About a month ago, I started working on wainscot and flooring in the rowhouse attic. I actually made good progress with it that very weekend, but then hit some unexpected snags that have only now been unraveled. Once again, electricity has proven to be my nemesis. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
The stain I’m using for this house comes in a can rather than a stain pen (my preferred tool for staining small trim pieces), so when I need to stain, I try to do a bunch of stuff at once. This particular batch includes the attic windows and door, trim pieces, and the inside of the roof. (I had planned to wallpaper the inside of the roof but didn’t have enough paper, and even if I had, the paper was only 12″ square, like most scrapbook paper, so I couldn’t have papered the inside of the roof with one continuous piece. I didn’t want a visible seam staring you in the face when you flip the roof open.)
Through no fault of my own (for once), the door had some glue spots on it that prevented the stain from taking. I dry-brushed brown and black paint over these to make them less obvious.
I used a small piece of basswood in the corner to cover up where the two pieces of wainscot weren’t quite meeting.
I also added basswood against the window trim to cover up the imperfect hole I cut for the window. As you can see in the second picture, even with the added basswood it’s not quite perfect, but it’s impossible to see the window straight on and it looks fine from the vantage point you have into the room.
Rosy’s Grammy sent a chick toy for Easter. It has metal contacts on the bottom and when you touch both contacts with your finger — or, say, your tongue — it chirps. Not an actual dog toy, but those are always the most fun.
Initially, she was somewhat suspicious.
But in time she realized that this is in fact the most awesome toy, ever.
After my huge struggle to get the rowhouse attic wallpapered, I was disheartened when I returned to the house a few weeks later to find that the glue had discolored my white paper. I’m not sure why this happened but am willing to blame it on the fact that I printed my own wallpaper… it’s special paper meant for color ink jet printing, but maybe it just can’t stand up to the wallpaper mucilage like scrapbook paper or standard dollhouse wallpaper can. (I think I noticed some discoloration on the hallway paper, too, but the print is so busy and the room so cramped, it’s hard to tell.)
Rather than waste more of my life trying to make this paper work, I decided to get back to basics. I found two sheets of off-white scrapbook paper in my stash with a very faint cross-hatch design, and decided to use this for the upper part of the wall, with paneling covering the knee wall. I was having a hard time finding two different Victorian patterns to use in the side by side attic rooms without clashing, so this will have the added benefit of making the two rooms work better together.
I bought some 2″ wide basswood (the height of the knee walls) and trim pieces to make my own paneling. The materials cost about $10 altogether. Here’s the rough idea.
I stained the wood pieces with the Early American stain I’m using for the shingles and interior trim.