Designing and Building a Tiny House, and Everything In Between. 

Ribbons, Sails 

& Dandelion Fluff

May 2020 –

Building a Shelter

Steel Frames & Cladding

Apr 20 – Jul 19

Doors & Windows

The Beginnings of a ‘Tiny’ Project

Apr 19 – Aug 17

Succulents & Raspberries;

A First Foray into Gardening.

Oct 17 – Apr 15

Evening, Friday 27th May 2020

Detailing the bathroom alcove sides, I really can’t decide if I’m happy with the paint job. Accidentally reminiscent of the transitional menu animation from the 2005 Pride and Prejudice DVD, I am not entirely enchanted with my attempt so far. I’ve been asking myself all afternoon if I should paint over it and start again. 

Considering the idea was to achieve a wallpaper-esque aesthetic, and that wallpaper looks best thanks to its busy repetitive nature, I should undoubtedly power on, remembering that I am only concentrating on one small aspect of a greater piece, (and that most of it will be hidden by bathroom toiletries). That said, it plays on my mind that, ideally, the objects I create could have a life beyond their first home and so maybe I should have forgone the paint altogether, keeping the design refined by using true timber, and a wipe off polish. No one is going to want a clumsily painted shelving unit, for masterpiece it certainly is not.

Conversely, the reason I am enjoying designing and creating for my home is that it enables me to experiment with concepts and techniques that are only now within my capabilities.

So, I am a shoddy painter? Yet it is truth that I can only develop with practice. Do I allow my aspiration to create heirloom-worthy furniture frustrate my chances to improve?

In actual fact, it is severely unbelievable that anyone is going to desire a plywood lined shelving unit in a hundred years, no matter the artistic execution. Frankly, it’s not exactly Antiques Roadshow material.

Considering this thought, I admit I’ve dallied with the idea of starting from scratch… but be assured that I’m sensible that this would be a waste of resources! Even if it is only two small strips of plywood.. (Remember Fiona, Little Women peasant mode.


The time dedicated to such aesthetic touches is already substantial, would spending additional time re-working the pattern be worth my while? If not, I could be working on something new much sooner, which is rather tempting…

Alright, so I painted over two of the three panels, best to catch it early than to plough on with the niggle that it could be better, right? I mean, it could be EVEN better, but it will do. Plus I can use the original decoration as the base pattern. Ultimately some experiments work brilliantly, and others less so. Here I shall strive for humble elegance.

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