Just to point out something of the subtle use patterns of the living space revealed while stripping back successive layers, look in the darkened corner opposite the side lit by a window. Half-way down on the plastered section of wall behind the battens which support the linnen groundwork of the wall paper, obscured somewhat by the shadow cast by the hanging lamp, there is an unwhitewashed part. It’s because there once was a cabinet standing there and rather than move it to paint behind there the whitewash stops at the cabinets edge, the wall behind left bare. Smart eh, but not only that it maybe can shed some light on a way of thinking that could be described as, less is more.

After taking away some damaged hardboard ceiling there were mant nail holes to fill.
After taking away some damaged hardboard ceiling and exposing planks there were still all those nail holes to fill and sand.

Ceiling getting exposed, repaired, and sanded, the wall of the bedstead gets a treatment so similar to that, going down, (or back), past the wall paper, past the yellow, maroon, to the pink, yes I think that will be it, getting that pink back on top, being the oldest and therefore the best.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It’s clear by now that I took the mouldings away, even though they were original, still they have always struck me as an alien force and indeed looking into it I find most old bedsteads were conceived not as walls with openings containing a sleeping arrangement but as flat surfaces, a continuous entirety, unbroken. So again, I break with the original and in doing it knowingly commit restoration blasphemy. Not stopping there, I think those doorknobs will have to go too.

An overly decorative and ostentatious knob of Rio rosewood with ivory beads.

The wall’s not getting left plain though. I like to break up all that verticality with a single profiled plank running above the doors the entire width of the wall but that will have to be done up special out in the workshop.







  1. Hi Hans,

    Here in The Netherlands you will see both with maybe the full length doors more common and I can’t say why, could have to do with the cellar configuration below the sleeping space. Often access to the cellar is from under the bed if it is an un-deep cellar so that lower part has to open but just as often that access is from a side wall, (like it is here where we go to the cellar from the hall), or from the wall opposite the bed access. The wall here has three openings or doors and is typical. The middle door a walk-in closet with a small staircase to get in to the elevated floor. That’s why in any case this door is full length and maybe the rest made so for the sake of uniformity or just for simplicity of construction.

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