The Art Studio - modifications have started

by brae  

Yes, I know...finish the Heritage first.  :D  That's what happens when you take a new kit out of the box "just to take some measurements."

The Art Studio structure is now 5 3/8" shorter but still has a nice lofty ceiling height.  I used the scrap piece from the back wall to cut two angled pieces for the front sides.  The floor edge in the front is marked by tape.  That piece needs to be cut still, as well as the outer door hole.

I kept the location of the skylight holes but made them larger to accept Houseworks 8-light windows. I also added a Houseworks working window in the living area.  The remaining holes at the bottom of the back wall will be filled in.  The two side openings at the top will be funky clerestory windows.  :D

The door hole in the living area will be filled in completely...no window or door there.

The position of the skylights will require a short front wall for the bath, but I've seen that done in structures with vaulted ceilings.  This wall will be removable for access to the bath.  I will add a small single casement window to the bath toward the interior corner, with the sink moved to the interior wall to make room for the window.  I've filled in the loft track on the side wall and will do the same for the track on the back wall.

I've switched the daybed and the whimsical cabinet to showcase the cabinet.  You couldn't really see its fun shape on the side wall.

Ok, now where was I? ;]

20 comments

Comment from: Terry [Visitor]
The "start another project before completing the last" is the miniaturist's DNA! I understand completely.
11/18/12 @ 21:11
Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]
So glad you have finally unearthed this one. :) But, yes, finish the Heritage woman!!! We are all dying to see it completed!
11/18/12 @ 21:37
Comment from: Eliana [Visitor]
Think, turn, cut, glue ... Wow! You are my favorite miniaturist. &#59;) I'm delighted with this project. Hugs.
11/19/12 @ 03:19
Comment from: Elga [Visitor]
It is going to look great Brae! I always seem to have more than one project on the go, for me it certainly keeps boredom away, although it requires lots of discipline to finish the ones that are all finished in my mind and don't require anymore figuring out :-)
11/19/12 @ 04:29
Comment from: Rosamargarita [Visitor]
Otra transformación estupenda! Un abrazo
11/19/12 @ 07:25
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks for the votes of confidence! :D
11/19/12 @ 08:17
Comment from: Natalie [Visitor]
I love what you've done with such a simple kit, do you have any tips on cutting mdf? Especially enlarging windows, I find it such a nightmare to cut.
11/19/12 @ 10:33
Comment from: brae [Member]
I'm a non-power-tool user at the moment...there's a Dremel in my future. &#59;D But, I would still likely cut mdf with a utility blade to keep the dust to a minimum. This where I leared my technique for cutting mdf: http://gr123.powweb.com/DollhouseWorkshop/plogger/index.php?level=album&id=45 It's the angle cuts that make all the difference...when I separated the two triangles for the front, I couldn't make angle cuts --- and it took forever to get through the 3/8" thick board. You just have to keep scoring and scoring and scoring. :-/
11/19/12 @ 10:51
Comment from: Cristina Bottaro [Visitor]
Muito bom. Parabéns e beijos em teu coração.
11/19/12 @ 11:04
Comment from: April [Visitor]
You scored your way through MDF to cut it ?! :o *faints* Also, this is going to be awesome, I love that hutch, well both of them, but the hefty one with the drawers the most.
11/19/12 @ 11:23
Comment from: brae [Member]
Yep, I am strong like bull!!! :)) It's harder to cut 3/8" plywood with a blade, but it, too, can be done. I like the cabinet a lot, too. The top has sliding doors. I need to do a little glue cleanup on the drawer handles but overall it's well made.
11/19/12 @ 12:11
Comment from: Jane s [Visitor]
you know I stalk..errr.. love the heritage but I wanna see this one too! Don't worry us mini scatterbrains can jump with you :P
11/19/12 @ 12:46
Comment from: idske [Visitor]
I am amazed! Scoring? and plywood with a blade? The more it's modified and individualized, the better! Love the skylights. It already looks amazing with the furniture!
11/19/12 @ 13:33
Comment from: Kathi [Visitor]
Looking better already! There is something about this kit that cries out for bashing! Love your shorter version with the angled walls in front.
11/19/12 @ 17:10
Comment from: Natalia [Visitor]
Your new project is looking good and promising, Brae. I like the short variant better. Natalia
11/19/12 @ 20:55
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :D Yes, scoring mdf and cutting plywood with a blade. Sometimes I work late and just want to keep going, so I just make it work! :yes:
11/20/12 @ 07:56
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]
I love to see a project from the very start like this, with the placing of bits and moving stuff around to get the best position. I'm looking forward to following yet another of your marvellous creations :-)
11/20/12 @ 08:19
Comment from: Natalie [Visitor]
Thanks for the tips on cutting mdf brae. I never considered scoring it but I can see how it would reduce the dust and give you good control. Look forward to seeing how this project progresses.
11/21/12 @ 12:37
Comment from: Sandra [Visitor]
When I was majorly modifying the Fascination Station, my husband suggested using a tile cutter (http://www.bry-backmanor.org/blog/?p=55) to cut the MDF and it worked like a charm. Easy to use (and not expensive) and not nearly as intimidating as a table saw. Some kibble, of course, but no major dust in the air. Love the Art Studio design!
11/22/12 @ 17:44
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks for the suggestion. My main thing about power tools is not necessarily the expense but the storage of them, not having a place to use them (i.e., a work table in a garage), the noise they make and the very limited amount of cutting I actually need them for.
11/22/12 @ 22:43


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