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grazhina

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  1. Here's a picture of what I've got for the kitchen right now. It used to be a circa 1900 kitchen stashed full, but I decided that of all my roomboxes it was my least favorite. Fun to make, though. Anyway, I sold off all the furniture that was in it on ebay for a tidy sum, and am redoing it. Actually, I've had several different furniture groupings of what I was going to put in my next kitchen setting. The kitchen table has been one of my favorites for years, and I'm finally going to use it with a repaired and repainted Bespaq Honeymoon Cottage chair. The PA Dutch wood stove came with woodburner lids or gas burners, and I'm going to add knobs for gas. I want to cut out some of the wall tile and add a window over the sink with a painted scene in it. I wish I hadn't glued on the top of the roombox.....oh well. I also need to add another cabinet, shelf or worktable to balance things out visually. Not sure of what, so far. Now I'll either decide on what else to put into the room, or finish painting a wooden chest I started a couple months ago, or sell Amos Gooch's cottage, I'm going to make Amos a roombox, changing out some of his furniture, and have decided I'm ready to let go of the cottage, even though I still love the landscaping I did on it.
  2. There's museum wax, which I don't care for, though others like it. I usually prefer Glue Dots, which are small clear silicone type discs, or Scotch Adhesive Putty. Mine is white, but I know I've used some pink, don't know if it was by Scotch or some other company. Can't help with the electrical question, haven't fooled with wiring much.
  3. I saw this post last night and it made me giggle. This morning I woke up and started visualizing it again. 😁
  4. Well, here it is. I still have to glue the top to the bottom half, and I see a few places that need touchup paint, but overall, I think it looks pretty good. I changed the dishes, the Chrysnbons just sort of faded away in there. I felt the porcelain plates were still too thick and chunky for my liking, so I took care of how I arranged them. They do look retro-wise. Can't change anything now, it's all sealed up.
  5. Thanks, Holly! I've made a new door frame & cut out a piece of acrylic for the glass. Am now selecting items to be glued inside the cabinet. I've held on to 2 sets of Chrysnbon translucent green dinnerware, but when you place the beautifully scaled Chrysnbon dishes on the shelf with other 1" scale items, the dishes look too small. It's the other things that are too big, the dishes are correct. My mom bought a set of square green glass dinnerware back in 1951 or 52, but she soon quit using them. She said that when you poured coffee into the cups it looked disgusting. They were pretty dishes, though.
  6. Me again. Last night in bed I realized I'd cut the pieces for the new cabinet doors all wrong. I've started over. I'm frustrated and I want to eat a pie. Not a slice of pie, but a pie. Usually I want pastry, but now I want a pie, and the closest market to my house sells lousy pie. .......I've got a couple of cinnamon doughnuts hidden in a drawer.....maybe that'll do.
  7. That's what I say! I regard my dollhouses and roomboxes as my art form. Actually, that's how I really got into building them. I'd been working on a painting and just could not get the effect I was looking for, so I decided to take a break and finish the dollhouse I'd designed and started building a few years before but never gotten past the first floor.
  8. Jess, I've been doing that for years! But mostly for designing my dollhouses, so the rooms are big enough for my mini furniture.
  9. I have felt your pain, Jeannine. And this too shall pass and you shall be organized.....eventually.
  10. So I've been working on a 1930's era style kitchen hutch, based on one I saw in the movie A Christmas story. I generally make my doors and drawers non-opening, because I don't care about putting things inside anyway, but this time I wanted a single glass door that opens with things inside. I kept making small miscalculations, but eventually got the top part where the glass door went just about done - finally. But then, the dang door wouldn't open the way it was supposed to. Grrrrrrrrr.......... I thought to myself.....what if I bought a hutch with glassed upper doors and took it apart, repainted it and used it on top of my base. No go...... the only suitably sized and shaped thing I could find was way below my quality standards. I tore off the front of the hutch I'd been working on (we've had a lot of rain and the glue hasn't been drying all that great anyway). I've decided to select my items, glue them to the shelves, then make a pair of doors and glue them to the front - period.
  11. While waiting for paint to dry, I popped together this display of the top half of the Reutter sink cabinet as a hutch atop a work table. I think I prefer the table to be just a tad narrower, but I had the framework sitting around on a shelf.
  12. It's a very pretty room!
  13. Thanks Kells. My little mother could be from anytime from 1930's onwards, and she has a cute little toddler, too.
  14. I've gotten past rearranging furniture into finally making a sink cabinet for a retro style kitchen roombox. I have no idea what period the room will be, for now just generic retro. Originally I'd planned on using a Reutter kitchen sink cabinet, but I didn't want it to be stained brown so I removed the sink and repainted the cabinet. Turned out in the end it wasn't what I wanted after all, so I started over. The porcelain sink is the one from Reutter, the box is my own design. I changed the color a couple of times till I liked it. Gee, it matches the mom's skirt. Nice! I think if I cut the top section of the Reutter sink cabinet it'll look good as a hutch atop a table, but I just finished drawing out a kitchen hutch for the retro kitchen. Dunno....we'll see.
  15. Gee, maybe I should ask for more than I planned whenever I decide to put my Tudor Row up for sale, (which I'm still not sure if it's quite finished or not). I guess the house wants some enhancements on its side walls, but I don't really feel like going back to it. I've got furniture for 6 roomboxes right now and I just don't know where to start. I've been feeling lazy, falling asleep a lot. The other day I slept 3 hours on the sofa, I'd never done that before, and twice I slept 10 & 11 hours at night in the last 2 weeks.
  16. I'm seeing American Vernacular, meaning no architectural style or period plan. I'm reading a book set in rural Texas, and there's an old house by a lake wherein lives a little old lady. By the author's description, this could be her house. It stood on piles, in case the lake flooded, so I added some and some steps using a clone tool. I removed the gingerbread and added some boarding detail under the porch roof instead. If it were mine I'd look at strips of embossed wood to see how they looked. For a Craftsman style, I would prefer heftier porch posts, but doing it the way I illustrated is much more easy-peasy and you're done!
  17. I used 1:24 embossed brick paper by World Model and was very happy with it. It's a nice heavy paper, and I just glued it into place with Aleene's tacky glue. Of course, I was using small brick panels, not a full sheet at a time. I don't know if that would make a difference or not.
  18. Today I've been married for 47 years. I needed a calculator to double check my math.
  19. Been working slowly on the roof and one of the chimneys. I completed the end chimney, covering it with brick paper, then blended it to the lower half which was covered with plaster. I smoked the bricks up with varying degrees of black wash. I'll probably add a little plaster to the end walls between the timbers before I'm done. One day I'll think it looks fine as is just painted, another day I'll shake my head and think no, gotta add more texture. Today I started work on the back roof, and I'll have to cut out a thick double chimney for that side. I just sprayed a piece of posterboard which I had painted black, with the stone effect spray paint. That stuff takes a while to dry, so I may be done for the day.
  20. Thank you, Adriana! I've gotten a little more slating done on the roof, and made the top half of the chimney that goes up along the left hand exterior wall. Next I'll have to slate that portion of roof and glue on the new chimney part. I decided to make the chimney in 2 pieces because I thought it might be easier to deal with that way. It's probably going to be a pain anyway, but one never knows until one tries. I also added shutters to 2 ground floor windows. I'm done for the day. We're having several days of unusually early 90 degree weather, which we're not used to, and no air conditioning. I've got a spooky novel to read on my kindle, while sitting in front of the fan.
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