Thursday, September 16, 2021

Beacon Hill - Foyer/Hall Floor installed


The floor looks a bit bowed. It is. Will use double-sticky tape to hold it down. The near doorway into the parlor has been blocked. 

Next step is to install the lights in the dining room so the hall can be papered. Need to find my soldering iron. The islets are too long. See how they have poked through the ceiling?

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Beacon Hill -- Foyer/Hall Parquet Floor Construction


When I realized the Houseworks red oak flooring could be cut easily with scissors and utility knife, I immediately thought parquet!  The design I settled on is more like inlay than parquet, but I think it will be a nice addition to this center portion of the ground floor. 

I started with an idea but not a specific drawing. It is evolving as I work. The golden oak board all run from side to side with the walnut boards creating the pattern, which reflects the detailing on the stairway. I'm gluing the pieces onto graph paper cut to the dimensions of the area. I thought to cut all the pieces and lay them out before gluing, but they are so light that they kept skittering across the worksurface. Plan B is cut a piece, glue a piece; cut a piece, glue a piece.  Haven't decided yet if there will be a design in the center of the large square. 

The el-shaped white area in the upper left is the footprint of the stairway.  I have some 1/16th inch wood that I may use to level out the whole floor as it will not be seen when the stairway is in place.

The colors are Minwax Golden Oak and Walnut. The walnut is a gel. I like the way it goes on. I use a rolled up bit of paper towel as an applicator, sort of a blunt drawing stump. No brush to clean. 😀 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Beacon Hill - Dining Room and on to Hall/Foyer


Finished up the dining room but for the drapes/curtains. The wooden window wall turned out well. I swapped out the wide shelf that was supposed to go under the window for a narrower one.  Still wide enough to hold some kind of pretty. Look in the far right upper corner. I wasn't ready to break my brain cutting the cove molding to make a fitted corner, so I sawed the top off of a Newell post and inverted it, butted the cove moldings against it.  

Three things left to do in here --- the drapes/curtains, which will have to wait for fabric;  the tape wire brads poking through the ceiling; and the light fixtures. All in good time. Regarding the brads, I think I'll wait until all of the wiring is finished, then use the trusty Dremel to grind them down, patch with Spackle, and repaint.

Moving on to the front hall/foyer. The initial plan called for closing the doorway nearest the front door, so I made a plug for it. There will be a ceiling light above the front door and a mirror on the wall to the left of the front door to bounce the light, but I'm wondering if this corner won't be too dark. The plug will not be glued until the jury comes in with a decision. The first step for this room is the floor. I have an idea for an original parquet design and process, but it is untried. Fun to experiment!