Yep, I pulled up the carpet on the third and 2nd floors. It was not a day to take pics of my progress, to paraphrase Snoopy, "It was a dark and stormy night..." well, today was a dark and stormy day. This afternoon around 2 pm it just stopped raining, so I couldn't resist taking my trusty tools out to the workshop to attempt to get up the carpet.
When I pulled it up, I was amazed at how with a few cuts of the knife it was easy to pull up....
As you can see here, the creator of this obviously used glue to tack the carpet down. now onto sanding that floor and laying on my stomach to pull the rest of it up. I had to leave a bit of carpet around the staircase and the stair railling as you can see from this pic, I am hoping the stair rail and the staircase itself are just glued in, not nailed in, which will make it easier to get at those scraps. As the dollhouse is as tall as me, my back was killing me after pulling up this carpet! After the sanding and the rest of the carpet is up, I can then begin to prime and paint the wood to prep it for what I have in store for it. So much work to do before the fun part of decorating it begins!!
I had plans for the bedroom to be divided with a wall so the girls (mainly Agnes, her Royal Highness.....) could have a bathroom.........but that has changed. For one, after a more thorough exam of the ghastly carpet, I found to my suspicions that it has been glued in. My plans for the floors do not include burgundy runner carpet throughout the house, it would not be in keeping with the country french decor I'm planning......
The two pics above I found online, and suit the decor and colors I am thinking of for the bedroom. Admittedly, the smaller of the two conforms more to the space considerations for the bath. I like the idea of the tub raised on a platform. The pink bathroom is more to my taste but the sofa is too much, would be hard to do with the bedroom space. I have 35-36 inches to work with on the third floor, so the bath needs no more than the tub as a focal point, with a small sink. I am thinking of putting the tub on a platform underneath the left window, and having the stairs come into the bedroom itself, instead of, walls dividing the hallway, bedroom, and bath, which would really eat alot of space.
The new barbie bathroom My House set is so cute, it has a classic looking tub with claw feet, and I can do alot with it to make it look more luxurious. I found some recent pics online that gave me some ideas of what I would like the bathroom to resemble.
I also like the idea of an over the top mirror in the bathroom- it is so luxurious, and diva-ish. Instead of wallpaper in the bathroom, I'm going to use plaster, with a tiled marbled floor, and a drape canopy also, if I can material sheer enough.
......before I can do these extragant decors however,.......onto ripping out the ghastly carpet and priming.........
I thought I would show some pictures here of the 1:6 scale Bespaq that Agnes wishes to move in as soon as possible. ( It will be awhile, there is sooooooo much work to do and this house is huge!) Just for fun, and also because I thought posting pics here might give me some ideas on color schemes, and hopefully, wallpaper options. The two wingchairs were designed by me, and manufactured by Bespaq for my company, King William Miniatures. They are limited editions and named Viceroy l (blue) and Viceroy ll (gold). The fabrics reminded me of the Empire period around the turn of the century, with a luxurious India influence- the fabrics have small golden Indian crowns scattered across them. They are finished in a walnut finish. I thought they would go perfectly with my fireplace, also Bespaq, which gives the impression of the one from the movie Titanic, from Rose's stateroom. I think it will look marvelous with these two chairs, in the 2nd floor salon.
It is certainly a diamond in the rough that I have brought home. This playscale gem was brought home today after being found in one of my favorite antique stores, Federated Warehouse located in the Richmond, Va. area. At first I had no intention of keeping it, merely selling it later. But the one sixth scale challenge was calling- and so were my fashion royalty and Silkstone Barbie gals- especially Agness and Vanessa. (They simply cannot bear living on my computer desk and dining room table. lol)
The house is quite large, but in extremely good condition. Though the staircases are somewhat crude, they are well made and finished, with mitered cuts. This house is a gem because whoever created it also created a 'garage' with roll door for the dolls, in the lower right floor. The piece of loose wood is of course, for the car to roll out and onto the floor or street. The door is made quite ingeniously out of a bread box slat door! Eugenia is happy, because now there is a safe place to keep her Bratz corvette!
The house measures an astonishing 51 inches high! Four feet, 3 inches. The three floors are of varying heights. The first floor is 14inches high, the 2nd floor is 15 inches high, and the third floor is 16 inches high. The entire house is 23 1/2 inches deep, and 36 1/2 inches wide. Here is a pic of the 2nd floor with Vanessa & Agnes inspecting their new home. The little diamond shaped thing on the back wall looks like a homemade attempt at a faux stained glass window.
My plans are quite simple, to turn this diamond in the rough into a beautiful upscale townhouse for my fashion dolls, and be a resting place for my massive 1:6 scale Bespaq furniture collection I have acquired. The house has wonderful bones-and looks like it was built by a person with cabinet or woodworking experience. My plan is to make it a lovely stucco townhouse, with the shingles on the roof painted a terra cotta color, with exposed brick. As you can see the windows and shutters are handmade of plexi and strip mold, which I think can be made to look more finished from the white and pale pink color it is now. It is solidly built, so am looking forward to this project.
I plan in this blog to take you through the creative process- the first thing will be to rip up that carpet so neatly tacked down, for the installation of wiring and also of three walls with doors, to seperate the rooms from the stairs with halls, like a normal townhouse. I am going to work on the premise that Agnes has bought herself a townhouse sight unseen in questionable condition, so the decorator (me!) will have to get moving with lights, and wallpaper, and action!
Here are the girls at different angles, Vanessa
on the stairs- I might be able to work with them by enclosing them in, and work on the storyline
premise that this is a very cramped pied a terre or townhome. Agnes, as always, is a drama queen and was devasted at the unfinished business of her new home.lol!
I plan to first work with the furniture I have and what colors the rooms should be painted. THe bottom floor will more than likely be a kitchen- after all, everyone has to eat right? So I have someplace for my Re-ments. The 3rd floor will most definitely be the bedroom, with my Bespaq Louis XV bedroom suite up there- I am still picking out colors, since the bed is upholstered in taupe silk. The ceilings in all of the rooms are too low for chandeliers, which would be level with the dolls' heads, so I think stationary lights will work, maybe table lamps also. Floors will be amixture of veneer flooring and also marble tiles, to keep it in keeping with Maison de la Royale. (the name I am playing with for the townhome for the girls)
More pics of this progress will be in my webshots album http://community.webshots.com/user/Barbietown in the new album of the same name. My progress will more than likely be slow, as current construction on my garage being flipped into a studio/office will come first, where Maison de la Royale will more than likely reside. I am toying with the idea of making the hallways with an Oriental flair- to house one of my custom designed 1:6 wingchairs I sell on my website, http://www.kingwilliamminiatures.us/(King William Miniatures) that are manufactured by Bespaq. Here is a pic of the 'Red Dragon', which would go well in the hallway since its legs are in a black lacquer finish-
I simply love this chair and its material, with medallions & green
dragons scattered across the fabric.
This chair is also available in my Ebay store, Pumpkin Hill