*I had to interrupt finishing the built-in to get some cleaning and decorating done. But I stole a little time Saturday night to “create” the seats, figuring I’d work on them during the big snow storm expected to hit Saturday night through Sunday.
After spending most of the day shoveling, last night I finally headed back downstairs to finish. Although you can see I have a few finishing details ~namely welting or, I’m toying with adding nail heads or wood trim. . ???. .not sure yet, so it will stay like this till after Christmas while I decide.
But another decision is made–to have mirrors cut to fit in the back of the shelving! I think it will help bounce some extra light around the
basement lower level!
In addition to hand stitching the front corners of the upholstery closed I’m planning to add picture-frame molding to the built-in like the walls, and I think I will do just a BiT of distressing to the overall piece and wax it. But it is now two days before Christmas with a laundry list of tasks awaiting my attention ~so the finishing touches will go on hold.
BTW–instead of flip-lids, I added cleats underneath so the seats are firm in their placement and can be completely removed to gain access to the storage within!
I hate those horrible awning-styled basement windows, but it just wasn’t worth the EXTRA work and costs to change them out so I had to come up with some creative ways to decorate around them.
John (the carpenter who worked with me on much of mom’s house) and I glued a vintage paneled door to the wall underneath that stupid window, then wrapped it with a door jamb like an actual door. We left the hinges on and I glued on a backplate and knob for realism! I hung the door and “transom window” casing -again, like an actual door- but had to faux paint it all to match the door grain.
I hired a sign painter to paint “Giuseppe’s“ on the window for fun AND because it actually looks like you could open the door and go over to our late neighbor Joe’s house!
Joe in Italian is Giuseppe! We miss him.