The First Floor - The Games Room
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The floor was made up from left over parquet wood pieces from the Gent's Bedroom, and I decided (after two discarded attempts) to keep the pattern of the floor similar to the bedroom, but I placed the infill planks at an angle just to be visually different. The wood was cherry and the infill, rosewood. All stained brown mahogany...it was just too bright!
I decided to raise the 'card playing' area at the back of the room, just to give a bit of interest to the room and so it would be seen past the snooker table which is quite large and imposing in any room! I really don't make things easy for myself, do I?
I have papered the room in Orleans by Les Chinoiseries. Even though it is a floral paper, I think there is something dusky and masculine about it.
I made thick cardboard templates for the raised seating area, as I intended to make this little structure from card and foamboard etc., but at this point....wait for it....my husband OFFERED to make it for me from MDF....well you could have knocked me over with a feather. Never one to refuse a kind offer of help, I let him tear away, lol. Sure enough, I had my two pieces for the seating area in a matter of minutes (instead of the hours it probably would have taken me to assemble!) :) Mind you, I secretly love to paddle away myself, but the odd bit of help will never go amiss!
The wainscot was made up from skirting board and dado rail glued to picture mount board and painted with the same paint used on the ceiling and given similar treatment with the woodstain. The 'wood engravings' on the mid panel, are all that was left over from the embossed RL wallpaper....well, waste not want not! And, I was hoping it would help to tie in with the ceiling. :)
I think this is the best picture showing the colours of the room.....mind you, I certainly won't win any prizes for photography :)
The fireplace is a much softer yellow sandstone effect than I can get on the photos. I made the 'slate' hearth from a piece of black mountboard, used black marker on the edges and then scored lines on it to make it look like it was made up from pieces of slate. I am very happy with it.
I lowered the snooker/billiard light so it would be out of the line of sight for the card area, (and that's where I felt it should be anyway!) and that's partly the reason I raised that area too. I attached a finding to the light fitting and added the chain as well.
I have used a lot of little findings and brass stampings in the Games Room. I think this particular room lends itself well to these little touches. On their own you'd imagine them to be feminine and dainty, but somehow I think they look right at home here. :)
My daughter, Siobhan informs me that this is her favourite room in the house; partly because of the ceiling and the raised area at the back. I have to say, that I seem to love each room as I do it, and at that particular point in time, the current room is my favourite....if you know what I mean.
When the house is finished, I imagine I won't be able to pick an outright favourite room - it would be like trying to pick a favourite child....lol :)
I hope you have enjoyed my Gent's Games Room. I still have a few more bits and pieces to buy......
That's the first floor finished (or 2nd floor for my USA readers!) - would you believe, I have my house (with basement) on a low coffee table for display.....I now need a set of steps to get to the next two floors :) I'm only 5'1" and this house is really big. I imagine that this is going to really slow down progress now...I hate steps even if they are little ones!!
All the best and take care.