19 Aug 2013

Miniature Kitchen: Upper Cabinets

My custom 1:12 kitchen is moving right along with the front of the upper cabinets completed.  These six pane doors have been quite a challenge but are worth every effort.
You can also see some of the accessories mentioned in my last post sitting on the tables, I'm working on the design for the island but for now the three tables joined together are the right size.
I have so much extra glue on the panes!  Thankfully it comes off with some water.
In other updates, I bought a farmers faucet on ebay last week only to have it arrive too small!  I'm using the Elf Miniatures DIY faucet for now and I really like its modern look so it might stay.  The sink needs a drain but the porcelain finish is complete.

Now what to do about knobs?   I've attached some wooden ones that I got from Elf.  I'm not entirely convinced. My bf has suggested that I order the same knobs as used on the bottom two drawers of the Elf oven with a chrome finish.  I do like that idea.  And with that in mind I was thinking of borrowing from the oven again and using a similar pull bar on the dishwasher panel/cabinet rather then the metal plate with buttons.

And so my cabinets are almost already for paint!  I'm nervous of letting go of the beautiful wood finish.  Do I stain or paint?

You can see the mess this all has created.  Minis and mini related items are filling up my small room.  Here's a peek at what is slowly happening in the room beside the kitchen:

In my last post I mentioned that I walked away with two similar but different wing chairs by Bespaq in a recent mini shopping trip.  I was fortunate to have family visiting in the area and pick up two more matching chairs to complete the set.  In the end it turned out to be a good mistake. The white sofa in the image is from the tutorial I have here  , but I have a navy walnut Bespaq sofa on its way too, so exciting!  The room is large so it needs lots of furniture.
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2 Aug 2013

Let's Eat! A Mini Kitchen Haul

I have never had so much fun shopping for food.

I walked into The Little Dollhouse Company on our recent trip to Toronto with the mantra "only buy for the kitchen, only buy for the kitchen" and for the most part I did just that.  It was fun buying accessories rather then furniture staples, so often I've gone in with a list of things I needed to create just basic components for my scenes like a single bed, a couch, a coffee table and maybe one or two accessories.  (You can see those artworks on my official artist site here).

This time I will admit I went on a bit of a spree.  I fell in love with two OOAK artisan tables decked out in harvest time foods but in the end they didn't fit the size of the room.  That was okay though because I got to take inspiration and customize to my liking.  While I liked to two tables I realized my kitchen will need a large square island.  So I got two unfinished to take apart and use.  I really don't want to spend time trying to build working drawers and this way I'll get to use the legs too.

I'm happy with my choice to build from scratch.  I get to pick exactly what I want and the items aren't glued down so I can move them as I please.  I choose a lot of glass because I loved the effect the light has on them.

So much colour!  With a white kitchen in the works I think it will really bring some life into the scene.
Lots of fruit; some pears, grapes, lemons, apples, bananas and berries. Bread, potatoes and a few kinds of squash.  I think the red and green stems in the basket are rhubarb.  Essentially this is my kitchen in real life: fruit, veggies and gluten-free bread.  I'll just have to buy a mini blender for smoothies.

Now I didn't just stick to the kitchen.  I mean it is a real life dollhouse store so who could resist??

But what happened?!  It's been a week since I got these and only yesterday while taking photos again and suddenly realized I took two different chairs!  Thankfully they are similar... but I think I'll still be wanting a matching pair...

I also got a Chrysnbon bathroom kit and quilt for other rooms in the house. tsk tsk.  I rationalized it all by telling myself to that I was saving the shipping costs... hmm.  Actually my bf helped me  as per usual in the end, throwing up his hands in the air with a big smile and saying "let's just get it all!"

Holiday treat indeed.


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