Let There Be Light or LIGHTS

Yes, I am guilty of the old saying “Don’t put the cart before the horse”!

In this case, I think its is completely ok to begin thinking about interior light fixtures, after all the house can’t be without electricity. The interior and exterior lighting will operate on a 12 volt wiring system. The wiring system that I will be installing, is referred to as “tape wiring system” all lighting will operate via a transformer that will plug into a wall receptacle.

I will post about the wiring process when I begin that step of the construction. For now, I will leave you with an image of several of the interior lights I will be installing when that time comes. This is only a sampling, there will be others!!

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(Viewing from left to right).

The first light (chandelier), I have plans to hang in the “parlor”/living room”.

The second light, will hang in the “entry”, this is the exact light featured in the book.

The third light, to be determined. This fixture currently doesn’t have electricity, I am thinking about making it electrified????

The fourth light, will hang in the kitchen, over the table.

* All the lights are vintage, except light two. Lights one and two are available to purchase via Tiny Dwelling on Etsy. If you do not see the fixture you like, sent me a message.



Stairs, Stairs and Stairs

Oh MY!
I must admit I have never ever attempted to build a set of stairs, let alone THREE sets and a landing!!

After measuring, sanding, glueing and prying my fingers apart, the house now has stairs waiting to be installed!!!
I will admit this was a bit challenging, it seemed every time I would glue a step (tread) to the riser, before I could finish the second tread the first tread would be askew. With a total of 19 treads within the three stair cases, this glueing approach just wasn’t working for me, or my poor fingers!

I decided to use masking tape to hold the treads to the riser while everything dried. I also decided to keep the masking tape on the surface of each riser to give the area added strength.. (see photos)

The next step of the stair installation will be to prime and finish all surfaces, make the banisters, handrail and decide on which newel post to use, then I will marry the stairs to the banisters, handrail and newel post. In the first photo you can see a newel post with a “mock” handrail, I am trying to decide if I should use a “beefier” newel post or more delicate newel post.

What do you think?

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P.s: I forgot to mention I had to also temporally remove the bathroom wall to have better access to the second level/landing stairs, also, the walls have been primed.