Thursday, 31 August 2017

Master suite Update

Now that I've got something completed I thought it was time to update on here...I know my posts are rather sporadic but my work on my miniatures is the same so when I'm not getting on very well with my creative side the blog suffers aswell!
So after alot of thinking I decided on the room layout...I had hoped to put in a false door and wall but the room space would have been so much smaller so I decided against that option and opted for a simple, spacious layout instead. again I've used kits from ELF Miniatures and I'm happy with how it all looks...
 This picture shows the beginning! All those packets to build up!

Here is the beginning of the building ... the kits are easy to build and consist of mainly building little boxes of differing sizes and adding tops

Here are the bedside tables built alongside the bed which was ready built also from ELF

The dressing table was next...I built two with a continuous top

Then the wardrobes..these were built up from two double wardrobe kits, again with a continuous top..

The painting came next - several thin coats of emulsion and lots of rubbing down. 
When I was happy with the finish I gave them a good buffing with a soft cloth which gave them a nice soft sheen.

I forgot to order any handles when I sent for the kits so I had to think where I  could buy something locally so I didn't have  to pay postage...
I found these in The Range

They look ok I think

Saturday, 5 August 2017

The Master suite

I haven't really got much further on with the master suite on the attic floor. Except for getting the ensuite finished.
 I'm hoping to create a good sized bedroom area and furnish it with kits from Elf Miniatures After enjoying doing the kitchen kits I think I should be able to finds some fitted wardrobes kits to put in here.
As I said I've already finished the ensuite which is open to the main area complete with corner bath, loo, bidet, basin and heated towel rail.

Now I need to concentrate on doing some more joinery!  My plans are to add a wall to create a small 'landing area' (will only be visible through the open door) and a door leading into the bedroom. Hopefully this will give the impression of stairs leading up from the floor below. With the addition of a light and allowing it to shine through the open door I'm hoping it will look convincing...... 
I suppose I could make it much easier for myself if I just went ahead and furnished the room as it is pictured below!

An update at last!

I'm sorry I've not updated this blog for such a long time but there hasn't really been anything of any significance to report for awhile really but here I am now with one or two new bits to tell you about.
Firstly "64 Springwood" now resides beautifully alongside all my other houses in a new set up in the dollshouse room!
We had to buy more cupboards to enable me to have more space inbetween the houses so that I could actually get inside them! Before we did this they were too close together and posed problems with opening the big front doors on them. What a job though! the three original cupboards all had to be emptied and the dollshouses on the top put somewhere else so that we could move them along abit.
New cupboards had to be built and then all of it had to be put back together! Worth it for the end result.....

So now they're much better and all together!
You can follow my other dollshouses in the photos on their own blogs except for "Kringles Toyshop" I need to start a blog for that one yet.... 

My other news is that we now have lighting! It's taken me awhile to get this sorted because of the space issue but this past week I got on and did it and I'm so pleased with how it's turned out making the house look so much more homely and realistic!

Kitchen cupboard lights

Earlier on in the blog I mentioned that I was going to have under cupboard lighting....I got around to it eventually but even so I've not connected them to power yet so I just hope they work!
this is how I went about it....
Here you see some brass eyelets (large enough to take a grain of wheat bulb), bulbs connected to wire and my trusty little hand drill'

On the underside of the cupboard I drilled a hole and inserted one of the brass eyelets, then threaded the bulb through

I secured the wire with masking tape making sure that the bulb sits neatly in the eyelet. I then made a small groove at the top of the back of the cupboard to lead the wire through so that it will lay nicely at the back when I add the cupboard top.

I must get them connected now and see if they work ok....

Et Voila! They do!

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Moving upstairs....

The post title is a little misleading because, as you know by now, if you've been following this blog that I have removed the stairs! the mini world it is allowed and we can 'pretend'  that there are some. Most dollshouses on the market today really only consist of half a house. There aren't usually any rooms at the back of the ones you see when you open the front door of your miniature property making it all look very unrealistic. Of course we understand the reason why - 3d dollshouses would be very large to accommodate if they were deep enough to have rooms front and back. A miniature enthusiast therefore has to use 'tricks of the trade' or 'poetic licence' to make their house appear to be more 3d looking and that is why I've decided to make Sixty-Four a little different.
You've already seen what I've done downstairs by adding the extension on the back for the utility and cloaks and how I've opened up the living area to create the lounge, kitchen and dining areas. Upstairs I have gone on to make the bathroom, study, landing and bedroom with additional walls and doors.

These few photos show the planning stages...

Much measuring and writing on floors!

....positioning of doors etc.

Cardboard walls!

And more positioning of doors....

Thursday, 30 June 2016

The master suite

My plans for the house have now continued on up to the top floor/attic area. Up here again I've left out the stairs as I did on the floor below. I've also made  a new floor so that I didn't have any stair holes to contend with. So now I am left with a lovely spacious area which I can make into a beautiful master suite.

I've measured up the space and decided where the walls will go to make up a small landing, ensuite bathroom and bedroom. The small landing will only be visible through the open door leading into the overall space. This will allow there to be 'stairs' leading 'off'....
The ensuite bathroom will be open to the area.
You can see how I've fitted in the ensuite in the following photos.

The ensuite takes up just a small area to the left of the whole attic area so I have plenty of space left to put in some fitted furniture. More planning and measuring ahead....

The first floor

When I began this project, using what was a relatively simple dollshouse kit, I knew from the very beginning that I was going to be making lots of changes to the original design. My plans were quite ambitious and I have wondered at times whether I would be able to pull it off. However after managing the dining room and utility area extension on the ground floor (albeit with a little help with the sawing of wood by my husband, Keith) it's beginning to look as though I might be getting there! 
So now I'm up to the first floor! The kit originally had just two rooms up here with the stairs coming up the middle (as most dolls houses do) After doing away with
the stairs (again!) and making a new floor, I now had a decent sized space in which I've created a family bathroom, a study, a bedroom and a landing together with a false door at the back (to another bedroom) By doing this I I've given the house a 'real 3d' feel to it. 
Because of no stairs being in view it was necessary to give the illusion of there being some so that is why I needed to have a landing which turns a corner...
The following photos will show you how I've managed to do this.

The rough mock up

Work in progress

The photo above is the family bathroom and the landing going around the corner to the 'stairs' and 'spare room'

The last photo shows all the rooms now on this floor - bathroom, study and bedroom and how it relates to downstairs... 

And this is the family bathroom seen only through the open door now.

The photo below is taken before the walls went up...