathrooms, and found one I particularly liked:


The temptation of using panelling on the walls instead of difficult tiling was too much. So I convinced myself it was more authentic..


I sanded the edges of each balsa wood plank (which I had cut individually from a few large sheets), so that the individual panelling planks would be more obvious.  


The back wall is not detachable, so I had to cut a cardboard template of it. That way I could work on that rather then straight on the back wall. 



For the floor I made a template out of cardboard. 


For the floor I bought a sheet of paper which had tessellated tiles on it. It isn't quite as realistic as the wooden floors, but it suffices when one is short on time. This method means I can slip it out while I am working, and back in now and then during the process (to see how the room will look). 


I had to cut the sheet down to size. This was a challenge. 


I painted the panelling mustard yellow. 





I am not entirely happy with this colour. Although it matches the floor nicely, it makes the yellow in the hallway look a little bit washed out and faded. So it is back to the drawing board to think of a better colour scheme - be that flat colours or wall paper. 


11 comments:

  1. I love your work! It all looks so real! Looking forward to the next step.
    Love, Lara

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  2. I like the paneling for the bathroom, have you thought of using the blue/gray color in the floor for the wall, maybe a darker shade on the paneling and a lighter shade above the paneling, I think it will tie in nicely with your bedroom colors.

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    1. Yes, I was thinking a blue grey, although maybe green too (since the attic room is already blue). Two colours is a good idea. I'm going to go to the paint shop and see what grabs me! Any earthy tones I think will suit.

      Emily

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  3. Hi Emily, I agree with you that it's a bit too much. I like Elga's idea, but you could also just make it a bit lighter. It could also change the whole look when you paint/paper above the paneling, so I would try that first.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestions Idske! It is so difficult to choose good colours! I will think about it all week and see how I go..

      Emily

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  4. Hello Emily,
    I love the wainscot and the inspiration photo. I think the yellow is just a little too bright and makes the room look a little dollhousy rather then realsitic. I love Elga's idea and thinkt hat would work beautifully. Possibly you could try a white wash over the yellow to tone it down?
    I can't wait to see what you decide on.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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  5. I'm enjoying your progress with this and agree with the others about the yellow. The bluey grey sounds very workable but a lot depends on what you place above the dado rail. The decisions are as tricky in mini as they are in RL!

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  6. Hi Emily, You are doing a wonderful job. It is always hard to balance the colours in a miniature house. We have to take into account that we can see the whole house all at once. Look forward to seeing what you decide to,do.
    Regards Janine

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  7. Hi, when making house do we need to add the wood width to room sizes? I have a blue print of what i want to make but unaure on the framing thaks all

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