I've been busy with real life stuff the last couple of weeks. Nothing bad, rather lots of little time consuming, happy, stuff. Since I didn't have time to get involved in assembling walls, I worked a little bit at a time every day on a couple of kits.
The House of Miniatures mirror kit has been in my stash for a long time, it was part of an ebay kit lot I bought years ago. I thought it would neat done in a modern color.
The first steps are to glue the mirror to a cardboard backing, then a paper backing, then miter cut and glue on the wooden frame. The frame wasn't deep enough to fit the mirror, much less the mirror and the cardboard backing (I glued them together before I dry fit). I was going to buy some plastic mirror sheet to replace the kit mirror, but changed my mind and build a sub-frame of square balsa strips to glue the kit frame on top of. Since the mirror is going to be hanging above a bathroom sink I thought it might pass for a medicine cabinet if it had depth.
I also put together an Elf Miniatures range kit. The sheet aluminum was difficult to work with, but it definitely looks more like a stainless steel range than the metallic paint finishes I've been using.
Real metal makes quite a difference, no?
It is not really shorter than the one I made from scratch, it just doesn't have its legs on yet....I'm waiting until I get the cabinetry built so that I can adjust the range height if needed.
The only change I made to the kit was to the knobs. The kit knobs are washers with caps glued over the holes...I thought they looked flat, so glued the caps over red glass beads instead of the washers. I like how the knobs turned out, they stick out further and are substantial enough to fit in with the hefty burners and door handles.
Last Saturday the final coat of paint on an interior wall went on thick and gloppy and yucky. Every day this week I've made an attempt to fix it. I would get the wall sanded and spackled to what appeared to be smooth, then put a coat of paint on to discover it was still not good enough. I've mussed with it so much that I'm beginning to damage the edges, so I have to stop. There is a bad spot on the wall I'm going to have to hang a picture over, and the damaged edge shouldn't be noticeable because the side of something else you'll see later will follow that same line. There is damage above the doorway I am not going to discuss.
The thought of searching for the perfect piece of appropriate artwork turned into another stress headache, so instead I prepared a packet each for two of my teenage nieces with some art supplies, a collage of what I'm planning for decor, and swatches of the colors I'm using. I'm going to see them both this afternoon at my nephew's birthday party.
The older of the two nieces , Jeni, graduates high school soon and plans to attend art school. The younger, Alivia, was politely and discreetly disappointed with the gift I got her last December, while obviously envious of the art supplies I got Jeni, so this is a good opportunity for me to make things right without embarrassing her by addressing ThanksChristGivingMas.
The weather finally warmed up enough to spray paint, so I was able to work on the foundation this week as well.
MDF has a finished side and a rough side, so I sprayed two coats of primer on the foundation before I sprayed the paint. The rough sides, even though primed, didn't take the paint as well as the finished sides.
To solve the problem I sanded the rough edges to rough up the paint, spackled, then sanded them smooth. I only did this to the beams on the outside rows, as the inside rows won't be visible enough to worry about. After respraying them they looked much better.
I was going to cut a piece of MDF two feet square for a base, but when I measured the piece I had leaning up behind my door and found it was 23 7/8" by 25 3/8" I decided to use it as is. I applied superglue to the bottom of the foundation posts, clamped it down, then went to make myself a cup of coffee. When I walked back into my studio, hot coffee in hand, I immediately noticed I had glued it on flipped around the wrong direction. (I added an additional support beam since the last time you saw the foundation, so that I can sit the floor off center, which means the foundation beams are no longer symmetrical.)
I managed to pull the foundation back off the base, but split one of the beams, popped off several posts, and pulled up some of the MDF base along with it. Had I used wood glue I would have able to get it back off cleanly, but I didn't, of course, because I bought a new brand of superglue and wanted to try it out.
I used wood glue to repair the broken beam, leaving it clamped all day while I was at the office. After work I stopped for "supplies", then glued the posts back on, scraped and sanded the yuck off the bottom of them, then cleaned up the mess.
Now my foundation is glued on the base correctly. I'm not worried about the mess on the base from the first attempt, because it will be covered by sand.
I'm trying to decide now if I want to walk down to the beach this morning for free sand, or if I want to go to the hardware store to buy clean sand. It is beautiful outside this morning.
This year's contest kit took a bad turn this weekend. The first coat of paint on the walls went on smooth, then I spackled the seams, sanded, put on the second coat, which went on beautifully, then I spackled a bit more, sanded....then the final coat went on thick and gloppy and yucky. Sigh.
That happened yesterday morning. I walked out of my studio, shut the door, and spent the rest of the day doing other things.
Since I have no progress to report, I'm going to rerun my most popular post. If you haven't seen this house before and want to see more, click on the category link over to the right.
Close ups of the sunroom - Michigan Lake Cottage - Spring Fling 2012
The couch and purple chair are vintage Lundby piece I refinished, the pillows I sewed myself. The fabric I upholstered the sofa with I picked up at the Bishop show in April, the rest are from a quilter's charm pack I got at JoAnne's. I also picked up the modern style green chair at the Bishop show...it was teal, and taller, but I repainted it and then shortened the base to make the seat of the 1:12 chair the same level as the 1:16 furniture. I made the lamp from a wooden finial (though I had my husband drill the hole through it to run the wire through, because I was a big chicken)...the paper lampshade is held up by a wire harp..a big thank you to Kris at 1 inch minis for the harp tutorial.
The rug is a 1:12 afghan from otterine. The coffee table is a piece of round glass from a small picture frame atop a rusty nut I stole out of my husband's garage. The other two end tables and the plant stands I made from tiny turnings and scraps of wood....I don't have a good picture of those, but they're not terribly exciting.
I made the magazines on the tables, which are all local publications, in keeping with my Grand Traverse Bay theme. The ceramic cat I got at the Bishop Show, but I don't remember where I got the yellow glass vase.
Most of the plants in the sunroom were made from kits. The palm and snake plant are from Bonnie Lavish kits. The Boston fern, 1/2 scale African violet, wandering jew, Christmas cactus and schefflera were made from kits by sdk miniatures. The polymer clay cyclamen next to the lamp is from Twilla's Tiny Treasures. I made from scratch the philodendron on the other end table, the swiss cheese plant, and the no-named plant sitting between the wandering jew and the Christmas cactus.