Monday, October 21, 2013

Log Cabins & Tar-Paper Shacks

OMG, I just perused the photos in my last post and it looked like I was building a log cabin!  It's not!  Believe it or not, it is going to be an elegant, 18th-century drawing room --not Abraham Lincoln's birthplace!...I've added a few more moldings here and there and so it looks just slightly less rustic.

I've also started laying the floor boards.  Eventually, they will be French polished and won't look like the flooring of a tar-paper shack.  Cross your fingers.

But back to the walls: I am having so much fun with the paneling. It's all built up from stock widths of strip wood. The panels are 'framed' with a very small cove molding and then the chair rail and baseboard or skirting is applied.

I know it looks a little weird right now, but once it's all gessoed and painted --you'll see! Smoke and mirrors!

I'm planning to light the room indirectly from the windows and doors.  Hopefully it will look dramatic and not wack!  We'll just have to see (as I have never tried this before). I'm all about the dramatic lighting effects --just don't even try back-lighting me or you'll get slapped into next week, m'kay?

Em, from Chocolat asked if the hole in the ceiling is going to be a dome. Ding! Ding! Ding! You are correct, Em!  I learned a valuable lesson building Merriman Park --do NOT waste prime, attic real estate.  I can't tell you how much I've raked myself over the coals because I could have put a glamorous dome or barrel vault in MP's drawing room ceiling --if only I had planned better!

Oh well: Lesson Learned...and so this damn room box will have a damned, dramatic ceiling, dammit!
Pardon my French...

If only in time for Kate Winslet's turn on the spinet:


The Old Maid said...[Reply]

Mmm Alan Rickman mmm...;)
Did someone say it looks like a cabin??? I don't believe it!
Is that a corner/nook with the window? I like it!
I can't wait to see more of this room soon so you'd better work fast John,lol!
Big hug

Wyrna Christensen said...[Reply]

I never doubt on you. You will always deliver the ultimate best. You do this again, here. It is so great and so obvious that there are many thoughts and reflections in your new project. I am so impressed with everything, it is always so completed. Enjoy.

Ilona said...[Reply]

Okay, okay, I'll confess that I really thought you were building a log cabin, but I didn't dare to say it ;)! John, you say you've learned a lot of things from the construction of your MP, so you can use and apply them now. I think this room box is going to be gorgeous, because it looks fantastic so far. And for that hole: I knew it.....a dome :D!! I'll follow your progress.
Thanks for leaving your nice comments on my blog :D!
Big hug, Ilona

Léa said...[Reply]

Hi John,

Of course, when shown pictures of work in progress, only the creator knows what turn it will take. But already we can see that this part will be spectacular.
I will follow later to see the final result. :)

Fi.P said...[Reply]

My Lovely,
log cabin....really??? I think you need to trust in your dear readers ability to see your vision. I for one did not see Lincoln's birth place but was definitely on the Jane Austin page of Regency elegance. We are all very well aware of your ability to work magic!


Steinworks said...[Reply]

LMAO..remind me not to back light you! OMG I've never laughed so hard in my life thank you John!! I can't wait to see the gesso and paint.


emily miller talbott said...[Reply]

Oh dear John,
You are too, too late in your fancy explications. We've already started a blog called, 'What the Hell Kind of Shack is John Building?' It has 182 followers as of this morning. There might be an intervention if we can all manage to stop RL for a wknd. You might lose custody of MP.

All in jest! Your worst picture is better than my best work!


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emily miller talbott said...[Reply]

Just thought of this, doll it up with Sophia's urns and you'll be on your way to self rehab. ;)

Elga said...[Reply]

Didn't for one moment think that you were busy building a log cabin, although I am sure you could if you really wanted too! Looking forward to see more of your new build, I am sure the final results will make us all green with envy :-)

Plushpussycat said...[Reply]

Thanks for the video. I can watch the Jane Austen films over and over again. :-) I can tell this is going to be one elegant place, John! I was never worried. I love dramatic lighting too. I always use my side windows for lighting--couldn't agree with you more! :-) Sounds like you're having so much fun with this project! xo Jennifer

miraclechicken said...[Reply]

I never thought log cabin either. But I did think dome! This is so exciting already :)

Elizabeth S said...[Reply]

Hi John. Thank you for Allen Rickman! He doesn't even have to say a word and he has my full attention! But I adore his voice, did I tell you that her is on my Pinterest wish list? Well no matter, he's waited for me this long, so I'm sure that he can wait some more. Meanwhile back at the cabin..... who ever dared to call it such? This is already elegant and beautiful. Are you planning to light it like the Thorne Rooms with the daylight streaming in from the top and sides!? That indeed would be Stunning!
( now back to chopping wood )


The grandmommy said...[Reply]

I love the idea of the dome. You had me screaming that back light remark LOL!! Your little work area is so cute.
Seeing all of your hearts desires and their perfection thereof, I would venture to say you may have been born in the wrong century sir.

Iris March said...[Reply]

How could you think that any work of yours would be taken to be "Lincoln's log cabin" or a "tar-paper" shack"!

I saw it as an elegant and beautiful room.

Where did you get those 9/9 working windows! I think I will use them for the Montclaire House. Thanks.


Even if you built a "tar-paper shack", I know it would still be elegant!

Gee said...[Reply]

Wahahahahaha!! Log cabin?! That never came to my mind hihihihi; no doubt this roombox will carry your own signature, elegant and a perfect dose of boldness
Hugs, :D

Indy_Poppy said...[Reply]

I say the same with photos. Im quite happy to take the picture, just don't expect me to be in it! Cant wait to see more. IndyPoppy

Daydreamer said...[Reply]

Only the Most Elegant, Refined, Spacious and Decorous Log Cabin on the face of this Earth! Your paneling is Gorgeous and the over-mantle and Door pediments are Classical Perfection! I actually Love the look of the wood against the white ground... it makes the lines more apparent... and I can almost imagine walking into this room half built and smell the scent of the fresh cut wood....! This room has Beautiful Bones!!!
I look forward to seeing more of your Inspiring progress pictures!

Flora said...[Reply]

Dear John, the other night, when you published the first post on your new project, I lost myself to listen Farinelli and, in the end, I watched (again) the whole movie, and I did not write my comment.
But for sure, not even then I found it "rustic"!
It soon becomes clear that it will be extraordinarily nice and elegant, as you usually do.
I love the work you do with the decoration of the walls: for me it's almost science fiction (in fact, my Georgian house is still packed in the basement, waiting that can occur during maturity and experience sufficient to deal with dignity the project!).
An affectionate hug,

Philip said...[Reply]

Dear John,
I am finally catching up on your wonderful blog.
First, congratulations on the article about your
magnificent house- for those of us who watched it come together-seeing it presented in such a way was a real treat! So glad you are on to another project- your attention to detail is a real inspiration to all of us.
Oh why didn't Brandon fall for Eleanor instead of
that flibbertigibbet Marianne?
Looking forward to seeing your room come together,

Wee Cute Treasures said...[Reply]

Gorgeous room so far. I love the way the light comes through the dome. Can't wait to see what you do next. Really gorgeous. Carol