18 Sep 2013

Mini Challenge: Welcome Home Party

Surprise! We're having a party! After post upon post of my miniature kitchen progress I thought it would be fun to take a break this week and do something different.

Mandy at Mini Modern Mind had a summer challenge to celebrate her birthday (happy birthday Mandy!) the rules were that either you created a scene prior or after a holiday and with the destination somewhere visible in the scene.  What perfect timing!  I've already got the vacation bug and its only September, take me away!

I really wanted to do a Bon Voyage party but after getting everything set up I realized my accessories were better suited to a welcome home party instead. I started out from scratch, building the frame of the room from foam board, choosing the wallpaper (scrap-booking paper - surprisingly a first for me), and then the floors (again scrap-booking paper!).  I chose a preppy green, I always seem to opt for bright coloured walls in my minis.

I made the black suitcase from scratch using materials from the dollar store (felt, ribbon, tiny car wheels!).  The map, gift boxes and photos were all found online and then put together by me.  It was a lot of fun finding everything relating to my destination. I was inspired to have my homeowners go on a Memterrianian cruise after I received a promotional email from a travel site.  It just looked so warm and like it would be the perfect getaway with lots to see and do.

It's always so much fun to find gifts for people while away and then come home and share how and where you got it.
What I liked about the map was it showed where you would fly into and out of to board the boat.  I did really enjoy putting this together, it looked like an amazing holiday and I'm little envious of these little people.

Hope you all are enjoying your week!  Its really great to think that while I'm here in Canada some of you reading this are actually where my mini holiday location is!

Pink Suitcase, Wine, Glasses are Re-ment, Louis Vuitton Purse, Notebook and Designer gift bags are DollhouseAra, Canon Camera is Photojojo (discontinued?), Pillows are Gloiberry, Chairs, Ottoman and Elephant are Reac Japan, Ipad and Modern Wall Clock are LiLu

*New: Mandy has extended the challenge until the end of September go check it out!

14 Sep 2013

Miniature Kitchen: Faux Marble and Winter White

The kitchen has taken on a new look with a modern white palette.  Marble countertops and glossy subway tile bring a little luxury to this scene.  The pictures in this post are a  peek into the progression, as many components are still being finished...

I decided on a Satin finish on the cabinets after applying acrylic. I'm undecided if that will stay just yet.

The counter tops were made with a water marbling technique and acrylic paint.  In a small dish I added a thin layer of water and then dropped in white, black and grey paint, swirling the colours into the correct pattern.  Very messy but really easy to manipulate into what I wanted.  They will have a few coats of high gloss added on top.

I think the gloss will really help with the realism too.

You can't really see in these images but some of the upper cabinets will really need some work.  I managed to strip off the plastic backing that I had put on originally but a lot of the pieces came off.  The plastic had become too damaged during the building stages.  It took a lot more glue to get the frames of the windows back together which didn't spray paint well.
In all I think I should have just stuck with hand painting the white acrylic rather then spraying Satin white on all the cabinets.  

Here is a picture of before I sprayed and with one coat of acrylic (I did two before spraying).  Very rustic.

In the end the kitchen has to photograph well, more so then how well it looks in person as I will use it for my scenes.  It might take a bit of tinkering before I get it just right for the camera.

7 Sep 2013

Miniature Kitchen: Counters and Details

The counters are on!  The oven range hood has been finished with trim!  Time to paint!

While the range hood and counters are an obvious mark of progress I have been busy fixing my early mistakes.  The two cabinets flanking the stove were completely re-created this week to fix all the awkward angles and issues.  After evaluating all the cabinets it makes me think I'm going to need a lot of wood filler before I paint.

I also made some trips to the hobby shop and found some great little hinges for the cabinets, one problem solved!  I've been playing around with them and should have them on next time.

While there I picked up my order of 1:12  brick plastic sheets in the "clean" style.  I'd been waiting for two months and thankfully there arrival is in perfect timing with the progress of the kitchen.
These brick sheets will be painted white with a gloss. The counters a white marble with grey/black veins and the cabinets a matte white.
The counters are 1/8" basswood with the front edge rounded on the top.  I'm thinking I might have to re-do the piece along the wall with the sink but I ran out of wood for now.  The counters have an 1/8" over hang off the cabinets.

Everything is looking much more solid with the counters on and the sink fits in a lot nicer too.  They aren't glued yet, but that will happen after paint.

Cottage season is slowly but surely coming to an end but it means more time for minis!  I can't wait to see this kitchen finished and start on the other rooms in the house ;)


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