I see it has been over half a year since my Lighthouse in Progress Part 1 post – the one where I bought a kit and hoped to whip up a lighthouse in ten minutes flat…At the end of that post my lighthouse looked like this:
In my dreams this was going to be one of those tall, middle of the sea, red and white striped lighthouses but the kit this was meant to be a quite different sort of lighthouse with a ground level porch and an optional house adjoining the bottom floor (which I did not buy). It should, I assume, stand on a cliff top.
Not surprisingly, it really seemed too short to me. Scale for scale it is about the height of our house, which I know, from the battering we get on a lowish hill, would not fair well perched on a heap of rocks mid Atlantic…So I made another storey. Being a very beginner woodworker, I could not manage to keep with the slant of the walls so I used the bottom floor as a template and, with difficulty, I managed to cobble together a basement.
I then added the stairs inside – in the wrong places to accommodate the errors we made with wall placement (in Part 1) and I had to use a different door and remake the door frame to fit the space where the porch should have been. I also used some different windows (bought on ebay) because they were the right size and I I preferred the style.
Finally, it began to look more like I was hoping and I painted the inside and struggled to work out how to get steps to the door (remember the angles and my lack of woodwork proficiency) and I pondered and made other things and pondered and made other things…
Then I decided I really must press on and get this finished. I have yet to accomplish this but I managed to join on some steps that allow the door to open…
And, in the kitchen, I have added a ’tiled’ floor and boxed in the stairs to make a doorway to some (imaginary) stairs going down to the basement and a vertical wall so a dresser can fit in the room…
So there is still lots to do but it is coming along and I hope it won’t another half a year before part 3!
I hope you are keeping safe and well and finding some things to do that bring you happiness during these difficult times :)
Janine @ Rainbow Hare