Friday, 17 July 2015

Cracking job

I've had a smashing couple of weeks with Fenton Lodge.
The wall tile sheets were glued into place. The floor tiles cut and glued. I really don't know why I opted to cut the formica sample into tiles. It was a pain and would have been far easier to lay it in one go but hey-ho, sometimes you think of the easier option after you've struggled for five days doing it the hard way.

I made a shower head with a screw cap, some brass rod, a washer, a sprinkler designed in Inkscape and painted it all silver



The shower controls were cut on the laser cutter from plastic sheet and glued together. I used sewing pins as the hot and cold inserts. The shower cubicle screen was cut from clear acrylic sheet. The shower waste, (plug hole), is a washer and a stud earring post 



I have to say I was feeling pretty happy at this point. Everything was going smoothly. I started on a vanity unit which is easy to make if you're not interested in having working drawers and doors. It is a case of cutting a piece of solid wood and covering it with a veneer or paint to make it look more realistic. I bought a ceramic bowl from Elf Miniatures because I liked the idea of having an integrated sink/vanity unit rather than hanging the sink from a wall.

Then, I dropped the bowl.



Man, I am so clumsy. So in a temper, I started again and made another base, covered it with formica and set a new bowl into it.


 



It came together in the end.


The basin tap and door handle are just bits of aluminium rod, tube and washers. There is still so much to do - personal items, towels, mirror, lighting, shelves maybe.


I'm looking forward to moving into the main part of the lodge. I feel like large items like the kitchen are more my comfort zone.

Have a wonderful weekend

Pepper =0)

55 comments:

  1. BOAH!! This looks great! And thanks for the how-to info - I am busy with my bathroom for the container house and somewhat stuck with the shower. thought about just just using printed photo-paper for mosaic tiles... for lack of other ideas ;-)

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    1. Hi Marion. I know you will come up with a fabulous idea for your bathroom. Brae at
      http://www.otterine.com/blog/blog1.php
      has done a load of tiles before with paper/card and they look very realistic if you want some inspiration =0)

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  2. That is a lovely shower area! Looks so real! Sorry to hear that the bowl was damaged. I'm glad you solved the situation and now the bowl and cabinet looks perfect.

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  3. Hello Pepper,
    It looks wonderful! I love the modern feel of the bathroom. The tile work is lovely and the vanity is perfect, both style and size wise. Wonderful work my friend. The way you create the faucets and all just amazes me.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Thank you sweet Giac. I'm glad you like it all =0)

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  4. Wonderful! I especially like the shower hardware, it's so realistic.

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    1. Thanks Keli, I really appreciate your lovely comment =0)

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  5. The shower and vanity came out great! I really like the tile in the shower. It was worth the effort.

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  6. Beautiful, the vanity unit is gorgeous and the colour of the floor tiles sets the units off perfectly.
    Where did you find the wall sheet, or did you make it?

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    1. Thanks Elaine. I cut the tiles myself. If you want the same subway tile I have some left that you can have. Just drop me an email using the link at the top/right of my blog =0)

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  7. Hi Pepper, the bathroom is realistic . The tiles were worth the effort! How do you flush the toilet?

    I don't know if your readers realize that laminate can be scored in a tile pattern. The underlay of the laminate is a darker colour that appears to be grout. The pattern that you made would be to difficult to reproduce by scoring but an offset subway relatively easy. Bruce did it for me in the bathroom of the Feench House.
    You are on a roll Pepper, look forward to seeing the kitchen,
    Regards Janine

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    1. Thank Janine and yes, I should have explained that the formica can be scored to look like tiles. Good job you're here to keep me straight =0)x
      I know, still need a flush and bog brush and toilet paper and...=0P

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  8. This is so beautifully done! :D

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  9. I love the fact you made your own hardware for the sink and shower. It all looks fantastic.

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    1. Thank you Catherine. Sometimes it's easier to make something than spend a week trawling through every dollhouse shop looking for what you want =0)

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  10. As usual you have filled my head with a lot of great ideas!
    thanks!

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    1. That's great Grandmommy. I'll look forward to seeing your wonderful inventions =0)

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  11. Absolutely impressive... noone just looking at the pictures would notice that this is a miniature bathroom. Especially the hardware for sink and shower are so well done... you have a perfect mini eye for finding the right items to create what you need... ;O)

    Greetings
    Birgit

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    1. Thank you Birgit, that's very kind =0)x

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  12. It looks absolutely fantastic, I actually thought the photo where the sink is alone beside the toilet was your inspiration pic at first. Love those screw caps thingy majigs, cheers for the link (and proper name :D ) Now I have a terrible confession to make, I carefully packed all the Causeret pottery you sent into a box, with bubble wrap, for safe keeping, then went to put an elastic band around it, to keep the lid on securely in case the box fell over.......and I dropped the box!! Amazingly everything was ok, two pieces got a very small chip, but I managed to find the chips and will attempt to do some Kintsugi on them :D Which I think you could do with your sink if you still have it and the chip :D Can't wait to see the rest of the lodge now!

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    1. Awww you broke them? If you can't fix them let me know and I'll pick up some more next fair I go to. My bowl chip skeetered across the kitchen somewhere and I couldn't find it. I doubt I could do a good job of repairing it anyway so maybe it's a good thing. I'm seriously considering buying one of those thick Gymnast mats to stand on when I work...or rubber floors =0)

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  13. Loving the drawer fronts. Actually, I lie: I love the whole bathroom! :-D

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  14. Te han quedado muy bien, no `pienses en lo que ha costado, ha quedado, perfecta.
    Un abrazo
    Maite

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    1. Gracias Maite . Trato de no pensar en lo mucho que los artículos que he roto me han costado a lo largo de los años =0)

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  15. Oh come on, surely you've photographed a real bathroom :) :) Awesome!

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    1. Ha, I know you're joking but thank you anyway =0D

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  16. Ah, yes.... doing Tiles... the Hard.... slow.... way..... I know all about that idea! LOL
    Your bathroom looks just Incredible! So real looking.... I can't believe how real looking it is!
    You are just Amazing!!!

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  17. You even lined up the tile pattern Perfectly in the corner!!!!
    Masterful!
    Love that photo with the subtle reflections from the other wall!

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    1. The tiles were a second attempt after I realised they didn't match. It didn't occur to me until I dry fit them and then I had the 'DOH' moment =0D Thank you

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  18. Oh my God, that shower is AWESOME! It looks real!

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  19. Ohhhh lovin that subway tile! The white really pops with the floor. The big rain shower head fits perfectly in scale, it's really neat to hear all the pieces that went into making it! The laser cut taps look great too! I didn't think I could use plastic in the laser cutter...maybe now I'll look into some options. I just love the whole look of the room! Great design Pepper :D

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    1. Thanks Kristine. You can pretty much laser cut anything as long as it doesn't react to heat in a bad way. Plastics that contain chlorides are dangerous so I stay away from PVC. =0)

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  20. That last photo honestly could be a shot from a bathroom catalogue!
    Argh at dropping the bowl though! That literally never happens when you're holding something soft or bouncy, does it? What are you going to do with the broken one?

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    1. Haha, you're right. I never drop anything unless it is fragile =0P The old bowl got thrown away. I didn't think I could save it =0/

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  21. ABSOLUTELY SPOTLESS! You bring such an Up- Scale sensibility to your projects and it takes my breath away!

    elizabeth

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    1. Aww thanks Elizabeth. That's very sweet of you =0)

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  22. I'm sorry ceramic bowl!
    Your shower looks amazing really! Wonderful pictures!
    Tatyana

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  23. your bathroom is really coming together Pepper, it looks great! I love how the colours work together. Such a shame of the bowl.. but you've solved it gracefully and such clever solutions with all the hardware! I agree with Daydreamer: amazing how you got those tiles line up in the corners so perfectly! Looking forward to the kitchen, hope you're having some real fun with that :D

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    1. Thank you Monique. It took two attempts to get the tiles to line up but I got there in the end. I'm really looking forward to making some bigger pieces for the kitchen =0)

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  24. I like your modern bathroom.

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  25. Fantastic work, Pepper! What a pleasure your mini bathroom is to look at! Thanks for sharing how it all came together. I can't wait to see the personal items you choose for inside the bathroom! xo Jennifer

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  26. Beautifu and chick! Love your bathroom, wish I could have a shover there just now :D

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    1. Haha, yes it would be nice to own a nice modern bathroom in real life =0)

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  27. Way to think outside the box! The red and blue sewing pins kill me...ingenious. Very contemporary, down to the door (love the glass inserts) :^)

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    1. Thank you Alison, glad you like it =0)

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  28. Hi Pepper,
    I love your blog, your minis are just beautiful! I always feel so inspired after visiting your page :) What sort of a laser cutter do you have?
    Angela Woodgate

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    1. Hi Angela. Thank you and I use a LS3040 Laser Script 40w cutter =0)

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