I have begun the bungalow interior this week. I have started with the dining room, which is the smaller of the two rooms on the bottom floor. I have spent a lot of time researching arts and crafts style interiors, and come to the conclusion and high wall panels are a necessity.
High wall panels were complimented by a decorative wall paper frieze in most homes of this time.
I made the wall panels from several thicknesses of base wood ply.
I then planned to stain the wood to give it a deeper rich colour. I left the cross sections of wood loose so that I could sand the main panels more easily. The cross section pieces I stained separately and will glue on once all the staining is done.
I began with one layer of french polish. This first layer seals the wood so that the application of stain doesn't soak in unevenly and give a blotchy finish.
I then gave it a couple of layers of stain.
Now is the hard part: choosing the right wall paper!
I have tried several different options:
I still can't decide! It is difficult because the choice will also have to match or compliment the wall paper that I use in the lounge room next door. I have now been dwelling on this decision for four days.
Some things just can't be rushed.