Sunday, 11 October 2015

HBS build-along

There's nothing quite like a blog-mate announcing 66 65 days to a deadline to motivate you. I'm feeling the pressure just doing a build-along so I imagine those who are participating in the contest are feeling pretty frantic right now.

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
Pepper =0)
 

55 comments:

  1. Hello from Hungary! I love the table and the flowers very much. Hugs, Melli

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  2. Simply love it!! Especially the red sideboard :-)

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    1. sorry, just see that this is the kitchen unit. Even better!

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    2. It does look red in certain light...or maybe my poor photography =0P

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  3. Bonito diseño el de las mesa y sillas y precioso contraste con el suelo.Gracias por el imprimible.

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    1. Gracias y que son muy bienvenidos Isabel

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  4. The table looks amazing. The Ana White site is great. I used it to make real life built in bookcases. And the make it stone turned out great!

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    1. I must have been the only one who didn't know about Ana's site? The furniture on there is fab =0)

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    2. I am obsessed with your blog! Do you mind sharing how you go about rescaling the plans? Thanks :)

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    3. No bother Hannah. I'll make a post about it soon =0)

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  5. que decirte , me encantan todos los muebles y como los has conbinado , nunca se sabe donde pondemos encontrar algo idoneo para las minis , y esa queda genial

    besitos

    Mari

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    1. Gracias Mari . Me encanta encontrar artículos de tamaño natural para utilizar en miniatura =0)

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  6. Hi Pepper
    Your table turned out great, I love the grey tones and your light fitting is just genius. I really like the stone effect spray paint as well. Thanks for sharing.

    Jayne c

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  7. I totally agree with Jayne, the grey turned out great and completes perfectly all other colors around. I did not know the vinegar & steel wool technique, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Susi and you're very welcome =0)

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  8. Thank you for sharing the stove printable. Your place looks so great! Wish I could shrink myself and move in! xo Jennifer

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    1. No problem Jennifer. The bed is always made up for guests =0D

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  9. I love the contrast of the weathered wood and the white. It is a wonderful table for your setting. You always find a way to make just what you need. Like that great faucet for the kitchen sink and the stove burner top.
    I have wondered about that "stone" paint. Another great idea to use for your project.

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    1. Hi Catherine. I've had the paint a while but never thought to use it for miniatures. They have a range of textures that look pretty good for small scales =0)

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  10. That lamp shades are perfect! Great find. Everything else is falling into place wonderfully. 2 months left :)

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    1. Ha ha, thanks Linda. 64 days and stressing =0P

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  11. Hi Pepper, Terrific find for your light and a nice weight too.
    Love the table. Can I have it in full size please.

    Take care ..... 65 days now!
    Janine

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    1. I would love that table is full scale too Janine. The site has some fabulous plans =0)

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  12. Wow Pepper, what can I say, I LOVE it! That's the best way to summarize :D. It's all so perfect together, everything really complements. And how smart are those shades! And not just smart, I love the look and the warm light coming from them. The stonepaint makes the base look very solid and also works very well colourwise. Beautiful photo's by the way too!

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    1. Thank you Monique. I really like the warm light that comes from the shades as quite often, LED's look too harsh for miniatures. They were my bargain purchase of the year =0D

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  13. I love how the shades hang. It's hard to find shades that hang well. The table is awesome. Nice job on the weathering of the top and the red cabinets are to die for!

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    1. Completely agree Cyd. Most shades don't weigh down enough so you have a battle trying to make the wiring straight. I did an experiment with plaster of paris to make concrete shades but it didn't turn out well. We need more ceramic shades =0D

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  14. All such marvelous details! :D I've seen that furniture site and have saved a number of projects for mini.

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    1. The site is fantastic...just wish I'd spotted it earlier. I can see a lot of the plans getting used in the future =0)

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  15. It's just perfect! The furniture are beautifully suited to the floor and the lamp shades cast a lovely light on the
    table. The clay pots too are very beautiful on this table.
    Hugs, Drora

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    1. Thanks Drora. I think Elizabeth Caurseret pottery looks perfect in any scene because it is so finely made =0)

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  16. Perfect scenes, Pepper, I absolutely love the grey tones and this light fitting is just genius. I like the stone effect spray paint. All together is fabulous detailed work, as usual :)!
    Hugs, Ilona

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  17. You've been very busy making big progress... The table you've made turned out awesome, I wish I had this in my real kitchen! And what a great solution for the lamps - and how convenient to have a "Make it stone"-spray (I should have known this before! *LOL*), I really liked the photo showing the "stone" base with your gorgeous floor.

    Hugs
    Birgit

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    1. Thank you Birgit. The paint takes a while to dry but it really does give you a lovely textured finish of stone =0)

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  18. Ah, so you decided on orange for the kitchen, I was wondering which you'd selected. The dining room looks great 😀

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    1. I'll be honest Kelli, I'm not confident with colour at all and usually go for the safe option. But the dark floor needed something bright. All I can think about now when I see it is the 70's and garish wallpaper *shudders* =0P

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  19. Wow! It all looks amazing. I am still in awe of your kitchen cabinets. And the table and warm light look great. And I still love the wood floor.

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    1. Thank you Penelope, glad you like it all =0)

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  20. Привет Pepper!
    Вы обладаете удивительным талантом создавать миниатюру! Все выглядит реально, как будто фотографии из журналов по дизайну. Мне нравится ваша новая мебель! Все великолепно смотрится! Свет лампы такой мягкий и уютный!
    Гранитная панель смотрится очень гранитной! :) :) :)
    Татьяна

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    1. Спасибо вам столько Татьяна. Я очень рад , что вам нравится все это =0)x

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  21. I love your blog...someday, when I have time to actually create some miniatures, I want to go through all of your posts. :) Your work is so inspiring!! I also love Ana White's site...so many great projects!

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  22. Fantastic! I love the table and the lamp shades.
    Geneviève

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  23. Hello Pepper!

    Your table is AWESOME. And again, absolutely perfect for Fenton Lodge. I really love the "view" into the windows from outside. (I am afraid I've been peeking in your windows, Pepper, I am so ashamed!). I really love that whole dining room, the chairs, the table, that "ceiling rose" lamp...(another good idea to stash away for someone else's use!) I also like the choices you made on the kitchen cabinets...well done!

    No pressure...but you better hurry! :0) Nah...just have fun. t's much more fun that way!

    Doug

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    1. Ha, you make me laugh Doug. Thank you =0)

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  24. Hi Pepper! The table looks Awesome.... I had an old table like that out on my deck at my former home in the country... and the aged and weathered top looked very similar to yours! LOL! And we had white molded plastic chairs too.... a little piece of nostalgia for me here! Your light "fixture" is Brilliant too! I am always amazed at the pieces of RL stuff that become minis! I look forward to seeing more!

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  25. FANTASTIC!!!! Love your choice of dining room furniture and your light fixture from the $ store is PERFECT!!!!
    Truly your lodge has got it all Pepper.
    There is an up-serge of keen interest in REAL small houses these days and it would be interesting to see plans of your miniature Fenton Lodge translated into something Full-Sized for the market place as your have managed to build something that Anyone would LOVE to live in.:D

    elizabeth

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  26. Hi Pepper! So much progress! The kitchen looks so so good with the dining set. I read above about needing more options for ceramic shades... a big yes! The way you hung these lights looks great though and they seem to let out just the right amount of light. I'll have to check out Ana's site. I know you are feeling deadline stress, but it's getting even more exciting to see everyone get closer to the finish! :D

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