Saturday, August 30, 2008

The front view...

And here is the front view of the structure as it is today. There is still plenty of work to be done to the roof and underground portion of the base, but I've made a lot of progress in the past few days.
With only four inches to spare between the tops of the chimneys to my ceiling, this structure truly is a big one! Not to mention, heavy.
The downspout was made from aluminum tubing.

The front door...

Here is the front door. True to the story, there is trash strewn about along the sidewalk and front steps. I may add a few more pieces of trash as I run across the right pieces, but for now this will do. Also notice the "12" over the front door.

Troll Leg umbrella holder...

Here is the handmade troll leg umbrella holder than Tonks was famous for tripping over! Isn't it just perfect?

Inside the main door...

Here is the inside of the main door to the structure. The only portion of the door that hasn't been finished is the basement kitchen section as I'm still unsure how I'm going to finish the walls for the kitchen.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Exterior view of door and windows

I had one of those very happy accidents with this part of the project. As I was using the ebony stain to color the flooring, trims, etc. I had a lot on my fingers since I forgot to wear rubber gloves during the process. Well, while handling these windows in order to get them ready to be glued into place, I accidentally got a smudge of ebony stain on them. It made them look dirty and I really liked it. So, I deliberately smudged some stain from my fingers on more of the window and door surfaces and was really tickled at the look I was getting. I had been wondering how I would achieve the look of age on the windows successfully and this happy little accident gave me exactly the look I wanted.

The dining rooms fourth wall

The is the part of the dining room that is on the inside of the large door that swings open to reveal the inside of the structure. There are still window and door trims to put up, but I couldn't wait any longer to take a picture. I'm very pleased with the direction this project is taking.

The ceilings

Here is a before and after shot of the decorative ceilings that are in the dining room, drawing room, and hallways. I wanted the ceilings to look very old and mildewy.

The entry hall and dining room

Here are the beginnings of the entry hall and dining room. I still need to work on the wallpaper so that it appears to be peeling and such. The floors were done in an Ebony stain, as well as the baseboards, crown moulding and door.