It never ceases to amaze me how long it takes for me to get even the smallest of tasks done. I have been working on the door panel of the shop floor. I like to dress the opening front panel of my houses as it finishes off the whole look of the room, as well as providing lots more show space!!
I have topped each window with a window box and moulding and added simple crates below each window for more display.
Coming back to this project after quite a long while has made me realise how important it is to plan each step of the way. As you can see I have placed the magnetic catch too close to the top of the window. This means I have have had to cut the top moulding short. Urghh!! I can't move the catch because of the holes it will leave in the wallpaper.
I have put a blind on the window, an idea I have stolen from Debbie Wright of Tiny Treasures, whose Honeydukes project is a source of inspiration for me at the moment. Thanks Debbie!! I made a real mess of the hinges on this door having first put them in incorrectly. I have used wood filler and touched the door up as best I can but it is a bit of a bodge. Luckily the moulding hides the worst of it.
Each window will have two shelves for display and I have used tiny brackets by Sue Cooke and will attach the shelves once I have placed the central window display.
I have also decided where the LED light strips will go and drilled the appropriate holes, this small strip will light up the gap behind the false door so it will not be seen at all.
Another huge mistake I made with all these Diagon Alley shops was not to make notes as I went a long, too much shopping and not enough forward thinking!!
I did not make a note of what paints I used, how I used them and how I finished the painting off. This has meant that it has been a complete case of trail and error trying to match up the extra pieces I wanted, like the crates. I am hoping the mis-match won't be too noticeable once I start filling everything up!!
Now where's my note book!!??