After checking to be sure I had all the parts, I put together the shōji doors. I added some extra vertical pieces on the bottom panel because honestly they were a bit boring. I then cut four shōji panels (as I knew I’d need two more later anyway) and glued them to the back. I put them aside for when they would be installed.
In the meantime, I had to paint all the beam and timber decoration pieces with burnt umber and the outside walls Buttermilk and let them dry. Once that was done, I applied some oriental style paper I had found. It’s like lightweight wrapping paper. I don’t think it’s washi but I can’t remember if I bought it at Ajisai or not. Anyway, I like the cream color (hence I had painted everything in the irori pit room buttermilk) and the little pots and symbols floating around. It reminded me of kitschy 50’s wallpaper. I think it’s very appropriate.
|Painting the outside wooden decorations and the walls. Finished shōji.|
|Wallpapered internal walls.|
|Area which was difficult to insert (power sanding)|
|Angle shows the different pieces that cover the walls and corners|
|Finished shōji and the tatami in place.|
|Porch section added and finished shōji.|