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Tea trolley and cornercupboard


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.


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