So to coordinate with the larger, grander, Second Story Ceiling (Library Second Story Ceiling) I had picked out these panels by North Eastern Lumber (a different company than North Eastern Models which I am sad to say is closing it's doors after 70 years in business!) and I had planned to put them straight across the ceiling like so:
|6 panel sheets laid end to end across ceiling|
I broke the panels up to match the 4x4 square grids like the Second Story Ceiling had and I inserted strip wood between the panels to also replicate the Second Story Ceiling.
|Dry fitting on my template|
|Wasn't happy with my dry fit.|
|Grid lines butted up to each other|
|Grid lines mitered cut to each other|
|Spray painted a gloss white|
|View of whole room with both ceilings, with flash on the camera|
|View of whole room with both ceilings, no flash|
I am now gluing on the "wrought iron" railings and spiral stair. Then baseboards and bookcases/fireplace get returned to their spots. Eventually windows and window trim will be inserted and curtains made and this room (rooms?) will be done!
Thanks to Valentine's Day and President's Day (no school for the kids), I was also able to fit in time to do the Kitchen floor and crown molding in the Lady's Sitting Room:
My servants' areas will have terrazzo floors. Terrazzo (invented by the Venetians in the 1500s) is a cement based floor made by embedding small pieces of marble or granite in mortar and then polishing. Or, like they did at the Elms in Newport, even crushed sea shells and pebbles can be used in the mosaic-like topping of the floor. At first I was going to spray paint the floor with one of those stone looking sprays and polyurethane it to look like terrazzo. But then my sister gave me a roll of some contact paper drawer liners she had purchased for her new townhouse, and PRESTO! My servants got a quick and easy terrazzo floor for the kitchen, servant's dining room, and laundry room!
I have been avoiding putting the 4th floor on the house because the angles of the bay rooms have intimidated me. I had flashbacks to my attempts to put crown molding in the customer's Harborside Mansion (Crying Over Harborside Mansion) so I wanted to be able to see all around the angles and crown molding while cutting and fitting them. Therefore, the 4th floor has never been glued onto the house. But, of course, since I planned this out so carefully, the trims cut without issue and fit great: