Saturday, 16 February 2013

Castle progress!

I haven't updated in a while and that's because I've been in the midst of wood shavings, paint and superglue for the past two weeks.  I've been sawing and cutting and measuring- all in the aid of getting on further with my castle.  This year WILL be the year I finish it!  I never put myself down as a 'woodwork' kind of person before but I've actually been enjoying myself quite a lot!

To you it may not look too much different than before but this is now the current state of my castle:

I have wallpapered all of the outsides with stone patterned paper and painted the edges and tops grey (it took me three coats of grey paint to find the perfect shade!).  I have ALSO- and this is the part I am most proud of- made a flight of twisty stairs for it!  (I don't like dollhouses without stairs.) 

To make the stairs I bought a length of wood doweling and chopped it up into three inch pieces. Then I stuck them all together with superglue and voila!

Then came the hard part- how to cut a hole in the floor.  I watched a you tube video and realised it was possible to do with a craft knife.  When I say possible I mean possible if you're happy to sit there for three hours doing it.... Still it was worth it and created quite a neat, precise effect.

I am so proud of myself for doing it!  Since then I have also cut another hole in the floor above (to the top/attic room) and made a little ladder to go up to it. 

I am now very almost (apart from a last coat of ceiling paint) ready to start putting in the carpets and wallpaper and lighting.  I can't wait!


Olga Wassupbrothers said...

Oh My! That is gorgeous) Cant wait to see it ready! Love the stairs!

Stephanie said...

Your castle is coming great. Love the staircase! I can feel your excitement in decorating it. Looking forward to the results.

Tammie Lee said...

you are so creative! i love these stairs and i am sure Victoria will too.

Plushpussycat said...

Oh, how exciting! You've done a brave thing with that craft knife, and the result is fantastic. Love those stairs!!! I'm very excited to see what you do with flooring, wallpapering, and lighting. xo Jennifer

Rosemary Shojaie said...

oh wow, harriet! look at those beautiful stairs! this is wonderful.

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Anonymous said...

You made a hole! Well done!

goudenregen said...

Great progress on the castle! Love the stairs.

Rachel said...

Those stairs look fab. Great idea to make them like that.

I bet it will look amazing when it's finished.