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Turret House – redoing the front facade (again)

People keep telling me they like my blog because I show the mistakes I make and how I fix them. I don’t do this on purpose! But it’s true that sometimes (okay, a lot of times) I go down a rabbit hole, and then I can’t stop myself from meticulously documenting what went wrong.

This is one of those times, because I’ve redone the Turret House’s front facade. Again.

I’ve been working on the Turret House behind the scenes but haven’t posted about it in a few months, so here’s a refresher. This was my first attempt on the area in question:

The chunky corbels seemed busy and out of scale. On my second try, I ripped out all of them but the ones on the ends, and I covered up the wood where the corbels had been with laser cut trim on the bottom (with gold showing through) and half scale crown molding on the top.

It’s an improvement, but I was still lukewarm about it. The detail of the crown molding gets lost in the shadow, so it just looks like a big blue blob on top of the fancier trim. And those corbels are still pretty chunky.

I also wasn’t really feeling the dentil molding on the bay window. I’d planned to use dentil molding on the sides of the house and thought there would be a nice smooth transition, but it didn’t look great. And as I started thinking about porch trim, I realized the dentil molding in the background would compete with the porch trim in the foreground.

So I did what I do best… I ripped it all out. I love how I can spend hours and hours on something and destroy it in a matter of minutes.

(Sorry for the blurry picture, but this is the only one I took at this stage. It looked so bad, why document it?!)

Removing the corbels left me with two 5/16″ spaces that needed to be filled in. And I wanted brackets that look substantial, like they’re holding up the porch roof. After a lot of looking around, I found these brackets at Earth and Tree.

These are unusual because they’re made from five 1/16″ pieces that get glued together for a layered effect. The fan design is reminiscent of the apex trim.

I had to make a notch for the bracket to fit over the wood piece. I carefully did this on each piece using the belt sander rather than cutting, to avoid splitting the wood.

Before gluing the pieces together, I painted areas that I wouldn’t be able to get at once the bracket was assembled.

Once all five pieces were glued together, I cleaned up the notch on the sander. Here’s how the bracket looks in place. I also had to sand the front a tiny bit to make it fit under here.

Once this is glued in, I’ll fill in the gap at the back with wood filler and paint over it.

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Jane Harrop kits for the attic trunk

I had some trouble with my website recently but I think it’s fixed…? Also it’s possible that a setting in my graphics program got messed up and my pictures have been bigger than they should be lately. If you’re having trouble with slow load times, please let me know in the comments!


Working on the attic trunk roombox a few weeks ago inspired me to add more clutter, and I placed an order for several Jane Harrop kits. To justify the shipping cost, I ordered several other kits that I’ll tuck away for a someday project (and hopefully be able to find when the time comes), but here’s what I ordered for the attic: birdcages, suitcases, a croquet set, and a sled.

These are nice kits with thorough instructions. They come with sandpaper, and the birdcage kit even came with a silver Sharpie. The cages are made out of thin laser-cut card.

This kit is super simple to assemble. You just color the card, sand and buff it to dirty it up a bit, and then fold it into shape and glow.

I used a gold Sharpie for the second birdcage.

Next I put together the sled. This comes with a guide for assembling the pieces, complete with thin strips of double-stick tape to hold the pieces in place while you glue them.

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Attic additions and another Bauder Pine trunk

About a year ago I posted about the Bauder Pine attic roombox inside a trunk. Recently I spotted another one on eBay, but this was a Spanish style. I was going to bid on it, but I always wait until the very end of the auction, and this time I forgot that I had to log in to eBay before I could bid. By the time I logged in, the auction had ended. *facepalm*

Anyway, someone got themselves a nice treasure! I hope whoever bought it doesn’t mind that I grabbed the photos off eBay.

My attic trunk has an open front, but the front of the Spanish trunk slides open and closed.

Inside it has stucco walls and a clay tile floor. The tiles look a bit large. If I’d bought it, I might have replaced it with a dark hardwood floor.

Like my attic trunk, the top of the Spanish trunk swings open on hinges.

That allows access to the area behind the wall, but the Spanish trunk doesn’t have electricity like mine does. Seems like this would make the area behind the wall too dark to see through the windows, but maybe some light comes in when the top of the trunk is open.

The bottom of the eBay trunk was signed and numbered 19/50. Seeing this made me check my own trunk roombox, but mine isn’t signed. I heard that mine was offered as a workshop at the NAME 1987 national convention, so the fact that it’s not signed probably means it was finished by the person who took the workshop, not by Bauder Pine.

My attic has picked up a bit more clutter since I posted about it last year. Here’s how it currently looks.

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