LAVENDER COTTAGE

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The Kitchen

I had a good idea of what I wanted to do with the kitchen so started there. It's a deep and narrow room measuring only 19cm high, 21cm wide and 31cm deep. I did wonder if I should make it all 1/16th scale but decided to stick with the 1/12th. I really wanted a pantry and started off making one the full width of the back wall, however this cut down the usable floor space too much so I compromised and created an alcove instead.

A spare door came with the house, I used that for the pantry with a bit of matching trim from the unseen side of the bedroom door I had to buy.
I expect I should have done all the ceilings and skirting board through the whole house at this point but I'm too impatient to do it that orderly and have decided to complete (more or less) each room before I move to the next. Anyway I bought the skirting and coving but the dado rail is made with a double row of bamboo skewers.

All the woodwork is painted nut brown and I papered it with real wallpaper. I was unsure about the floral design, but like the finished effect. The floor is computer printed 'lino' on photo paper, this looked fine at this stage but by the time I had the room furnished I wished I'd looked for something better.

The kitchen

Well that's the kitchen done for now, there's still room for little extras to be added over time though. It has taken several weeks to get this far so I can see it will be many months work to do the whole house. I had the big table and the vacuum cleaner in my original house to start with but they fit in this one much better.

(My son has just asked, as I am mainly having floorboards and rugs in this house why does it need a vacuum!!) .

Still not sure about the floor and now it has a small damaged area at the front, might have to try replacing it at some point.

 

The kitchen righthand view

 

The kitchen lefthand view


A lot of the items I wanted for this kitchen were too expensive for me to justify buying, so all my few crafting skills were called upon to create them The most inexpensive ascot boiler I could find cost 15.00, I made this one for less than 50p. See how here

The costliest thing about the sink unit was the tap, the sink is mainly foamboard, soft plant ties and paint. The uprights are also foamboard covered in brick printed paper.
Wood offcuts and lolly sticks made the shelves and draining board, I got the ridged effect on the drainer with the thick wallpaper I used on the stairs in my other house, it was just a sample piece and has been very useful.

The converted cooker, does it need something on the wall above?
I am still thinking about that

I didn't feel able to make a cooker correctly so I bought one. It was disappointing when it arrived because it looked awful, too tall and thin and stark.

I shortened and widened the back then added some painted bendy plant ties for pipes with jewellery findings for knobs and joins.

Think I would have done as well building it from scratch, however I think the finished result is acceptable.

 


 

Drawing on my experiences from furnishing my first house, I first made and dressed the pantry shelves before I built the walls around them.

I love the pantry, the tiles, shelf lining and packets come from Jennifer's Printables. I made the meat from bread dough, the crate from lolly sticks, the jelly from glue and the milk bottle from a bullet connector (from inside a car radio) with a paperclip lid.
The basket hanging behind the door is another of my tapestry fabric creations.

The little basket sits in the bottom of the pantry, this is my first attempt at making veggies. I used bread dough to mould them then painted them, not brilliant but good enough as they can't normally be seen too closely. The basket is plaited string stiffened with PVA glue with a piece of strong card for a base.


The small worktable beside the sink.

The original idea I had was to put a chair next to the sink but it didn't look right so I made this little table with offcuts of wood, the legs are the tapered ends of some bamboo chopsticks.
At last I have attempted using Sculpey clay, a new medium for me. I made the eggs in the bowl and the brush in the bucket, the bucket is a painted container lid with a wire and bead handle. The yellow thing inside the bucket is actually a mini cookbook, I will replace it with a cleaning product when I make one.

 

 


When I saw the little mouse in the cheese I had to buy him, it then took me weeks to find a suitable cat to set the scene.
Aren't they delightful?

The plate rack which hangs on the wall above the worktable is a kit bashed Michaels hutch, you can see how to make it here.
The brown pottery was a gift from my sister Sandra

 

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