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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.

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.