Wednesday, 22 June 2011

The Grand Bedroom Botch - up begins !

I have been working hard on my plans for Uncle Morts bedroom , as mentioned in my last post.
Here you can see where I have taken out the bannisters around the stairwell. This was dead space in the bedroom as the gap either side of the bannisters was too small to put anything into .
I wanted to make a built in bed with drapes to free up space in the rest of the room that would otherwise have been mostly filled with bed !

As in all the best botch ups I just got stuck right in and made a framework over the stairwell with square balsa wood strips. I then set in a small door which matches the rest of the doors in the house. I filled the gap above the door with various strips of spare wood I had in my "useful " drawer ! Then I replaced the skirting board, notice my antique cooking weights holding it in place till it dries, they have been a great help building this dolls house !

Here you can see the bed. I simply glued a frame around the wall to support the thin balsa strip I used to make the bed. Because there is hollow space under the bed and over the stairwell you are still able to look up the stairs from the lower floor without the top of the stairs looking blocked.

When you look though the new doorway in the bedroom you can just see the top stair and it looks as if you can easily walk down the stairs ! it is of course just an optical illusion but it will do for me .

The bed is now almost ready to dress. I still have to attach a piece of trim to the left hand inner side and then refit the cornice around the top. There is a space behind the upper wood strip (which I have now wallpapered ) to attach the drapes .

I wasnt able to remove the wall light as its wiring is covered in brickwork on the back of the house, but I think it works effectively where it is , lighting up the bed side beautifully.

I'm very excited now to dress the bed !

More photos soon ..........

julie xx


Plushpussycat said...

Fun! I enjoy watching your work in progress!

Chrissey said...

Hi it looks great i ve done a similar thing in my beach house have covered up the stair well with flooring, so downstairs ther are stairs but they dont lead anywhere lol, much more room in bedroom. Love seeing yours xx

Tallulah Belle said...

Very, very clever Julie. Now you have the best of both worlds....I know how irritating it is when you can't see stairs least this way it looks like they are functional. Great idea.

Karin F. said...

cleverly done!!

Linda said...

great idea!!! have filed it in the good ideas book which is packed and i never do any of them but still...its in there lol :D Linda x

Flora said...

You have solved the age-old question of unusable space in an excellent manner!
The idea is brilliant ela perfect realization: I love this room, and the fact that you have also edited the retail optical illusion, is a strong incentive not to furnish them in the face of this kind of trouble :-)
I look forward to seeing the finished bed, so the poor man will be able to rest the bones after the long work :-)
Mini hugs, Flora

Irene said...

You've made an imaginative use of the space and are off to a good start. I'm keen to see how the rest of this progresses.

Judith said...

What a clever idea - wish I'd thought of this when I made my tea room. Wait a minute though, it's never too late to change something - right? You're doing a wonderful job Julie. Looking forward to seeing the finished project. Judith x

Janice said...

It all looks great Julie. I love the bed. It really adds interest to the room. Can't wait to see you do your magic on it.

Patty said...

Julie, It is amazing to see what you have done to transform this room! Is the bed dressed yet? I can't wait to see the photos!

Sandra from Sydney said...

Good idea to use what would otherwise be wasted space - and I think the bedroom is looking great. Love the bed. I'm enjoying watching yur progress.

Em said...

Wonderful project and so helpful to a beginner. You mentioned you were waiting for a range for the kitchen. I have just bought a phoenix gas cooker and have never made/painted a model in my life. Will you please blog about your range when you do it? Thanks

miniaturista said...

Me ha gustado mucho.
Felices fiestas
Un abrazo

Minyatür ve hobi said...

Very good work