Petite Chateau - Basement - Kitchen

My vision of the kitchen was very grand but the size of the area changed that vision drastically. I had purchased several kits from variou...

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Petite Chateau - Basement - Kitchen

My vision of the kitchen was very grand but the size of the area changed that vision drastically.
I had purchased several kits from various vendors.


I used a Betterley kit - this one was the Valentine style, but there were several versions offered.

I painted the stove white but used Triple Thick Gloss to coat it and that changed the color slightly. I don't care what the labels say, they all will yellow some. Maybe some less than others.

For the silver color I used a paint marker. It was good and bad. It didn't seem to want to dry and it looked great at first, but then flattened later. Instead, for future I would use my Outdoor Acrylic by FolkArt. I am normally a Ceramcoat girl, but for the silver their product is really great. The pots and pans were done using it and it is great. But then a smooth finish looks great anyway.
The pots on top and teakettle were from a set by Debbie Young of Young at Heart. The crock with tools was from the Betterley kit. The towel is just paper towel glued around the wood rail.

Cabinet, chairs, table

For the rest of the kitchen, I used French Country kits from Jean Day.
The chairs and table, I started by just painting using the same color as the tile and other wood in the house. But I didn't like it. 
Rather than try to remove the paint, I ordered replacement kits for both.
Meanwhile I had used an oak stain on the 'Shop Cabinet'. Then I decided I needed other stain colors. I purchased a set of markers: Rejuvenate Wood Furniture and Floor Repair Markers. 
I used these markers to color all the wood and also the paper kit for the sink cabinet (more later). 

One of the issues I had with the wood laser kits is the blackness and roughness on the edges. After staining and gluing them together, I used my dremel tool to remove. Maybe this was overkill if it wasn't to be seen. But I would know. I would see.
Another thing that bothered me was the variation of the plywood - lighter in the middle.
The fabulous laser details are lost in the dark color.
I did choose to not add the wood seats. I plan to add some cushions later.
(Less one be fooled by the organization in this blog, I do work on these as I feel like it, as it just makes more sense to share this way.)
The blue dishes were from kits by Debbie Young as well. I love these and  have bought several sets at different times. A number of dealers sell them. I am so happy to see them offered.
The 'silver' is actually pewter, I believe. But I just filed and shined to the best of my ability and and made it so.
The doilies are from Jean Dean.
This sewing machine is a metal mini same as those dishes. I sanded using files, my dremel, and then painted. The details added using 20/0 brushes. The wires are thread. The pedal is from cardboard.
This shows the pedal in proper place under the table.
That shelf over the table hold the teapots the housekeeper collects. The shelf is by Jean Day as well.
Notice the sewing machine is plugged in to the wall. 

Sink and cabinets

For the sink and cabinets, I purchased this kit from an etsy vendor.

I had a lot of problems with this kit. Despite them, I do really love this kit. Some of them were due to using the markers on this paper/card kit. The card didn't like the markers and stain might have been a similar problem. I would definitely recommend paint instead. I will probably order another to try it with the paint instead.
Another problem I had was that the diagram of the pieces and instructions didn't help with how to assemble certain portions. I had to test fit and even then I made several mistakes in the assembly. I freely admit that it could be my misunderstanding.
 The card had laser burn so that had to be covered if it weren't to show. That is true of any laser kit.
 Further there were a couple of the top cabinet pieces that didn't fit properly.
The doors and drawer fronts were made from a different type of card, so the markers colored them differently.

I tried to add the white over the brown marker but it kept bleeding thru. But then I realized I had put these top cabinet backwards so I had to flip it around. So then I decided to not make them white. 
The markers didn't do well layering so I did the best I could.
I did touch up some of these white spots and add the doors once I have added in the dishes. But still the door cross bars didn't line up. I don't know what the deal was.
This shows the difference in colors of the different types of card and using the markers.
This last one is the back - showing both some color tests with the markers and also that I had to cut out a opening for the faucet wire since the hole didn't line up with having anything sticking down. Certainly, I could have cut the wire to the only the depth of the counter top, but that would be too easy. Yet also it would give very little support with glue. Maybe ok.

The silver colored items are metal minis. The blue items are laser cut bottles from the Quarter Source. The book was a swap. The three appliances on the counter are by Mini Etchers. The blueberries cheesecake was a swap I made for a convention. The Flour etc is a treasured item as it came from a mini friend. She allowed us to pick through her items before she passed away. I will forever remember her generosity and her stories.


I debated on whether I had room for an island, but I finally decided that I did. This is a lovely piece and part of the French Country collection by Jean Day.
The bread pan is from the bakeware of the Debbie Young kits.
The oval platter is a metal mini.
The cheese is by Charrita Teague. Purchased during an online show.
The cutting board is part of this kit.
The ice bucket with champagne was a swap.

Here is a top view as the back wall was being clamped and before all was glued in place

Time to work on the garage and laundry room

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Petite Chateau - Basement - Housekeeper Bedroom and Bathroom

Now it is time to start working on the furnishing for the basement. I am starting in the bedroom. This resin furniture is some I got from an online mini garage sale.
I took this photo to show how the resin has to be cleaned up.
This shows the wardrobe in the room. I was just seeing how it might look. But also can see the bathroom pieces I may use.
In this resin bedroom set there are two side tables. I share them to illustrate issues with resin molds. The molds degrade as they are used which caused bits of the mold to tear away. The next time it is used it leaves extra blobs like on the lower right corner on the right one, but also in the grooves of them both. The left looks better because it hasn't degraded at this point.

Before I use resin pieces like this, I do my best to clean them up using knives and files to scrap or file away the extra bits. Some can be easily cut away like the big blob. But others have to be scraped or filed and still not be smooth.
Another issue is bubbles in the resin. Those tend to show as a hole in the piece. I like to fill with paint if I can, but otherwise I would use a wood filler.

Next I worked on the bathroom. It was tiny but I felt I wanted to have one.
I had a plastic bathroom set, but decided the bathtub was too large. So I needed to make a shower.
I printed some wallpaper and then applied a gloss to it. The gloss changed the color but I was not willing to try to remove and reapply.
I cut 4 strips of wood to fit the shower area and glued them together. Before gluing into the house, I filed the edges to create a rounded edge inside the square. I painted it then glued in place. Then painted the floor inside the frame to match.

Meanwhile I also created a shower head using a plastic clothing tag and punched foil. I poked holes for both the shower head and a drain. I painted this silver using a really nice thick acrylic paint made for outdoor applications.
The outer wall also had the wallpaper added and the color difference. So I applied gloss to the outer wall as well.

I used plexi-glass to create a door. The hinges and handle are from the same foil paper. To add the lines of the door, I just scored it rather than have separate pieces.
I may add some items to this tiny bathroom but for now here it is.

It was back to the bedroom. The bed was made from a leftover bed from some swaps I made but didn't finish all the extras. The bedspread is using the same wallpaper. I applied glue to it so it would be flexible and then arranged it on the bed. The ruffle is made using corrugated scrapbook paper that I painted.
The pillows are made from ribbon and wrapped around a piece of foam.
I did several arrangements to see how the furniture would fit.

The headboard was made from scraps of the kitchen furniture.
This was from the chairs.
Because I ended up with two sets, I was able to do this twice. The first time I used my craft knife to cut and destroyed a corner I wanted. So with the second set, I used my dremel tool to cut and shape the piece I wanted.
I added thin card to the back for panels.
It was base painted blue and then dry brushed with the off white. I just glued it to the wall above the bed.

The chair was a kit from Suzanne and Andrew's Minis. It is resin and I painted the same brown as the door frames, but added a gloss to make it look more like leather. The painting and lamp were swaps.
The lotion and tissue box were 3D printed by Mini Etchers from the Bath Accessories kit. The mirror is a large sequin.
The doilies were from Jean Day. I bought a set and she also sent a set as a gift. I love when vendors give gifts. I really does make me want to buy from them again.
The lamp on the bedside table is a metal mini. The radio I made as a free project for a prior online convention/weekend.
The candy box, rug and sheep picture were all swaps.
I've taken this picture multiple times because I kept adding various accessories.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Petite Chateau - Cover and Basement structure

My next major decision was about the cover. I felt I couldn't move forward properly until I had the cover so I knew for sure how much space I had for the basement. I prefer to find something already made as it often reduces the cost, but the size of this project was a challenge to find ready made. If I wanted to just cover it, I could get one, but I love the inside already even not finished. I love that this is a fully enclosed house, so I wanted to work with that.
Then it was deciding what position the house would be in when under cover. Open or closed? I was leaning towards open and at a right angle. I was even willing to consider cutting into the bottom of a cover so I could have the room I wanted for basement. 
What won out was house closed with the ability to open. I have some photos of another person's completion of their kit that also added a basement and lights. They also made the hinges work. I liked that. So I modified the corners of the roof to allow it to be opened and ordered a better hinge. 
While in the cover, the house will be closed, but my custom cover has a door to open and then the house can be opened as well. This decision of being closed also reduces the footprint on the shelf when it is just sitting there. Price-wise for a custom cover that would fit an open house vs one that had a door was very similar. If cost had been my only decision, I would have gone with a cover that had to be removed in order to open.
The above shows the case closed (and the back not on it) - it still has some cling wrap on the cover. This is to protect the cover from scratches as I work on the project. I have to keep the house inside the case when I am not working on it because of cats. The loose wires are very tempting to them.
The house shown over the hole that I made to hold the basement.

Yet, now I have this bright idea that I want to add a car and a garage. I had to wait until it arrived to continue but that wait was short. 

After talking this garage addition over with my husband on real world considerations, I go with his suggestions. I had thought about garage access from the front but due to space and other thoughts, I decided to leave the front intact.
This is a 1:43 scale car which is the best that can be found in the style I was interested in. Until I had the car in hand, I wasn't sure if it would work or how much base to cut away.
I've cut away 3 inches to allow for the garage. I plan to have the right side garage area open. The bottom of the garage and basement are using foam core board rather than the pink foam. The living area has a second layer of foam core board. The wall shown in the middle of this picture had to be re-cut. 

I will also add a wall under the house outer wall, but just at the door area (middle of the pic). More on this later. This will leave room for a tiny laundry area just to the right.

I'm torn on how to do the living area. I want a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. The other miniaturist that added a basement has three areas. One of which has a cropped wall so can see what is behind. I decided to that as well since it was bothering me to almost completely hide one area behind a wall that goes crosswise.
Also I have to deal with the electrical and battery location.
This mess of wires was bothering me. Plus I needed to be able to place the basement insert inside without the wires catching on the pink foam base. So I worked to combine all the wires together with additional shrink tubing.
Then I remembered that I would want a light over the car and over the laundry area. Oh wait, I have also decided I wanted a conservatory. More on that later. It will need lights as well. But I didn't wire anything in yet. 

Meanwhile I noticed I had not 'finished' the ceilings for the basement. So that was my next step.

This was just a test fit on the back wall. Which is when I noticed how 'unfinished' the sides were. Ceiling is good since I had added lights and a drop ceiling.
But the back half had not been 'finished' so here I have done so. I share this to remind to use a spacer on any surface that can be marred when using clamps. The underside was only the wood, so not spacer was used on that side, but on the wood floor side I have the old credit card.

I also noticed the archways.
I decided the brown archway looked better. Maybe unlikely to be seen, but I knew it was still white. I prefer the brown.

I've decided on three rooms and I started adding the flooring. I went ahead and glued the wall between bedroom and kitchen.

Notice the cut away on both these inner and outer wall. This is for the back of the house. Later I realized this was premature gluing of this wall as I needed to install doors and their frames.
I've installed the bathroom wall. Notice how it is also shorter to allow the ability to see into the bedroom.
Floors, frames and doors are all installed.  
I did not plan well for the flooring at the doors. I had to work with those in order to have the thresholds flush and also to have them fit the room the belong to. So there was some cutting of trim and flooring.

The doors are glued in place in open position to be able to view across room to room. This view is actually through the small high window from the bedroom.