Saturday, January 21, 2017

Still Alive!

Yes, yes, I am still alive and kicking.  Minus a little Instagram play, I had been busy prepping like a mad woman for my Petit Point workshop at The Little Dollhouse Company.  I`m now done!  It went fantastic.  I might have blinded the participants with those tiny 30 count stitches, but we all had a great time.

I am now on a mission to finish my mid century room box.  But I will share some of my progress with the kitchen for now.  The exterior is done.  I need to seal and touch up window trim inside.  The big project will be securing the electrical underneath, designing a light fixture that will hang from the ceiling (and work) and finish the fireplace.

In the kitchen I need to complete the breakfast bar on the wall opposite the kitchen set up.  I did finish the extractor hood, but I got a new phone and those pictures are still on the old phone.  Another day, another project!

Also, I apologize for the picture quality.  I gave up trying to find the time to take it outside to photograph and just shot it in the basement.  Sigh.

I ran my LED lights through the hole I cut in the wall.  I wasn`t sure at the time what I was going to run, so I left lots of space.  The LED strip lights came from Dollarama.  I almost lost my mind.  Nano strip lights with resistors built in.  Just cut to the desired length and its attached to a battery pack.  It`s like the heavens parted and gave me the BEST GIFT EVER!  And I have a million lights left, so I bought more battery packs on Ebay that I can attach to it. 

I used simple bass wood make the cabinet boxes, then glued on the fronts.  Under the upper cabinets have a small lip along the bottom that conceals the LED strip (4 lights).

The back splash is corrugated wood from the railway store.  Its supposed to be railway scale roofing.  But as soon as I saw it I knew what I wanted it for!

As I worked with my dollar store LEDs I immediately thought, what if they die! (not like the ones you buy on Ebay are any different, but I`m paranoid).  So, to ensure I can access them, I put half inch brackets on the wall.  The cabinets sit on them and are flush to the wall.  I will end up securing them on with museum wax.  But this way, I can always get to the lights and the wiring.

When I get my photos off my old phone (I still miss you my sweet Blackberry), I will post a tutorial on how I made the stainless steel applicance faces.  But, the short of it is I took a Homax wall repair kit from Walmart and used the stainless steel sheets it came with.  Sooooooooooo much cheaper then hobby store aluminum.  Then, I bent it around thin wood. I`m quite pleased with it.

The sink came from The Little Dollhouse Company.  I drilled holes in the bottom, added mesh and a ring for enhanced sink-ness.  The counter top is faux granite.  The faux part being me with pastels drawing and shading lines in.  But then I almost lost them as I sealed with with a water based sealer.  Ha.....but seriously, I almost cried.

And here it is lit and unlit! Those lights are bright!  I just got some of Marion Russek`s light switches and plugs from Shapeways that I will be adding in too.

And in other news.....

Before my Petit Point workshop I squeezed in some shopping at The Little Dollhouse Company.  As if I could leave empty handed!  I also grabbed some floral kits and 1 inch scaled fabrics.  Most of the lights are for my NEXT build.  Always planning ahead.....or I`m a sucker for cute minis.

Table, floor and ceiling lights

Food and cleaning products

Art box by Ella M. Reulbach

Large basket by Al Chandronnait. Washboard by Sir Tom Thumb

And in honor of all the women marching worldwide in the Women`s March.....

......from one Nasty Woman to the blog world....


  1. Love the kitchen. Glad to hear the petit point class went well. :)

  2. You have been busy. The kitchen units, lights and splashback are surrweeet! Great idea with the brackets 'cos there's nothing so depressing than your led's fading away when the wire is buried into the structure :0)

    1. I have to say thanks to YOU. Your LED tutorials took the terror from the experience of wiring things up.

  3. Your kitchen is going to be amazing!!! I love all the stainless steel and the overall size. Well proportioned. I can't wait to see more of this project :)
    I was so bummed I couldn't make it to the workshop. I just couldn't get the weekend away to work. (We'd just been up to Toronto in December). I'm so very happy to hear it went great! Keep us posted if you ever plan to do more.
    And of course you went shopping - I mean how can you not go into LDC without coming home with goodies. The food and glasswares always get me. I like the paint set you got, I always admire their artist/paints displays.
    Again congrats on the class :)

    1. If I ever get to host a workshop there again, I will give you an early heads up!

  4. Oh my goodness! You've been so magically busy! I'm so happy for you that the class went well! And that you got to come home with such great goodies! Loving the kitchen - the appliances look soooo good! Clever lighting solution! I'm excited to see the rest of the project and what you do in 2017!

    1. Thanks Jodi! I'm setting fewer mini goals this year in the faint hope that I actually get them done. We shall see!

  5. Not a modern fan, but you have done an amazing job on your kitchen - couldn't tell if it was life size or mini! And great idea using the brackets to rest the cabinet on. For future reference, before using a sealer or other paint on chalks/pastels, use a spray fixative first. That should hold the chalk in place. Have a good week.

    1. Thanks Shannon!

      Learn something new everyday....I had no clue a fixative existed. Next time I know!

  6. OUTSTANDING work Kat! I love the kitchen units and how clever of you to see the potential in the railroad model roofing as a backsplash- it works A Treat!
    I am soooooo Impressed by your CLEVER solution regarding the lighting. The task lights are perfect and the forethought regarding future access with the brackets is INGENIOUS!


    1. Thank you Elizabeth! This kitchen has been a fun build. And finally finding my groove with LED lights has mad me feel more comfortable with lighting in general.

  7. The kitchen looks great, I love it! The appliances fit in so well and I like the counter top, I think the faux granite accents are just enough. Gorgeous with or without light!

  8. Perfect inspiration :) and what attention to detail! I admire and congratulate.


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