I had so Hoped I would have a competed set of furniture for the Next Room to show you, Dear Readers, but Alas, I got distracted by small Snags and Big indecisions and have Not completed most of what has been started! The Next room in the Secret Christmas House is the Sitting Room, on the middle floor above the Library, on the smaller side of the House. It is decorated in pale green striped wallpaper, and I had made minimal alterations to the ceiling of this room back in the Winter, only adding a central ceiling medallion painted white. I am trying to stick faithfully to the kits as instructed, but I find myself adding a few details and wanting to change others.
The furnishings for this room consist of an old cast iron parlor stove,
a round "Tea Table", two wing-back Easy Chairs
and a single small side chair.
The Wing back chairs were easy to assemble, as was the parlor stove.
There is a printed "fire" glued to the back of the stove.
It looks amazingly realistic!
The Tea Table, on the other hand,
was Not easy to assemble!
The pieces that you need to separate from the board
are Teeeeeny-tiny and fragile!
And one leg needs to attach first to the Table top,
while the other three attach first to the stretcher piece....
with the feet facing in the right direction!
And then you somehow magically make the two halves go together
with glue involved in the right places and at the right angles.......
and all the pieces are too small to hold onto without tweezers...!
Whew... did it work?
Heavens, that is Tiny!
After that Dear Readers, the tiny chair is a piece of cake!
And then they need to be painted....
dark "wood" color for the table and chair.....
And "cloth" colored for the Wing back chairs!
And this is where I start to get into trouble....
They recommend a pale green cloth color to go with the wallpaper ...
(and the curtains which I have not added either!)
And they say there is only one way to achieve the effect of cloth on these chairs
and that is many Many MANY coats of paint!
I am starting with a white base color and just adding coat after coat.....
This is seven coats of paint so far.....
is it starting to look "soft" like cloth?
(Do remember to poke the pictures to enlarge them)
And on top of all those coats of paint,
I am wanting to make them a darker green color....
rather than the pale green they recommend.
And then they say to varnish all the wood painted pieces
with a "matte acrylic varnish"....
(which I don't have in my supplies....)
Before adding the printed "cloth" pieces to these.....
There is a lace cloth for the table and "cushions" for the chair.
I guess I will have to find some acrylic varnish
in order to finish all these tiny pieces of furniture.
So you can see, Dear Readers,
I am momentarily snagged by lack of supplies
and decisions I still need to make.
The Teeny tiny furniture might not be All Done...
but it is ready and waiting
for many more coats of varnish and paint.
(Just how many is "many Many MANY?)