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Still hiding from the hall banisters

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Pootling around in the kitchen

Let’s continue with more woodwork mayhem.  I bought two cheaply produced but very strongly made kitchen cabinets both painted a dark green as it happens and which, thankfully, have mostly withstood my hacking about.  I do this because I can’t build a carcass strong enough in the first place so work backwards, as it were.

The second cupboard has ‘glass’ doors on the top half but is as Victorian/Edwardian in style as the first one.  This time I’ve split the top from the bottom, using one to  support the Belfast sink and the other as a wall cupboard.

And the first one?

Now badly painted to and with chrome painted curved handles to make it more like a 50’s hutch/kitchenette, is still in need of some TLC and actually finishing one way or another.

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Getting there but needs finishing one way or another

The Cooker

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Jane Harrop cooker kit with useful photo of finished product

I’ve gone for a cardboard kit cooker as didn’t want to use volatile paints and glues and couldn’t find a 1:12 one that fitted the bill for me.  The kit is from Jane Harrop and has wonderful instructions with very useful photos.  I think the hardest thing about it was getting it out of the packet!  I sat and looked at it for quite some time, I can tell you but eventually took the plunge.

Of course – I’ve fiddled around.

I wanted a better finish to it than I can achieve with a paint brush so I’ve invested in some coloured stick on film from Elf Miniatures.  I bought a couple of shiny ones and two matt finish.  My fancy was for a cream cooker with black trim and edges with heavier burners if possible and I was hoping that the sticky film would also give a slightly more rounded look to the front edges.  For some reason I see cookers a cuddly and prefer a little softer edge – don’t ask.  I did paint small areas and objects such as the grill pan etc.

I was concerned that I’d need to re-enforce the legs if weightier burners were going on and also I’d need to make a thicker top plate to hold them too.

I bought four burners online, perhaps I should only have used three as that seems quite common in the earlier cookers but used the four, crowding it a bit.

 

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The plate rack takes cardboard plates very well, though these are perhaps a little big for the rack – slightly smaller ones would be better as they’ll go further down

Finally, a possible colour scheme

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A bit of mix and match with 50s lino and wallpaper (well almost) and cupboards, fridge, sink and cooker from throughout the chosen period of 30s – mid 50s
The odd piece of paper on the floor is a print out of a possible table from Elf miniatures. I’ve a fancy for something jazzy and am trying out the look of it before buying – spoilt for choice and not sure which one to go for.

 

 

 

Progress and catch-up

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First

Apologies all round, I forgot to post the photo with the donkey coloured woodwork earlier today, so here it is.

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Bit pinky but I’d call it donkey coloured I think

Evening’s progress

Have separated the two halves of the dresser and removed the whole of the jutting work surface that was there, sticking out at the sides – it was like the filling overhanging the edges of a sandwich – and I think the overall shape looks better for it now I’ve stuck the top and bottom back together.

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Back together again with the ‘sandwich filling’ removed.

It shouldn’t have those raised legs but I’m going to leave them I think.

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Still as rough as … well a rough thing – but hope can not only smooth down the door but get the floppy plastic to stick on the other side

Also decided not to cover over the existing panelled cupboard doors but have removed the round knobs and have worked on the cardboard new doors for the top, trying out the frosted glass and have generally been rubbing down and first coat painting up here and there.

Will work on the roughness of these doors but if can’t get this version to look better will probably start them again.

 

 

All three gathered together

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Daytime possibilities

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The very odd chairs

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Night-time and draw a veil on the discrepancies

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What now?

They look like they could do with some cushions and I’m not happy about the starchy looking antimacassars so must wash them till they’re floppier.

Think I’ve worked out a way of doing the fourth wall so probably go on to making that and the doors next as the main task and mix and match with the cushion making and mushing up of antimacassars.

Not so much a three piece

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More a one and one more

Somewhere along the way I’ve shrunk the second chair.  Past caring as will semi hide it in a corner across the room from first – so it goes.

Back to the first

Cut the lugs off it
needs must

Seem to have misunderstood the instructions for the rear of the arms which has resulted in elephant-like ear shapes for the seat backs.

 

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Possible layout hiding the smaller chair on right.
Both sofa and smaller chair still need legs and trim adding, plus not made seat cushions for sofa yet.

I did find the mini castors for the chairs and sofa, added them to this chair but, as they insisted on falling off despite the attempts to hold them in place, I decided they were more trouble then worth.  Well, at least I showed willing 🙂