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Queen Anne Rowhouse — bed with a cross-stitched cover

Not to be confused with the Rowhouse’s other bed with a cross-stitched cover, I just finished up a bed for the attic bedroom. There’s a long story behind this, so sit tight. (Or scroll to the bottom if you just want to see the end result!)

When I was working on the Rowhouse’s stair rooms, electricity, and shingles, I put the furniture back in and decided I didn’t like the bedroom set I was using in the attic bedroom.

I really don’t like sewing, and I don’t think dressing beds is something I’m very good at. After I spent a weekend bashing a Cassidy Creations bed and then didn’t like how it looked in the room, I decided to save myself additional angst and splurged on an adorable dressed bed from Hart’s Desire Minis on Etsy.

Sadly, when the bed got here, three of the four posts had broken off in transit.

I was so disappointed. The bed would have looked great in here, especially with the dark green washstand and blanket chest. (Both of those were hand-painted by Bauder Pine, I got them on eBay.) But those spindles are delicate and I don’t think I could have neatly fixed them. The seller refunded my money and asked me to mail it back.

I really liked how the colors looked in the room, so I decided to try to make my own bedding with the same color scheme. I may hate to sew, but I love to cross stitch! I picked out a design from the June Grigg pamphlet More Charted Designs for Miniatures that had three main colors. Before mailing back the broken bed, I picked out DMC colors that complemented the quilt as well as the Bauder Pine furniture.

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Kitchen window seat finished

I had hoped to be farther along with the Victorianna’s kitchen by now, but c’est la vie. I’m waiting for a Shapeways stove to come in the mail and thinking through some ideas for scratch built cabinets. In the meantime, I’ve finished the window seat that I started in September.

I bought a Lee’s Line table and two chairs to go with the window seat. Luckily they arrived before I glued anything in — the seat is much too tall! I had used 3/4″ strip wood for the base (the approximately the same height as a half scale chair), without considering that the seat itself added another 1/8″ or so.

I used a utility knife to cut down the base pieces from 3/4″ to 5/8″. It’s still slightly higher than the chair, but the bay window is tall and I didn’t want the seat to look ridiculously short.

Here’s how the shortened seat looks with the table. Better.

With a shorter base, there was now more space between the the seat and the bottom of the window trim. It looked fine, but after looking at some pictures of window seats online I got the idea to add a short back. This is a cut up skinny stick. The center piece has 45-degree edges and the other pieces have straight edges.

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Victorianna kitchen bay window seat

I’m at the point where I could attach the Victorianna’s roof, but after spending so much time shingling the Rowhouse I just don’t have it in me to do another roof right now. So I moved on to the last room in the house: the kitchen.

I wanted to use the same tan wallpaper I used in the second floor bathroom (which has the same texture as the pink wallpaper used in the rest of the house), but I don’t have any more and it’s discontinued. Instead I papered it with a heavy off-white scrapbook paper that also has some texture to it.

It’s too difficult to slide the wallpaper up behind the archway, especially with this stiff scrapbook paper. When I did the other four bay windows, I slid the wallpaper in through the gaps in the sides. I couldn’t do that in the kitchen because I’ve already added siding to the back of the house, blocking off those gaps. Luckily I hadn’t glued in the bay window wall pieces yet. With one of the walls removed, I was able to slide the wallpaper in.

I put that wall panel back in, creased the paper at the joints, and cut out the window holes.

Then I removed the wallpaper from the opening and glued the three wall pieces together. These are only glued to each other, not to the house yet.

When the glue was dry, I was able to remove the assembly to add wallpaper and trim. This was much easier than doing it with the bay window in place (which is how I did the other four).

I added painted strip wood to the inside edges of the window holes.

Then I glued in the interior window trim, cleaned up the seams with wood filler, and touched up the paint.

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