building Dining Room Doors Herengracht
Upon reflection...January 20, 2012
The Canal House I am building is based on a few paintings, existing canal houses and an 18th century architectural drawing of an Amsterd...
The Canal House I am building is based on a few paintings, existing canal houses and an 18th century architectural drawing of an Amsterdam canal house. In my plans I situated the dining room on the main floor, behind the front reception room. As I was studying another 18th century architectural drawing I realized the best place for the dining room would be on the ground floor, facing the garden.
So, a change of plans. This room will now be a reception room as well.
Last weekend I had great fun transforming a sheet of acrylic mirror into antique mirror glass which will become the overmantle mirror. It is hard to photograph but I think it came out very nice.
Between the two reception rooms I have made sliding doors. They are almost finished here, the decorative swags still need to be painted and then gilded again (they are too new and shiny now), and I have to find or make door knobs.
I routed a huge amount of wood for all the panels on the doors and the wainscoting. The adjoining room will have the same wainscoting so I need a lot (and I don't want to have to set up my router again). After the routing the fun could begin...not! Loads of mitering was needed. Not my favourite job.
Here's a photo you don't see too often on my blog...wires, a clamp, lots of unfinished things in plain sight. But I like the glimpse through the sliding doors from -what will be- the front room to the back room.