Older Projects–Paris game room

I’ve been seriously busy this last month on work and travel, but I’ve been updating previous projects, mostly upgrading the electrical systems.

I built this games room a while back–the story is: A room in an old apartment in Paris on an upper floor, either in the 18th century or owned by someone who collects antiques.

I’ve changed and added things to this room over the years. This time I added a chessboard and pieces (I did not make; I purchased), and added an LED bright white light to shine behind the window.

I’m very proud of the gaming tables (below), because I made both myself.

The backgammon table came from instructions in The Scale Cabinetmaker (Vol 17, Issue 3). I made the playing pieces, the dice–everything!

The card table I made from plans in a book called Reproducing Period Furniture and Accessories in Miniature (I found it at a used book site somewhere). The cards are laid out in a game of piquet.

The decor on the walls are retro tarot cards (I think from the 19th century).

I put new LED light above a hole in the top of the box–replacing a fluorescent that didn’t do much. Now you can kinda make out the rooftops of Paris. I coated the window in clear nail polish to give it an old, bubbled glass look.

This is one of my favorite rooms, and I enjoy returning to it.

Beacon Hill–Left Side–Garage

On with the Beacon Hill!

As I’ve talked about, I set the left side of the Beacon Hill on top of the Houseworks garage.


I decided to proceed finishing this house from the bottom up, which means finishing the garage first.

Touched up outside paint, finished inside paint, and painted the floor.

Houseworks has a garage door to fit this kit, so I painted and installed it. Tip: Do not paint the rollers or the roller tracks if you want the door to work (it rolls up and down). I used this same door kit in the Mechanics Garage I did a few years ago.

Outside finished and trimmed.

I didn’t construct the garage exactly to the specifications of the kit, because I needed a flat roof, and the kit has peaked sides. I could have simply cut the peaks off the sides, but in the absence of a good power saw I decided to use other pieces of the kit to create the side walls.

This leaves me with a hole in the upper left side, because that piece of wood was supposed to be a floor with a hole for a ladder or staircase. Now it’s a window!

I went back to my own “Windows Tutorial” (link below) and did a custom-made window. First lined opening with 3/8 strip wood.

Making the two window frames from 1/4″ strip wood.

Frames ready for plastic or micro-glass in between. I imagine most people’s windows will be neater than mine.

The finished window with outside trim and sill (I haven’t trimmed the inside yet).

The Windows Tutorial post shows in detail how I put together custom windows. This method will let you make any window for any size of opening. Very convenient when you have an odd-sized opening or want to make different styles of windows without relying on what’s commercially available.

Now we have the garage! I need to do more trimming on the bottom.

While looking at this house head on, I made the decision not to do the entrance stairs up the side. I like how it looks, I can pretend there’s a way up from the garage, and it will be easier for me to display in a tight space, which was why I cut the Beacon Hill apart in the first place.

I will most likely put the left bay window in where it’s supposed to go.

My decision is not set in stone–I might change my mind again. But I like the simple appearance of the house as is.

If I do put in the bay window, I’ll prep all the parts.

Next thing for me, though, is the Chicago International Show! I am going this year for the first time! Signed up for workshops and everything. Let’s hope I don’t spend too much money. 🙂 I have $ set aside and a budget. Really.

Hopefully I’ll be able to take some photos of exhibits of cool minis. Which I of course will share!

Beacon Hill Left Side: Windows! and Shingles

I found some time to complete the windows and shingle the roof.

Single window pieces painted and ready to be assembled in the window. See my post on the windows for the first half for more details on how to build them: Beacon Hill: Single Windows

The double window is put together very much like the single window. I like the hole in the trim that will show the window sash beneath it.

Window sill is put in first, smallest sill, then medium sill, then large sill. Top trim is large then medium then small.

I’m painting the window sashes a darker shade of green than the trim but lighter than the house. I came up with this shade by mixing the dark and very light greens (simple).

I decided to go ahead and do the dormer windows as well. (See my post on the first side of the house for more details: Beacon Hill: Dormer Windows

This is what the sill looks like, wrong side up. The wider part of the sill goes inside the house.

The painted sill fitted into the window opening.

Sill from the inside.

Sides and front slid through the opening and glued. It is much easier to fit the windows before shingling, but still it’s tight and not quite accurate. You have to get the roof pieces curved and glued down exactly, or the window pieces don’t fit together. Mine were close, but I still had to trim and wiggle and clamp before they were stable.

“Ls” in place with dormer slats glued in.

Completed dormer window with the arrow trim painted and attached to the front. I went with the same dark green as the house for the trim.

Front of the house with all windows done. I won’t put the window pane in the dormers until I’m finished decorating the inside. Learned that on the first half!

For this part of the roof, I added a matte board to the bottom edge (it was cut away to accommodate the tower), and shingled over it. I’ll have to add a wall or something interesting under it to finish off that side.

This half of the house is pretty much done, except for the final trims (the gazillion brackets).

I want to concentrate on the bottom half of the house now, which is the Houseworks garage kit. I need to build the stairs to the front porch and door (and build the porch) as well as get a garage door and do some trimming.

I am thinking I’ll start at the bottom of the house and work my way back up until it’s finished.

I will do the cellar window that comes with the kit, but I’m going to put it on the other half and cover up the opening for it (you can see it in the photo above). More on that when I return to the first half of the house.

I’m also not going to use the shutters. I thought about it for this side, but I like the way the house looks without them. I might make one and test it–I can always change my mind.

If I don’t post between now and then, have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Joyous Yule, and Happy New Year!