Friday, 29 December 2017

Dining Room continued

Today I decided to continue on with the dining table. I'll probably keep on with it until something better comes along. :) I'm keeping the top unglued until I finish, well finishing it. :) And until I decide if removing a leaf is an option.


 First I gave it a coat of stain. I chose Cabot's Walnut Brown.



Then I gave it a thick wash of Americana Chalk paint in a grey called Yesteryear which I left on for a few seconds then wiped off with an old towel.


Nope, more wash required.


Umpteen more washes and Ok, now we are getting somewhere. :D  


The Chairs are still in their primer white underwear. I was thinking of making them a dirty swedish grey, but I don't know, I like the white.. They are a bit plain though.. I'll need to distress them or something if they stay this colour. Maybe some antiquing wax would do the trick.


And from the side. Oops looks like I forgot the underside of one leaf. Teehee. Need to fix that on my next crafting day. I'll add it too my looooong list. :D 


A view of the top. It's not showing up in pictures that well. It's greyer in RL. I do like the undertones of the wood finish though. I don't want a completely grey table.


None of this painting deals with the size issue of course. So I mocked up a version that removed a leaf. 


I'm glad I did this because I literally had my saw out to cut the base until I saw this photo. There are several problems with making the table this length. Firstly, length is not the issue, width is. Given that I want the table to be centred to the fireplace, shortening it and moving it down the room will off set it from the fireplace and my sensibilities will be offended! I could always move the fireplace down the wall towards the back of the room, but this has all sorts of implications for the chimney, not the least of which it would cover one of the basement windows below. Umm.. no.... This will be an ongoing issue in this house as the rooms are long and narrow.. and this is the widest one with no stair well to impede. Secondly, if I remove a portion of the base to shorten the assembly the legs will either A: be in a wierd position or B. be too close together to allow chairs under.

Losing the staircase or the fireplace are not options in my opinion so there is nothing for it but to mock up the room a bit to get a feel for how overwhelming it's going to be... Meanwhile I'll be stalking Ebay for a skinny table. :D

Get ready for picture spam.. You can never have too many pictures right?


It doesn't look too bad here.. maybe the lighter colouring has camoflaged the size. The room looks fairly spacious.


I think the chairs in white help them fade into the background a bit and not look busy like they did when they were dark wood.


This room is all just in dry fit and like a house of cards could come crashing down at any minute. All my minis could be turned to dust at any moment. :) 


 I quite like this shot. I like how the light coming through the door reflects on the table surface. This mock up exercise has highlighted to me that, not only do I need a new light, I need to move it over to the middle of the table. I think I will wait until I know what table that will be before the move though.. lest I have many holes in my ceiling to patch. :)


Not a lot of space down the fireplace side.. how close can you be before your furniture catches fire??? It might need to move over just a smidgen...


These random metal minis were chosen for the table for one reason only. No it's not tea time.. They are heavy! Because the table top isn't assembled and my white-washed floor is wonky. These heavy little minis are holding the tabletop level..


Let's pretend there is a back wall.

A view from the foyer.


From the front bay windows. The light was so nice this afternoon. :) 


Love the little basket in the fireplace I got from Lidi Stroud at the Sydney Miniatures show.


Through the front door. Come in!


And a couple of close ups. 



 I'm actually really liking the look of this table.. My mini people may have to learn to sidle around the furniture. :D


















20 comments:

  1. Have you thought about a double pedestal table? That could solve your space problem, the ones I've seen are slightly narrower and shorter than your kit.

    I do really like the wash you've used on the table though, and how the white chairs look with it. Very airy and light.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion Sheila, you are always so helpful I really appreciate it. :) I'll have a look around and see what I see. I really do like this style of table though because you see its lines alot in Gustavian tables. Ishall see what is out there and then decide :D

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  2. The table is big, but it is not overwhelming. If you don't find something you like better soon, you should stick with it.
    I love your photo spam. I can see you standing there thinking, and moving things a fraction this way or that. I do the same!

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    1. Thanks Megan, it's growing on me in the space so I'm going to let it marinate for a while and see how I feel... Um.. Were you stalking my craft room while I was spending hours playing? lol

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  3. Hi Sam. Firstly the table and chairs look great and I don’t think the table is too wide for the space. My one suggestion is you remove the chimney breast and make the chimney on the outside. Then you have your fireplace without it taking up too much space inside. Happy new year too!

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    1. Thanks Shannon.. I'll try the room without the chimney breast.. I really am partial to it though.. I just want everything I want! lol... It is a bit of a luxury in a room with so little width.. I'm determined though.. :D

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  4. This looks great, very real! It reminds me of a dining room some of my old friends had. We had several great dinners together.
    Lovely work.

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    1. Thank you! That is a great compliment. :) Great memories I'm sure.

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    2. Wine and laughter and conversations ;-)

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  5. I love the photo spam! The dining room is coming along nicely.

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    1. Thanks Sam... :) I'm having fun and that means lots of mucking around and taking photos.

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  6. Lots of homes have the rooms set one way for day-to-day function and set another when certain functions are going on. Just set the room up like you are preparing for a large dinner party and you're all set! I like the style you have brewing and can't wait to see the next steps!

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    1. Thanks Jodi! It's not set in stone this way, but I like your thinking :D
      I'm going to try Shannon's idea of loosing the chimney breast even though I don't really want to.. I just want everything my way and more space! Lol. Next steps are going to take a little while, I have a last push of lots of work before my ski vacation in late January. Hopefully I'll fit in a bit of mini time before we depart to the US but I'm not overly hopeful. :(

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  7. Dear Sam, I have not been by since you did some retro on the basement chandelier. You have been going non stop since I can see.
    I did not realize that you were working on Gustavian Style . Hurrah, someone else to bounce the style off for Miniatures.
    You did a great job recognizing the potential of the sideboard and the chairs are perfect. Isn’t it amazing what a coat of paint will do!
    Bruce will be in Brisbane/Gold Coast /Maleny/Woodford in February if you will like to have anything carried down. Postage within Qld, if you didn’t connect, would be much cheaper I think!
    I just read further that you will be in the US soon.
    Have fun. Happy New Year.
    Janine

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    1. Hi Janine,
      Yes! I was so excited to see you were doing a Swedish house! I love your ideas.. Much better than mine.. love that panelling you are doing and wish I had thought of it.. Though my house is not Swedish.. just borrowing design ideas. :) I love Gustavian.. so I'm intending to do the main house interior almost entirely in this style.. a rustic version anyway. Hopefully we will be bouncing ideas around as we build. :D
      Thank you for your very kind offer but as usual my timing is not great.. I arrive back to Australia on the 17th Feb. So I assume I might miss Bruce? But I will make the Brisbane Dollhouse Extravaganza which is on the 24/25 Feb.. If Bruce is still down here then... You could make him go. :D Or I could pick you up some things and get it to him for transport back. :D

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  8. Hi Sam, B will arrive BNE on the 19th February. I won’t make him go to the mini show! Well, mainly because I will be at the Seattle Show for the weekend at the beginning of March. It is a trip I take with Fatima (Beauminis) and Elizabeth (StudioE) if possible, each year.
    I am looking forward to finding items to reinforce the theme. Luckily both friends have a good eye for possibilities and seem to find things I overlook.
    Talk soon.
    Janine

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    1. Well Janine, I now I wish I'd taken you up on your offer. I just bought two light fixtures from Canada, the postage was $48CAD!! LOL... They were in Edmonton though.. not sure where you are, but I'm assuming British Columbia somewhere. :D The light maker is actually making some nice gustavian style chandeliers so I couldn't resist. I'll let you know on the quality when I get them.
      Yes, I follow Elizabeth's blog and yes, she has an excellent mini eye.. always great to have friends with a good eye! Have fun at the Show. Wish I was going!
      Sam

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    2. Hi Sam,
      Oh dear, Canadian postage is awful! I am just south of Vancouver BC. B does not go till February 19th if anything works out less expensive to send it here then he carry it over.

      Have you looked at Tone on Tone blogspot. It is an antiques commercial blog but has some furniture that may inspire you. It is a very nice blog in any case.
      I do not cruise around that much actually so had not heard of the light maker. Will try and find their site.
      Just finished a week with the four grandchildren so not a lot done this week.
      Take care. J.

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  9. Hello Sam,
    I love that table. I tend to prefer dark, rich wood finished on furniture, but the whitewash is so well done and looks amazing. I see your point about the table being a bit big for the space, but I actually don't think it looks wrong at all. I quite like the white chairs. It is a gorgeous space and if you are not happy with the table, I hope you find just what you want.
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Hi Giac! Thanks for stopping by. :) I know what you mean about dark wood, I love it too, but this house is to be light and airy. The next one is getting walnut and other lovely things. :) The table is growing on me in the space, so it will probably stay. I'm going to consider shannons idea to get rid of the chimney breast. Or it may just be a bit tight. :D

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