Chicken and Egg time! :D
Anyone who has built the San Franciscan 557 (milled MDF version) will know that the way the house fits together is not very conducive to decorating from the ground up. The main structure of the house consists of two 2 story milled sidewalls into which the middle floor slots, creating this large heavy "H" shaped structure. You then add wall pieces to the bays that slot onto the same middle floor creating the top of the first floor and the bottom of the second floor bays. There are also first floor bay pieces that attach to the bottom floor piece. The same floor piece that I am actually using as the ceiling/roof of the basement.
The above mentioned H structure has to be attached to the bottom floor at some point but that will immediately create "rooms", as the ceiling of these first floor rooms is created by the horizontal portion of the H. So annoying! There is no real way to built the walls without having that middle floor/ceiling in place first. I would much prefer to be able to add the walls.. decorate and then add the the next floor. So much easier when it comes to wall paper & trims!
This unusual construction of course means that I need to install the first floor lighting, finish the ceilings and install all the trim (apart from the baseboards. Unfortunately they will have to wait until I have a "room". ) before I can continue on with finishing the kitchen because I need to get as much of the fiddly work done as I can before I turn this into a structure instead of easily decorated pieces.
The last piece of wallpaper in the kitchen wont be able to be applied until all the walls and floors are glued together due to the nature of this construction which is a real POA. But we forge on!
In order to install the trim I had to first finish off the wall coverings in the dining room. I opted to completely "shiplap" this room. Meaning my first job was to finish making the shiplap for the bays and the front door wall.
The interior room dividing wall is not attached yet. But I've propped it in place here to mark it's eventual location on the front wall.
Also, having tested and tested an interior door for the kitchen, I've finally conceded it really doesn't work and will instead trim out the opening as a doorway. I think that, along with the portion of wall above the door that I created (originally open to the ceiling according to the kit) will be an acceptable compromise.
Once the panel is glued in place this should be sufficient to create a good brace for the trim.
I also added a strip of balsa vertically on the edge of the "shiplap" that would meet the corner of the bay window for a neat finish. In later photos you will also see that I added a vertical popsicle stick edge to the actual wall piece edge. This was needed because the edge of the wall is exposed in the kit design.
Before gluing the "shiplap" to the wall, and attaching the wall to the house, I needed to install the coach light to the exterior. I fed the wire through my predrilled hole and glued the fixture to the wall. I used a piece of scrap balsa to hold it level while it dried. I then glued the "shiplap" to the interior and glued the wall to the ceiling/floor of the "H" assembly, running the wire for the coach light up through a hole I had predrilled at the edge of the ceiling, where trim would cover it.
Then I flipped the whole "H" assembly upside down and glued in my ceiling paper. (Sorry no pictures of that boring step.)
Once dry it was time to start cutting and installing cornice. :D Fun times!!.... Said no one ever.. lol
I pre-painted all my 2 foot lengths of cornice so I wouldn't have to paint tiny individual pieces and that saved me some time at installation.
I started in the dining room. I used my miter box, where possible, to make my cuts because my "easy" cutter has a wonderful tendancy (insert sarcastic voice) to crush my trims rather than cut them.. no it's not blunt.. it's hardly been used.. It's just not great for wood with any thickness to it, in my opinion... Having said that, there are some really funky angles in the bay windows so I had to reluctantly resort to the 120 degree option of the easy cutter for these cuts.
As I haven't attached the interior wall yet. I glued this cornice to the ceiling creating a channel to slide the wall into between the dining room and kitchen trim.
The chimney breast is also removable at this stage. I'll glue it in later in the trimming stage.
|Yikes, please ignore the rude & nude doll downstairs.. Thank god he is lying sideways. :s|
I have pretty atrocious trim cutting skills even without the "help" of the easy cutter so I've employed Brae of Otterine's Miniatures technique of spackling the joints.
Mine aren't nearly as professional as Brae's but with a bit of paint and distance :P they'll pass.
As you can see above, I've also added quarter round where the breast meets the wall to cover the gap.
Next I boxed out the doorway to the kitchen with balsa and installed the interior front door trim. There will be trim around the doorway as well, but I'll get to that once I afix the interior wall permanently.
The stairs are not installed, just propped up. Obviously I still need to add the spindles and rails. I have them all painted and ready to go but I'm procrastinating because it's a job that I find a little intimidating and I can't decide if the newel post should go on the floor or the first step or half and half.. which I think I'd prefer but it involves carving the newel to fit.. Scary! :o
You can see above the popsicle stick trim for the front wall end (next to the window opening) that I talked about earlier. I still have quite a bit of spackling to do where the walls intersect, but I'm getting there.
Window sill trim is also in. I know it's strange to install it before the windows, but again, because of the H assembly and the way the bay walls attach to separate parts of the house, I can't install the windows until the floors walls and ceilings are permanently glued, but I didn't like the idea of installing the window sills, with their unusual cuts, after the rooms are formed. I knew I would need copious amounts of spackle and wasn't sure how I would get in there to apply it well in a confined space.
Please ignore my messy work bench veiwed through the window and past the tree.. lol.. I really need to set up my photos better!
Unfortunately, in my hurry to get the trims and ceiling paper installed I forgot to install the interior lighting (facepalm). Luckily, I did mark on the paper where the lights will go so it should be doable to drill a hole in the right location and install them post glue. Tricky, but doable.. Why do I always have to make things harder for myself than they need to be! lol