Thursday, September 23, 2021

Beacon Hill - First Lights & a Challenge in the Parlor

 Th past few days have seen  progress in the dining room and front hall. Wallpaper, trim, and lights!

The dining room sconce was first. The tape wire that serves it is on the hall side of the wall, so it had to be installed before the hall could be papered. The chandelier will be wired to a bit of tape on the floor of the room above. It will be added when that flooring goes in, to protect the joint.

The front hall was a bit tedious, as the stairs had to be moved in and out sevrl times to adjust tolerances. the near door in the parlor wall had to be blocked and the far door had to be enlarged to accommodate the Houseworks door. I was able to do the enlargement fairly easily using my pistol-grip Dremel. I drilled a series of holes along the new profile and used pliers to snap off most of excess wood. The Dremel's drum sander, with a bit of corner clean-up from a utility knife, finished the job. The door fits but cannot be installed until the parlor wall is papered.
There are three lights here -- a ceiling light in the foyer, a sconce under the stairs, and a chandelier above the front door. Unfortunately, the chandelier is blocked from view by the stairway. There will be a mirror on either the back or side wall, above the landing, which I hope will reflect light from the chandelier. When it was staged with a few piece of furniture, it became obvious that  had this room also received wainscoting, it would have been way too dark.

Next comes the parlor/music room. There are to be two sconces on the back wall. The challenge is that the tape wire is on the same side of the wall. I have thought about this for days and have a plan.

This is a template for the wallpaper. My thought is to paste the upper portion, make a horizontal cut just below the sconce and fold the paper back to expose the tape wire. Then the wires can be soldered and the paper pasted over.  The wallpaper has a busy pattern that I believe will easily hide the surgery. If anyone has a better (read easier) idea, please let me know!

The parlor has another challenge -- a table lamp that will sit on a table in a bay near the front of the room, away from the wall.  How to hide the wires without drilling through the table and floor and coming up from under the house?

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 eyelets 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. 😀