It's time to start making furnishings for Watson Mill so I can plan the window and door openings on the lower floor.
Gustav will be one to dine out most of the time, so there is only a small area dedicated for at-home refreshments. In a small house, furnishings need to be modest and multi-functional. The first two items I'm making are a corner cupboard from Art of Mini and a tea trolley by Daisy House.
The tea trolley was fiddly, but it ended up being rather sturdy for such a delicate piece. It has casters so it can be wheeled anywhere it is needed on the main floor. It can be a shelf for storage as well as a table for meals. The spreader bar included in the kit was not in good condition, so I cut a new section from Tiny Turnings. I painted it a mix of Battleship with Staining Medium, both by Americana. I love the sun-bleached look to the color achieved after a very light sanding. For now, I've just pushed in the brass casters. I want to try a blackening solution on them before I glue them permanently.
I sanded the edges of the cupboard pieces prior to assembly. This softened the overall look and made it seem made from old doors. I mounted my doors opposite to the kit photo since I liked that aesthetic better. I painted the it a base coat of Camel by Americana and then followed that with custom mixed color using Turquoise by Anita's and Plantation Pine by Americana. I sanded the edges to expose the color beneath for a worn look. I finished both pieces with Delta Ceramcoat Satin Varnish.