Parallel Lines

If there’s better way to spend down time during the festive season than painting lines on a wall, then I’m not aware of it! The inspiration for this genius idea came from a photo of the inside of the ‘watch room’ at Duxford Air Base. A broad grey stripe sweeps around the entire room, echoing the runway it overlooks.

The Watch Office, the forerunner to the Control Tower, as it might have been during the late 1930s.

Yellow 'Frog' tape - a must

Yellow ‘Frog’ tape – a must

Alas, I don’t have a watch room, but I do have a porch that was in need of a bit of a spruce up. A splash of white on the walls provided a good base for some masking tape based experimentation. With the help of a laser level I taped a border around the whole room, then another, and then another (lines – they’re a bit moreish).

After some photoshop mock ups, a black and goldebay 001 colour scheme was decided on and several coats of acrylic paint were duly rolled on. I was reliably informed that black is a good undercoat for gold paint, giving a deep bright shine. Good advice it would seem. On removing the tape I was so darn pleased with the effect I threw caution to the wind and painted some intersecting verticals in celebration. The finished product evokes thoughts of  vintage railway carriage livery, or perhaps a more glitzy section (I refuse to use the word ‘bling’) of a London Underground map.

The icing on the cake was to replace the standard pendant light fitting with a reproduction Bakelite job and throw down a new rug. One revamped porch, done! What a fine place to remove ones shoes, even if I do say so myself.

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About Art Deco Magpie

Seasoned Art Deco collector and blogger Philip Butler, aka Art Deco Magpie, has spent many years transforming the interior of his family home into a 1930’s time warp. Furniture, wall coverings, fixtures, fittings and carpets, nothing has been neglected from his quest to obtain near film set perfection. Combining a love of photography and passion for 20th century history, Philip is now working on his debut book; “Streamline Worcestershire – A Journey Through the Inter-War Modernist Architecture in the County“. Philip lives in Great Malvern with his wife and two young daughters. When not immersing himself in all things Art Deco, he can be found tinkering with classic cars, working in the alcoholic drinks trade, practicing writing in the third person, and trying to be a good dad!
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