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(Not that kind of stoned. If a Google search brought you here, my apologies.)

When I made the front steps for the Gull Bay, I impulsively made the stairs brick and painted the treads the color of the house, thinking “there must be stairs like this in real life, right?” I should have done some research first, because it appears that brick stairs with wood, house-colored treads don’t really exist in real life.

My dad suggested that the treads could be stone instead, and I started thinking about how I could do that without destroying what I’d already built.

I started by masking off the brick so it wouldn’t get messed up. Then I spread watered-down wood filler over the treads, as you can see on the top step in the photo below. I used my finger and a piece of egg carton to give the wood filler a rough texture.

Next I painted a base coat of gray. (On the left is a planter for the Rosedale that I painted at the same time.)

When the base coat dried, I did my usual “fake stone” painting technique, splatting on different shades of gray with a dry brush. I included a dark blue/gray slate color that’s similar to the Gull Bay’s stained shingles and shutters.

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Half scale glass-top table with 3D printed chairs

I’m outfitting my Queen Anne Rowhouse with a lot of formal / traditional furniture, but the kitchen is decidedly modern. I bought a set of 3D printed Dog Bone Chairs from Pretty Small Things and wanted a glass-topped table to go with them. Unable to find anything like what I was picturing, I made my own (with help from Dad!).

The table is made from a plexiglass oval I bought off Etsy, and some metal tubing and rivets Geoff had left over from when he built an airplane.

We cut a piece of paper the size of the oval and laid the chairs on top of it to figure out where to put the legs.

After roughly tracing the edges of the seats, I had an idea of where the legs could sit without getting in the way.

We folded the paper in half, then in half again. I drew around the head of the rivet to illustrate where the leg would go, then poked a hole through the center of this.

When the paper is unfolded, the poked hole is (more or less) positioned in the same spot in all four corners.

After taping the paper onto the oval, my dad used it as a guide to drill holes with the drill press.

Here it is with the rivets inserted. Note that these rivets are longer than the ones in the photo at the top of the blog post. We used the longest ones Geoff had, to add stability to the legs. But they weren’t quite long enough to be table legs, which is where the metal tubing comes in.

We cut four pieces of metal tubing, about 1-1/8″ long. In half scale, this is the equivalent of 27″ high. This plus the thickness of the plexiglass oval makes the table about 30″ (standard table height).

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Gull Bay — interior trim finished!

For a house whose inside you can barely see through the windows, I spent an awful lot of time on interior trim…

When the pieces slide together, there’s enough “slop” on the sides to allow for baseboards on the side walls. At the bottom, I used a piece of strip wood the same width as the floor as a spacer to position the baseboard. After gluing in both sides, I lined up the front baseboards at the corners and glued those in as well.

Upstairs was trickier. I figured out where to position these by sliding the house in halfway, sliding in the baseboards and gluing them so they were level with the floor (or so I thought), then sliding in the rest of the way and peeking through the windows to see if I got it right. It took a few tries.

With these baseboards in, it’s a little trickier to slide the house together because the first floor needs to slide in underneath the baseboard (versus before where I could slide it in higher up and then lower the house into place). I wanted the rooms to look “finished” from any angle and am not planning to take it apart often once it’s done, so I guess it’s the lesser of two evils.

The Houseworks window trim is made to go around the window frame. Usually I don’t like this and prefer to cut it down so it’s on top of the window frame, but I decided that due to the hard-to-see view through the windows, it wouldn’t be worth the extra work. Because of how the center front window is positioned above the baseboard, though, the trim needed to be cut down a little bit.

For the rest of the windows, I glued the trim around the window frame as designed. Normally the windows would stick into the room slightly and the trim would go flush around the frame. But because the house’s siding adds depth to the walls, these windows are just flush with the wall, so there’s a small visible gap around the edge of the trim and the frame.

I could have added shims to the inner edge of the trim, to hide the gap, but I didn’t feel like it and didn’t think the effort was worth it. (This process was taking long enough as it was!) On some windows you can see a dark “crack” between the window frame and the trim but it’s not something your eye is drawn to when the house is closed up.

I used a small paintbrush to paint over the seams where the window trim meets at the corners. I also tried going over the black “cracks” in the big windows with paint but they were too big to blend in. Willing to call this good enough.

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Gull Bay – interior trim continued

Interior trim: booooring to work on, but exciting to apply since the rooms look so complete once it’s in. It’s also the last task I have to do to finish up the Gull Bay.

I already posted pictures of the downstairs crown molding and baseboards in my last blog. For the upstairs rooms, I pulled two doors out of my stash that I’d previously painted bright white for the Fairfield, then replaced with stained doors. I sanded a bit first, then repainted with a coat of the Raw Cotton I’m using for all the trim.

The doors are slightly wider than the wall, so I added leftover mullions to the inner edge of the trim to act as shims.

For both of the doors, this is the side with the built in trim.

And here’s the opposite, shimmed side. The shim blends right in, you can’t tell it’s been added. I’ve seen posts before from people who are worried about the doors being deeper than the wall — this is a simple solution to the problem!

Added baseboards next. No weird angles and with three sides of the house open they were very easy to measure and cut, so this all went pretty quickly.

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