Friday, May 31, 2013

The counter tops and additional hand-built counter extension.
 I painted the counter tops on the two kitchen pieces and on the wood piece for the extension with two coats of white acrylic paint. I used cocoa, light blue, pastel pink, and silver acrylic to make the speckles for the "Formica" tops. I topped it off with a coat of varnish.

For the extension, I used balsa wood. This is basically a temporary scene. For a permanent installation in a dollhouse or room box, I would use solid pine or maple. I was lucky to find acrylic craft paint the same shade of aqua as the spray paint I used on the body of the purchased kitchen. 

The Accessories
I made the clock and framed 3-D art from craft wood, acrylic paint, and wire. The starburst with the tiny mirror is a purchased scrap-booking decoration.     
 The canister and "Pyrex" pieces are Re-ment.
 The tea caddie on the table is also Re-ment.
 The red and white "Pyrex" and "Jadeite" salt and pepper shakers are also Re-ment. The tea kettle is from the now out of business Tyco Kitchen Littles line.
 This broom was given to me when I was a child by my great uncle. It was a promotional give-away. I have no idea how old it is, but it works well in 1:6th scale.
 On the counter under the clock is a wonderful little vintage cup caddie. This is also from Re-ment.

For the bar stool, I cut a 3" x 3" square. I used balsa wood since this is essentially a temporary project. For a permanent project, I would use regular pine or maple. An easy trick for spacing the legs for a chair or table is to use a small square. In this case I used a 1/2" (approx. 1 cm) wood craft square. Trace the square in each corner of the bottom of your furniture, then use a ruler to make an X in the square, and you'll have perfect placement of the furniture legs.                                            

The finished bar stool.

Finished project! I don't have a dollhouse made yet, so this scene was set up temporarily. When I set it up permanently, I will try to find an interesting paper to use as vintage style wallpaper.