Saturday, 22 April 2017

The Mid Century Room Box - Living Room Reveal!




It's all done! And I found a home for it on a table.....the benefits of a small build.  I apologize in advance for the full view shots as they were done in my living room.  At the time I had no sun outside and lots of damp, both are not friends to minis.

But, lets begin the tour!!

Walls


The walls are all painted a white (with beige undertone), CIL interior eggshell, like the kitchen. 

Windows


 I can't say I am thrilled with my large plexi windows.  The sheets looked perfect, but they all had some marks.  Then after installation, paint and glue touch ups...sigh.  But are my real life windows cleaned yet? Nope, so they look the same!  

The widows are framed with 0.5cm square wood dowels and the plexi is held in with quarter round styrene strips.  Let's just say I will never again paint styrene with burnt umber acrylic....5 coats per strip later to get coverage!!!




The floor is paper backed varying length wood floor sheets that I stained with my own concoction of colours.





Fireplace


I wrote more about the fire place a while back, but to recap, its a thin sheet of cork cut into bricks. All glued to a wood frame that hid the electrics for the fireplace and the ceiling light.  The electrical all comes out the bottom where the batteries are hidden. 




The fireplace art was my first attempt at soldering! Mixed results....lets say, rushing it because your child is out of the house and you have 10 mins do not make for the best conditions.  Anyway, it worked! The butterflies are punched from textured gold paper.






Door


The door was from Greenleaf.  I made the door hardware from paper and the metal ends from Christmas light fuses.  I broke the glass off the fuse and was left with a little piece of metal! The larger fuse yielded the door knob, and and small fuse yielded the deadbolt lock.



Lighting


The ceiling light was fun! I had another idea going for a while....but as a project drags out and you just want to finish, you start to think.  And that thinking leads you to steal from your child.  Yes, mother of the year right here.  The black tube is plastic...from a balloon.  You know those small helium balloons that are attached to a plastic stick? It was hollow...and straight.  So I staved off a few inches from Miss Kitty's Minnie Mouse balloon.  The light is a dollar store ping pong ball.  The child loves playing ping pong on the coffee table, so I did replace the ball I stole from her.  But it all makes a perfect light!  Inside is one of those pre wired (with resistor) LED from China off of Ebay.  




Rug


I had a vision of what I wanted.  But, those rows of brown were the most boring and time consuming part of the project.  Tent stitch worked on 28 count canvas with DMC cotton floss.  3 colours used.




The Final Look......







The details...I weaved the wall hanging.  It was purchased as a necklace kit, but I saw mini potential (and it was clearance!).  I also painted the gold pictures.  Michaels has some perfect 1:12 scale square canvases in their art section.  The end tables were fun to make...a simple "C" shape table with a rectangular hollow brass tube support.  




I've been up to more kits recently....and other mini making shenanigans! More photos to come!



24 comments :

  1. It looks great! I am so impressed with all that you have done. I particularly love the windows with the trees. I am about to try soldering . . . It all looks amazing!

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  2. It looks awesome :)

    I'd wondered if those mini canvases from michaels would look too deep once hung...now that I know they look great I'll have to pick up a couple.

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  3. Great work! I love the details and the "dirty" windows, everything is so realistic! Looking forward to your next works!

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  4. It's excellent! Love all your work - completely realistic and a great adaptation of the IKEA house!

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    1. Thanks Claudia! It was such a fun build....IKEA never lets me down!

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  5. Hi Kat! This house of yours has a Terrific Vibe! Love the flip flops by the front door and your hand stitched door mat looks great as does your stylish Front Door!
    Also love the canvases above the sofa but I'm gaga over your fireplace! The painted stone and with the deep recesses looks FANTASTIC and the burnished brass butterfly sculpture is Spot On! Love your sofa and area rug and those fuzzy poufs visually soften the hard surfaces the glass and makes this room look VERY INVITING!
    BEAUTIFUL WORK Kat and FYI, dirty windows real or mini- don't count! :D

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    1. Thank you so much Elizabeth! I have to say that my real life and mini windows currently match right now. Lol

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  6. Great work! I love it! Every single detail is fantastic!!

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  7. Fantastic! I love the creative door hardware the best. :D When can I come over for mimosas?

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    1. Any time! I usually have the ingredients available!

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  8. You have definitely used a number of elements that have captured the feel of that time period...the rooms have a wonderful, welcoming aura that is a certain sign that you have found the perfectly detailed accessories, furniture and period pieces. Thank you for sharing! Cheers, Alayne

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    1. Thank you so much Alayne! I'm glad you like it

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  9. WOW Kat! It was so worth the wait for the reveal! Inside/Outside, Sunny/Cloudy it makes no difference because the project and all of the accessories harmonize together so seamlessly and show so well!
    I love the way you interlaced all of the gold accents. It gives the place a classy vibe without being too over the top! Your ingenious use of materials shows your creative mind at work and the results are smart and contemporary. Everywhere you look there are little handmade touches that display your talent and eye for design. I love it, and I am glad you found a place to proudly display and marvel at your amazing work!

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    1. Awwww Jodi! Thank you! Your work has been an inspiration to me

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  10. It's so great to see the project altogether! I really like how easily you can see in through the front windows. The ping-pong light is such a good idea! The light seems a little diffused, which is nice since a lot of mini lights can be really harsh. Overall the style and theme of the build flows through every piece - fabulous work!

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  11. This is adorable! I am in the process of building my first modern mini house, and it is so much fun. Mine has a lot of mid century influence (if you locate the post with the fireplace photos on my blog you will see what I mean.)

    I am going to try the ping pong ball light idea, but I'm using some "balloons" made of plastic which I found at a cake decorating store. Yours looks great!

    If you want to see my fireplace, go to my blog at minisunderconstruction.com, posting November 27, 2016. I love that you used cork for your fireplace bricks. What a great idea! Otterine used egg cartons, and both your look and hers are great. I think I will steal your technique for my rooftop fireplace/BBQ. It's going to be a while before I get to the roof...sigh.

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    1. I love your blog....beautiful work! That shower of yours is amazing!

      I know the balloons you're talking about....I have a bunch in my stash. I saw "lights" in them too!

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  12. Me encanta tu sala de estar, la chimenea es preciosa !!!

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