Category Archives: Kitchen 30s – late 50s style

Nibbling in the corners

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Been kidnapped by life for a few days, popping my head around the Potting Shed door from time to time to make sure everything was still there as it were.

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Yup, still there

Did manage to play or should I say hide in there occasionally.

In the sitting room

In the kitchen

In the boys’ bedroom

and the bathroom – which is where I’m supposed to be

but really ought to finish the tiling, make the shelves and do the doors and windows.

See you next week all being well 😉

 

Jumping back in

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Dining Room – working on the missing furniture

Bought three Jane Harrop 1:12  furniture kits from her 30s – 40s era range; the drop-leaf table, the fireside chairs and the dining chairs, and thought I ‘d better start with the ‘simplest’ one.

Experience with kits?

I’d used one of her kits before for the cooker and personalised it to bring it more into the 50s with four metal burners and covered it with stick on shiny self-adhesive coloured film from Elf Miniatures rather than painting it.  I’d found the instructions very easy to follow as they included colour photos of various stages as well, so, before starting out on the first kit I have some idea of what to expect.

The dining chairsparts for two provided in the kit

Marked as ‘for beginners‘ in her book “Thirties and Forties Miniatures in 1:12 Scale(Amazon and Abebooks ) I set out to follow the kit instructions as carefully as I could.  (And yes, I’ve found these costs quoted for a copy of the book to be quite common, but if you look out for it, and are not in a rush, it occasionally pops up on auction sites at a less breathtaking price – which is how I recently acquired mine.)

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Thirties and Forties Miniatures in 1:12 Scale

If you’ve got the book why buy the kits, I hear you ask?

The book has the same instructions and photos as the kits but I’m afraid there was no way I could produce the excellent and uniform cutting of strip wood to the required sizes listed in the book for the furniture and expect to produce anything like square sets of uniform lengths, whereas the kit has it all beautifully machine cut.

In the kit

Preparations

Fool-hardy and somewhat cavalier in attitude regarding my craftwork I may be, but not yet so silly as to attempt to do two chairs at the same time.  I like to work on the principle that if I make a disappointing mess of it with the first one (a) I’d have experience of how it works and what to watch out for and (b) one chair done more of less adequately would be better than two messy ones.

Items required and some to add

Tacky glue is advised on the packet of the kit.  I use a Bostik white glue (semi tacky) and a minute droplet of PVA – I find that, as long as you don’t keep moving the joint around, they make a very good set together and are not too immediately sticky to clear up any excess from the joints.

Shoe polish for colouring and finish of wood. We only have black and what is labelled brown but looks more like ox-blood colour so I went for Georgian Oak wood stain and a finish of Scratch Remover for Light Wood which adds a pleasant woody glow to the stain which remains even when burnished up.

Square drying needed

Next needed is a square jig of some sort.  I needed to try out the metal bars (see “Passing on the Word”) bought recently for use as a square jig.  Great weight and speedy delivery after ordering, my only disappointment is that the ends are not cut quite as square as I’d have liked so they don’t sit right.  I made sure of how I’d set them out with a set square each time I moved any of the bars.  I’d bought four so that gave me two jigs to work with, handy for sticking the first pieces to each of the two sides of a chair so that they could be drying at the same time.

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Have to be careful which end I use and at what angle it’s placed

Marking and cleaning

I’ve added a propelling pencil for marking distances and centres, a thin stiff-ish bristle brush for removing excess squishy glue and a damp cloth for cleaning brush between times and my fingers all the time.

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What is provided

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  • a fine piece of sandpaper
  • a beautiful and amply sized piece of glove leather
  • plenty of wadding for the drop in seats

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Laying out the pieces

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Of necessity some pieces are similar to others. For instance here I’ve put the seat pieces on the wrong size checking squares as they differ by only a small margin. Also watch out for The top rail/stretchers and the three back slats and keep everything separate till you get to know the pieces better.

First chair – two halves drying

Never sure that the table I’m using is as flat as it should be, I used a thick-ish piece of MDF as a surface and placed a plastic mat under the metal bars so that any excess glue escaping under the kit pieces wouldn’t stick themselves to the MDF!

All the instructions have been incredibly clear and the only juggling is has been with my fingers and small pieces of wood.

As drying is now the thing, that’s probably as much as is going to get done today I reckon.  As all the joints are flat butted and not pinned I must be more than usually careful (me being pretty clumsy) not to knock it as I go along.  Once the seat is in place it should be much stronger but there’s two more pieces to be squeezed in before I reach that.  And then there’s the second chair …

Kitchen dressing and messing

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Kitchenette

Often used to refer both to a small kitchen or a kitchen cabinet which has cupboards, shelves and work surface all together. These days it appears to cover a small cooking area with fridge and microwave and possibly a little more.

In the case of this 1930s – 50s attempt we have a small kitchen – gone is the living room kitchen arrangement but what is left is a small cooking area and a dining room and sitting room.  We have a kitchenette with, on the left, a kitchenette in it (bright yellow and white piece of furniture at the front).

Wiring run

Somebody has been busy?

This kitchen is a bit of a Marie Celeste.  Lots has been going on but no one is around.

If you look very carefully at the yellow cupboards on the left, there are two old Bero recipe books sitting on the shelf.

Views all round

Still an airer to go in here

Conclusions before explanation.
Or is that excuses after descriptions?
Lopsided as ever and whichever decorator the inhabitants had in to do the border must not be asked to do a border again.  Partially due to sloppiness and a lot more to do with small space and inability to tip head to one side and back again for more than a short time, (benign positional vertigo) though I did spread it all out over a week and a bits worth of sortings and stickings.  Self inflicted scrappiness …
Overall, as long as you can put up with wonky then it probably gives the feeling I’m after 🙂

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Meanwhile

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The two parts of the naked woman lamp are drying out nicely and still seem to fit together.

The search for –

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a better lamp/naked woman arrangement

To clear that up for those who have not read previous, I bought a beautifully painted figure from jlon7197 on eBay and wanted to marry it to a lamp.  The one I’d got (a table lamp) looked monstrous next to her and so I’ve been looking for a more ‘torch’ shaped lamp, preferably LED.  I’ve bought a bronze coloured oil lamp and am working on a possible matching together at the moment.

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Now how to fix it so the lamp is handleable – working on it

and a crisper linoleum

New lino for old

Gone back to the kitchen at last.  All worked stopped ‘cos was brooding about the lino yet again.  Loved the pattern but not the fuzziness. I’d built it up from a web photo of a piece of original old lino of the time but our colour printer is not really up to anything that needs crispness of print and this design needed some crispness.

Then on Poppets Dolly Bits I came across the actual lino pattern beautifully printed out.  But, of course I found it too bright so I’ve stained it and messed it about.

Now for the removable larder and the walls