So I got impatient yesterday and put the shelves and seat in while the papier mache was still wet. I am a bit worried my shelves might fall out though as I forgot to put any glue on them...oops! Anyway the drying process is well and truly underway now, the dark patches are the parts that are still damp, and some cracks are forming. I will have to decide if they are aesthetically pleasing or not.
I still have to decide what colour to paint the window. I am thinking a sage green colour rubbed back to show something else underneath.