INVITED TO THE CASTLE...When I opened this, the most usual door of the model apartment I was not in a normal hallway, and… However, in order. Inside the door was as if hammered together from thick oak, the dark time of the timbers, caught blued loops with zip ties. From the right of the entrance two narrow Windows streamed the light of day, Aza patterned glass lurks some kind of “medieval” landscape… In the wall between the Windows a mirror in a frame of beaten copper.

Over the door — supporting ceiling arch, built of brick, on the left, glazed coloured stained glass door, right — baggy, solid oak timbers, the same as the front door hinges-screeds — the door leading nowhere… Well, of course, laid with rough stone blocks of the wall. “Castle” entourage complement the lamps with wrought iron frames, simple mats on the floor and some places on the walls.
Such was the first impression from the unusual hallway the usual city apartment. The friendly owner explained that the refurbishment took him not so much time — no more than two months, and that the work was not every night. The cost it took minimal — all made from waste wood, scraps of plywood, pieces of fiberboard and thick cardboard.
Well, first of all — the front door. “Thick oak chopping block”, of which it is composed, is nothing like plywood strips with a width of about 200 mm, pasted on the door so that between them there is a gap of about 5 mm. After a simple treatment and easy Stripping stripes are toned stain (brown ink) and processed by the burner flame, one that has heated ski when applying them to the resin, or a blowtorch. “Blued loop-ties” — also plywood. They are cut from the sheet with a jigsaw, carefully cleaned, visquine and painted black. To the door they attached small nails and PVA glue. Pick up a dozen matching plastic buttons with a convex surface glued on the hinges and painted black, they create the impression of a forged mounting bolts.
“Two narrow Windows on the right” turned out to be not wine but perhaps they will find in a modern hallway! It was decorated under the window lighting fixtures with fluorescent lamps. To make these very simple, but the effect is amazing. Hallway would be extendible, there is a feeling of open space…
Fig. 1.
Fig. 1. Medieval lantern:
1 — cover, 2 — sidewall 3 — the lamp-candle, 4 — removable bottom.

So, for the cause. First of all, of hardboard or plywood boxes going to Assembly, use wood strips or corners and glue. Form boxes can be very diverse, you only need to style the “window” consistent with the future design of the room. And, of course, to the inside of each unit freely placed tubular fluorescent lights with fittings. The Windows is preferable to use corrugated patterned glass. This ensures the best diffusion of light. In addition, the landscape depicted on the back of the lamp, in this case, is more reliable — ribbed deceives us and creates the illusion of spatial depth. In conclusion, the boxes are pasted over “bricks” — plywood, orgalitom or even cardboard plates, painted with latex paint, tinted with gouache. The seams between the “bricks” are puttied and painted in gray color. “Window covers” is just the right size lacquered slats, glued directly to the glass. That’s basically the whole lamp. Between two such “Windows” can be positioned front of a mirror and boxes of “Windows”-lamps to include hidden cabinets or drawers for combs, brushes, perfumery.
Now about the “arch brick”… It’s just decorating the annoying climbing in the eyes of the mezzanine. And the arch, and the arch — all made from strips and hardboard, plaster coating and latex water-based paint. “Brick” finish — same as on “Windows” from plywood or cardboard “bricks” glued to the corners of the walls and the arch and painted the same way.
A few words on how best to paint. The brush is not needed. Take a newspaper, crumple it and using as a swab, apply paint on “bricks”. Note that razkazyvat it is impossible — you can only “shove” the paper “bricks.” Dilute the paint a few consonant colors of shades — for example, different density orange-brown After drying, apply one shade to another, then a third… eventually the tone will be quite “brick”.
A few words about the “stone walls.” You probably guessed that the stones — it’s all the same hardboard or thick cardboard. Suitable plywood scraps.
To turn them into stone in the following way. After processing the plate, its surface smeared with glue (epoxy, polyvinyl acetate or even — silicate) and sowed with clean dry sand. It is advisable to pick up a few varieties of sand different shade and grain. Glue the “stones” to the walls better bustilatom with subsequent proshpaklevat joints and their color in the gray “cement” color.
A few words about “lights in forged bindings”. The easiest way to make them out of plywood with a thickness of 4-5 mm. Drank four sides, gently treat their skin, glue the “Schily” and close the top cover assembled from four plywood triangles. The bottom of the lantern is a square cut out of plywood 10 mm thick, on which is fixed the lamp holder. Note that the bottom must be removable, otherwise it will be impossible to replace the bulb. The glass in this lantern the best corrugated, cover the light bulb and improve the diffusion of light. Hang the lamp, preferably on the chains. If we fail to pick up the finished links it is possible to crank out suitable (preferably aluminum deforms easier!) wire Ø 3-4 mm. In conclusion, and back cover of the lantern and chain are colored in dark brown or black.
R and p. 2. Window lamp
R and S. 2. Window-lamp:
1 — box, 2 — fluted glass 3 — window cover of wooden slats, 4 — fluorescent lamp, 5 — backdrop “window” with the landscape, 6 — door locker, 7 — glass shelf, 8 — compartment for electroarmature fluorescent lights, 9 — “brick” finish boxes, 10 — rear wall.

By using our recommendations, you can equip “castle” retro style not only hall, but all the other rooms of the apartment — of course, those in which the style is appropriate, for example, a large kitchen / dining room. There you will be able of these “stones” to put pseudocumene, to decorate, for example, under the oven is not too good-looking lug — air shaft, which is available in several series of modern dvenadtsatietazhnom.
And what happens to you, dear readers, when you make one of the rooms of your apartment in a certain style?
If your searches and findings will be interesting, we will talk about this in the section “Club home of the masters”.

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