Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A shop sign for Kassandra's Magic Shoppe

This is a new adittion that did not come off as a surprise.  Kassandra had been saying she wanted a sign for quite a long time, but she could not find something she really liked it.

But apparently she just found something that was, as she put it, "very appropriate".

She says she finds it "very rustic, but charming".  I quite like it; in fact, the image with the apothecary bottles is very nice and crisp, and it can be seen quite well by potential customers, and so I told her.  She is delighted with her new addition for the shop.

The proud owner with the new shop sign

Monday, September 18, 2017

Kassandra's big renovation is OVER! - Parlor, day two

Yay!  It's finished!!

So it turns out doing the last of the walls was not that difficult.  I made patterns as always, but having the pattern of the hall for the stairs made things easier.  I only had to cut it a couple of times before it was good.

This time I printed the two sheets of paper and attached them together before gluing them to the wall. I was quite nervous because they were my LAST two sheets of paper.   It was not difficult to align the design of the wallpaper, but I began to sweat when it was time for cutting them with the patterns.  If I made a mistake, I could not correct it until I was able to get more paper... Well, thank goodness no mistakes were made, and soon enough I had the patterns all cut up:

One more time, the cornice to the rescue!
And sure enough, everything went up perfectly:

The stairs did not present any problems, and it was not problematic to glue the paper, even though it ended up being quite long.  I think the parlor looks regal now:

I hanged up the curtains for Kassandra.  Last time I saw her she was very busy rearranging the furniture, and she looked delighted with her new home.  Hopefully I will be able to see her later today, and everything will be already in its place.  More pics of that to come!

I wonder what she will be asking for after this...

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Kassandra's big renovation part 5 - the hall

So it began!

I started out by cutting a pattern so the sheet would fit the stairs as perfectly as possible; I also made the patterns for the other two walls; obviously, the stairs were the more difficult.  I had to redo the pattern four times:

Patterns waiting to be used

Trying on the pattern in the wall
So, off to print some sheets.  It was very easy with the pattern at hand; and, as always, I had to add a cornice because the paper was a bit short for the wall:

It is not the same cornice as in the parlor, just to give it a different touch, since it is a room less heavily decorated, and the wide one seemed excessive to me.  And then the back wall, which was super easy to affix (probably the easiest of the whole house!):

And the last wall.  Not as difficult as the stairs, but with the pattern peechy keeny!

Yay!  Perfect!

The hall looks great now!
And everything back in its place
I learned the hard way that you cannot use Blue Tack with these papers.  I tried to glue the hooks with it, but I made a mistake and had to took it out.  To my dismay, the Blue Tack would not separate from the paper.  Every time I tried with a little ball to pull it out, the rests became bigger.  So I had to tear out the paper, print, cut and glue it again.  Now everything is attached with superglue (hooks and lamp magnet), currently in the process of setting.

It is almost done!  Just one wall to go, and the big renovation will be finished!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Kassandra's big renovation part 4 - Parlor, day one

And here comes the complicated part!

Kassandra's parlor is connected to the hall by two flights of stairs.  Obviously, I cannot take them out to glue the wallpapers, so I had to work my way around that.

I started, as always, by clearing out everything in the walls - this time including the curtains, because I wanted to start with the left wall, as I thought it would be the less difficult one.

For this room, the chosen wallpaper was a lovely damask design with wood accents; of course, created by the talented Ana.  For the left wall I decided to leave the wood panels, but I would remove them for the rest of the room.  There will be two big furniture pieces in front of the back wall, and they would not be really visible.  So once again I took measurements and modified the designs to suit them.  When I printed the sheet I realized I needed a little piece at the top to cover the whole wall, so I added a swirly wood cornice at the top.  At first it measured 1 cm, but it ended up being a bit short, so I made it of 2 cm.

Cornice not big enough
Silly me, I threw out the pattern I made when I did the study, not thinking about saving it; I only would have had to turn it around to cut the parlor sheet.  Alas, I simply took the measurement, drew them in the back of the sheet and cut.  Thankfully, this time I did not make any mistakes!

And then it was good to be glued to the wall.

Yay!  One down, two to go...
After that, I decided to do the back wall.  I supposed it would not be very difficult, but I had to adjust my way around the rail.  It was very easy to trim it to fit the wall size; cutting the holes to adjust it to the staircase rail was another matter.  But since the paper was thick I did not tear it apart, which was my main concern.  And after several tries, it was done.

But I did not glue it yet.  I wanted to do the staircase hole first. so the mounting would be less obvious.  It was like a puzzle game to adjust the pattern so it would align with the design on the newly made wall.  It only took two tries!

First piece glued
You can barely see where they meet
It looks awesome!
Then it came the time to do the third wall.  But since it has the flight of stairs, I decided to try to do the hall first, since it was more accesible for my hands, and maybe I could reuse the pattern.

So onto the hall next!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Plant post

Do you remember when I was planning on adorning the windowsills with plants, and bought some kits to do so?  Well, I made my begonias a long time ago, but somehow I forgot to post pictures of them.

So here they are.

I love their colors!
Kassandra loves them.  However, we are both sad because the little cactus that my co-worker brought me back from Lanzarote has not survived the move; it wilted and died.

So now Kassandra wants some pretty fuchsias for her bedroom window.  I told her of course I would get them for her, but first I have to finish with the parlor walls...

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Kassandra's big renovation part 3 - Shop

The work is progressing!  Another room of the house is done.  This time, it was The Magic Shoppe turn.  The easiest of the rooms to do:  just three straight walls.  It only took me a morning to do everything.

As always, I started by stripping clean the walls.  Well, "clean" is probably not a good word, considering the stains...

For the shop, I used another of Ana's wallpapers.  This one looks straight out of a Tim Burton movie - I love stripes!  As always, I took measurements and modified the design to fit them.  I was lucky enough that the printed sheet covers almost from floor to ceiling.  However, I had to add a bit of a cornice at the top, as I was lacking just 1 cm for it to fit perfectly.  

The design is gorgeous, and you can barely see the union between the two sheets.
Sans the cornice

With the cornice
I had to be extra careful while glueing the side walls; otherwise the design would not be aligned properly.

Left wall all done
Despite my efforts I could not get the right wall to cover completely the corner, but I am not worried because the shop shelves will cover the mistake and it will not be visible.  The shop now looks much better than before, even though the decorative panels are not very noticeable - only to customers that sit to have a se├ínce with Kassandra...

As you can see, there are still plenty of stuff to do with the walls.  I have not yet decided which pictures I am going to hang again, or where, same with the wall shelves, so I will leave that for when I am finished with all the rooms in the house.

The next room will be challenging:  the parlor is conected to the hall with a flight of stairs that has lots of steps!  It is going to take some time and a lot of trial and error.  We'll see how that goes...

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Kassandra's big renovation part 2 - Study

The second room in Kassandra's home is finished!  It took me a couple of days to do it, and it posed a little challenge for me.

I started stripping the walls of everything they had attached: paintings, portraits and shelves.  See the dreaded Blue Tack stains.  I decided to let the curtains hang until it was really necessary to remove them.

Following with the same wallpaper I had used for the bedroom's ceiling I took measurements for the walls of Kassandra's study.  This time I chose the complete design with all the details showing.  I adjusted the design to my measurements and printed 3 sheets.  It was very easy to do the front and left side walls.

The right wall had a little difficulty: the space for the door, which I have covered wth the courtains.  I took them out very carefully (thank goodness no damage came onto them!), and then I used scrap paper to make a pattern, so I would not make any mistakes in cutting the printed wallpaper.

Well, guess what?  I made a mistake, and so I had to reprint one of the sheets (two were necessary to cover the whole wall).  But once the mistake was corrected, the whole room looks very nice and regal.

It reminds me of an antique library, or one of those Catholic choirs from where the monks used to sing.  Maybe it is a tad dark, but Kassandra loves it.  She says she finds wood very soothing to study and read.

Kassandra says now that the room has been redone, she is thinking of getting rid of the fireplace and putting instead a little table to hold more of her books and artifacts.  She is still thinking about it and window shopping for ideas. 

And finally with the curtains in their place
 Next stop, the shop!