There are a few more additions to Fenton Lodge. I discovered a very cool blog of life-size projects hosted by Ana White. Ana and her contributors kindly provide plans for furniture, which is an absolute gift for miniaturists like me who like to build. I picked a truss beam table from the site but painted the legs white and aged the top with a vinegar and steel wool solution.
I like the way the light furniture contrasts against the warm, dark floor. This is how the table looks in situ, in the extension of Fenton Lodge
The next thing I did, which you can see in the photo to the left, is choose some light shades. It was weird because just like dear Elizabeth spotting the perfect life-size item for her miniature marine lamps, I found the perfect shape lamp shades rummaging around a pound shop.
The shades are part of a ceiling rose. I unscrewed the top part, added thinner plastic tube for the dollhouse wire and ta-da. Because the shades are ceramic, they're quite heavy and hang pretty well
Next, I painted the base of the Lodge with Krylon 'Make it Stone' spray paint. I wanted a bit of texture on the base so it looked more like concrete than wood.
Next, taps and a cooker. The taps for the kitchen unit is exactly the same as the bathroom - curved aluminium rod, hot and cold indices cut out on the laser from 1.8mm acrylic.
The hob will be a ceramic one which is so simple to make. You design what you want in any design program, print it on good photo paper and then cover it with sticky-backed plastic sheet. When you cut it out, use a black marker to darken the edge of the paper so you don't see any white. I'm going to install a 'half' hob, (below left), which you often see in very small kitchens.
If you don't want to design your own, here's the Link to the PDF one's I've made. I've done a few variations with the hobs off and on, which you can download/share with anyone. They are 12th scale and just need to be printed in 'best' at actual size on A4 (don't scale to fit)
Have a fab Sunday