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Finishing the Victorianna’s master bedroom (part 1)

Remember just last week when I said I wasn’t going to start on any big projects until I finished the Rowhouse shingles? I’m going back on my word. I want to get the roof on the Victorianna and to do that I need to finish the three rooms on the third floor. The nursery and master bathroom are more or less done so I turned my attention to the master bedroom.

I started by papering and gluing in the sloped roof.

There wasn’t a lot of edge to glue to, so I glopped glue in the slots for good measure.

Last year I built a closet to go in this room. The closet is made from a door and a wall that I hadn’t yet glued together. I wanted to add a clothing rod to the closet, which required gluing in the wall but not the door, so I’d be able to reach in to add the rod.

I cut a piece of 1/4″ x 3/8″ strip wood the width of the closet, to provide support for the wall.

This also blocks a gap between the roof and floor that was visible through the closet door.

Then I cut pieces to go on the opposite side of the wall. The wall is now wedged between the strip wood, which gives it support.

The strip wood also ensures that the knee wall stands up straight, and provides a surface to glue to.

Like on the other side of the house, the triangle behind the knee wall will be covered up with siding.

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Victorianna little girl’s room: Cassidy Creations and Robin Betterley kits

I don’t want to start on a new “big” project until the Rowhouse’s shingles are finished, so I have been building furniture kits instead. This week I finished some for the younger little girl’s room in the Victorianna (not to be confused with the nursery). This room has a built-in toy shelf made from an SDK Miniatures Gothic Wardrobe kit.

I built some of the other Gothic furniture kits for the Rowhouse bedroom, and at the time I bought some extra panels to use on a Cassidy Creations wardrobe kit to match. (The Gothic wardrobe was too large — that’s why I ended up using it in the little girl’s room instead.) I had some of these panels left over, and used two of them on the sleigh bed I made for this room. I still had some of the small panels left and decided to use them on a tall, skinny dresser to fit in the empty space next to the bed.

I couldn’t actually find a tall dresser in half scale, so I bashed a Cassidy Creations nursery wardrobe kit. Here’s what it’s supposed to look like.

I started by assembling one drawer and used this as a guide to cut the back, top, and bottom pieces to fit.

I’m not sure how I messed it up, but once I got everything assembled, the area where the drawers go was too short by the height of one divider. They only fit if the top drawer slid in over the little lip under the top, rather than under the lip as it’s supposed to be. I did some creative bashing to fix this — kind of complicated to explain and I didn’t take any pictures, but can you even tell?

Once I saw it in place, the tall base bugged me. Dressers are usually closer to the ground, and I also didn’t like how it was just slightly taller than the wallpaper border. I wanted to cut down the base but the dresser was too big to cut in the miter box. Instead I used the disc sander to sand it down about halfway (previously it was around 1/4″ and now it’s 1/8″).

Much better! The drawers are snug, but they do open. Getting the drawers right is always the hardest part of these kits for me.

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Cassidy Creations cottage bed bash

After putting all the furniture back in the Queen Anne Rowhouse, I decided to change some rooms. This is what I had planned for the upstairs bedroom.

The hand-painted washstand and blanket chest are Bauder Pine. The rest of the furniture is a scratch built set that I bought off eBay, and not very nice. (I bought it because it came with a beautiful crocheted granny square afghan — that’s the only thing I really wanted!) I decided to replace the bed, nightstands, and dresser with something classier.

I dug through my box of kits and came up with a Cassidy Creations cottage bed kit. I already made one of these beds for my puzzle house and didn’t want the new one to be exactly the same.

Here are the pieces that come in the kit:

There are supposed to be two scrolled pieces — one for the headboard and one for the footboard — but my baggie only had one, so I decided to use that on the headboard and have a plain footboard. I also wanted to replace the legs, which are made from Tiny Turnings, with something that looked more substantial.

Ignoring the legs for now, I assembled the body of the bed first.

Then I played around with different heights and decided on 1/2″ of space below the bed, with 1/8″ protruding above the bed. The legs are made from 1/8″ square basswood.

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