20 Apr 2014

Happy Easter!

I hope you are all having a wonderful Easter weekend.  I want to thank you all for your kind words and encouragement on my last post.  I was planning on doing a much larger Easter scene this year but ended up with a real life painting commission that took up my every waking moment the past 8 days.  Thankfully the painting went very well and for the minis I did manage to make clay bunnies and eggs before starting to paint. The tree was quickly thrown together today before the photo as well. (My boyfriend insists it looks like water balloons hanging from a tree, but we'll just have to pretend they are eggs :) )
Some of you mentioned the fridge in the comments last post, I had originally posted about it in my March birthday post - Yes! It's Elf and I'm so pleased with it.  I can't wait to get some really good photo scenes together once the kitchen is complete.  Sooo close! I've started on the banquet and just need to create some sort of small dining table.  I had planned all that for this post, but I will have to finish it this week instead.  
That's all for tonight, I've eaten way too much chocolate today and I think it's time for bed!  Happy Easter!Kristine

6 Apr 2014

Easy Faux Marble Countertops

Marble in miniature, something that many of you miniature bloggers have mastered.  I have finally come up with a cheat sheet for us that struggle.  Using a regular home printer and flimsy printer paper I made faux marble tops.  My first attempt on the left using paint from this post back in September of this year, and on the right my second attempt using paper.
The paint version scared me off using a marble finish for awhile.  It was too grey and made the kitchen look cold.  Months later I've settled on this white finish with a grey vein.

The Steps

Step 1:  I made the marble pattern by taking a sample image off the web and photoshopping it into a larger 8x10in piece.  Adjusting the colours etc. (to download my final design go to my Blog's fb page and save the image to your computer).  Print on regular everyday printer paper.
Step 2: Cut the sheet of paper to fit your countertop wood piece.  Mine is a piece of 1/8in basswood.

Step 3:  You will need make up sponges, and gloss Mod Podge (essentially watered down glue).  The makeup sponges give the cleanest and most streak-free look.  I tried brushes and paint sponge brushes but they all left streaks.

Apply the Mod Podge to the surface of the wood. And press the paper down.
It might try and lift, and create bubbles.  This is okay.
Step 4:  Fold over the edges of the paper onto the back and secure with more Mod Podge.

Flip the piece over and you will probably start to panic.  There will be lots of big ugly bubbles.  But do not fear!  Do not rip off and start again in discouragement.  (As I did so many times at first).
After several minutes the bubbles will magically disappear.  Shew!
Step 5:  Leave to dry.  The Mod Podge people say at least 15 minutes.
Step 6: Patches - If you have any areas where the paper didn't cover on the sides simply cut out a patch from the remaining paper.  I found this was very effective for some of the inner corners and fixing areas around the sink.  The pattern is very good at hiding the patch. (That said I only used it on the counter sides and not on the very top, that would be noticeable I think).
Step 7:  Time for a top coat.  This is where having the makeup sponges are most needed.  Apply an even layer across the top.  Let dry.  Bubbling may occur, but in my experience always disappears. Apply another top coat if you wish.
And you're done.  No painting skill required, just time and patience.

 In case you missed it I posted my lower cabinets tutorial/details earlier this morning.  You can find that here.  I thought it was better to divide the post in two since this one really had so many steps alone.
 I hope you all are well this spring weekend.  I am planning on making some Easter miniatures today, little coloured eggs and chocolate bunnies.   {I already ate the real life chocolate bunny I was using as an example to make the mini pieces.  Opps!}


Lower Cabinets

 This first post is a behind the scenes look at assembling non-opening base cabinets.  The marble tops tutorial will follow in its own separate post right after.
To get an idea of their assembly, simply start by building boxes out of basswood, I used 1/16in and 3/32in sheets.  
The back piece was longer to allow for a thick square rod of basswood to create a toe-kick at the front.
Added 1/8in basswood top, with a slight over-hang.
The door fronts were made using cove moulding and basswood trim (described in detail in the Island Tutorial).
and hardware from jewellery findings and miniature knobs (hardware tutorial).
Paint. And then choose your work surface material.


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