Kitchen and dining room planning

by brae  

The kitchen and dining area are all one large room.  As noted in an earlier post, I flipped what would have been the outer wall to have the exposed brick on the interior wall.  I cut a door leading to the garage toward the open back of the house.  In order to have the ability to put items closer to the back edge, I cut the main single-door room divider on the opposite side into two pieces and then glued them back together to have the door opening in the middle.

I thought about building my own cabinets but I was able to find good deals on a few of the pieces I needed so it didn't end up being necessary.


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The island, corner cabinet and sink cabinet I bought on eBay; they are Euro Mini's.  I plan to make my own deep sink from polymer clay since the wood one included isn't much to look at and there is plenty of room to add a different sink.  The cabinet with the four openings next to the oven is a Houseworks unassembled cabinet that will have four working drawers.  Now that I've seen the layout, I will likely get another to go on the other side of the oven.  There will also be upper cabinets, a range hood and a countertop extension over the top of the dishwasher. The Miele appliances I bought for added realism.

There is no refrigerator - we just pretend it's behind you as you are looking toward the dining room from the kitchen.  ;]  In real life, there would be another wall to house cabinets and appliances; with an open back dollhouse, you have to leave some things to the imagination.

The dining table will be refinished, and I'll make a set of chairs for it since nothing on the market has caught my eye.  The ones in the photo are just for planning purposes, and the bookcase shown will likely be a bar or buffet cabinet of some kind.

Study with fireplace, part 3

by brae  

The only fireplace on the market that I liked was a bit out of my budget, and I couldn't justify spending $60 on a fireplace even if it did come with lighting.  After creating the egg carton stone foundation, I knew I would be able to simulate brick for the fire box and front of the fireplace.  So, I took some wood pieces and created my own design for the mantel.  I bought a strip of window casing trim specifically for the mantel, but the rest of the miscellaneous pieces were either extras or "waste" wood from the build.

I like the result for looks and the fact that it was much more economical than a purchased fireplace.

I followed the same egg carton brick technique I used for the stonework on the foundation.  Here is the layout of the unpainted bricks.  The unfinished wood in the center will be cut out to create the fire box.

Conservatory progress

by brae  

The walls for the conservatory will be cut from 3/8" plywood, but here I am further studying my foam core mockup for window placement.  I am waiting for the single French door to arrive in the mail, so only one of the two walls has the windows installed.  I bought additional Foxhall parts from Real Good Toys so I could match the trim used on the garage.

I cut down the size of the walls from my first rough mockup to leave just under 3" all around the structure, allowing for a walkway and an area for outdoor plants or seating while still having a large enough enclosure for furniture.


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Since I lowered the garage foundation, I needed steps leading into the conservatory from the master bedroom.  I will likely use the ones originally meant for the front porch of the main house.  I will leave the exposed brick on the one wall, and you can see the small amount of clapboard siding I used to finish the exterior wall between the kitchen and the garage on the lower level (I turned the brick side of that wall toward the kitchen).  I like the way these elements make the conservatory look like a later addition to an existing house.

Display table

by brae  

Craigslist is a great place to find dollhouse stuff, but I also happened upon a local craftsman selling his real life size, handmade potting benches and worktables.  He mentioned doing custom work, so I sent him an e-mail to find out if he would be interested in making a dollhouse display table similar to a workbench.  All of the existing tables on the market were not wide enough to accommodate the two side additions on the Newport.  Besides, I think it is rather fitting to have a handmade display table for a handmade dollhouse.

The house will sit on a separate base board that I will ultimately end up landscaping, but I needed a sturdy table to hold the entire structure once completed.  I asked him to go ahead with the table build even though I was nowhere near ready for display since I figured it would be easier to build on the height with the house already in place.  Plus, I'd like to reclaim my dining room table.  :D

It's a beautiful table made of knotty pine with casters on the bottom so I can move it around.  I was originally going to stain the wood, but when I saw the finished product I decided it was too lovely to cover and instead applied a spray satin sealer.

For those of you with keen eyes...no, that's not a scantily clad woman at the end of the hallway.  It's a dressmaker's model.  :D

Study with fireplace, part 2

by brae  

After my initial paper mockup, I decided I liked the look of the chimney breast.  Still wanting a small depth overall, I made a foam core board mockup only 1/2" deep.  The mantelpiece has a depth of 9/16" with the top having a slight overhang.  I like the scale of it overall, so I will likely build my final pieces based on this model.

I taped the lights in place and cut a sample painting from a catalog.  The miniature elephants are wood pieces I've had for over twenty years.

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