Thursday, 31 March 2011

Leaky Cauldron......The Bar Counter, Again!!

As I made such a mess up trying to edge the bar I had to buy another rail and start again. Of course I could not find the same one quickly and locally, so I bought TWO lengths just in case.
 I finally managed to edge the counter, mitres are definitely not my strong point, and painted it a glossy dark brown. 
 I have topped the counter with 'slate' tiles. These have been cut out of normal DIY floor tiles that I had left over from a previous project. 
 I am much happier with this finish.
The main problem is the height. It is slightly lower and sits below the shelving that was sized for the other bar counter. I will have to see what it looks like with the rest of the furniture and my good time witches. 
I have also given a home to a very street wise ginger moggie.
 I hope he has come on his own and not brought unwelcome house guests!!
 This disreputable character was made by the very talented Sally of Miss Sally World and I think he is just right for Diagon Alley.
I have been grunging the Leaky Cauldron today....hmmmm, I think I might have been a little it too enthusiastic with the grunge. Will show tomorrow and see what you think. 


  1. If, after all is said and done, you think the bar height is a tad too low, you could always raise it up from the bottom...and maybe add a "brass" foot rail around it.

    But I think the Leaky is lookin' good!

  2. Hi Tabitha, I think that's what I will do. That should be pretty simple!

  3. I love your ginger moogle!, he has a lot of personality. I think the bar top looks great, good you were able to use left over slate tiles. I think the bar will look great with a little lift and a brass rail :)

    Victoria ♥

  4. Hmmm, a brass rail? That has set me thinking Victoria.

  5. The bar looks great. :) I like how you used the tile on the top of it.

  6. The bar is looking great! And that cat's got attitude!

    Brass - some tubes of tomato paste (at least here in NZ) are made of very soft metal which is brassy on the inside. It's great stuff, it can be cut with scissors, incised with the famous tapestry needles, even sewn with a sewing machine! It might help. I have used it for the corners of Tudor books.
    For a rail it could be wrapped around a skewer, maybe?

  7. Que ingeniosa amiga!!! adorei ver o seu trabalho completamente terminado, é lindo....
    Que passes um lindo fim de semana!!!

  8. I'd raise it from the bottom too, if you don't opt for the brass rail. Janice you can buy brass tubing, (you can buy tube benders etc from Minimum World) Maple Street sell it.

    I love Miss Sally World, and lucky enough to own some of her work. I love the cat!!!! :o))))

    Michelle xxx

  9. Hi Janice,
    Apologies for my lack of comments lately, moving house is taking up too much of my time and I find I am asleep on the sofa, before the computer loads! Your bar is great, I love the way you have done the slate tile top. Your ginger moggie is wonderful too.
    I will catch up on my reading of all your posts soon, I promise :0)
    Julia xxx

  10. The rail sounds like a possibility now.

    Tomato puree tubes....genius. Just the same as the lead we buy for edging really.

    I also have some very thick copper wire that might be a possibility.

    Thanks for all the input ladies.

  11. Hi Julia, absolutely no apologies necessary. Moving house is a huge operation and soooo stressful. Blogland will still be here when you are settled and drinking a glass of chilled wine in your new garden.

    Take care and happy moving.

  12. Modeler makers secret for you we don't always cut perfect miters either. Go to the auto parts store and buy a little tube of spot filler. It is used for smoothing out small scratches and dents on cars. Put that into the miter joints you are unhappy with. Usually shrinks a bit so you will need more than one coat. When it is dry sand it smooth, paint to match. Perfect looking job!

    Not sure of the exact UK translation for this stuff but the guys at the store will know.

  13. Love what you've done to the Bar Janice. I've just been catching up with your posts seems I've missed lots. Your little Cat is

  14. Hi Debbie, slow progress but each layer gets me closer to the finished exterior.

  15. Hi Karin,
    That is so encouraging! We have a Halford Store very near that sells everything for cars so I am sure I will be able to find some spot filler.
    Thanks for sharing.


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