Kitchen Pt. 2: Cabinets

The dollhouse's cabinets are in! Nothing is too secure right now, but it gives a great sense of the layout and space.  This has really helped me plan out my next steps in electrical and where I can add more hidden supports.  I've also got the first coat of paint on the backsplash and new drawer pulls.

The cabinets are laser cut from 1/16 inch basswood sheets. They are non-opening and have little holes for the drawer pulls to slot into.  I'll be topping them with a 1/8" countertops.
I think that far left cabinet above needs some more thought, but at the same time, I like the idea of adding extra structural support within it's closed body.

I gave the backsplash a couple of coats of white spray paint.  It's been hard to find a day above 0°C/32°F to get out and paint!  The white seems too blue, I might do a coat with a less "bright" white tone.  

I put in an older island just to get an idea of a potential layout.  Still looks like I've got space all around.  I have a couple of pendant lights in the works for this area too.

As for the handles, you might recall these wood handles I've been using for years.  They are so problematic because they'll snap off so easily. Case in point:

My new handles are the same size but feature a 2mm round piece of tube that I can slide into the laser cut holes I've been adding to my cabinet fronts.  They are far less prone to breakage and hold up to a lot of movement which is great.  Lately, I've been experimenting with the best orientation to print multiples.
I created two designs, one plain and one with a small square bottomed detail.  I printed them in both the fine detail plastic (the clear) and regular vesitile plastic (black).  As usual the fine detail plastic is a better fit.

Here you can see how they fit right into the slots.
I think overall I prefer the small square bottomed detail. (The black ones shown in the photos).  I hope to have a bunch more coming from the printer. 

That's all for now.  November and December are always tougher times to fit in minis but the focus for the rest of 2018 will be on my Christmas themed miniatures!  I can't wait to get out my mini tree and decorate!  So expect another post before the year is out.

And a huge cheer for all you HBS Miniatures.com Creatin Contest entrants!  It's so close to the finish and you all have been doing amazing work all year long!  Best of luck as you finish up everything this week!

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  1. Great! I'm looking forward to seeing more...
    Geneviève

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    1. Me too! I felt like this post was a bit more of the same, but I'm so excited to share more progress in the new year! Thanks Genevieve!

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  2. I LOVE the idea of having precisely placed pre-drilled holes for the hardware in the cabinets! No more worry about exact placement or slipping jigs! The handle designs are wonderful, too, and the square bottom does add a little extra charm. The kitchen and backsplash are looking lovely and coming along beautifully!
    Have a wonderful Christmas season, Kristine, and I hope you enjoy bringing out all of those Christmas minis to have a play and make a heartwarming scene!

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    1. Thank you Jodi! These new handles really are a game changer for me! And since I know the exact measurement it really is easy to add them into my cabinet designs.

      If only I had a little Christmas cottage to take out this time of year ;) I'm not sure where to set everything up. I love the Belmont dollhouse, but for all the opening walls etc, it really is an annoyance to stage scenes and photograph in it surprisingly. I'll need to figure out a spot and wrap some mini gifts :)

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    2. Make up an A4 piece of illustration art board with a Christmas type wallpaper and baseboard installed on it, then make one with a popsicle stick wood floor. Just a quick photo prop studio that you can store in a drawer until the holidays come around. You can buy props as you see them on sale and have a fairly quick and easy backdrop. You can also paper the other side in a more neutral paper and use year round. :O)

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  3. You could seriously start a mini kitchen design business. I really love your layout. And the square bottom handles are perfect.

    I think the only thing that bugs me (and this is in full size kitchens too, not just mini) is the space between the cabinets and the ceiling. You've got this gorgeous custom kitchen but a gap between the cabinets and the ceiling. I had the same thing in my build last year and didn't like it in that but couldn't figure out how to fix it.

    I have the same thing in my real life kitchen and it bugs the heck out of me. The cats use it as a place to observe the action.

    With a little bit of trim it could be a display area? I've seen people add lighting and crown molding with some strip molding to disguise the join between the cabinets and display boxes. Look for a blog called Thrifty Décor Chick, she did something like that.

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    1. Thanks Shelia! I totally agree with the height dilemma! I've spent a lot of time googling options. I ran out of time on my last couple of kitchens, but I really do think trim would have finished off the tops of them better.
      The ceiling in this house is 10" high, so I thought having cabinets that went all the way up would be kind of weird... I plan on adding trim, and I've also been debating about a bulk head. I gave myself the flexibility with the tiles above the cabinets for now, but I do think it's more likely I'll do some sort of bulk head. I think I'll be adding beams to this ceiling too, like a coffered ceiling, so hopefully that might help? I'll check out the display box idea, it's kind of a small space but we'll see! Thanks again for your suggestions!

      I can only imagine your building inspector surveying from the kitchen cabinet perch!

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  4. The kitchen cabinets look amazing I love the idea of situating all of the cabinet pull holes during the printing... how very precise.

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    1. Thanks Keli! It sure does make assembly a breeze. The hope will be that they'll be a bit more sturdy this way than just being glued to the front.

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  5. Creo que has realizado un bonito diseño con la cocina y los tiradores. Me encanta que sea tna espaciosa.

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  6. It looks fabulous! It's so big!

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  7. Precioso diseño de cocina,me encantaría tener así mi cocina de escala real!!
    Besos.

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  8. I love watching this kitchen come to life! :D The printed handles are a great solution.

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  9. Kristine, the kitchen is actually quite large - which is nice. so, the island could be even a little bigger. Overall this coming along beautifully. I envie your wood lasering skills and facilities ;-)

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  10. Wow, So detailed! Keep going. At this rate, you should probably apply for a civil engineering degree with a minor in carpentry. LOL

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  11. Seriously! Kristine this kitchen makes me swoon. What a fantastic idea to laser etch your tiles. How do you paint them without getting the paint in the grout lines? Roller? The handles are brilliant, I like the one with the square bottom best too. I always like little extra details like that. Such a great idea to have predrilled holes. Oh, to not have to line up and get mini hardware straight and even... Heaven!. I agree with Marion, a bigger island will fit nicely. Bigger is always better when it comes to islands if you ask me.. :D

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  12. It looks fantastic. I wish I had your talent to work the 3D and lasercut designs.
    This house is going to be magnificent.
    Hope you have a very Merry Christmas sweetheart ������

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  13. You are truly THE QUEEN of Kitchen designers Kristine! ♡❤️♡ Your classic D-drawer pulls and the traditional recessed details of the cabinetry along with the Huge centre Island are what every cook would die for in Real Life!

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